1976 Carrera 2.7 MFI @ Bonhams Zoute

For sale is 1976 Carrera 2.7 MFI Sondermodell is Lot 31 at Bonham's upcoming Zoute sale on October 7. This special model is one of the last mechanically fuel injected street 911s produced and came from the factory with the legendary 911/83 engine from the 1973 Carrera RS.

Description from the auction house:

  • 1 of only 2 built to these specifications
  • 1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7-Litre MFI 'Sondermodell' Coupé
  • Chassis no. 911 660 9034
  • Engine no. 666 8056
  • One of only 113 Sondermodells produced
  • Desirable last-in-line 2.7-Litre MFI Carrera
  • Matching numbers and colours
  • Rare sunroof option
  • Exceptionally original
'The Sondermodell coupes were not standard production 911s. They never appeared in factory brochures, and most Porsche books don't even reference them. They were only sold in Germany, basically through the backdoor, during the last two months of the 1976 model year. They were the last model-year street Porsche with MFI.' - Ryan Snodgrass.

Porsche revived the Carrera name for its luxuriously equipped, top-of-the-range 911 in 1973. Designated 'Carrera RS' (RennSport), the newcomer was intended as a limited edition product for Group 4 GT racing, a class that required a minimum of 500 built. However, the resulting demand for this fabulous car proved so great that the production run was progressively extended, eventually ending up at 1,590 units and allowing homologation in Group 3 for standard GT production cars. The majority of cars produced were to 'Lightweight' (competition) specification, the remainder being delivered as the Carrera RS Touring, complete with 911S-type interior trim and fittings.

Based on a lightened 911S platform, the Carrera RS featured revised suspension and wider rear wheels (beneath flared 'arches) for improved handling, while the 2.7-litre, mechanically fuel-injected (MFI), air-cooled six-cylinder engine's 210bhp boosted top speed to around 150mph. Not merely a styling gimmick, the Carrera's trademark 'duck tail' spoiler made a vital contribution to high-speed stability, a virtue of increasing importance as power outputs continued to rise.

Based on the 911 Carrera RS Lightweight announced the previous year, Porsche's RSR GT-category racer collected overall wins in the World Sports Car Championship at Daytona and the Targa Florio in 1973, defeating 3.0-litre prototypes from Ferrari, Matra and Mirage-Ford in the process, an outstanding achievement for a production-based car.

For 1974, Porsche introduced a new body incorporating impact-absorbing bumpers - a US requirement - after which the earlier body became known as the 'long hood' type. In the USA though, the Carrera had to make do with an electronically fuel-injected engine producing 'only' 175bhp (to meet emissions legislation) while elsewhere Porsche's customers enjoyed the legendary 2.7-litre MFI RS-specification 911/83 engine producing 210 horsepower.

The 1976 Sondermodell came with several performance enhancements as standard, including flared rear wheelarches, Bilstein dampers, 18mm rear anti-roll bar, 6" front and 7" rear wheels, and a limited-slip differential. Most importantly, it kept the RS-specification MFI engine. Like all the '76 911 range, the Sondermodell also benefited from Porsche's adoption of the improved Thyssen zinc coating process for the entire bodyshell. Only 113 were built for the 1976 model year.

One of the last 2.7-litre 'MFI' Carreras made, chassis number '9034' left the factory in May 1976 and was delivered new to Germany. The latter was the only market to receive these last-of-the-line Carrera 2.7 Sondermodells, which were reserved for Porsche's most favoured clients, many of them from the racing community. These cars are considered by many enthusiasts to be the last of the 'real' Carreras. Chassis number '9034' is one of only two cars delivered in Copper Brown with the highly desirable electric sunroof option, while other items of special equipment included a rear window wiper and tinted glass.

The Porsche came to Belgium in January 1978 and has extensive Belgian history. In 1992 it was registered by a lady owner, Mrs Melkebeek from Aalst, and there is an old Contrôle Technique in her name dating from 1992 in the file. The car then was put away and hardly ever driven.

In 2012, the Carrera found its way to Holland where it formed part of a Porsche collection. It was then extensively restored with no expense spared, and after completion was featured in Porsche RS Magazine (01/2016 edition). After some 20 years off the road, the Carrera was in exceptionally original condition and an excellent candidate for restoration. In the course of the rebuild, all rubbers were replaced and the car repainted to the highest standard, while the engine and gearbox were totally overhauled. The odometer reading of approximately 80,000 kilometres is believed genuine, a conclusion supported by the condition of the original interior when the car was found. It is most unusual to find one of these ultra-rare 'Sondermodells' - one of the least known models in Porsche history - in such exceptionally original and unmolested condition; indeed, according to Ryan Snodgrass (author of the definite marque history, 'Carrera 2.7', published by Parabolica Press) this is one of the most original 2.7 MFI Sondermodells he has ever seen. The car comes complete with books, tools, and an owner's manual, while accompanying documentation consists of a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, a copy of the old Belgian registration papers, and a Certificate of Conformity issued by D'Ieteren, Belgium.

Auction house estimate of €175,000 - 275,000 (approx. $200,000 - 310,000).

74 Carrera @ RM London

Description from the auction company:
  • One of 1,036 European-specification 1974 Carrera Coupés
  • Factory-fitted sunroof
  • Fastidiously maintained and never fully restored; retains its original interior and engine
  • An Italian car from new; same Italian owner for over 25 years
  • Matching-numbers example
While these new 911s gained the new-for-1974 U.S.-specification bumpers, the European-specification 1974 Carrera retained the fantastic 210 brake horsepower, type 911/83, 2.7-litre mechanically fuel injected engine from the 1973 Carrera RS. This was a huge difference from the engines in the U.S.-specification cars, which were fitted with the 2.7-litre flat-six found in the 911 S. The fenders and rear quarters in the new Carrera 2.7 “MFI” were tastefully flared to accept seven- and eight-inch-wide Fuchs forged alloy wheels. Underneath, there were new forged aluminium rear trailing arms, and the Carreras were fitted with 20-millimetre front and 18-millimetre rear anti-roll bars, Bilstein sport shock absorbers and struts, and, of course, large ventilated disc brakes at all four corners. Power was delivered through a Type 915/06 five-speed manual transaxle.

Delivered new to Auto Germana in Verona, Italy, in November 1973, this Carrera 2.7 was first registered in Modena in 1974. Finished in light yellow and fitted with an electric sunroof, it passed through the hands of five Italian owners up until June 1988, when it was acquired by the present custodian, and has remained in Italy ever since. Today, the car remains in largely original condition and has never been fully restored, as it has always been well cared for and subject to regular maintenance, as necessary, throughout its life. Upon careful inspection, it is clear that the car has never been in an accident, as evidenced from correct and original welding on the bodywork. While the outer panels have been repainted in its original light yellow in 1989, the original paint remains in excellent condition under the bonnet and in the engine compartment. The interior remains completely original and in exceptional condition, while the headliner has been renewed. The Porsche’s original Fuchs wheels still maintain their original, semi-matte finish.

Continuing the brilliant performance of the iconic Carrera RS, the 1974 Carrera 2.7 MFI is a wonderful automobile in its own right, providing the performance of the RS for a fraction of its price. Rarer than their older sibling, with only 1,036 examples produced, finding a well-maintained example can often be difficult. Having remained in Italy its entire life, this example remains largely original and presents exceptionally well. Boasting its original interior and complemented by its original light-yellow paint colour, this would be an ideal example for the individual looking to drive and enjoy one of the most exciting 911s ever built.

Summary: 210 bhp, 2,687 cc Type 911/83 air-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with Bosch mechanical fuel injection; five-speed manual transmission; independent front suspension with torsion bars, McPherson struts, and an anti-roll bar; independent rear suspension with torsion bars, trailing arms, tubular dampers, and an anti-roll bar; and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,271 mm Porsche’s 1973 Carrera RS was a runaway success for the company, and it was clear that they wanted to continue its success into 1974. However, newly enacted crash safety standards in the United States mandated the end of the “long-hood” chassis. This brought about the advent of the new G-series of 911, introducing shock-mounted bumpers, a stronger floor pan, revised lighting, and other new features.

The Car That Inspired a Book

The following was originally published as "The Car That Inspired a Book: Ryan Snodgrass’ 1976 Carrera 2.7 MFI" by Randy Wells in the February 2016 issue of Road Scholars magazine:

“To whom much is given, much is expected.”
This might seem like an unusual quote to open an automotive story, but it happens to fit. Ryan Snodgrass of Washington state has made a lot of good decisions in his life, including his choice of career and family. It’s also allowed him to take on the monumental task of researching an underappreciated Porsche that uses the same engine as the legendary 1973 Carrera 2.7 RS.

Road Scholars Magazine last visited with Ryan in December 2015 when editor Randy Leffingwell extolled the virtues of Ryan’s soon to be released book, Carrera 2.7. The 7.5-pound, 406 page reference features 830 beautifully reproduced high-resolution photos, more than half of which have never been seen. It also contains a lot of new information on the ‘74-76 G-series Euro Carrera 2.7, including obscure celebrity cars, racecars, and rare accessories.

So, what is it that motivates someone to take time away from a lucrative career to produce a “bible” on a car that was built for only three years in the mid ‘70s? Well, it might only take one drive in a Porsche 2.7-liter MFI powered 911 to appreciate what propelled Ryan to publish his book using the best paper, inks, and printing presses available.

“I was compelled to do it as a lifelong lover of car books,” explains Ryan. “I had amassed a small library of automotive specialty books and appreciated how the best ones had complementary photos and text that increased one’s connection with a particular car.”

Georg Konradsheim’s Carrera RS was one of those books. Coincidentally, at the same time Ryan was first considering authoring a book, Georg was updating his. After contacting Georg for guidance, Ryan was introduced to his designer, Christoph Mäder. “The two men became good mentors, advisors, and friends, and they supported me throughout the project,” Ryan notes. But perhaps we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves. Let’s look at the car that inspired Ryan’s book.

There is one thing to know about the Euro 1976 Carrera 2.7. It is remarkably similar to the ‘73 Carrera 2.7 RS of Georg’s book. The difference is the ‘74-76 Carrera 2.7 was built on an impact bumper body and interior, instead of the earlier long hood form. The weight and horsepower output of the later Carreras 2.7 is virtually identical, and, as expected, the driving experience is very much the same also. That’s not surprising given the legendary Typ 911/83 2.7-liter RS-spec MFI engine was used in all of these cars.

“I started looking for a ‘74-76 Carrera 2.7 MFI in 2009,” Ryan recalls. “I was surprised by the lack of information available on these models, even on the Internet. In the United States, the model was largely unknown at the time, even to real Porsche enthusiasts, as we never received them as exports because they were non-compliance to emissions standards.”

After a year of searching, Ryan finally found a 1975 Light Yellow Euro Carrera 2.7 stateside. This particular Porsche had been featured on the cover of a magazine and was one of the best-sorted 911s he’d ever driven. Shortly after that purchase, the owner of a ‘76 Silver Carrera called and asked if Ryan wanted to take on a disassembled project. It was Ryan’s complete restoration of this car back to original factory specs that inspired his book.

Undoubtedly, every rest-of-the-world Carrera is a special car. At about 1,635 coupes and 630 Targas, the Carrera 2.7 of 1974-1976 is of limited production, unique character, and historical significance. Total production compares closely to the roughly 1,590 1973 Carrera RSs built. The silver ‘76 911 that Ryan purchased in late 2011 is an especially rare car. It’s a Carrera 2.7 MFI “Sondermodell,” a “special edition” variation of the ‘76 911 with VIN #911 660 9050 (the 40th produced out of 113).

Ryan reports, “The Sondermodell coupes were not standard production 911s. They never appeared in factory brochures, and most Porsche books don’t even reference them. They were only sold in Germany, basically through the backdoor, during the last two months of the 1976 model year. They were the last model-year street Porsche with MFI.”

The Sondermodell has the option code M405. For 1976, that meant several performance items were added, including SC style rear flares, Bilstein shocks, limited-slip differential, 18mm rear anti-roll bar, 6 and 7×15-inch Fuchs, and most importantly the 911/83 RS MFI engine. Weight was trimmed by eliminating the heavy bumper crush absorbers, electric windows, rubber-lined carpet, and carpeting on the door pockets.

There are other unique features original to this ’76 Sondermodell, like the lack of a badge on the rear deck lid, a blue Perma-Tune Ignition box, orange “Langzeit Garantie” galvanized decal, front spoiler, and the attractive early rear whale tail.

Ryan remembers, “911 660 9050 had been sitting in the back of a San Diego body shop in primer for the better part of twelve years. Eventually the owner decided to sell it because he realized he wasn’t going to complete the project anytime soon. When I went to inspect it, parts were strewn in the rafters, storage closets, and in piles around the shop. The chassis had been completely stripped and was just a bare roller covered in layers of dust.”

With the coupe’s cabin jammed full of parts, it was shipped to Tim Morris at German Master Tech in Bend, Oregon. There, an 18-month ground-up bare metal restoration was undertaken. “We were very careful to ensure that every part was original or correctly date coded. We wanted it to look exactly as it left the factory,” says Ryan. “I did the part sourcing, research and planning, including traveling to multiple private collections and visiting the factory archives in Stuttgart on four separate occasions. The process of going through this restoration proved critical in understanding these cars from the perspective of producing a book.”

In 1976 Porsche switched from doing a partial galvanization to a new process of dipping the entire body of each 911. Thankfully, when Ryan’s ‘76 Carrera was previously painted, the shop didn’t take the paint down to bare metal, which ensured that the original galvanized coating remained on the car. The tub was also very original and rust free except for the battery box and lower windowsills.

Since the Carrera 2.7L MFI motor had not be run for over a decade, it was completely torn down and rebuilt. The final reassembly and tuning was done at Rothsport Racing in Oregon. PMB Performance in Utah restored the stock brakes, and Harvey Weidman of California refinished the date matching Fuchs.

Ryan managed to source all the needed parts including an original black 1976 dash without A/C vents or speaker grills. The interior was then delivered to Tony Garcia at Autobahn Interiors in San Diego. Luckily, Tony found just enough NOS MacLachlan red tartan material to finish the seat inlays. “There is a big difference in the feel, color vibrancy, and crispness of OEM tartan fabric that you don’t get with today’s reproduction,” Ryan states.

At Master Tech, everything, including the wiring harness, was removed before the most methodical final metal finishing, painting and reassembly.

Complete and underway, this Carrera with its MFI induction rewards with a glorious sound and instantaneous throttle response. It has a remarkable feel compared to the US version of the Carrera of 1974-1975, which used the less powerful 2.7 CIS (K-Jetronic) injected engines that meet the California and US emission standards.

Being from the Pacific Northwest, Ryan’s not afraid to drive his Sondermodell anywhere, even in the rain. Along the way he’s won “Best in Class” at the Concours on the Avenue event during the 2013 Monterey Historics week.

Serious automotive collectors consider Porsche’s Carrera 2.7 RS to be the archetypical iconic long hood 911, and deservedly so. For the short hood 911s, the Euro Carrera 2.7 has the same soul and is equally captivating. Ryan knows this and his book portrays the complete story of these remarkable, unheralded sports cars.

Profiled: 1976 Carrera 2.7 Sondermodell

The latest Excellence magazine issue #239 for September 2016 includes the article "Das Sondermodell: A German-market-only 1976 Carrera 2.7 MFI coupe makes its way Stateside" by Doug Neilson. The article profiles the journey of the special 1976 Carrera 2.7 MFI Sondermodells from new in Germany, through the hands of an enthusiast who sold her VW Beetle and dreamed of a 911, through a few owners to the present caretaker.

A few excerpts:

In the early 1980s, Vien Wheeler was going to school to become a pharmacist and driving a powder blue Volkswagen Beetle that was mechanically sound, but structurally not so good. Although her Bug had seen better days, her love of it led her to take an interest in another rear- engined, air-cooled German car: the Porsche 911. Upon graduation, however, Wheeler opted to loan her sister money to assist in the start-up of a business, rather than spend her paychecks on a sports car.

Wheeler's investment in her sister only temporarily delayed her ownership of a Porsche, though. The company Wheeler loaned money to help launch became successful. When it came time for reimbursement, Wheeler said she didn't want money, but she'd happily accept a 911- as long as it was something really special. Since her sister's husband worked as a mechanical engineer in Germany, this turned out to be a relatively straightforward request. After doing a little searching, Wheeler's brother-in-law found the car you see here.  After Wheeler's brother-in-law purchased the car from a German seller, it was shipped to the Port of Houston. After her 911 was unloaded off the boat, Wheeler drove her new wheels 243 miles home to Shreveport, Louisiana where she registered it on November 18, 1986.

Another story from a later owner of the Sondermodell:

One day while working at Ruf, Glenn remembers seeing a very interesting customer car-an inconspicuous G-bodied 911 with an RS-spec 2.7-1iter MFI engine. Glenn pointed the car out to Alois, who happened to be walking by, and commented that someone had put an RS motor in the car. "That 'someone' was the Porsche factory," Ruf responded. "If you ever have a chance to buy one of these cars, do so. One day they will be very valuable."

'74 Carrera 2.7 MFI @ Monterey Auctions

Description from the auction:

  • Matching-Numbers Original 2.7 MFI Engine
  • One of Only 1,036 “Euro Carrera” MFI Coupes Produced in 1974
  • Offered with Books, Tool Kit, Jack, and COA
  • Attractive Color Combination
  • Mechanically Similar to the Legendary 1973 Carrera RS
New safety and emissions standards in the US, Porsche’s largest market, heralded the end of the road for the 911 “long-hood” chassis in 1974. The new “G-prefix” series of that year would bring a shortened hood, crash-resistant impact bumpers, revised lighting, and a plethora of other changes and upgrades. From 1974 to 1976, a limited number of high-performance models were made available in European markets. Keeping the same Type 911/83 2.7-liter, 210 hp engine with Bosch mechanical fuel injection (MFI), as well as most of the same fundamental qualities in overall feel and driving enjoyment as the Carrera RS, these “Euro Carreras” were an RS in all but name, although never branded as such by Porsche’s marketing department.

This particular 911 Carrera MFI is one of 1,036 produced for the 1974 model year and was completed in Stuttgart in November 1973. A very original, matching-numbers example displaying less than 125,000 km, it presents very well with one repaint in Grand Prix White (Code 124124), with complementing blue/black leatherette upholstery as originally delivered, and it comes complete with its owner’s manuals, tool kit, jack, and COA.

Following in the footsteps of its iconic predecessor was always going to be tough. Today, a renewed appreciation of the model has brought a corresponding rise in demand, and this beautiful Carrera would be a fine addition to any collection of rare Porsches, as it is suitable for both shows and touring.

All images copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company. Photos by Mike Maez.

Auction house estimates $225,000 – 275,000 (approx. €202,000 – €246,000).

Oak Green 1976 Carrera 2.7 MFI

One of the last mechanically-fuel-injected street 911s is up for sale. Only 113 of these Carrera 2.7 MFI Sondermodell were produced, featuring the RS-spec 911/83 engine from the factory and originally sold only to Porsche enthusiasts within Germany as a non-production special.

Description from the seller:

This extremely rare 1976 911 Carrera is 1 of 113 cars built with the highly coveted 2.7MFI motor ( same engine found in a 1973 Carrera RS). In addition to the limited production this car is also 1 of 6 Oak Green metallic examples built. Totally turn key condition which includes a full 2.9L conversion done by the legendary ANDIAL speed shop.

Dealer is offering price on ask.


Rare 1975 RHD Carrera Targa

Description from the seller:

In 1975, if you wanted to order a Porsche 911 Targa, then the 210bhp Mechanical Injected Carrera version, sat at the pinnacle of the model range. Launched right in the middle of the oil crisis, the Carrera was a very expensive car. Just two years prior, a RHD 1973 model 911RS Lightweight (M471) ordered through Porsche Cars GB would have cost £5826. Just two years later, when new, this Carrera Targa would have cost the owner in the region of £10,397 plus options !

A RHD MFI Carrera, is a rare machine, especially to find in good condition, having endured the British weather for the past 40 years We think this Targa version, with just 6 UK RHD H-Series examples ever supplied, is probably right up there as one of THE BEST RHD EXAMPLES IN THE WORLD. Having been cherished throughout its life, previously owned by enthusiasts and Porsche Club GB members, that’s a testament to this car that’s covered just 125.000 miles from new, fully documented with extensive service history and MOT records (back to early 1980’s)

This particular example is one that ooses patina, history and sublime detail. Only a car that has been cherished throughout its life carries so many important period details, correctly detailed as denoted by its factory delivery specification

Confirmed by the Porsche CoA as being numbers matching (engine and gearbox), the engine has been rebuilt and detailed to perfection. It benefits from a new stainless steel exhaust system, mated to an original Bischoff final silencer that has been ceramic coated for cosmetic durability. The intake system is all original, the throttle bodies carry the date stamping and the MFI fuel pump is the correct date and type (019) as originally delivered. The original numbers matching 915 gearbox is very good mechanically. The wheels are considered original and the correct ‘period’ date stamped 74. They have been refinished to the  ’74 spec’ petalled finish to the highest standard, wrapped in a set of period looking Avon CR6ZZ tyres.

The interior is in remarkable original condition, the original vinyl dash and trim panels remain, this car was optioned with Leather seats, the special leather used in period remains in remarkable condition and contrasts the original period Blue/Black leatherette of the rear seats.

The combination of Guards Red, with the Chrome window trims and stainless steel roll-hoop is a rare find for this model year. Most cars delivered were optioned with Black trim, as its possible that in 1975, the Chrome was considered ‘dated’, but we think it looks just right, and not a combination that we have seen before for this model year. The vehicle includes the ’75 drivers manual, in its original document folder with service directory book. A complete toolkit with jack and correct period air compressor, complete the detail items included in the sale. 

So, to summarise, a hugely collectible, super rare example (one of 6 UK RHD models), that is a real survivor and ready to be enjoyed by the next custodian.

  • Registered : February 1975
  • Chassis Number : 9115610125
  • Engine number : 6650445
  • Gearbox Number : 7850424
  • Factory Options :
  • Guards Red G8V9
  • Black Leather seats, inlays perforated
  • M288 Headlamp washers
  • M401 15” 7J and 8J Fuchs alloys
  • M423 outside mirror drivers side plain
  • M425 Rear wiperM436 Folding Targa top
  • M473 Front and rear spoilers
  • M568 Tinted windows
  • M652 Intermittent wiper control
  • M446 Chrome trim parts
  • M474 Bilstein
  • M462 Carrera lettering black on doors
Offered at £175,000 (approx. $240,000 USD)

A Tail of Three Targas

Today we have something fun: a guest story written by Dennis Brooks about the three Carrera 2.7 MFI Targas originally delivered to Australia in 1975. The three Targas were recently reunited at the 2016 Porsche Rennsport Motor Racing Festival in Australia.

A Tail of Three Targas
written by Dennis Brooks; photos by Rob Scheeren (Autofokus)

In 1975 Porsche was at the crossroads. The widespread recession of 1973 had passed but the first oil crisis of late 1973 and early 1974 was to have a greater lasting effect on all car makers worldwide.Porsche’s survival in these times was no doubt helped by income from their outside client design consultancy in Weissach. Looking ahead, Dr Fuhrmann’s 3 litre Turbo was readying for production in March 1975 and would springboard Porsche into a new era.

For Porsche’s biggest market, the American safety and emission regulations were starting to make their presence felt with the impact bumper regulations starting in 1974 and more severe emissions requirements from 1975. In line with many other car makers, Porsche took the step of increasing motor capacity to compensate the negative effects of these regulations.

Porsche had already taken the first step with the introduction of the emissions friendly 2.4 E series in late 1971. The second step was to enlarge this long stroke motor to 2.7 litres in the G series of 1974 coupled with the new Bosch CIS injection which made Porsche motors more in step with emission requirements without losing their performance standards.

Late 1972 saw the introduction of the iconic Carrera RS which combined the 2.7 litre motor with the Bosch mechanical injection system. The RS was a limited production series and was never intended for sale to America as the motor in its state of tune would never be able to pass the American emissions tests.

This however was little concern to the Euro, British and Australian buyers as the mechanically injected Type 83 motor was integrated into their 1974 Porsche G series lineup as the top model Carrera – along with a Targa version - with the plain 911 and the 911 S being the others. These two had the recently introduced CIS injection system and all wore the new impact bumpers bodywork. Into this background the last of the Carrera 2.7 MFI series was introduced as the H programme in September 1974. A whaletail with a chin spoiler had superseded the previous ducktail but the H series was essentially the same as its predecessor.

Carrera sales in Australia were good considering the size of the market here, the prevailing world economic conditions and the German Dmark movements.

  • In 1973 there were 8 RS coupes sold at $17,700.
  • In 1974 18 coupes and 7 targas were sold at $20,000 / $21,000.
  • In 1975 14 coupes and 3 targas sold for $25,000 / $26,000.
The 1975 price increases were mainly caused by the Dmark regaining its pre oil crisis values and an unwelcome increase in import duty here of 25% during the year. This almost made the RS look like a bargain …..

As the most expensive in the range, the 1975 Carrera Targa model sales were the most affected. Little wonder then that all three were ordered as tourist deliveries.

Australian tourist delivery order form
All 3 came with the mandatory 5 speed transmission and C23 Australian equipment consisting of right hand drive, rhd headlight lenses, all glass tinted except for the windscreen and a drivers door mirror.

The first – 911 561 0019 – was ordered in Guards red with cinnamon leatherette interior.Seats were the optional Recaro sports seats with shetland centres. The standard steel hard top was ordered in preference to the optional folding top.Other options were front & rear spoilers and 7” & 8” Fuchs wheels.

This is a one owner car and belongs to Kevin Jarman in Brisbane. Kevin took delivery at Stuttgart in September 1974 and while living in London, did numerous trips to Europe. The car arrived in Australia in January 1976 and Kevin joined Porsche Club Victoria that year. In this car, Kevin was Porsche Club Victoria club champion in 1978 and the Porsche Clubs Nationals Motorkhana champion five times in the early 1980s.

Guards Red chassis 911 561 0019
The second - 911 561 0033 - was a Melbourne order in Sahara Beige with a full cinnamon leather interior. The only other option was a Blaupunkt Frankfurt radio. It had the standard steel hard top and standard 6” & 7” Fuchs wheels with no spoilers.

The current owner is David Withers in Sydney and it has been a multi owner car over the years. The first owner was Paul Clark of Melbourne and was delivered in November 1975. Unknown when it came to Sydney but the first time I saw it was the early 1980s and belonged to Mike Orlainsky and was Arrow blue. In the late 1980s it was Copper Bronze and was returned to Sahara Beige by Ian Murray who sold it to me in August 1991. I owned this car until September 2004.

Sahara Beige chassis 911 561 0033
The third – 911 561 0040 – was a Perth order in Lime Green with cinnamon leatherette seats and tweed centres. Options were front & rear spoilers and the folding top with the standard 6” and 7” Fuchs wheels.

Current owner is Kane Hearn in Melbourne and it has had only four documented owners. The original owner was Rainer Tscheuschler who took delivery in Stuttgart in October 1974 and added a Blaupunkt Goslar radio while he was in Germany. Rainer then worked abroad and returned to Australia via Japan and advertised the car in Unique Cars asking $39,900 in August 1997. It was found in Adelaide recently after eight years dormant with only 45,000 km registered and as such is the most original of the three.

Lime Green chassis 911 561 0040
All three remain in remarkably standard trim despite now being over forty years old. Those who were at the recent Rennsport at Eastern Creek would have seen these three Targas together in the Show and Shine area on the Sunday morning. 

Sharp eyed observers would have noticed the low profile 50/55 series tyres on all car . These would have replaced the standard 185/70 and 215/60 Dunlop Super Sport SP57s worn from new. These lower profile tyres such as Pirelli P7s were approved by Porsche as replacement use on the 1975 Carrera 2.7s and the new Turbo in conjunction with a corrected 300 kph speedometer (Christophorus 116 April 1975).

The steel hardtops on Kevin’s 0019 and David’s 0033 were a little known standard fitting as the optional folding top proved much more popular. These were offered only in 1974/1975. Needless to say, they are a greatly prized collectors piece today. I had one with my car 0033 and they are very heavy.

Owners Kane Hearn, David Withers and Kevin Jarman at Eastern Creek Rennsport 1 May 2016
To say the least, it is very unusual to have a display forty plus years later of the total year’s production of the one Porsche model. It is a credit to the successive owners that they have considered the cars significant enough to maintain them well over them years.

Thanks to the owners – David Withers of Sydney – Kevin Jarman for bringing his car from Brisbane – and Kane Hearn for bringing his car from Melbourne – true Porsche Club spirit!