1974 Carrera

Description by the seller:

We are excited to offer on behalf of one of our international clients this outstanding Porsche Carrera 2.7 MFI Coupe.

No need for a long introduction. By now, every Porsche enthusiast knows how rare and special these cars are!

Finished in classic Grandprix White over black this Carrera has been delivered new to Italy and spent most of its life there. In 2010, the car found his way back to Germany and was licensed and registered as a historical vehicle (H-Zulassung) passing the most stringent German TuV inspections with no issues. It was treated to a full engine rebuilt in 2014 at an official Porsche Center in Northern Germany with very few miles since.

Technically in flawless condition, this is a very original car that remains largely un-restored to this day. The body is 100% original and un-welded, in fact most of the car still wears its original Grandprix White paint. Perfect gaps and shutlines all around. The interior is un-restored as well and in very nice condition showing just the right amount of authentic patina one would expect for a car of this vintage. Correct 300 kp/h speedo!

This Carrera 2.7 is fully numbers matching and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, receipts for the engine rebuild, German registration and inspection documents and original manuals.

1974 Carrera 2.7 MFI cars are rare and this one presents a particularly rare opportunity to acquire an authentic Carrera 2.7 in original and mostly un-restored condition. A blue chip investment grade Porsche!

Please study all the photos closely to evaluate the condition of this car!

Located in Germany.

Offered Price on Request.

Magenta 1974 Carrera Targa RHD

A right-hand-drive Carrera 2.7 MFI Targa in the striking color of Magenta is available in the UK.

Description from the seller:

This stunning Magenta Carrera 2.7 "Euro" Targa is quite a rare sight with it being 1 of 2 Magenta RHD's in the UK, 1 of 42 UK RHD 2.7 Carrera Targas and 1 of 631 worldwide. (Magenta code 009). Chassis number: 9114610131. Original 2.7 MFi, engine number 6640589.

  • K29 (contains 058=impact absorbers)
  • 436 = Targa folding roof
  • 467 = Outside mirror driver's side
  • 473 = Rear spoiler
  • 474 = Bilstein
  • 568 = Coloured Windows
  • 652 = Stepless adjustable intermittent wiper control
  • H2 = Magenta
  • Interior 12 = leatherette blue black/Shetland/twill
  • 439 = Porsche script: black on doors.
This 1973 build was ordered on the back of the 1973 London Motor Show with the same colour Magenta as the show car. Ordered with black targa hood and square black driver's door mirror, Porsche script and 7"/8"x 15" wheels. This Targa was originally Midnight Leatherette/Shetland interior, subsequently re-trimmed black, with external Carrera script. Supplied with a very rare rubber lipped 'picnic-table' spoiler and an aftermarket ducktail.

There has only been 2 previous keepers in the past 10 years and the history file includes all MOTs back to 1980. The history file includes a photograph album featuring full restoration along with 9 files of documented history including service details back to 1983, as well as a lever arch file with magazine articles and concours features.

Reading 98k documented miles from new, the car was fully restored in 1990 and was entered into the concours of the first Porsche Parade Europe in Brighton that year. The car was magazine featured in the Spring 1991 Porsche Post. In 1992 the car was entered into concours d'elegance at the Porsche Parade Europe, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. In spring 1993 the car was again magazine featured in the Porsche Post.

The car was displayed at various shows between 1993 and 1996 when further restoration work was then carried out at 105k miles by the owner at considerable expense, to prepare the car to a level whereby it would challenge for 'car of show' in more Porsche concours events. The amount spent on the car at this time is staggering and all receipts are included in the vehicle history. In 1997 the vehicle was made available via The Studio Club for TV, film and location shoots.

In 1998, following 9 years of single ownership and astronomical amounts spent on restoration work, after much persuasion, a former Porsche Club GB Register secretary (mechanic and race car specialist) managed to acquire the vehicle! He went on to own and maintain the car for a further 17 years. In this time, the car was used sparingly, being shown at national events.

In November 1998 the car was exhibited on the Porsche Club GB stand at the NEC International Classic Show. The car was featured on the cover of the 1999 book 'Porsche: Colour Family Album'. In 1999 the car was entered into the Porsche Club GB National Event, Classic Concours, at Highclere. In 2000 the car was judged in the Porsche Club National Concours at Hoghton Tower. In 2001 the car was regional Concours winner at Region 18 (Lancashire & Cumbria) Show. At the National Event in 2001, in the Heritage Category of the Concours d'Elegance at Highclere, the car scored 443/500 points making it a very close runner up to the overall winning car at 445/500. In 2003 the car competed in the Porsche Club National Event concours at Eynsham Hall. The car was subsequently used for the occasional show, making appearances at national events, most notably, the PCGB festival at Ragley Hall in 2007 and the PCGB 50th anniversary event in Cirencester in 2011. The history file documents photos from various concours events along with judges' scoring.

The car was serviced by it's former keeper, mechanic and race car specialist in 2015. At this time, it was MOT'd with no advisories. The mileage is now showing 109k miles, equating to only 4K miles of use since nut and bolt restoration 20 years ago. In that time the car has been dry stored. In a recent attempt to reinstate the original number plate UGT 9M, DVLA have allocated the period registration WEY 376M although a further request has been made to DVLA to re-issue the original number UGT 9M on 'historical grounds'.

Offered POA from the seller.

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.