1974 Silver Carrera

Description from the seller:

Immediately after the legendary 1973 Carrera 2.7 RS finished production a series of Carreras were built for the rest-of-world markets that were equivalent to the 1973 RS Touring (M472) models. This rare and desirable Porsche was the G-series Carrera 2.7 MFI which was fitted with the 911/83 RS-spec mechanically fuel injected (MFI) engine that produced 210 bhp. The major difference between these Carreras and the Touring Carrera RS was that the MFI variation was built with the "G-series" impact bumper body and interior instead of the earlier long hood form. The weight of the Carrera 2.7 MFI was also 1075 kg, identical to that of the preceding Carrera RS Touring. All 1974 Carrera MFI cars initially either came with a ducktail or tail delete, while 1975 and later Carrera MFI either came with the whale tail or tail delete. (Late 1974 models built after April of 1974 were also sometimes fitted with the whale tail. All models sold new in Germany after 1974 were fitted with the whale tail as the duck tail no longer met German Road-Rule regulations.

What makes the early 911s, Carrera RS, and the 2.7-liter "euro" Carrera so interesting and thrilling to drive is the Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection (MFI) setup. The glorious sound and instantaneous throttle response has a remarkable feel compared to the computerized injection systems of the 70s and 80s. In the December 1974 issue of Motor magazine the Carrera 2.7 MFI was extensively tested and they measured a 0-60 mph time of 5.5 seconds.

Porsche built similar number of coupes to the 1973 Carrera 2.7 RS with roughly 1,011 in 1974; 509 in 1975; and 113 of the German-only Sondermodell in 1976. A total production of 1,633 as compared to 1,590 1973 RS built. Additionally Porsche built 631 Targa versions of the Carrera 2.7 MFI between 1974 and 1976, including 20 in 1976 for the Belgium police.

These cars were never imported by Porsche into North America. The strict US emissions laws required smog equipment that drastically impacted the performance of the 2.7-liter motor. The US version of the Carrera in 1974-1975 used the significantly less powerful CIS (K-Jetronic) based injection engines to meet the California and US emission standards.

The 1976 Carrera 2.7 MFI was the last street car Porsche ever produced with mechanical fuel injection. In fact there were only three MFI based cars produced by Porsche after 1976, all race cars. First were the ten turbocharged Porsche 934 ½ built for Group 4 and the 1977 IMSA Championship, alongside the various incarnations of the turbocharged Porsche 935 built for Group 5 and, later, the twenty 3.0-liter 911 SC/RS (954) rally cars built in 1984 to compete in Group B.

1974 Porsche Carrera 2.7 MFI, Chassis No. 911.460.0945:

Year 1974
Type Carrera 2.7 MFI Chassis No. 911.460.0945
Engine No. 664.1317
Gearbox No. 349.125
Exterior Color Silver-Metallic (936-9-3 / Z2)
Interior Color Midnight Leather with Cloth Inserts (12)
Mileage 97.649 Kilometers / 60,675 Miles (Original From New)

This particular Carrera 2.7 MFI was sequentially the 934th of just 1011 examples built. It is an extremely late production example, the 91st to the last being built and it was completed under a special wish / special order in May of 1974. The original order was placed by Mitsuwa Motors, the official Porsche Distributor and main Service Center for Porsche in Japan. Delivery took place in June of 1974 and the car was road-registered later that month on Japanese plates "330 911." The original order requested an ROW (Rest of World Market, European Version with left-hand-drive steering.) The order further specified the exterior color of Silver-Metallic, Negative Carrera Graphics and the interior to be in all black including headliner with cloth insert Sports Seats, both left and right. Because it was built so late in the production run, this Carrera 2.7 MFI was delivered new with the whale tail rather than the previous year's less efficient duck tail.

A very long list of standard options was ordered and specifically requested that no sunroof be fitted. The recorded options were as follows:

  • Japanese Market Equipment and 300kph Speedometer)
  • Power Windows
  • Black Headliner
  • Power Side-View Mirror
  • Headlight washers
  • Impact Absorbing Bumpers (Front and Rear)
  • Airconditioning
  • Tinted Glass (All Windows)
  • Intermittent Wipers with Separate Control
  • Windscreen Washing Equipent
  • Koni Shock Absorbers instead of Boge
  • Upgraded Brakes and Calipers
  • Sport Seats with Cloth Inserts (Left and Right)
  • White Iodine Type Fog Lights Under Front Bumper
  • Manual Antenna and Noise Suppression Equipment
  • Blaupunkt Essen Multi-Band Radio and Dual Speakers
  • Dunlop Tires
With seventeen individual options, this is by far one of the most lavishly equipped examples completed and sold new. It remained carefully preserved, conserved and cared for under single individual ownership for more than 40 years until being purchased by our company. This Carrera 2.7 MFI was purchased in a remarkably original and un-molested state, having received great care by her one and only owner. A single repaint was done many years ago and starting to show age as did the interior. The car was completely rust and accident free and matching numbers front to back, top to bottom. Upon arrival, this Porsche was carefully inspected and then completely disassembled and given a multi-year, no expense spared, complete and total restoration without consideration for time or money.

This vehicle has just completed this fully documented restoration and has covered just a few kilometers to assist in sorting and setting it up for any manner of enthusiastic show or road use. It is sold complete with the original manual and warranty card from Porsche Mitsuwa Motors and the original tool kit. All date coded, stamped and marked parts are original as delivered new with the vehicle.

Offered at $295,000 USD (approx. €279,000)



RHD Ice Green Carrera @ Silverstone

To be auctioned at Silverstone on November 12/13, 2016.

Description from the auction company:

Chassis Number: 9115600513
Engine Number: 6650704

The Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI Coupé was introduced in 1974 on the new G-Series chassis that was built to appease ever stricter US regulations for crash worthiness. The floor pans were strengthened, lighting was improved and larger bumpers incorporated. With an impressive 210 bhp, 2,687 cc Type 911/83 air-cooled, horizontally opposed, six-cylinder engine with Bosch mechanical fuel injection, 0-60 was achieved in just over 5 seconds and gearing was good for 150mph through a 5-speed manual transmission. The suspension was fully independent with torsion bars, McPherson struts and anti-roll bars. The total weight was just over 1,075 kilograms, which made the Euro-spec 2.7 MFI a very fast car in its day. In fact, it was the fastest production 911 until the late 1980s. In total, 1,647 Euro-spec MFI Carrera coupes were built during this three-year run, along with 631 Targas, with total production figures not vastly outnumbering that of the original 1973 Carrera RS.

There are currently 48 right-hand drive cars listed with the Carrera 2.7 MFI Registry. However, this sunroof-equipped model is believed to be 1 of just 21 Coupé examples produced for the UK market. A matching numbers Carrera MFI Coupé, it was sold new to its first, and only previous, owner on 13th November 1975 by Swinford Motors of Stourbridge. It has covered a total mileage of 55,500 miles from new and is presented in stunning order following a ground-up restoration carried out by respected marque specialists ‘RS 911' in Wales.

Silverstone Auctions had the pleasure of selling chassis number 9115600513 for its first owner in May 2015 and are delighted to re-offer this unique Porsche, having undergone quite the transformation. When we first inspected the vehicle, the body shell had never been welded, the car had never been restored or seen paint and the beautifully thin Ice Green special order finish had faded almost down to bare metal. The interior was complete and untouched from new. Journalists, restorers and enthusiasts all agreed that it was one of the most original examples ever seen on the open market.

Work began in earnest in June 2015 following the auction. The car was stripped of all components and the engine and gearbox sent to renowned Porsche engine builders 'Tech 9 Motorsport' in Liverpool. ‘RS 911' set about the bodywork and every effort was made to preserve as much of the original car as possible. Other than two new front wings and basic perishable items, the rest of the car was restored using existing components that were repaired or renovated. The sills and floor pans have never been touched.

The fully rebuilt engine and gearbox were reunited with the car at Tech 9 and it was fully balanced and tuned. The suspension, brakes, differential, and electrics were all rebuilt by ‘RS 911' and the original interior simply cleaned up, re-stitched and restored. The only non-original item in the cabin today is the headlining, which was too damaged to repair. The results of this restoration must be seen to be fully appreciated. The paintwork retains a superb shine and the shut lines are straight and true. The engine sounds superb and this 911 can now be returned to the road to relive its former glory. ‘RS 911' have done a fantastic job and it is the intention of the owner to reunite the car with its first owner prior to the sale and take him for a drive.

The history file for this Porsche is a joy to behold. From 1975 until 2008 the car was maintained exclusively by respected Porsche specialist Chris Best from 'Two-Plus-Two'. There are 6 service stamps in the original service book and many invoices for work carried out over the years. Complete with original tools, radio, windscreen transfers, wallet, service manuals and ownership paraphernalia, there are even letters between the current owner and the supplying dealer in 1975. A large number of bills and photographs document the complete restoration process.

Auction company estimates £240,000 – £280,000 (approx. $301,000 – $351,000 USD).



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.

Options:
  • 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
Colour:
  • 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."