Grand-Prix White Carrera in Belgium

The seller of 1974 Carrera 2.7 MFI #0557 that doesn't share much about the Carrera other than it came out of Japan. The Carrera has been repainted at some point along with the later 1976-style electric mirrors fitted to both sides. The original, hard to find chrome fog lights are still present.  Rear badge is missing. The seats have been replaced with later versions that feature the arrow release knobs and a center inlays that continue into the headrests, something not seen until at least the 1977 model year. The rare, original thick-grip Sport wheel is still fitted.

The photos show some of the various Japanese details including the instructional decal on the ignition switch applied by Mitsuwa (the other decals are missing), the special front orange Japanese side reflectors. It is unclear if this was delivered to Japan when new, or imported later, as some of the other typical new-Japanese delivery items are missing, like the Japanese market rear seats. The rear seats may have been replaced when the front seats were redone or replaced.

Description from the seller:

Exceptional Carrera 2.7 MFI. The 2.7 RS engine in a crate G. Model whose side continues to rise. Real investment. Original service history (from a collection in Japan).

Offered for €260,000 (approx. $296,000 USD)




75 Carrera at Bonhams Amelia Island

Another Carrera 2.7 MFI is coming up for auction at Bonham's Amelia Island sale in a few weeks.

Description from the auction company:

1975 PORSCHE 911 CARRERA 2.7 COUPE Chassis no. 911 560 0414
Engine no. 6650569
  • One of only 518 Euro Carrera MFI Coupes produced in 1975
  • Technically similar to the 1973 Carrera RS icon
  • Retains its matching numbers original 2.7 Bosch MFI engine
  • Low original mileage from new
  • Highly optioned and offered with books and tools
THE PORSCHE 911 CARRERA

The legendary Porsche 911 RS of 1973 resulted from the factory's realization that the weight of its top-of-the-range 2.4-liter 911S production model restricted its development potential for racing. Therefore, it was decided to produce and homologate a special lightweight variant for competition purposes. The result was the 1973 Carrera RS (RennSport), which featured thinner-gauge metal in its doors, roof, trunk lid, and floors.

When the homologation targets had been met – and considerably more consumer demand satisfied than the 500-car production threshold specified for FIA homologation – the lightweight RS was discontinued after 1,590 units had been built. However, the Carrera name continued on Porsche's top-of-the-range model, and a limited number of high-performance lightweight Carreras emerged from 1974-1976 for European markets only. These "Euro Carreras" as they came to be known retained the legendary Type 911/83 2.7-liter, 210bhp engine with Bosch mechanical fuel injection (MFI), the same engine as fitted to the legendary 1973 Carrera RS 2.7 homologation special. They had the benefit of being offered in the fully trimmed new style 911 body shell, with a specification more akin to the M472 'Touring' designation of more opulently equipped '73 RS's. The tail spoiler was an option, and a Targa version of the Carrera 2.7 MFI was also offered.

In total, 1,647 Euro-spec MFI Carrera coupes were built during this three-year run, along with 631 Targas, for total production figures not vastly outnumbering that of the original 1973 Carrera RS. A US-spec Carrera was also offered, but with the vastly inferior CIS K-Jetronic injection system, it was down nearly 50 horsepower from the Euro-spec model, and thus simply wasn't an apples-to-apples comparison.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED 

According to marque historian and legendary Porsche Le Mans racing icon Jürgen Barth, this 1975 911 Carrera Coupe was originally painted in the special order color of Ice Green Metallic over Black Leatherette. A nicely optioned car from new, it was fitted with factory extras including forged alloy Fuchs wheels with 7Jx15 fronts and 8Jx15 rears (M401), a higher powered battery (M197), black headliner (M469), the five-speed gearbox (M481), and tinted glass (M568). Dunlop Tires were fitted on the wide factory Fuchs. 

One of only 518 "Euro" Carrera Coupes produced during 1975, this wonderful Carrera retains its matching-numbers original 2.7-liter MFI engine, and is offered with books and tools along with a spare wheel and a spare key. A low-mileage car from new, the Carrera was in single ownership for nearly two decades in Southern California, prior to which it had resided with another Southern California enthusiast owner. A binder of carefully preserved receipts for various maintenance and service work document attention lavished upon the Carrera back to 1997.

An extremely thorough cosmetic restoration was performed in 2012, during which the Porsche was painted in the period Porsche factory color of Lime Green. In this undeniably striking hue, a subtle entrance anywhere is all but impossible; the Carrera truly invites competition and the envy of all onlookers. Body and paintwork were entrusted to Cooper's Classy Car Care of Santa Ana, California, and their extensive efforts to get the cosmetic presentation just right are extensively cataloged in multiple receipts. Interior components were renewed as needed with parts sourced from Autos International. It is understood that the engine, gearbox, and MFI pump were all previously rebuilt, though receipts for this work are unavailable.

Once finished, the Porsche was enjoyed on the road as well as being shown occasionally at PCA Concours events; it also was the recipient of a 2nd in class award at the Dana Point Concours d'Elegance in Southern California. With limited production numbers, a technical specification virtually identical to the 1973 Carrera RS, low original mileage and an exciting color combination, this striking Euro Carrera is one of the fastest appreciating classic Porsche models, and for good reason. This one is undoubtedly one of the finest available in the world today.

Auction estimate at $280,000 - $340,000 USD (€246,000 - €300,000).





1974 Targa Project

Looking for a 1974 Carrera 2.7 MFI Targa project? This Italian delivered Targa has many of the parts necessary for restoration, except for some of the expensive engine parts needed to rebuild the engine. In the 1970s, Italian 911s were typically ordered from the factory with no options to save on the extremely high import taxes. Italian dealers would locally add anything expensive equipment like radios, ducktails, etc. for the new owner.

Description from the seller:

Welcome. You are bidding on a very special 1974 Porsche 911 European Carrera. When I first found this car some time ago I was planning on doing a restoration on it. However after much time sitting in my warehouse I have decided to sell the car. I felt that these 74 European targas where special; considering it was the only year of the ducktail 2.7 MFI 911/83 targas. I know people probably prefer a coupe, but since Porsche made less targas and with the price and respect that the Soft Window Targas are bringing, this car would be a great addition to ones collection. I have a clean title, Porsche COA and some past registration cards to this car. Please take a look at the pictures and read the description. I am happy to assist the buyers with out of state or overseas shipping.

http://s263.photobucket.com/user/MrBMW2002/library/74EuroCarrera

Exterior: This car was originally India Red from the factory. It has received on repaint since. It has RSR rear flares, however included with this auction is a set of real steel RS flares. This car does have rust in the floor pan as seen in the pictures. I bought the car from Alabama and perhaps that is where the rust formed. This car has never been in an accident and has all of the original VIN tags in place.

Interior: This car still has its original interior. The interior like the exterior is in need of a restoration.

Engine/Transmission: This car has its original engine and transmission. The engine is the factory 911/83 engine (the same that was used in the 1973 Carrera RS). However I only have the engine block, the crank, pistons, heads and MFI are all missing.

Overall: This is an excellent chance to get into an early European Carrera project car. I am happy to answer any questions you may have. This car comes with many of the extras that I have accumulated when I was going to have the car restored.

Offered for sale on eBay.





1975 Carrera @ RM Amelia Island

Description from the auction company:

210 bhp, 2,687 cc SOHC 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 shock absorbers, and an anti-roll bar, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 89.4 in.



  • Matching-numbers example; one of 508 built for 1975
  • Rare Ice Green Metallic paint with its original black interior
  • Fully restored by a European expert of early 911s
  • Includes a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity

After its successes in the Carrera Pan Americana of the early 1950s, Porsche attached the name “Carrera” to its highest-performance engines and production models. Although the name fell dormant after the last four-cam 356 Carrera left Zuffenhausen, it was revived with the introduction of the brilliant 911 Carrera RS 2.7 in 1973.


With the introduction of the new G- and H-Series 911s, with their short hoods and impact bumper systems, Porsche continued the “Carrera” theme. While cars for the U.S. market were fitted with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection to help meet stringent new emissions rules, the “Rest-of-the-World” Carreras continued to enjoy the benefits of the Bosch mechanical system and its 210 horsepower. The MFI provided sharp throttle response and thrilling noises from the engine compartment and exhaust. Porsche built barely 500 “ROW” Carreras during the 1975 model year, making this one of the scarcest and most desirable high-performance road cars of its day.

Power is delivered through a Type 915/06 five-speed manual transaxle and then transferred to the road via 7- and 8-inch-wide Fuchs alloy wheels that neatly fill its flared fenders and quarter panels. Large ventilated disc brakes, 11.10-inches up front and 11.50-inches in the rear, serve to haul the car down quickly and safely from speed. Carreras from 1974 and 1975 had almost identical appearances to the iconic 2.7 RS, although the earlier model’s rear “ducktail” spoiler had been upgraded with a larger “whale tail,” presaging those of the Type 930 Turbo Carreras that would follow. With its relatively light weight, at just over 2,369 pounds, the mechanically injected Carrera 2.7 is a brilliant performer, achieving 0–60 mph in just over five seconds and being capable of achieving more than 150 mph.

This stunning example was delivered new in May 1975 through Mahag, the Porsche dealer in Munich. It is the 460th of only 508 H-Series ROW Carreras, and it appears to have spent its life in Sweden. The included Certificate of Authenticity issued by Porsche Sweden notes that the original owner specified a wide-range list of extra-cost options, including headlamp washers, air conditioning, step-less adjustable intermit tend wiper control, a driver’s side sports seat and front passenger seat covered in black leather with perforated inserts, antenna suppression, a five-speed gearbox, colored windows, tinted glass, and a black perforated headliner (the “Triple Black” package). Also fitted were a dashboard speaker, two rear speakers, and a package of two front fog lamps and a rear fog light. The car wears a full set of special-ordered 7Jx15 Fuchs forged light-alloy wheels at the front and 8Jx15 at the rear.

While the name of the original owner is unknown, the car’s second owner was well-known Swedish Porsche dealer Bo Strandell, who acquired it in the mid-1980s. Strandell sold the car in 1988 to a lawyer, Bertil Delborn, and at that time, approximately 70,000 kilometers were recorded on its odometer. Mr. Delborn drove the car regularly until 1990, after which he stored it in a heated garage and drove it only sparingly until 2012, when it was purchased by the consignor; at the time the consignor purchased the car, it had covered only 83,000 kilometers. During Mr. Delborn’s ownership, the car underwent mandatory government inspections in 1990, 2002, 2003, 2008, and 2011.

A comprehensive, two-year, nut-and-bolt concours restoration was undertaken in 2012, by one of Europe’s top early 911 specialist shops. It included a complete disassembly, with all of the parts being catalogued, inspected, and refurbished or replaced where needed. The tub was stripped to bare metal and found to be in good condition overall, with some minor rust repair necessary, as would be expected from a 40-year-old vehicle; nonetheless, all of the body panels remain original. The body shell was primed using an electrostatic coating process, ensuring that the entire shell is fully protected from corrosion. It was then repainted in its original special-order color, Ice Green Metallic (code 250), which was applied using a downdraft spray booth with Glasurit paint. All of the tinted glass is original and in good condition. All seals and weather-stripping are new, and all trim, frames, door handles, and window frames have been newly anodized in black.

Mechanically, the powerful 2.7-liter engine was completely rebuilt to as-new condition and appearance, with an extreme focus being paid to detail. A dynamometer test of the freshly rebuilt engine produced an impressive average of 214 horsepower. The five-speed, fully synchronized transaxle and braking system were both fully rebuilt, while the Koni shock absorbers were also restored before being reinstalled. All suspension bushing and ball joints were replaced. New 205/55 front and 225/65 rear tires were mounted on the car’s refinished original Fuchs alloy wheels.

A fresh set of correct black “negative” Carrera appliqués completes the exterior. Except for new correct black velour carpets and a black headliner, the interior is the original, with a black leather sport seat on the driver’s side and a normal black leather seat for the passenger. The speedometer, tachometer, clock, and all other instruments have been carefully restored. The odometer was reset to zero, and the car will have approximately 1,500 kilometers since the rebuild.  The radio is a new retro-inspired Blaupunkt-Köln example. Additionally, the Porsche is supplied with its original tool kit, spare wheel, jack, and air pump. A detailed handbook that outlines the incredibly thorough restoration will accompany this Carrera at sale, along with numerous photographs that document the process.

This beautiful MFI Carrera is offered in exceptional condition, and it would be a fine addition to any collection of rare Porsches, as it is suitable for both shows and touring.

Auction estimate $300,000 - $350,000 USD (approx. €263,000 - €308,000)




74 Carrera @ Russo Sold for $305,000

The Copper Brown Metallic with tan interior 1974 Carrera 2.7 MFI chassis #911 460 0947 sold for $305,000 USD (approximately 263,000 EUR) at Russo & Steele's Scottsdale auction last night.

Prices for long hood 911s appeared to pull back considerably during this weeks Scottsdale auctions. However, Porsche models which have more recently been recognized as collectable, such as the 930/964/993 Turbos and Carrera 2.7 MFI, all continued to benefit from strong sales prices. What this holds for the future is unknown, but undoubtedly there is much broader recognition for several important Porsche 911 models which have been overlooked for at least the last decade by longtime Porsche pundits. This pattern also appeared in other marques where cars from the '70s and '80s sold exceptionally strong, including 365 GT4 BB, 512 BBi, 288 GTO, E30 M3, etc. It is interesting to note that many car enthusiasts who had posters of these cars on their walls, including impact bumper 911s, are just now coming into their peak earning years.


Black 1976 Carrera 2.7 MFI

One of the very rare 1976 Carrera 2.7 MFI is on offer, with only five ever delivered in black. The 1976 Carrera 2.7 MFI is unique even among the 1974-1976 Carreras, with many exterior and interior differences. For instance, these came with the earlier interior and lighter weight carpets, however the interior on this example appears to have been replaced with the more luxurious interior found on the 930 Turbos and Carrera 3.0.

Description from the seller:

STRONG DISTINCTIONS:
THIS IS THE RAREST PORSCHE 911 CARRERA 2.7 RS EVER MADE
QUANTITY: 1 of 123 produced cars
J-SERIES (WITH HOT-DIP-GALVANISED COACHWORK)
210 PS – SPECIAL EDITION MODEL
MATCHING NUMBERS 

HISTORY – MAINTENANCE
Engine injection system, original speedometer (with date stamp from 1976) overhauled by German PORSCHE-Specialist.
Original FUCHS-Wheels were overhauled by the company FUCHS in 2012
The suspension (BILSTEIN Dampers) and brake-system were completely overhauled.
The underbody was ice-blasted. (Pictures from 2013)
New high-end quality paintjob by professional German paintshop. Not much levelling compound. No welding operations were necessary as coachwork was in great condition. (Pictures from 2013)
Interior is completely 100% Original with minor patina.

HISTORY – DOCUMENTS
FIRST DELIVERY TO COLOGNE, GERMANY
GERMAN CAR: All previous owners are German.
Original OWNERS MANUAL (PFLEGEPASS) from 1976 present
Original SERVICE RECORD from 1976 present
Original MAIN-KEY-CARD from 1976 present
Ein großer Meilenstein im Automobilbau wurde durch die feuerverzinkte Stahlbleche für tragende Karosserieteile mit diesem sehr seltenem J-Modell geschaffen. Es gab zur Neuauslieferung eine sechs Jahre Garantie gegen Durchrostung (Langzeitgarantie)
Original (old and new) German Vehicle Documents present

SPECIAL FEATURES
THIS IS THE RAREST PORSCHE 911 CARRERA 2.7 RS EVER MADE
PRODUCTION-NUMBER: 110 of 123 PRODUCED CARS (COMPARISON: 1973 – Porsche 911 2,7 RS – 1.036 PRODUCED)
J-SERIES (WITH HOT-DIP-GALVANISED COACHWORK)
210 BHP – SPECIAL MODEL
SPECIAL ACCESSORIES: eloxed WINDOW-FRAME in BLACK, LEATHER SEATS, 5-GEAR GEARBOX, ELECTRIC WINDOWS, FUCHS-WHEELS

Offered for 330,000 EUR (approx. $384,000).



Sports Car Market - February 2015

The February 2015 issue of Sports Car Market has a three page discussion on the 1974-76 Carrera 2.7 MFI, or "Euro Carrera", written by Prescott Kelly. The article highlights the recent Artcurial sale of 1974 Carrera 2.7 Targa #911 461 0191, followed by a two pages that include a comparison to the 1973 Carrera 2.7 RS, an analysis of the market, and some other commentary.  "If the 1974 RS 3.0 was the spiritual successor to the 1973 RS Lightweight, then [the Carrera 2.7 MFI] was the spiritual successor to the RS Touring." While the production counts were slightly off, with 46 more than actual produced units cited, it is great to see significant attention given to these rare models. "As the prices of 1973 RS cars power upward, those of Euro Carreras will most certainly follow." Unfortunately, the article doesn't mention the fast growing demand, and associated huge price hikes, of other desirable impact bumper 911s, particularly the 3.0-liter 930, 3.3-liter 930, M491 and G50 equipped Carreras, etc.

Prescott Kelly finished the article by stating "A nicely original coupe with just 11,000 km (6,835 miles) and all-original paint sold a few months ago for $325,000. That looks like a smart buy now. We think the market is correct. Euro Carreras are worth the money."


December 2014 Book Update

Porsche enthusiasts email me several times a week for info on the upcoming book covering the Carrera 2.7 MFI and so I thought it was time to publish a public update on the project. The end is in sight, but there is still quite a bit of work left even after the last word has been typed. The exact release date is TBD, though by the end of January we should have a good idea when it will be available for sale.

The majority of the book has been edited at this point by an automotive editor as well as copyeditors, and most sections have undergone a deeper technical review by really knowledgable Porsche enthusiasts. That said, even the final copy is a moving target as almost weekly some new nuance is discovered that requires re-researching details to ensure the book is as accurate as possible. As with all books, articles, etc. there will be mistakes, but hopefully they will be few and far between.

Approximately 300 pages have been laid out at this point and seeing the results are quite motivating. This was no small task, but I think it is important to produce a book that people love to spend time with, rather than just partially reading once. At the end of October the first round of studio shoots were completed in North America, with a second studio shoot that should occur by the end of January. This was an extremely rewarding step forward, particularly as the photos were integrated into the existing book layout. Each new photo brings the book to life and I hope readers enjoy the depth and diversity of photos as much as I have.

The book will be approximately 375 pages, filled with high quality images, detail shots, period photos and significant exploration into all aspects of the mid-1970s Carrera model. Even the most astute Porsche enthusiast should learn some new things and owners of other period Porsche, such as the 3.0-liter 930 Turbo, will find it to include a wealth of information not found anywhere else.

Thanks again to all the contributors who have given feedback, suggestions, photo contributions and, most of all, have been patient with the project. Happy Holidays!