Total 911: 2.7 RS v 2.7 Carrera

Next month's Total 911 issue #139 features a seven page article title "2.7 RS v 2.7 Carrera" that compares the racing purpose 1973 Carrera 2.7 RS Sport Lightweight (M471) versus a touring version of the 1975 Carrera 2.7 MFI with red/blue MacLachlan tartan seat inlays.

Both 2.7-liter Carreras are featured in red with great photos accompanying the article. Unsurprisingly, the hat is tipped to the Lightweight, which is a spectacular sports-purpose machine with a much racier persona in its more stripped down trim. Of course, a fairer comparison for the 1973 Carrera RS M471 Lightweight is its direct replacement: the lightweight and low-production 1974 Carrera 3.0 RS, as the Carrera 2.7 MFI was the direct successor to the Carrera 2.7 Touring (M472) variation.

25th Anniversary Carrera Targa

1975 Silver Anniversary Jubilee Carrera 2.7 MFI Targa chassis 911 561 0058 to be auctioned at Techno Classica Essen on April 9th.

Description from the auction company:

Late in 1974 Porsche started building a special 911 model to mark the company’s 25th anniversary. Only 400 2.7 Targa 25th Anniversary models were built, and all were finished in silver and bestowed with plenty of extras. Of the 400 built, just 16 were Carrera Targas, and chassis 0058 is one of those. Although for the German market these Anniversary cars were built in coupe form (as the 911 S), only a few were 2.7-litre Carreras. The 2.7 Carrera Targa was supplied with the legendary 2.7 RS engine with mechanical fuel injection as fitted in the 1973 Porsche 911 RS. 

The car offered for sale here is not only one of the ultra rare Targas, it is also restored from the ground up and comes with extensive photo documentation, a Porsche authenticity certificate and German road registration documents. Having covered only about 700kms since its documented restoration, we dare to say it is the only one on offer in this specification and condition, with any others unlikely to come to market for a very long time. A very special Porsche indeed – just the car for the serious collector looking for the true jewel in the crown of his or her collection.

HSR "Classic RS Cup" Racing Series

Starting mid-1973, those who missed ordering a 1973 Carrera 2.7 RS had the option of a Carrera 2.7 MFI, or the extremely limited Carrera 3.0 RS. This ultimately led to privateers campaigning the Carrera 2.7 MFI in many significant events including the Targa Florio, Monte Carlo Rally, Acropolis Rally, Rallye Sanremo, Rallye d’Antibes, Rally dell'Isola d’Elba and 24 Heures d'Ypres, among others.

For 2016, Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) and Jochen Maas have created a special new racing series specifically for Porsche's 2.7 to 3.0-liter RS/RSR models, including the RS-spec Carrera 2.7 MFI built from 1974 through 1975 which shared the typ 911SC designation with the RS models.  Called the "Classic RS Cup", HSR has coined the series of events "A Throw Back To The International Race of Champions (IROC)". To level the playing field, minimum weights for the car and driver are assigned to each displacement model.

The series begins with Virginia International Raceway (May 26-29) followed by Road Atlanta (September 16-18), Hutchinson Island (October 27-30), Daytona (November 10-13) and Sebring (December 1-4). Each event consists of two 25-minute sprint races as well as a 60-minute endurance challenge.

More information is available in the Classic RS Cup booklet and the Classic RS Cup website.

'74 Lime Green Targa in USA

Description from the seller:

No need for a long introduction. By now, every Porsche enthusiast knows how rare and special these cars are! This Carrera has been delivered new to Germany in 1974 and was officially imported to the United States in 1996.

This is one of only 433 Targas built in 1974 with the famous 911-83 type engine, the mighty Carrera RS powerhouse with mechanical fuel injection! Very few were painted in the striking lime green color (code N8V9) which makes this car even more collectible.

This car has been commissioned to a complete and fully documented restoration by Freddy Hernandez of Vintage Sportscar restoration, a master of the trade.The engine was completely done by Tom Amon of Mobile Works West and has less than 300 miles on it today. A genuine RS ducktail (not a replica) was added at this time. Original 300km/h speedo included.

This strikingly beautiful car comes with its jack, tool bag, spare wheel and a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Nice documentation all the way back to Germany is on hand. This is an all numbers matching Carrera in flawless collector condition! Rare opportunity to own a timeless classic in period correct colors!

Offered for $275,000 (approx. 254,000 EUR).

Copper Brown Metallic '76 Sondermodell

Description from the seller:

Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera MFI aus 1976. Einer von 113 gebaute Sondermodelle. Nicht restauriert, sondern neu lackiert, alles erneut, Motor auch (Rechnung von fast 20.000 euro). Auto hat 16 Jahre nicht gefahren. Erstbesitzer ware ein Ärtztin aus Belgien, ist jetzt zum Verkaufen vom zweite Besitzer. Interiör auch Komplett Original, ich habe viele Fotos von wie gut das Auto war als wir es kauften. Ganz Original und Matching Numbers. Mehr Info mbz diese Autos:

Rough English translation:

Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera MFI from 1976. A special models built by the 113th Not restored, but repainted, everything again, engine also (bill of nearly 20,000 euros). Car has not moved 16 years. First owner would be a Ärtztin from Belgium, is now on sale from the second owner. Interiör also complete original, I have lots of pictures of how well the car was when we bought it. Full original and matching numbers. DETAILS about these cars:

Silver 1974 Carrera 2.7 MFI

Description from the seller:

No need for a long introduction. By now, every Porsche enthusiast knows how rare and special these cars are! This Carrera has been delivered new to Italy in January 1974, where it was sold in Bologna to its first of four total owners. 100% matching number car, with original color combination, silver metallic over leatherette and shetland-twill blue/black. Options: limited slip differential and Koni shock absorbers. The car has only traveled 106k kilometers (66k miles) from new, certified by official Porsche invoices.

It comes with its original tool bag, jack, compressor, spare wheel, books and user’s guide, certificate of authenticity from Porsche, double keys and original date stamped Fuchs wheels 6 and 7 x15. Even the instruments have been verified to be date stamped correctly.

After a first slight restoration in the 90’s (documented with photos), the car just benefitted from a preservative restoration, keeping the car as original as possible. There are still traces of the original under coating visible. The Bosch injection pump, original discs, calipers, suspensions, arms, gearbox, stainless steel exhaust, everything is still original.

The car needs absolutely nothing! Perfect paint, interior new by Tappezzeria Ferraresi, mechanical and electrical totally dismounted and serviced. The engine has been completely rebuilt less than 5000 kms (3100 miles) ago. The restoration is fully documented; moreover the car comes with all service invoices from official Porsche dealers since 1991.

Offered for 245,000 EUR (approx. $275,000 USD).

1976 Carrera 2.7 MFI @ Rétromobile

Description from the auction house:

Chassis n° 9116609116
Engine n° 6668129

Come 1974 and the 911 got the 2.7 litre engine. At the same time, to satisfy the requirements of the American market, it got the new thicker impact bumpers and was designated the G Model. Depending on the version, the power goes from 150 to 210hp.

This Carrera, the most sporting variant, has the 911/83 engine with the Bosch MFI mechanical fuel injection from the 1973 Carrera RS. 1633 coupes were built, which makes it a low production model in Porsche terms. In 1976 a final series of about 113 cars ending in chassis 9116609123 would be built for the German home market with a galvanized body. Some historians call this mini series a Sondermodell (German for a special model). This makes it a certainly a collector's car and makes it possible to own an original 911 without restoring the bodywork.

Its original Fahrzeugbrief shows that it was bought new in July 1976 by Hans Karmann. Two more German owners followed, Gerhard Gottwick in October 1976 and Wolfgang Utsch in January 1982. In September 1983 Daniel Brouillon bought the car and imported it to France. Four more French owners were to follow (La Galle, Cazaux, Mootgat) and finally Labat acquired the car in June 2005. The car's history records the car's ownership and includes a comprehensive file of invoices from the reputed workshops of Almeras and Sonauto, covering the years from 1983 to 1993, a period during which the car was meticulously maintained and its engine and gearbox were rebuilt. A 911 3.2L oil cooler was fitted to improve engine cooling under normal road conditions. A well known establishment, Joffroy Automobile in Arles, has just serviced the car and fitted a new DHKZ ignition system. We have a very comprehensive service history for the car from 2005 to date.

The car has recently been resprayed in black (colour reference 700-9-2) and presents well. The door fits are excellent, sign that the body shell is sound and probably has never needed stripping. It seems the right time to remember that this car is one of the very last of this series in a production run of some 113 coupes and has the advantage of the hot dipped galvanized body. The interior is in excellent original condition with the original navy blue carpets and those tartan seats so typical of the period. Incidentally the car has two optional extras, which were rare at the time: an electrically operated driver's rear view mirror and a wiper fitted to the rear windscreen. Its excellent condition earned it an article in Flat Six in 2005. With 30,458 km on the clock and its detailed history of meticulous maintenance, we can offer this car in an ultra rare state of originality, which is not surprising when you take into account its history and the fact that it had that hot dip galvanizing at the factory.

Auction house estimate €220,000–€260,000 (approx. $240,000 – $284,000)

Carrera 2.7 Book – Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all the Carrera 2.7 MFI enthusiasts who have been enjoying the Carrera 2.7 book around the world! I wanted to share a few quick highlights:

  • Total 911 magazine just listed the Carrera 2.7 book in the number 1 spot on their 2016 'MUST READ' Porsche book list;
  • The blue Limited Edition is out-of-stock in North American but will start shipping again in late January;
  • Under 20 red Publisher's Editions are left worldwide before the book is completely sold out

Total 911 Magazine's 2016 'MUST READ' book list

Total 911 magazine just listed the Carrera 2.7 book in the number one spot on their 2016 "MUST READ" list of books with the following quick summary: "This limited edition tome, of which 2,500 numbered copies have been printed, tells the complete story of the Carrera 2.7, a car relatively unknown compared to its similar-engined RS predecessor. Expertly researched and written by Ryan Snodgrass, this comprehensive compendium gives Carrera 2.7 fans and owners all the information they will ever need."

Shipping Update

December was a big month as almost all pre-orders were fulfilled and some even appeared under a Christmas tree or two. We have been out of stock on the blue Carrera 2.7: Limited Edition since mid-December with more expected to arrive in mid-to-late January. If you ordered since December 1st and haven't received your book, expect it to arrive late in January. Thanks for your patience!

As of this evening, less than 20 copies of the red Carrera 2.7: Publisher's Edition are left until it is permanently sold out worldwide. If you wanted a copy for your Porsche book collection, do not delay!