GT Spirit Model – Behind the Scenes

While we featured the Carrera 2.7 models by GT Spirit well over a year ago, I recently ran across behind the scenes photos of their production of the Salmon Metallic Carrera 2.7 model.

The GT Spirit Facebook page is filled with behind the scenes shots from producing a wide variety models, though mostly Porsche centric such as the Carrera RS 3.8, 911S Targa, 928 GTS, Carrera 2.7 RS, 964 Turbo 3.6 and Carrera 3.2 Club Sport among many others. They produced the Carrera 2.7 model in Platinum Metallic, Salmon Metallic and special one-off Green as a promotion. They also produced an orange Carrera 2.7 Targa.

'76 Carrera 2.7 MFI Sondermodell in USA

Description from the seller:

Uber Rare Carrera RS 2.7 – Number 119 of 123 made. Special non-production model, Sondermodell. Last street car Porsche ever produced with mechanical fuel injection. Same 911/83 RS mechanically fuel injected (MFI) engine that produced 210 bhp as the 1973 Carrera RS. Same weight,1075 kg, like the 1973 RS Touring. Only 11 cars known to exist in the USA. Engine rebuilt recently. No rust to be found. Matching numbers. Service records available as well as the manual(German), tools, jack/records, COA and video that was featured in Flat 6 magazine. The legend of the '73 Carrera RS lives on in the Carrera 2.7 MFI.

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

Road Scholars Carrera 2.7 Review

Road Scholars is well known in the Porsche community for their best-of-the-best 911s and other Porsche models, as well as the monthly online Porsche magazine that they started publishing just a year ago. Their "Something Old, Something New" book review column keeps automotive book enthusiasts apprised of great books that should be on everyone's bookshelf. Randy Leffingwell published the following review of the new Carrera 2.7 book in the Road Scholars magazine's December 2015 issue:

Carrera 2.7 – The Soul of the Legendary Carrera 2.7 RS Lives on Within the Carrera 2.7 MFI

Ryan Snodgrass’s new Carrera 2.7 is the logical and meticulously researched follow-up to the Carrera RS history written by Drs Thomas Gruber and Georg Konradsheim and first published in 1992. The earlier book encompassed 911 RS Carrera models from 1972 through 1992 because the RS designation was the focus of its interest. Snodgrass follows a similarly tight discipline, examining the 2.7-liter models with mechanical fuel injection, a series that began with the 1972 model year and ended in early 1975 with some 1976 “Sondermodell” or special variation cars. These cars share a mystique in the U.S. with the ’72/’73 RS 2.7 in that Porsche did not export them to the states either – because they were identical in their specification and in their non-compliance to early emissions standards. Motivated by his desire in recent years to find a good example of one of these cars for himself, he undertook what is now a bible on the 2.7s. 

Pages are handsomely designed, and hundreds of not-seen-before black-and-white and color images share importance with diagrams or graphics or charts. Several pages show engine or chassis or body assembly as it only could have been witnessed and photographed in the early- and mid-1970s. Detailed part photos turn this book into an ultimate restoration guide as well as encyclopedic buyer’s reference. 

The photos deserve special mention because it is easy to completely lose count of how many were specially commissioned for this book. A common complaint from European readers of American-produced books on Porsche is that U.S. versions of 911s are different, which provide inaccurate references to continental readers. Snodgrass enlisted photographers not only in the U.S. but also in the U.K. and Europe to provide excellent images. What’s more, the thorough racing coverage in chapter 7 shows countless photos of these cars sideways, tricycling, or fully airborne. The captions – for all the pictures – are more than just labels and some are downright entertaining.

Magenta Carrera Magazine Article

The latest issue of Total 911 magazine #134 includes a five-page article on a Magenta 1974 Carrera 2.7 MFI coupe titled "The First Impact Bumper 911." The article gives a brief overview of the Carrera 2.7 model, a driving experience and delves into the long-time owner's relationship with his Carrera.

Further, the "2015 Total 911 Photo of the Year" winner was the Magenta Carrera featured in this issue and with the title "Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 at dusk," photographed by Rob Till.

Lime Green '75 Carrera 2.7 MFI Targa

Description from the seller:

I am selling my lime green Carrera 2.7 matching numbers. Lots of nice features. SSI heat exchangers, Avon CR6ZZ tires and 30.000€ engine rebuild at a German specialist in Germany. 911/83 engine.

Offered for €250,000 (approx. $266,000 USD)


1974 Carrera 2.7 Auctioned in Berlin

Description from the auction company:

This Carrera 2.7 Coupe offered here is a model from the Carrera Coupe series with the legendary engine from the Carrera RS, 2.7 l cubic capacity and mechanic fuel injection (MFI), type 911/83, of which only 1534 units were built between 1974 and 1976. That means that over a period of three years less units were made than of the 2.7 Carrera RS in 1973 alone. Accordingly, the 2.7 Carrera as successor of the Carrera RS is a desired collectible and is in no way inferior to the latter's driving characteristics, despite its slightly higher weight.

The model offered here is particularly captivating for its untouched original condition. The Porsche is without any welding jobs and partly still in its first finish. The Carrera was delivered without rear spoiler, the car comes with the original hood in first finish. According to the owner, engine and gearbox have matching numbers. To his knowledge, the vehicle is accident-free and is, from carpets, instruments, rooftop to seats, in an unrestored original condition. The mileage has not been documented, however, it is plausible considering the car's condition. Comprehensive documentation including handbook with German manual, Italian birth certificate, original advertising brochures and various invoice are at hand. The Carrera also comes with the original toolbag, jack, tire pressure filling cylinder and the original collapsible spare tire.

Auction company estimate €240,000 – €260,000 (approx. $260,000 – $280,000 USD)

Porsche 911 2.4S V 2.7 Carrera: The Unseen Photos

One of my favorite magazines to arrive each month, Total 911, published some additional photos from their "Porsche 2.4S V 2.7 Carrera" article from issue 132.

Total 911 Magazine: 2.4S V 2.7 Carrera

On the front cover of Total 911: The Porsche Magazine issue 132 features the article "2.4S V 2.7 Carrera: Which of these top-spec titans offers the best classic drive?"  The latest issue heads to Finland for a head-to-head road trip in a 1973 Porsche 911 2.4S and its impact bumper replacement, the iconic 2.7 Carrera.

The conclusion:

"...the Carrera provided me with much more cosseting, devouring everything that was thrown in its way: the archetypal grand tourer, built for occasions such as this. From behind the wheel of the 2.4 S, I couldn't help but sneak a glance every now and then at the evocative rear end of the Carrera, envious of its talents. For the weekend, I'd have to take the S just for its sheer involvement, but if I've got to live with my £200,000 classic 911, it doesn't get much better than the Carrera 2.7. In fact, scratch that. It doesn't get any better, end of."

Grand-Prix-White with Red Interior

Excellent color combination of class Grand-Prix White over a contrasting red interior. It is rare to see mid-1970s 911s with original door panels that no prior owner cut to install speaker panels. All the engine components are there, including the often missing warm-up air regulator. It wouldn't take much work to clean up all the details on this Carrera 2.7 MFI and have it close to how it left the factory.

Description from the seller:

Porsche 911 CARRERA 2.7 MFI , 1975, grandprixweiss, red interior Complete original, rare color combination, original interior never restored.
Matching numbers engine +gearbox!
Porsche certificate
This is one from 518 built in 1975!
Technical identical as RS , engine 210 HP mechanical fuel injection!
Invoice historical

Offered for €240,000 (approx. $273,000 USD)

1975 Carrera with '74 911/83 Engine

Description from the seller:

Porsche carrera 2.7 MFI 1975, N° de serie 9115600398. 5 speed, Sunroof, tinted windows, Factory sport Leather interior (SO). color "vert diamant" ref 250 matching. motor 911/83 N° 6640729 1974. Nut & Bolt restoration. complete file of restoration available to qualified buyers.

Offered for €190,000 (approx. $216,000 USD).

AMAG Switzerland delivered Carrera

Description from the seller:

Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 (154 kW / 210 hp), 100% original, NEVER restored, AMAG Switzerland Delivery. Motor NEVER opened (100% original), Matching Number (chassis No. 911 460 XXX). First owner for more than 40 Years. I am the second owner. Original Color Light Yellow (117), Original Mileage less than 99,000 KM. Original Accessories: Ducktail RS (Original Hanes Carrera 2.7, not a copy), Blaupunkt radio (all market on the original 1973 Bill from Porsche ...). Price Requested EUR300'000 due to the originality and never restored state. First contact by mail. The car is located in Switzerland.

Offered for 300,000 EUR (approx. $342,000 USD).