1974 Carrera @ RM Monterey

A 1974 Carrera 2.7 MFI in the desirable Lime Green color is being offered at RM Auction's Monterey sale during the weeklong Monterey Car Week festivities in August.

Description from the auction house:

210 bhp, 2,681 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
  • Fully restored by marque experts; striking color combination
  • Includes Porsche Certificate of Authenticity

The tremendous success of its 1973 Carrera RS spurred Porsche to continue that theme into 1974, but newly enacted crash safety standards in the United States mandated the end of the “long-hood” chassis. The new “G” series of 1974 brought shock-mounted impact bumpers, a stronger floor pan, revised lighting, and other related features. New U.S. emissions laws also had an effect on the engine. U.S.-delivery Carreras received the same 150 horsepower 2.7-liter flat six as the 911 S, while cars destined for the “Rest of the World” (ROW) or “Euro” markets retained the 210 horsepower Type 911/83 engine of the 1973 RS. Feeding that 2.7-liter engine was the wonderfully responsive Bosch mechanical fuel injection (MFI).

The fenders and rear quarters were tastefully flared to accept seven- and eight-inch wide Fuchs forged alloy wheels. Underneath, there were new forged aluminum rear trailing arms, and the Carreras were fitted with 20-millimeter front and 18-millimeter 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. The 1974 Carrera 2.7 continued the brilliant performance standards set by the 1973 RS. Contemporary road tests found the new model capable of a 5.5-second sprint to 60 miles per hour.

The ’74 Carreras also retained many of the exterior cosmetic features of the 1973 RS, including the iconic “ducktail” spoiler. A special rubber chin spoiler mounted to the lower edge of the front valance helped balance airflow. Ultimately, Porsche produced only 1,026 ROW Carrera coupes for model year 1974.

This stunning example is believed to have been sold new in Germany, and it later made its way to Japan. It was then returned to Europe, where it received a thorough, bare-metal restoration at Autoreiter KG, in Vienna, Austria. The work reportedly consumed some 1,900 man-hours to complete. A few years ago, chassis number 600447 was sold to a Canadian marque specialist, who completed some additional detailing.

This car is finished as original, per its factory Certificate of Authenticity, in fresh N8 Lime Green paint and black Carrera graphics. Notably, the original black leatherette interior remains in superb condition and was not replaced during the restoration. The Carrera also retains its original Blaupunkt Bamberg stereo cassette player with upgraded speakers, along with a rear window wiper and tinted glass. Additionally, it is supplied with a correct collapsible spare tire, air compressor, complete tool kit, and owner’s manual.

Carrera 2.7 MFIs come to market only rarely; here is an opportunity for the serious Porsche collector to acquire one of the finest examples in the world, in a striking color combination no less.

Auction estimate of $300,000 - $375,000 USD (approx. €271,000 - €316,000).