74 Carrera @ RM London

Description from the auction company:
  • One of 1,036 European-specification 1974 Carrera Coup├ęs
  • 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.

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