Profiled: 1976 Carrera 2.7 Sondermodell

The latest Excellence magazine issue #239 for September 2016 includes the article "Das Sondermodell: A German-market-only 1976 Carrera 2.7 MFI coupe makes its way Stateside" by Doug Neilson. The article profiles the journey of the special 1976 Carrera 2.7 MFI Sondermodells from new in Germany, through the hands of an enthusiast who sold her VW Beetle and dreamed of a 911, through a few owners to the present caretaker.

A few excerpts:

In the early 1980s, Vien Wheeler was going to school to become a pharmacist and driving a powder blue Volkswagen Beetle that was mechanically sound, but structurally not so good. Although her Bug had seen better days, her love of it led her to take an interest in another rear- engined, air-cooled German car: the Porsche 911. Upon graduation, however, Wheeler opted to loan her sister money to assist in the start-up of a business, rather than spend her paychecks on a sports car.

Wheeler's investment in her sister only temporarily delayed her ownership of a Porsche, though. The company Wheeler loaned money to help launch became successful. When it came time for reimbursement, Wheeler said she didn't want money, but she'd happily accept a 911- as long as it was something really special. Since her sister's husband worked as a mechanical engineer in Germany, this turned out to be a relatively straightforward request. After doing a little searching, Wheeler's brother-in-law found the car you see here.  After Wheeler's brother-in-law purchased the car from a German seller, it was shipped to the Port of Houston. After her 911 was unloaded off the boat, Wheeler drove her new wheels 243 miles home to Shreveport, Louisiana where she registered it on November 18, 1986.

Another story from a later owner of the Sondermodell:

One day while working at Ruf, Glenn remembers seeing a very interesting customer car-an inconspicuous G-bodied 911 with an RS-spec 2.7-1iter MFI engine. Glenn pointed the car out to Alois, who happened to be walking by, and commented that someone had put an RS motor in the car. "That 'someone' was the Porsche factory," Ruf responded. "If you ever have a chance to buy one of these cars, do so. One day they will be very valuable."