Houses of the Holy Impact Bumper

The Sound of Cars is producing interesting video comparison of classic rock with period cars. Episode four compares Porsche's impact bumper introduction in 1974 to Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy. For this episode, the producer mixes his two passions into a single theme that compares and contrasts how both shocked their respective fan base, while also being pivotal in setting a new course. Some of his thoughts include "just because the eyes of the people back then couldn't process the new look, didn't make it any less of a car". "[Porsche] knew they couldn't make another long hood pre-1973-style car. Too many laws had changed from emissions to crash standards. So they took the car they came up with for 1974 and made the best damn car they could. For 15 years the impact bumper lived in rarified air as a top-of-the-line sports car that wasn't made in Italy."

Orange Italian 1975 Carrera 2.7

Italian delivered Carrera 2.7 MFI in its original color of Orange (E7) available in the United States.

Description from the seller:

This rare Carrera was delivered new in October of 1974 to JV Porsche Center in Verona, Italy.
9115600216 is one of the very few European Carrera 2.7 MFI coupes, with only 502 made in 1975.

Delivered with the iconic 1973 RS Carrera MFI 911/83 motor (6650279) it was painted in the spectacular and rare color, E7 Orange, and came with a black leatherette(14) interior with Shetland inserts. The cars sporting intent was reinforced by its no option configuration and a sunroof delete.

9115600216 is fresh from a concours level, bare tub rotisserie restoration that was performed in Italy with a no expense spared budget. Carrozzeria Serattini restored the 911; mechanical work was completed by Rennsport; and the interior was done by Ferraresi. It was completed to 100% factory original specifications. The numbers matching engine and transmission were restored along with every mechanical system on the car.

The only liberty taken during the restoration was the addition of a whale tail decklid, which would have been an option in the day. The original, plain decklid comes with the car and has been fully restored.

Offered for $395,000 (approx. 336,000 EUR)

1974 Carrera 2.7 @ RM Sotheby Monterey

The Lot number 268 silver 1974 Carrera 2.7 MFI at RM Sotheby's Monterey auction sells for $242,000 (including commission).

Talbot Yellow Tartan Carrera

One of only 113 of the 1976 Carrera 2.7 MFI Sondermodell produced as a special series at the end of the 1976 model year for sale within Germany only. Restored back to its original rare paint color of Talbot Yellow.

Description from the seller:



Rough English translation:

CHASSIS NUMBER: 9116609091


Offered as price on request.

Red RHD 1975 Targa @ Silverstone

Right-hand drive 1975 Carrera 2.7 MFI Targa in Guards Red and chrome trim will be offered at the Silverstone "Porsche Sale" in May 2017.

Description from auction company:

Complex 'Homologation' regulations required that in order to ensure cars built to compete in 'production car' racing on the world stage were not 'one-off' specials, they had to be produced in sufficient quantity and to an agreed form and, in the case of the Porsche 911 Carrera, that was the lightweight, racing 'RS' specification. Customers wishing to purchase a Carrera RS for the road had to specify the 'Touring' package that cost an extra DM 2,500 and offered the greater comfort of the 911S' trimmed and upholstered interior. When those production targets had been met, the lightweight RS was discontinued but the Carrera name remained proudly on Porsche's top-of-the-range model, which in its new, series-production 911SC form mounted the 210bhp engine in a full-weight, fully trimmed body shell.

In 1975, if you wanted to order a Porsche 911 Targa, then the 210bhp Carrera version was the absolute 'top of the range'. A rare right-hand drive Carrera Targa - one of only six supplied to the UK - this car was first registered in February 1975 and delivered with a fairly comprehensive complement of factory options. Finished in classic Guards Red with black leather seats (inlays perforated), it came with headlamp washers; 15" Fuchs alloy wheels; driver's side outside mirror; rear wiper; front and rear spoilers; tinted windows; intermittent wiper control; chrome trim parts; Bilstein shock absorbers; and 'Carrera' lettering in black.

Previously owned by Porsche enthusiasts and Porsche Club GB members, this car has been cherished throughout its life and retains many important period details, as listed in the factory delivery specification. It has covered some 125,000 miles from new, which is fully documented and comes with an extensive service history and MoT records dating back to the early 1980s. The accompanying Porsche Certificate of Authenticity confirms matching engine and gearbox numbers. The engine has been rebuilt and is nicely detailed. It benefits from a new stainless steel exhaust system, mated to an original Bischoff final silencer that has been ceramic coated for cosmetic durability. The intake system is all original; the throttle bodies carry the date stamping, and the MFI fuel pump is of the correct date and type (019) as originally delivered. We are advised that the original Type 915 gearbox is very good mechanically. The wheels are believed original and carry the correct date stamp '74', and they have been professionally refurbished in the correct, 1974-specification 'petal' finish and shod with a set of period-looking Avon CR6ZZ tyres.

The interior is remarkably well-preserved with the original vinyl dashboard and trim panels where they have always been and the special optional leather seats remain in wonderful condition, complimented by the original blue/black leatherette of the rear seats. The combination of Guards Red with chrome window trims and stainless steel roll-hoop is a rare find for this model year as, by 1975, most cars were delivered with black trim, making this combination particularly unusual.

The Carrera comes complete with its 1975 driver's manual and service directory booklet in the original documents folder. A complete tool kit with jack and period-correct air compressor is included in the sale. Accompanying paperwork consists of sundry restoration invoices, MoT to June 2017, a V5C Registration Certificate, and the aforementioned Porsche documentation.

This is one of the best examples of the 2.7 Litre Carrera Targa we have ever seen. These cars are very collectable and extremely rare, particularly in such splendid condition, and this exceptional 911 Carrera is ready to be enjoyed by a new custodian.

AVIN Racing Carrera 2.7 MFI

Several photos of the heavily "patinated" 1974 Carrera 2.7 MFI chassis 911 460 0579 AVIN Oil racing car appears in the Just Do It with this ex-Acropolis Rally Porsche 911 article from Classic Driver. For more historical perspective, the racing history of the AVIN Carrera 2.7 MFI is covered in the Racing chapter from the Carrera 2.7 book.

1973–74 IROC RSR Clips

Period footage of the IROC RSR with ducktail being loaded onto a ship destined for the United States in fall 1973 as well as racing clips from Riverside and Daytona.  Engines sound great!  The IROC RSRs shared chassis numbers with the 1974 Carrera 2.7 MFI.

Carrera 2.7 MFI @ Bonhams Paris

This 1974 Carrera 2.7 MFI will be offered at Bonham's Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais in Paris on February 9, 2017.

Description from the auction company:

One of the most iconic sporting motor cars of all time, the legendary Porsche 911 RS resulted from the Zuffenhausen factory's realisation that the excess weight of its top-of-the-range 2.4-litre 911S production model restricted its development potential for racing. It was therefor decided to produced and homologate a special lightweight limited edition variant for Group 4 GT racing, a class that required a minimum of 500 built. Thus it was necessary to incorporate, as standard, specific performance enhancements forbidden as post-production modifications. The result was the legendary lightweight Carrera RS (RennSport).

Boasting performance modifications including enlarged rear wheel arches to accommodate 7" wide wheel rims, and the first of the famous 'ducktail' spoilers, the RS was powered by the newly enlarged 2.7-litre engine that featured Bosch mechanical fuel injection (MFI) and produced 210bhp. These alterations resulted in the RS having a top speed of around 240km/h while ensuring that it remained stable and controllable right up to the limit.

The resulting demand for this fabulous car proved so great that the production run was progressively extended, eventually ending up at 1,590 units and allowing homologation in Group 3 for standard GT production cars. The majority of cars produced were to 'Lightweight' (competition) specification, the remainder being delivered as the Carrera RS Touring, complete with 911S-type interior trim and fittings (order number '472') which cost an extra DM 2,500. For 1974, the Carrera retained the 210bhp MFI engine but was only available with full equipment; the ducktail spoiler was an option, though not available in Germany.

Finished in Grand Prix White, this 1974-model 911 Carrera has belonged to the current owner since July 1985. According to the accompanying confirmation by Porsche Italia, the car was sold new in Italy in the province of Verona. Porsche Italia also confirms that it has matching chassis and engine numbers, and that the original exterior colour was Grand Prix White. The only notable deviation from the factory specification is the interior, which was originally trimmed throughout in black vinyl but has been changed to dark blue cloth for the front seats.

Importantly, the car was subjected to a comprehensive service in October 2015 by Orlando Redolfi of the official Centro Assistenza Porsche Pedrengo near Bergamo, Italy. The work included servicing the brake and clutch system; overhauling the fuel injection pump and injectors; a general service with new fluids; and new tyres front and rear. As a result, the car is described by the vendor as in generally good condition, and as such is certainly an attractive proposal for any Porsche enthusiast. Totalling almost €9,000, invoices relating to the 2015 service are on file, and the car also comes with an original owner's manual, Italian registration documents, and the aforementioned declaration from Porsche Italia.

Auction company estimate €120,000–160,000 ($130,000–170,000 USD).

Red RHD Carrera 2.7 Targa

Description from the seller:

In 1975, if you wanted to order a Porsche 911 Targa, then the 210bhp Mechanical Injected Carrera version, sat at the pinnacle of the model range. Launched right in the middle of the oil crisis, the Carrera was a very expensive car. Just two years prior, a RHD 1973 model 911RS Lightweight (M471) ordered through Porsche Cars GB would have cost £5826. Just two years later, when new, this Carrera Targa would have cost the owner in the region of £10,397 plus options !
A RHD MFI Carrera, is a rare machine, especially to find in good condition, having endured the British weather for the past 40 years. We think this Targa version, with just 6 UK RHD H-Series examples ever supplied, is probably right up there as one of THE BEST RHD EXAMPLES IN THE WORLD. Having been cherished throughout its life, previously owned by enthusiasts and Porsche Club GB members, that’s a testament to this car that’s covered just 125.000 miles from new, fully documented with extensive service history and MOT records (back to early 1980’s). This particular example is one that ooses patina, history and sublime detail. Only a car that has been cherished throughout its life carries so many important period details, correctly detailed as denoted by its factory delivery specification. Confirmed by the Porsche CoA as being numbers matching (engine and gearbox), the engine has been rebuilt and detailed to perfection. It benefits from a new stainless steel exhaust system, mated to an original Bischoff final silencer that has been ceramic coated for cosmetic durability. The intake system is all original, the throttle bodies carry the date stamping and the MFI fuel pump is the correct date and type (019) as originally delivered.

The original numbers matching 915 gearbox is very good mechanically. The wheels are considered original and the correct ‘period’ date stamped 74. They have been refinished to the ’74 spec’ petalled finish to the highest standard, wrapped in a set of period looking Avon CR6ZZ tyres. The interior is in remarkable original condition, the original vinyl dash and trim panels remain, this car was optioned with Leather seats, the special leather used in period remains in remarkable condition and contrasts the original period Blue/Black leatherette of the rear seats. The combination of Guards Red, with the Chrome window trims and stainless steel roll-hoop is a rare find for this model year. Most cars delivered were optioned with Black trim, as its possible that in 1975, the Chrome was considered ‘dated’, but we think it looks just right, and not a combination that we have seen before for this model year. The vehicle includes the ’75 drivers manual, in its original document folder with service directory book. A complete toolkit with jack and correct period air compressor, complete the detail items included in the sale.

  • Registered : February 1975
  • Chassis Number : 9115610125
  • Engine number : 6650445
  • Gearbox Number : 7850424
  • Factory Options :
  • Guards Red G8V9
  • Black Leather seats, inlays perforated
  • M288 Headlamp washers
  • M401 15” 7J and 8J Fuchs alloys
  • M423 outside mirror drivers side plain
  • M425 Rear wiper
  • M436 Folding Targa top
  • M473 Front and rear spoilers
  • M568 Tinted windows
  • M652 Intermittent wiper control
  • M446 Chrome trim parts
  • M474 Bilstein
  • M462 Carrera lettering black on doors
So, to summarise, a hugely collectible, super rare example (one of 6 UK RHD models), that is a real survivor and ready to be enjoyed by the next custodian

Offered for £150,000 (approx. $185,000 USD)

Modified Turbo-look Carrera

This 1974 Carrera 2.7 MFI in Portugal has been modified with a Turbo-look body.

Description from the seller:

This is one of only 1011 Carrera 2.7 Coupes built with the famed 210cv RS (911-83 type) engine in 1974 (1632 in total). The car is a correct and matching Carrera 2.7 MFI. Serial number and engine number are matching according to the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. The engine runs extremely strong, with a correctly set up by a Porsche specialist. Overall a very nice, rust-free and straight car. The interior is in very nice shape, all correct instruments including the 300km/h speedo only available for this cars. The seats are leather and in great shape. It comes with its original tool bag, jack, compressor, spare wheel, books and user’s guide, certificate of authenticity from Porsche, double keys. This is a very fast and capable driver quality Carrera. Extremely rare in this mint condition.

Offered for €240.000,00 (approx. $252,000).