Lot #10: 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI Coupe
A beautiful and authentic example of the rare RS with Certificate of Authenticity
- Preferred 911/83-powered, high-performance European-spec example
- Retaining matching numbers; includes Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
- Sunroof-delete model; great factory color combination and “ducktail” spoiler
- Recorded history of ownership and provenance; includes service records
- Restored in Germany; Accompanied by all tools and many show trophies
|True Mileage:||156,645 km|
Very rare and highly desirable European-market 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI Coupe featuring the matching numbers, 210-horsepower, 2.7-litre 911/83 engine made famous by the prior 1973 Carrera 2.7 RS homologation special. Outstanding colors, sunroof delete, iconic “ducktail” spoiler. Expert German restoration. Accompanied by Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, service records, all tools, and show trophies.
Specifications: 2,687 cc air-cooled, SOHC horizontally-opposed six-cylinder engine, Bosch mechanical fuel-injection, 210 bhp at 6,300 rpm, five-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 89.4"
Following the 1972 racing season, fundamental revisions to FIA regulations ended the three-year reign of Porsche mighty and deadly 917 sports prototypes. Having already earned an outstanding competition pedigree soon after introduction, the 911, now in 2.4-litre 911S form, was the basis for Porsche’s new Group 4 GT contender, the Carrera 2.7 RS. In keeping with its “RS” designation, short for rennsport and translated into English as “racing” or “motorsport,” the new FIA-legal homologation special featured sharpened reflexes courtesy of Porsche’s committed engineers, who aggressively cut the basic car’s weight with lightweight thinner-gauge steel for the body, thinner glass, and more basic interior appointments. At its heart, the 2.4-litre, air-cooled ‘flat-six’ engine of the 911S was bored out and fuel-injected to become a 210-horsepower, 2.7-liter powerhouse. Wider rear wheels and suspension upgrades were included, and extensive wind-tunnel testing resulted in the new Carrera’s distinctive “Burzel” ducktail-style rear spoiler, which drastically reduced rear-end lift at speed and remains the model’s visual signature of the Carrera 2.7 RS today.
In keeping with FIA production requirements to homologate the car, Porsche needed to offer 500 race-specification Carreras to the public, much to the horror of Porsche’s sales department. To their surprise and relief, buyer demand far exceeded this level, beginning with more than 50 orders reportedly taken on the first day of the Carrera’s launch at the October, 1972 Paris Salon. Ultimately, 1,590 Carreras were built between 1973 and into 1974, with the production run divided between the hard-core M471 Lightweight and slightly better-equipped M472 Touring versions. Universally acclaimed from launch, the Carrera RS delivered an incomparable driving experience with uncommon levels of man-and-machine connection, sharp reflexes, and outstanding performance belying its relatively small-displacement engine at the rear of the car.
For 1974, in recognition of the crucial and highly lucrative U.S. market, all 911 models were now built upon the new short-hood ‘G Series’ chassis, which featured a strengthened floor pan, revised lighting, and impact-type front and rear bumpers in compliance with the new crashworthiness standards in force. The hot 2.7-liter MFI (mechanical fuel injected) 911/83 engine of the prior year’s Carrera 2.7 RS returned and continued to deliver the 210-horspower rating, making the new Carrera the top model in the 911 hierarchy, with the 911S positioned just below, and the prior 911E and 911T models dropped from the simplified Porsche model lineup. The new-generation 911 Carrera was also available with the distinctive “Burzel” or “ducktail or its predecessor, the Turbo-style “whale tail” from 1975, and with no spoiler for a classical early 911 look. As such, the new-generation Carrera delivered much the same performance and handling characteristics as its more famous predecessor. While not as rare in overall terms, the 2.7-liter 911 Carrera was built from August 1973 through July 1975 with 2,243 examples in all including 1,036 Coupes and 433 Targas for Porsche’s “RoW” or Rest of World markets, plus 528 Coupes and 246 Targas destined for U.S. sale.
While the U.S.-market Carreras were saddled with a lower-performance engine delivering only some 175 hp, European-spec cars delivered the full 210-hp experience with the celebrated high-performance 911/83 powerplant. Importantly, this engine includes the magnesium crankcase, beefier internals, and mechanical fuel injection that make it so formidable. Finished in Grand Prix White over Leatherette upholstery with tweed fabric seat inserts, this example from 1974 is one of those most desirable original European-market Carreras. Numbered 9114600628 and accompanied at auction by its corresponding Certificate of Authenticity from Porsche, this 911 Carrera Coupe was factory-equipped with optional Koni shock absorbers, ‘S’ brakes, and Dunlop tires. It is also verified as a non-sunroof “Drivers Edition” car, built for just one purpose – to perform.
This Carrera was used by its original owner as a very fast and capable daily driver until April 1987 and 147,712 kilometers (approximately 91,875 miles) recorded. Thereafter, it was used only sparingly for the next few years, supported by documented copies of the original Abgaswerteschein (emissions-check logbook). The Carrera was then taken off the road until 2009, when it was sold to renowned Porsche marque specialist Manfred Niederhof for his personal use. During his tenure, the Carrera underwent light cosmetic and thorough mechanical restoration over a three-year timeframe by Niederhof GmbH.
Retaining its original, matching numbers Type 911/83 engine and magnesium gearbox, as well as its blue/black/tweed interior and unmarked dashboard, this Carrera retains a pleasingly high level of originality, a virtue often and sadly lost on over-restored classics.
Since its arrival in the United States, the Carrera has been driven some 2,000 kilometers while attending such events as the Greystone Manor Concours (2014), the Palos Verdes Concours (2014), and the La Jolla Concourse (2015). It was also driven to the celebrated Monterey Car Week in 2015. A multiple PCA Class and Divisional winner, including Best in Class awards, once in 2014 and twice in 2015, the Carrera is accompanied at auction with awards and trophies.
Many documents support the Carrera’s mileage and provenance, including the original Brief and German title in Mr. Niederhof’s name, as well as a Bill of Sale from him to the current owner. Other original documents and the Certificate of Authenticity from Porsche are also included, plus accessories including a full tool kit, jack, spare, factory air compressor, and owners’ manuals. The consignor, a highly knowledgeable Porsche collector and enthusiast, advises this wonderful Euro-specification 911 Carrera 2.7 ‘MFI’ is a sheer delight to drive, and is guaranteed entry to most high-profile concours events, tours, and classic rallies anywhere.
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