- One of 1,036 European-specification 1974 Carrera coupes
- Fully restored in attractive color combination
- Matching-numbers drivetrain
- Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
The surprisingly successful 911 Carrera RS of 1973 so impressed the buying public that Porsche knew it had to continue the theme with its next series of production sports coupes, the G-Series 911 of 1974–1977. The updated 911 incorporated a new and stronger chassis with crash-resistant bumpers to meet U.S. requirements. Economic realities meant that Porsche had to incorporate those physical changes into all its new 911s, so even RoW, or “Rest of the World” models, featured impact bumpers and reinforced door panels. Europe and other non-U.S. markets, however, did enjoy the advantage of retaining the brilliant 210-hp 2.7-liter engine of the ’73 RS.
This beautiful Grand Prix White over black 1974 911 Carrera is one of the fortunate European-specification models that retains the same performance, feel, and driving enjoyment as the earlier RS. It was delivered from the factory to Nordrhein of Düsseldorf on 21 November 1973, and thence to its first owner. The Porsche Certificate of Authenticity confirms that this is a matching-numbers car that left the factory in Grand Prix White over blue-black leatherette with tweed fabric seat inserts. It was fitted with Koni shock absorbers and 911 S brakes with aluminum alloy calipers and optional 7J and 8J by 15-in. Fuchs forged alloy wheels mounted with Dunlop 195/70-15 and 215/60-15 tires, a package that neatly filled the flared front fenders and widened rear quarters.
According to the former owner, the car was used by its original owner as a daily driver until April 1987, by which time it had covered a reliable 147,712 km (approx. 91,875 miles). Thereafter, it was used only sparingly over the next few years, as documented by the original Abgaswerteschein (smog check logbook). The Porsche was then apparently taken off the road until 2009, when it was sold to renowned German 911 specialist Manfred Niederhof, reportedly for his personal use. The car then underwent a three-year cosmetic restoration by Niederhof and is powered by its rebuilt, magnesium-cased, mechanically fuel-injected Type 911/83 engine, with matching-numbers rebuilt magnesium gearbox. The interior is all original, including the dashboard, and the car retains its original extras, including power windows, forged alloy wheels, and “sunroof delete.”
The previous owner noted that this Porsche was the best-driving example he had ever owned. As such, he enjoyed the car for over 2,000 km of driving to such events as the Greystone Manor (2014), Palos Verdes (2014), and La Jolla (2015) Concours d’Elegance, where it was shown. It is also a multiple PCA Class and Divisional winner, including Best in Class awards in 2014 and twice in 2015. He subsequently sold the 911 Carrera to the current owner shortly thereafter.
Offered with a collection of original documentation and Certificate of Authenticity from the Porsche factory, as well as a full tool kit, jack, spare, factory air compressor, and trophies, this is a handsome and wonderful ‘74 Carrera 2.7 with desirable mechanical fuel-injection.