In the wake of the success of the legendary 1973 Carrera RS 2.7, Porsche produced a limited run of 911s on its new G-series platform with the same 911/83 motor with Bosch mechanical fuel injection that had performed so well in competition. With the introduction of the G-series models, Porsche discontinued the T, E, and S model designations and the Carrera now replaced the S as their top-of-the-line performance offering. Along with the potent 2.7, the Carrera model received widened front and rear fenders that accommodated seven and eight-inch-wide forged Fuchs wheels and wider tires, and the scripted Carrera logo stretching between the front and rear wheel wells. The factory incorporated the same alloy front calipers as the RS 2.7, and introduced alloy rear trailing arms and hard mounting points for the factory-installed roll bar.
Incredibly, the new Carrera managed to weigh the same as the previous RS Touring models, even with all of the updated equipment. Increasingly stringent smog and fuel efficiency restrictions in the U.S. meant that the new Carrera was not eligible to be imported to the U.S. Porsche’s total production for the “Euro” Carrera MFI totaled just only 1,026 units for 1974 and only for the RoW markets, making them a rare and desirable commodity, especially to those who could not legally acquire one.
This Carrera was delivered new to its first owner in Verona, Italy in October 1973, and was the 490th example produced. Those who purchased new cars in Italy were subjected to extremely high taxes and were often fitted with few options as a result. It was finished in the uncommon color scheme of Black non-metallic over Brown-beige leather and ordered with a factory sunroof, loudspeaker with antenna, and tinted glass.
In 1986, Angelo Martinoli of Milan became its second owner, and as the president of the Porsche Club Italia, the Carrera was in good hands. It later made its way into the hands of a Dutch enthusiast, who also took exceptional care to maintain the Carrera before it made its way to the U.S.
In 2014, a great friend of ours then purchased the Carrera. Once in his possession, he began going through the car to ensure it was in perfect running order. The complete MFI system was rebuilt, as were the transmission and throttle bodies, and the chain tensioners and heater valves and hoses were replaced. After all of the mechanical work was sorted, he adding subtle personal touches, such as the black-and-gold script and a set of seven and eight-inch Fuchs that were refinished by Porsche wheel specialist Harvey Weidman of Weidman’s wheels. The interior received extensive attention to bring it up to the owner’s high standards. The headliner was removed, stripped, and reupholstered, and all the carpeting replaced. The door panels were removed and reupholstered, and new door pockets were made. The original books, tools, and Certificate of Authenticity are included with the car.
Where the Euro Carreras really shine is when one is behind the wheel. The U.S. specification models were forced to incorporate K-jetronic electronic injection systems that robbed throttle response and diminished power to 167 SAE gross horsepower, while the Euro Carrera received 210 Din net horsepower and significantly sharper throttle response.
This Euro Carrera, chassis 0500, is an exceptional highly original, unrestored example that has been fastidiously cared for by each of its previous owners. Thanks to the years of care and upkeep, it is fully vetted and in need of nothing. With their close ties to the venerable Carrera RS 2.7, they offer one of the best driving experiences one can have behind the wheel of a 911 and one that recalls Porsche’s close ties to their motorsport history.
Factory Electric Sliding Sunroof
Loudspeaker with Antenna
Books, Tools, and a Certificate of Authenticity
Engine no. 6640690
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