The 1974 Carrera RS was built on the new short-bonnet G-series chassis, which incorporated a strengthened floor pan, front and rear impact bumpers, revised lighting, and other features to improve crash-worthiness demanded by the United States. For reasons of economy, Porsche manufactured all-new 911s on the same chassis. They also changed the engine specifications for the 1974 Carreras, which replaced the top-of-line 2.4-litre 911 S from the year before. All Carreras received a new 2.7-litre engine with more durable Nikasil-coated cylinders. Those destined for the U.S. were fitted with the 175-horsepower Type 911/93 with K-Jetronic fuel injection, to meet strict emissions standards, whilst the rest of the world (RoW) received the Type 911/83 with Bosch mechanical fuel injection (MFI) from the hugely successful and popular 1973 Carrera RS 2.7. This engine developed 210 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 188 foot-pounds of torque at 5,100 rpm.
With nearly identical performance as the 1973 Carrera RS in Touring trim, the 1974 Carrera 2.7 MFI is said to have been the quickest normally aspirated road 911 produced until the late 1980s. With its relatively light weight of just over 1,075 kilograms, the mechanically injected Carrera is a brilliant performer. Power is fed through a Type 915/06 five-speed manual transaxle, via seven- and eight-inch-wide Fuchs alloy wheels that neatly fill its flared wings and quarter panels. Large ventilated disc brakes—282 millimetres in diameter in the front and 292 millimetres in the rear—serve to haul the car down quickly and safely from speed.
Production saw 1,036 cars built, with 1,026 production cars made for general sale as the first 10 numbers were assigned to factory test chassis. Just 117 RHD examples were believed to have been produced.
Electric Sunroof, Carrera chrome trim, Gold Carrera graphics, Blaupunkt Radio/Cassette, Wider rear wheels, Tool kit, Jack, Spare wheel, Crested centre caps, Air compressor.
The short bonnet G series chassis will forever remain a hallmark of automotive design and this outstanding example presents in a period hue of the wonderfully named ‘Bitter Chocolate’. This MFI has been subject to a comprehensive cosmetic overhaul whilst in the US with marque specialists Autobahn of Costa Mesa, including a bare-metal and glass-out re-spray of the body shell with the correct gold carrera graphics. As such the car is in first class condition with M446 bright work that tastefully offsets the body with mirrors, headlight surrounds and door handles all in superb order. As one would expect, grilles, rubbers and trim are as new whilst lights remain chip and crack free.
The Cinnamon light-grain leatherette upholstery presents incredibly fresh and clean having been replaced during restoration in the States last year. The leather and carpet is offset distinctively with a black dash and door handle / storage combination that succeeds in a styling union further enhanced by new old stock sun visors, fresh carpet and weaved mats. Optional equipment includes the very desirable M 650 Electric sunroof whilst there is also a period-correct Blaupunkt AM/FM stereo with a tape player, speakers and an antenna. Instrumentation and switch gear is clean, crisp and fully operational.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Having been treated to a top end overhaul, the flat 6 sits in fine order and performs strongly with that distinctive bark synonymous with MFI units. The gearbox mechanism has been overhauled and adjustments including a new clutch fork bush and cable ensure the drivetrain remains fluid and smooth. The engine is completely dry and presents in excellent cosmetic order having recently returned from a mechanical check and tune with marque specialist Andy Prill.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The special crested Fuchs wheels are staggered fitment with wider rears from new, showing wonderfully well with a polished lip wrapped in excellent Michelin rubber. The brake discs and pads have just been de-glazed all round during the most recent service and as such perform admirably with strong bite and feel.
Delivered new to London, England in December 1973, Chassis 600485 is supplied with its original matching-numbers engine, date-coded and colour-matching optional wide wheels and centre caps, a jack, an original tool kit, a spare wheel and correct gold Carrera graphics.
A considerable portfolio of receipts and work orders dating back to the 1970s offer excellent provenance, with marque specialist Charles Ivey responsible for the majority of service work early on. An ownership timeline is present in the history file that tracks its whereabouts between car collections worldwide, alongside an extensive recent restoration work from both Australia and the United States. Also included is a factory Technical Specifications booklet, a Carrera supplemented original owner’s manual in a perfect maroon vinyl cover and of course, a Certificate of Authenticity.
The car has covered nominal mileage since restoration, primarily to break in the freshly rebuilt 2.7 engine, and has just returned from a full health check with Prill Porsche Classics.
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