1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7-Litre Targa
Chassis no. 9115610061
Engine no. 6650227
The legendary Porsche 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 production variant for competition purposes, which would also incorporate, as standard, specific performance enhancements forbidden as post-production modifications. The result was the Carrera RS (RennSport), which featured thinner-gauge metal in its doors, roof, boot lid, floors and even in the gearchange platform. Thinner window glass was provided by Glaverbel and most of the standard sound proofing was removed, while performance modifications included enlarged rear wheel arches to accommodate 7" wide wheel rims, the first of the famous 'duck's tail' spoilers and the newly enlarged, 2.7-litre, 210bhp engine. 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.
When the homologation targets had been met, the lightweight RS was discontinued but the Carrera name continued on Porsche's top-of-the-range model, which in its new, series-production 911 Carrera form mounted the 210bhp engine in a full-weight, fully trimmed bodyshell. Otherwise, this new, more civilised Carrera remained mechanically much the same as its competition-orientated progenitor. The Belgian Police - de Rijkswacht used these Carreras for highway patrol duties in the 1970s.
A rare, matching-numbers, European-specification example of the legendary 2.7 Carrera Targa, chassis number '9115610061' was produced in December 1974 and delivered new to Spain the following year. The famous tail spoiler was an option and its absence from this car only serves to emphasise the understated elegance of the 911 Carrera in unadorned form. Currently displaying a total of circa 160,000 kilometres on the odometer, this 911 benefits from a completely overhaul engine and gearbox, a new clutch and a full service. The car is finished in its original colour scheme of red with black semi-skai interior, the latter still in generally very good condition. Other noteworthy features include a period-correct Blaupunkt radio and original Fuchs wheels. This highly desirable and increasingly collectible early 911 Carrera Targa comes with its original tool kit and tyre compressor, Spanish registration papers and Spanish technical inspection documents since 1988.