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911 Carrera 2.7 – 210 ch [1974]

the ‘other’ 2.7 Carrera

Nobody likes a killjoy, especially an automotive one. If you were a Porsche 911 driver in the mid-1970s, it must have felt as if everyone was wanting to take all of your toys away and spoil all of your fun. A combination of a global fuel crisis, soaring pump prices for petrol and oil embargoes all combined with a sudden attack of conscience as the world woke up to environmental damage and vehicle accident safety. This ended up having a significant impact on the Porsche 911 that everyone loved.

Gone were the beautiful chromed bumpers, replaced with what many saw as ugly ‘Federal spec’ Impact Bumpers. Even the traditional Porsche whaletail wasn’t spared, the German TÜV authorities deciding that the trailing edge was potentially dangerous, leading Porsche to introduce the soft-rubber edging that we know so well today.

In Europe, drivers were spared many of the engine modifications needed for Porsche to continue to sell the 911 in the US. We remained safely enjoying our mechanical fuel injection throttle response and looked smugly across the Atlantic at the Americans and their California law makers, their poor 911 seemingly shackled.

History has not been kind to the US-spec Carrera 2.7. If online forums and hearsay were to be believed, a California-specification Carrera 2.7 would probably have the uphill performance of a Citroën 2CV. Everywhere you could possibly look gives reinforcement of the jaundiced view that the 2.7 Carrera with CIS is to be avoided. Nothing to see here… head over to Europe and seek out a 2.7 MFI.

However, for one man, the chance to own a US-specification 911 proved to be irresistible. “When a friend told me about a 2.7 US Carrera he’d seen for sale, I wasn’t inspired. Like everyone else it was some way down my list of Porsche I’d like to own. However, my friend then said, ‘It’s a non-sunroof Coupe’,” Robin Titterington says.

“That got me interested. After all, I could always swap out the engine, hot rod it, remove the emissions gear. So I bought it with the expectation to change it, tune it, improve it.” “But as I began to put some miles on the car, the entire validity of their tainted reputation came into question. This was a stock engine and I was having fun. Something doesn’t add up here! I’ve driven 1973 Carrera RSs, nearly every year of early 911 T, E, and S models and have owned a hot rod 2.5-litre 1971 911 for years – I’m not easily swayed.”

Robin was actually enjoying driving the US 2.7 just as it was. The performance was certainly different, but a long way from being unacceptable. And compared with other 911s he had owned, it was actually quite comparable. Why should this stock US-spec 2.7 Carrera with all of its alleged shackles and compromises be such fun to drive? Robin tried to
find out more.

“I began doing some quick research, but rather than answer my questions it seemed to turn up lots of conflicting performance data and information. Reviews of the 1974 US Carrera from ‘back in the day’ were overwhelmingly positive, although the performance numbers were all over the map. More recent information and opinion seems predominantly negative. I soon had magazines and books scattered all over my desktop and had to start writing things down to keep it all straight.”

So it appears that all is not as it would seem with the 1974 US 2.7. Robin’s investigations actually posed more questions than answers. “It seems that there were so many different ways to record performance stats in the 1970s. Plus, many automotive magazines didn’t test with the same desire for accuracy that they do today.” Swapping between power outputs measured at the flywheel and then also at the wheels seems to throw many figures hopelessly out of context. Robin’s study of the period data proves to
be very interesting.

He continues, “For instance, Car & Driver’s February 1972 test of the new 2.4-litre Porsche used SAE gross horsepower numbers, giving the 911 S 210bhp, but in its 1974 test of the Carrera they switched to the opposite extreme with SAE net horsepower, giving it only 167hp! No wonder many have come to believe these cars are underpowered. In SAE gross units, the 1974 Carrera US has 195bhp.”

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Engine Sound : ’75 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 l en straight pipes !

Juste une Porsche 911 avec son flat 6 atmo aircooled, préparé, libéré, énervé et qui hurle sa race à travers ses straights pipes… Voilà, rien de spécial finalement ! J’vais même vous dire, je ne sais pas si ça vaut vraiment l’coup cette vidéo…! Enfin, si vous voulez la regarder, prenez de quoi nettoyer le […]

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Speedster n°34: 911 Carrera 2.7

SPEEDSTER_MAG_34A la une : 911 2.7 RS 1973 & 911 2.7 1974
RS, deux lettres magiques. Encore aujourd’hui dans la gamme des 911 atmosphériques, il n’y a rien de plus performant. La RS, c’est l’étalon auquel se mesurent les voitures de sport concurrentes. Tout a commencé au début des années 70, associé à un autre nom mythique : Carrera.

Le sommaire complet de Speedster n°34 (sept/oct 2016) :
– Rencontre : Paul Deville
– Classic 911 E 1971
– Le Mans Classic 2016
– Classic 911 2.7 RS 1973 & 911 2.7 1974
– Visite : Lady Art Car
– Classic 356 SC vs Mercedes 190 SL 1964-1962
– Racing 911 Carrera RSR 1973
– Design 908/4 Vision GT
– Classic 911 SC-L 1980
– Outlaw 356 A 1957
– Outlaw Festival Ardèche 2016
– Les nouveautés du modèle réduit Porsche

Pour acheter en ligne votre magazine Speedster n°34 en version numérique ou en version papier : hommell-magazines.com

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Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7: The first impact bumper 911

I could not believe my eyes! Only a few weeks before I drove it, I had not even known this 911 existed. It all started when I visited a collector, who showed me fantastic pictures of the car in question while she was visiting like-minded enthusiasts in Johannesburg, South Africa.

My initial thought was one of disdain – how could someone paint their 911 pink? However, it was explained to me that this was the car’s original colour, a small trinket that’s part of a very interesting history.

A few phone calls later and an appointment was made with the owner. It turned out to be one of the most interesting 911 stories I have ever come across.

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“I was always a Ferrari fanatic. I really, really wanted a 246 Dino GTS,” explained our owner. After he graduated from university in South Africa, he and a friend went to London by boat. After arriving in London, they visited the Ferrari importer, but there was no Dino in sight.

Later, he asked the importer to try and source a second-hand Dino, but still no success. Soon after, Ferrari phoned him and invited him to drive the then new 308. “I didn’t like it,” he said. Subsequently, he had driven all of the other mid-engined Italian supercars: the Lamborghini Urraco, Maserati Merak and De Tomaso Pantera.

“I didn’t like any of them, and then a friend said I should try a Porsche. I told him that I was not really a Porsche fan. Eventually my friend convinced me to simply test drive one. It was a bright green 2.7 Carrera which had been featured in several UK publications at the time – and we could not believe a car could go like that!”

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He continued, “I couldn’t quite afford it, but Porsche eventually came back to me saying they had found a car for me, and it cost only slightly more than I was prepared to pay for it.”

At the time, the owner was so glad that he had finally procured his hands on a 2.7 Carrera that he assumed the colour would be white, similar to the 911S he had been interested in a short while before, and so the Carrera deal was done.

After a phone call to the sales person, the owner was even more excited: “I was told that the car was on its way, and that it was actually in a ‘special colour’ called magenta. As a youngster I didn’t know what colour magenta was, so I asked the salesman. There was silence on the other side of the line… and then he said: ‘It’s a sort of pink!’”

To read our full test drive of the 1974 Earls Court Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7, pick up Total 911 issue 134 in store today. Alternatively, you can download it straight to your digital device now.

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Porsche 911 2.4S v 2.7 Carrera: the unseen photos

Our recent trip to Finland yielded some stunning photography courtesy of the unflappable Ali Cusick. Our Porsche 911 2.4S vs 2.7 Carrera head-to-head in the latest issue is no exception.

With literally hundreds of images left on the cutting room floor, it seemed a shame not to share them so, in our latest gallery, here are some of our favourite unseen shots from this pre-impact bumper versus impact bumper battle. Enjoy:

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To read our 2.4S v 2.7 Carrera head-to-head in full, pick up Total 911 issue 132 in store now. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery or download it straight to your digital device.

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