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You can now book a one-to-one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location of Stoneleigh Park (CV8 2LG) Monday to Friday, between Thursday 29th October – 12th November. Please contact Richard on 01926 691141 / 07948 152921 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail. The health & safety of both our customers and team remain the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment.
In a conversation about classic cars, very few models are regularly referred to by the year when they were built. The 1961 ‘flat-floor’ E-Type is one, the 1963 ‘split-window’ Corvette is another but the best example must surely be the legendary 1973 2.7 Carrera RS. The first two only lasted for the relevant year as you couldn’t see out of the Corvette’s split rear window, which is kind of the idea when it comes to windows, and you had to dislocate both ankles before driving the Jaguar, however, the limited production, motorsport-focussed ‘73 2.7 RS was just about spot on from day one. Ask any 911 enthusiast about the best ever Classic Porsche and most will respond with 1973 2.7 RS.
However, it’s unlikely that anyone at Porsche would have imagined that their top of the range 1973 model would go on to achieve mythical status or that these cars would change hands at about 20 times their original showroom price 47 years later, so naturally, the focus in mid-1973 was on designing the new range of 911s for 1974. The auto industry model year (MY) runs from August 1 to 31 July, so a 1974 model would have have been produced between 1 August 1973 and 31 July 1974.
For the 1974 MY, three new 911s were offered on the new G-Programme (often incorrectly called the G-series) chassis, the 150bhp 911, 175bhp 911S and 210bhp Carrera. Coupé and Targa body styles were available as was a choice of manual or Sportomatic transmission. All had energy-absorbing bumpers, new interiors featuring redesigned seats with integrated head restraints, new door trims and side window demist vents on the dash. Options included a black finish on the Carrera side window trim and on the Targa roll-over bar and the 'ducktail' rear spoiler from the RS was also a popular option
The 1973 2.4-litre (911S) engine was replaced for 1974 with the new 2.7-litre engine with more durable Nikasil-coated cylinders. It was fitted with Type 911/83 Bosch mechanical fuel injection (MFI) from the 1973 Carrera RS 2.7 and developed an impressive 210 bhp at 6,300 rpm fed through a Type 915/06 five-speed manual transaxle. The new car sat on seven and eight-inch-wide Fuchs alloy wheels behind which lurked a set of large ventilated disc brakes—282 mm in diameter at the front and 292 mm at the rear.
With so many mechanical similarities to the 2.7 RS, and weighing in at just over 1075kg, it’s not surprising that the ‘74 Carrera MFI had nearly identical performance to the ‘73 Carrera RS in Touring trim and is said to have been the quickest normally aspirated road 911 produced until the late 1980s. Production saw 1,036 cars built, with 1,026 made for general sale as the first 10 numbers were assigned to factory test chassis. Just 117 right-hand drive examples were believed to have been produced of which 42 were Targas.
This stunning 1974 Carrera 2.7 MFI is indeed one of those 42 Targas and one of only two factory-finished in Magenta (Karminrot 009). There is a decent amount of history with the car (post-1980) and records indicate that it was built in late 1973 in right-hand drive for the UK market and supplied through AFN Limited to its first owner prior to being registered on 1/01/1974. The 1973 London Motor Show car was finished in Magenta and had obviously made an impression on the Targa's new owner as he wanted one just like it. It was specified with a black Targa top, and square black driver's door mirror, black Porsche door script, rear spoiler (473), Bilsteins, tinted glass and 7"/8"x 15" alloys. The interior was 'Interior 12 = leatherette blue-black/Shetland/twill' but has subsequently been re-trimmed in black leather.
From the history file, we can establish that the first recorded restoration took place in and around September 1990 at a cost in excess of £6,700. This included work on the engine and gearbox as well as refurbishment to the bodywork. A further and more comprehensive restoration began in October 1995 by Vintage & Classic motor vehicle refinishers of Oxfordshire on the instructions of the then owner, John Barlow, and continued until completion in July 1996 at a cost of £27,784.08. Additional restoration costs to finalise amounted to £8,818.53. All invoices are present to substantiate the work and costs and are held in a number of files. NB; When John Barlow purchased the car in August 1989, it was Black but he returned the car to its original colour.The history file contains an invoice from SM Autobodys of Hyde dated 6/9/90 in respect of the full metal respray to its original colour and there is a set of colour photos in support.
However, for the last 30 years, this lovely Targa has spent much of its life being admired. After the 1990 restoration, the car was entered into the Concours of the first Porsche Parade Europe in Brighton that year and was featured in the Spring 1991 Porsche Post. The following year, it took part in the Concours d'Elegance at the Porsche Parade Europe, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy and in Spring 1993 was again magazine featured in the Porsche Post. The 911 was displayed at various shows between 1993 and 1995 when the decision was taken to further restore the car ( at huge expense) to a level at which it could challenge for 'Car of the Show' in Porsche Concours events.
In November 1998, WEY 376M graced the Porsche Club GB stand at the NEC International Classic Show and featured on the cover of the 1999 book 'Porsche: Colour Family Album'. For the next few years, it was well-known on the Concours circuit with success at Highclere, Hoghton Tower and at the Region 18 (Lancashire & Cumbria) Show. At the National Event in 2001, in the Heritage Category of the Concours d'Elegance at Highclere, the car scored 443/500 points making it a very close runner up to the overall winning car at 445/500. The car was subsequently used for the occasional show, making appearances at national events, most notably, the PCGB festival at Ragley Hall in 2007 and the PCGB 50th-anniversary event in Cirencester in 2011. The history file includes photos from various Concours events along with the judges' scoring.
Accompanying this prize-winning Targa are well-maintained records of mileages, services, maintenance/refurbishment as well as restoration costs, MOTs and journeys made in the car home and abroad, including numerous Concours events laid out in at least 10 folders. There is a service book as well as a record of all previous owners. The current indicated mileage is 112,245 and the MOT is valid until September 2021 and was issued with no advisories.
This attractively hued, well-maintained, superbly presented, Concours-winning, 1973-built 2.7 MFI Targa is a rare car and, in the real world it performs, just as well as a 2.7 RS Touring. Considering that the asking price for the latter equates broadly to a row of terrace houses in Bolton, the guide price for this desirable little Targa seems very sensible and we recommend that you take the opportunity to view this very special Porsche.