1973 Porsche 911 2.7 MFI European Specification
- Matching Numbers
- Original Colour Lime Green (137)
- Superb Restoration
- Seven page feature in leading Porsche magazine
This is a superb LHD example of one of the highly desirable period successors to the Carrera RS: the Euro Spec 1973 Porsche 911 2.7 MFI; a car that shares the same RS 2.7 mechanical fuel-injected engine, as well as suspension and gearbox. It also comes in its original 70s colour scheme of Lime Green.
The subject of a seven-page editorial entitled In the Limelight in the latest issue of the top-selling Porsche magazine 911 & Porsche World, the full story of this remarkable car and its genesis, as the successor to the iconic Carrera RS, is fully chronicled by writer Johnny Tipler.
Porsche’s 1973 Carrera RS was a runaway success for the company, and the plan was to continue this success story into 1974. However, newly enacted US crash safety standards produced the new G-series of 911, introducing shock-mounted bumpers, a stronger floor pan, revised lighting, and in the case of the US-market cars, a return to the 175 BHP engine used in the 911S.
Significantly however the ‘European-Specification’ 1974 Carrera retained the remarkable 210 brake horsepower, type 911/83, 2.7-litre mechanically fuel injected engine from the 1973 Carrera RS, as well as the suspension and gearbox. The arches and rear quarters in the new Carrera 2.7 ‘MFI’ were tastefully flared to accept seven- and eight-inch-wide Fuchs forged alloy wheels. Underneath, there were new forged aluminium rear trailing arms, and the Carreras were fitted with 20-millimetre front and 18-millimetre rear anti-roll bars, Bilstein sport shock absorbers and struts, and, of course, large ventilated disc brakes at all four corners. Power was delivered through a Type 915/06 five-speed manual transaxle, and the handling characteristics are therefore virtually identical to an RS.
In short, it became the direct successor of the Carrera RS, was built in smaller numbers and was more expensive at the time, and over time it has also become significantly more desirable than the American Spec version.
This particular example is one of the earliest successors to the legendary Porsche RS leaving the production line in September 1973. It spent the first six years of its life in Germany, before it was sold to a Japanese buyer in 1980.
It remained there for nearly forty years during which time it was subject to a virtual concours restoration by Technicalmate, a Porsche specialist launched in 1991 by restoration ‘godfather’ Yutaka Ishizuka (bills in file), with engine uprated to 2.8 litres on its return to Europe. It was sold to a European collector in 2017, where it has remained along with 120 other cars, until recently.