1974 Porsche 911


• Imported from California in 2017
• Comprehensive mechanical overhaul
• Fully prepared for Classic rallying

The Background

The finest evolution of the people’s car, the 911 began with the simplicity and robustness of Ferdinand Porsche’s rear-engine, air-cooled mobility wagon. It then had the classic recipe for appeal applied to it: increase the seats-to-cylinder ratio, and fit a coupe body.

With the tuneful and pokey flat-six now providing propulsion, and with the rear seats shrunk, Porsche were onto a winner; a 20th-century icon whose DNA lives on in the brand today. 

The 1974 version was the replacement for the T and E versions but instead of a 2.2 or 2.4 litre it had the more powerful 2.7 litre engine with Bosch K-Jetronic Injection providing more power (150 bhp ) and better power delivery at low revs. It also had better fuel efficiency. 

The History

This example was registered initially in January 1974 in the USA. It is a matching number car.

Imported in 2017, its current owner immediately snapped it up and began a close relationship not only with the car, but also with the Oxford-based specialists Autofarm. 

The Engine was stripped down completely, the engine specialist at Autofarm who videoed the process, after consultation with the owner, he set about a total rebuild which included new pistons, valves etc. Costing a shade under £30,000

The Paperwork

Although the car itself has survived well during its life on the west coast of the USA, little of its original paperwork made it across the Atlantic. However, there’s a healthy amount of history from its life in the UK, with the regular collection of invoices from the specialist comfortably reaching five-figures.. These can be seen on some of the photos of invoices from Autofarm with whom the current owner entrusted the maintenance. In addition to engine rebuild the Fuel Distributor was replaced, new fuel injectors, and a brand new fuel tank. 

Within the paper work are receipts for a new exhausts, heat exchangers, heated rear window, warm up regulator, ignition lock, door locks, speedometer (a replacement second hand one as VDO no longer make mechanical models, Reading 24,000 miles when fitted,) Classic CDI ignition, alternator, Starter, Battery, New brakes pads & Discs, bonnet pistons, new head lights, 

Cibie Pallas rally spots, window and door seals. Fuch Style spare wheel 6.0J wheel. Period tool kit, car manual, Gear box rebuild. New tyres less than 5,000 miles. Ground clearance elevation by 5cms and Chassis Tune Geometry.   

Included in the sale is a 911 bespoke internal car cover, tow rope, warning triangle, ground sheet, Jack and wheel brace , jump leads, bungee cord in fact all you need for classic rallying. 

The Interior

The most immediately notable feature is the pair of immaculately trimmed racing seats – a recent addition and which feature the famous racing Sabelt harnesses. 

Elsewhere in the cabin there is a healthy amount of wear and tear with the appropriate amount of patina for a car nudging its half-century. The headlining has a few nicks and stains, the sun visors look slightly deflated, and the carpets – whilst in good condition – curl up at the edges in places. 

This does, however, make lifting them to inspect the rot-free floor very easy. The plastic trim is all correct and free from major marks, and to enhance the street-racer feel, a Momo steering wheel and navigator’s footplate have been added. For those interested in classic rallying, the all-important Brantz trip meter has been added to assist with those troublesome regularity tests.

The Exterior

The clean, slim-pillared looks of the 911 shine through very well and the paintwork, whilst not showroom-fresh, has been well maintained and regularly polished. There are a few blemishes as can be seen in the photographs, with a few small scuffs on the corner of the bumpers and which possibly also relate to a few panel gap misalignments on the front and rear valances.

To further evidence the car’s historical competition credentials, a pair of period-correct Cibie spotlamps have been added which – like the main headlamps – are all H4 halogen. Fittingly, the reverse lights have also had the rally treatment and have been complemented by a period reverse spot lamp. There is also a period-style OEM toolkit, though an 8-Track has been omitted in favour of a FM Radio/CD-player with USB port.

All four wheels are in good condition with no significant scuffs, and the spare basically looks factory fresh. The sills and underside look solid without any visible evidence of corrosion, and the weather-strips along the window lines are new.

Though remarkably solid and corrosion-free for its age, the left-hand (driver’s) door aperture on the rear wing panel shows some signs of bubbling around and below the striker plate, and a small blister appears on the bonnet, as can been seen on the photographs. 

The Mechanics

The powertrain really has been the main concentration of the current owner’s spending.  After a significant full rebuild, the engine fires on the button and without any smoke,given the history file, this is not surprising. Fewer than 5,000 miles have been racked up since the rebuild – with the first 1,000 of those being obediently held below 3,000rpm. 

The engine bay is healthy level of ‘clean’ – not showroom, but free from any oil stains or dampness. The rubber components and associated hose clips look new, and there are shiny nuts, bolts and fixings galore.  

Fuel lines, injector hoses and fuel metering unit for the Bosch K-Jetronic system are all clean and unblemished, as are the distributor/spark components. Underneath, it’s a similar story with the exhaust system, and it’s clear to see where the focus has been on the investment and maintenance of the vehicle – its beating heart.

At the other end of the vehicle, there has been fitted what in ‘normal’ cars would be called a sump-guard; in this case, there’s a shield to prevent damage to the new fuel tank. Look closely and you’ll see blue foam sandwiched between the guard and the fuel tank itself, as per the specialist’s instructions. Rather than for noise insulation reasons, rallying experience has shown that this prevents rocks wedging themselves in the gap and puncturing the tank when “bottoming on B roads etc.” 

Included in the sale is a 911 bespoke internal car cover, tow rope, warning triangle, ground sheet, Jack and wheel brace , jump leads, bungee cord in fact all you need for classic rallying.

The Appeal

Steve McQueen’s 1971 Le Mans is probably most famous for its Porsche 917, but in the opening scenes it also features perhaps the most iconic sports car of all: the black Porsche 911 he drives to and from the track whilst filming.

The 1970s 911s were classically simple and beautiful, free from the bulbous wings (or tea trays as they were often called) of the 80s and the extrovert styling modifications of the 90s, and remain the epitome of cool. Robert Redford drives one in Spy Game. Margot Robbie drives one in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Perhaps you can drive one in: Warwickshire.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1974
  • Make Porsche
  • Model 911
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 30,049 Miles
  • Engine size 2700
  • Location Warwickshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
11 bids from 5 bidders
  • So•••• £37,500 15/12/21
  • ja•••• £37,000 15/12/21
  • So•••• £36,500 15/12/21
  • So•••• £36,000 15/12/21
  • ja•••• £32,500 15/12/21
  • gr•••• £31,000 13/12/21
  • CH•••• £30,000 11/12/21
  • gr•••• £27,500 10/12/21
  • Ja•••• £26,000 08/12/21
  • CH•••• £25,000 08/12/21

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