Lime Green 1974 Porsche 911

The love for the unloved. Almost every Porsche 911 model is popular among enthusiasts. Sure the models enjoy varying degrees of appeal as we consider simple measures of subjectivity relating to taste and levels of sophistication. However, there is one particular exception; a model range that largely goes ignored and remains mostly unloved by any other than those who own one. Here is just such a beast, yet this particular example has been shown a ton of love and sits in nearly pristine unrestored condition.

The 1974-1977 911, typically called the mid-year 911, suffered from numerous reliability issues and sapped power as Porsche adapted to changing emissions regulations. That these were also the first 911 to wear the new impact bumpers wasn’t helping as the new aesthetic seemed so much less clean. The cars suffered, the owners suffered, Porsche suffered. Right up until the release of the 911SC when the new 3.0 liter flat-six proved to have solved the power and reliability issues. The impact bumpers remained. That left the mid-year 911 as a footnote between models and one that many would hope they could forget.

But not everyone forgot about these cars, like this Lime Green 1974 Porsche 911 located in San Francisco. We are told that it is unrestored and entirely original inside and out with the exception of the radio and the wheels. The paint, the interior, the drivetrain: all said to be original. Among rare 911s, this one is a rare find indeed.

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Roll the Dice? “1973” BMW 2002 Turbo

Most of our ‘Roll the Dice’ series involve cheap asking prices, needy restoration candidates, or oddball cars that are great values. This is not one of those.

The BMW 2002 is a legendary giant killer, and the predecessor of the market darling M3. Introduced before the M1 and 3.0CSL, BMW’s Motorsport division designed and modified the E10-based model to such an extent that it received its own model code – E20. A KKK turbocharger was fit to the M10 2.0 inline-4, generating 8 lbs. of boost at 3,500 rpm and a screaming 170 horsepower. Only available in two colors, the expensive ($6,600 list price in 1974) 2002 Turbo sold in scant numbers – a total of 1,672 were produced. And since all things special BMW are highly prized in today’s market, you can bet that when 2002 Turbos come to market, those in the know take notice.

So, how is this one a ‘Roll of the Dice’?

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1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC

Produced between 1971 and 1981, the C107 was a fixed roof, four seater coupe based on a longer version of the R107 chassis. Badged as an SLC, it was effectively an SL in 2+2 configuration, with a modest amount of room in the back for a couple of (small) adults. The 4.5 liter V8 in the 450 put out a meagre 190 hp, so it wasn’t all that fast. But it was, and remains, a gorgeous and classy cruiser whose looks neatly capture that moment at which the design language of the late 1960s began to give way to that of the 1970s. Even in elongated form, the car retains the timeless good looks of the SL. Those pleated, curtain-looking louvres behind the rear windows? I always thought they simply gave rear passengers a bit of privacy while also letting in some light. But a bit of internet research reveals they have another purpose. They allow for shorter rear windows that can slide downwards into the body without hitting a wheel arch. This means the car can retain a completely pillar-less look. A typically German solution to a problem: practical and elegant at the same time.

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1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

This 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa wears one of my favorite exterior color combinations of Orange over Black. Stepping into the interior the combination comes in a slightly different hue and suddenly is one that I cannot recall seeing. That probably shouldn’t surprise us since contrasting Orange with Dark Blue wouldn’t seem the most likely of combinations, but here it looks good. There is a subtely to this blue that I think helps. A brighter blue might just look ridiculous. It isn’t clear that these colors are original as we must note the careful wording in the ad, but as a restored Carrera it looks really good. Its level of originality will determine whether the asking price makes sense.

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Year: 1974
Model: 911 Carrera Targa
Engine: 2.7 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 64,188 mi
Price: $79,900 Buy It Now

Very rare, first year Carrera 2.7 Targa roof model representing one of only 246 USA examples ever made! Fitted with its number’s matching drivetrain, and restored impeccably to very high standards! Fully rebuilt engine to stock specifications, it remains exceptionally original inside and out! Great color combination!

Coming to the market for the first time was the Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7, with American buyers received the CIS injection system from the S model, along with Carrera RS front & rear steel fender flares, Bilstein shocks, aluminum brake calipers, standard fiberglass RS ducktail rear spoiler, larger 20mm front and added 18mm rear sway bars, and optional dealer installed wider Fuchs alloys wheels. Porsche would supply the Targa roof model only 246 units to the USA market making them exceptional rare!

Offered here is a number’s matching 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa finished in Orange over Dark Blue interior!

1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC

About a month again I looked at a 1980 280SLC which I found intriguing for two reasons: the relatively low cost and its rare color. Today’s 1974 450SLC for sale in Virginia is a car along those same lines. It is presented in a nice color and, surprisingly, at an even lower cost. It has its flaws but that is probably to be expected for a Mercedes as cheap as this one is. Like I mentioned before, the C107 surely isn’t my favorite Mercedes ever, but deals like this one have me softening my stance on them.

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Year: 1974
Model: 450SLC
Engine: 4.5 liter V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 103,690
Price: $4,750

Classic and rare 450SLC 4 passenger coupe.

Engine Type: M117

275.8 V-8 with overhead cam shafts, electronic fuel injection, 5 main bearings, positive valve rotators & transistorized ignition.

3 speed automatic transmission with torque converter, disk brakes on 4 wheels with power assist, power assist steering, 2.7 turns lock to lock.

Body: Welded unitized construction

Interior:

Speedometer/odometer/tachometer/clock

Halogen fog lights

Power windows

Power sliding sunroof

Automatic antenna

Center rear seat armrest

Needs: AC repair (or replace) and new radio or sound system. The AM/FM original system only works well on the AM setting. The paint and trim are in good shape, two small “bubbles” near the tire wells. See the photos for clarity.

Work done: We have replaced the radiator, hoses, and clamps, (2) front headlight systems, front bucket seats to match original rear leather seats, battery is recent. The car runs well and has been garaged in Virginia. We’re downsizing and won’t have the space to keep it.

I must admit I am a sucker for dark green cars. I’d buy all my cars in dark green if I could, but sadly when dealing with the cars I personally buy (old Mercedes), color is usually the last thing I can be picky about.…

Mexico Blue 1974 Porsche 911 – RS Replica

I’ll admit: I’m slightly torn about this 911. Not about its appearance or condition, or even its current level of performance. It’s more about originality versus modification. There’s always debate surrounding any modified air-cooled 911 and whether it would be better off in original condition, but here that debate makes the most sense to me.

I’ll start with the basics: originally this was a 1974 Porsche 911 Coupe – just the base 911, not the Carrera. While we aren’t provided verification, the ad suggests that its Mexico Blue exterior was its original exterior color. It has been repainted, but the color is correct. Whether the interior was also the original color of Saddle isn’t made known, but let’s just assume it is. It is the exterior color that I think is more important anyway. It’s been restored and based on the many detailed pictures provided here, the condition looks excellent. It is also said to be well documented (though again we aren’t shown much in the way of documentation). So, a base ’74 911 is far from the most desirable option in the 911 market, but an original Mexico Blue example in fine condition is well deserving of attention. At some point in its life it was upgraded to what we see before us:

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Year: 1974
Model: 911
Engine: 2.7 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 104,084 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Replica

Desirable 1974 2.7 Liter 911 with complete PMO carburetor kit
Mexico Blue (code 336) exterior with saddle interior
RS Ducktail Spoiler and Carrera Paint Scheme
RS door cards with pull handles
Extensively maintained with documentation
Very tidy and dry undercarriage
Five-speed manual transmission
Four-wheel disc brakes and a revised and stiffened suspension
VDO gauges and Momo Prototipo steering wheel
Genuine 8×15 Black Fuchs aluminum alloy wheels
Fresh engine out re-seal in October 2016
Less than 200 miles since serviced
Documentation includes original books, two keys and a file of records and receipts
Another German classic has arrived at MotoeXotica Classic Cars in the form of a very well done 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS replica.

Jade Green 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

We’re approaching the winter auction season when we’ll see a few of the bigger auctions take place and I always find it interesting to take a look at some of the cars crossing the auction blocks during this part of the year. In some cases these auctions will set the stage for market shifts that we’ll see over the course of the coming year, and in almost all cases we’re likely to see cars that we see almost nowhere else. Such as the example here: a Jade Green 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa with Cinnamon interior and 58,949 miles on it. This is said to be the last ’74 Carrera Targa produced for the U.S. market, coming in at no. 246 of 246, and it will be up for auction Saturday January 14 at Mecum Auctions in Kissimmee, FL.

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One-owner, 25K mile, 1974 Porsche 911 Coupe

This is a 911 model that I don’t feature often at all. The 2.7 Carrera from 1974 I’ve featured numerous times. But the basic 911 from that same year? That’s a much more rare feature and it takes something pretty interesting to draw me in enough. See, these aren’t the most beloved of 911s and given that the Carrera does attract a bit of attention I’ve tended to steer toward those. But this one, a one-owner example with very low mileage? That is enough to, at the very least, make we want to keep an eye on it to see where it goes and where the market might be valuing this model. I’ve also really been eyeing these color combinations lately. The numerous 930s I’ve come across in these earthy browns have put them on my radar and add that it has a pretty nice interior color and we might as well delve further.

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1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

I’ve featured just about every 911 model at one point or another and I’m fairly certain this particular model I’ve featured only one other time. We simply do not come across the 2.7-liter Carrera Targa very often, certainly much less frequently than the Carrera Coupe of the same vintage, so when we come across one it’s almost always worth stopping in to take a look. This one possesses added interest in that it comes in a rare Salmon Metallic exterior and retains much of its originality. The Carrera was the top-of-the-line model for ’74, distinguished from the base 911 most significantly by a higher horsepower engine (175 hp v. 150 hp) and from the 911S by its Carrera graphics – deleted on this Targa – ducktail rear spoiler and wider rear fenders. While all of the mid-year 911s have suffered reduced values relative to most of their long-hood predecessors, the Carreras have reached values that can exceed those of the 911T and in some cases even the 911E. They’re a far cry from their European brothers, which were basically an impact-bumpered Carrera RS Touring, but still attract plenty of notice. The one we have here was first owned by former Portland Trailblazer Sidney Wicks: a Salmon Metallic 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, located in Oregon, with Cinnamon interior and 92,500 miles on it.

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1974 Porsche 911 – ’73 RSR Backdate

At first, I was a little hesitant to feature this 911. Like many other similar builds the price here is very high and probably won’t garner it too much interest, but there are a lot of little details of the build that I like and overall the finished product looks fantastic. I mean, they painted it Tangerine so how could I resist? As backdated 911s go this one didn’t have to travel far back in time, but the differences in appearance are nonetheless tremendous. Originally a 1974 911 the builders needed only return to one year earlier for the inspiration for their design. Of course, 1973 is the common year chosen as the source material for most backdates since it is either the look of the Carrera RS or the RSR that typically serves as the desired outcome. While the body of this 911 is from 1974 the engine is not. In place of the constricted 2.7 liter units standard in ’74 is a 3.2 liter flat-six mated to the standard 915 5-speed transmission. That 3.2 liter should provide much better reliability and power and is a common choice we see for many upgrades of this type. Much of the rest that is of interest lies in the cosmetic details ranging from the widened rear fenders, which are filled completely by 11 inch wheels, to the minimalist interior fitted with tartan covered bucket seats. It appears to be a nicely put together package and should provide a healthy level of performance, if not quite RSR levels of ferocity.

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