Ice Green Metallic 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa

I think this will be the last of the green 911s I look at this week, though who knows what else I might find. I don’t know if I’d say this one is the most interesting of the bunch – an Irish Green ’65 911 is pretty darn interesting – but this Carrera 3.0 has quite a lot going for it. And it definitely has the longest name. Whereas this week’s 993 Targa seemed like a not too bad price for a nice car that you could spend some time driving and the Irish Green 911 combined very early origins with a great exterior color, this Carrera 3.0 brings with it a wealth of interesting facets. Like Irish Green it too comes in a wonderful exterior color: Ice Green Metallic. The interior too possesses rare, unique, and I think very attractive, Black Watch plaid seat inserts to contrast with the Ice Green exterior. And the model itself serves as the successor to the iconic ’73 Carrera RS. Oh, and the condition looks fantastic! There is A LOT to like.

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Year: 1977
Model: 911 Carrera 3.0
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 58,276 mi
Price: $178,900

1977 Porsche 911 3.0 Carrera Targa finished in Ice Green Metallic with Blackwatch Plaid inserts.

1977 Porsche 911 3.0 Carrera Targa European Specifications finished in Ice Green Metallic with Black interior with Porsche Blackwatch Plaid inserts. Imported back in 1985 by it’s second owner, this rare and very desirable 3.0 Carrera Targa produces over 210HP and is actually faster than it’s coveted 1973 911 Carrera RS sibling. It is the only 911 that shares a 930 engine case with the famed 930 Turbo cars.

I was fortunate enough to buy a 1977 911 3.0 Carrera Coupe back in the early 80’s when I was importing European Specification cars from all over Europe. I remember being incredibly impressed with the lightning fast acceleration and overall feel and handling characteristics of the Euro Spec Carrera . It became one of my favorite Porsche cars of all time. Since that time, I have always been on the lookout for 3.0 Carreras and have strongly believed that they represent one of the best kept secrets in the Porsche market. Many collectors base their desire to purchase certain model 911’s simply on their production numbers. The 3.0 Carrera is not only a limited production run model but also offers incredible performance and driver feedback. The gears are long and the instantaneous acceleration is unlike any 911 of it’s era. The 3.0 Carrera engine produces a sound that is unique to this model and is the quintessential air cooled 911 musical note.

Only 646 3.0 Carrera Targas were built in 1977. Of those, only 365 were Left Hand Drive models. A rare car indeed.

The Targa presented here has just been treated to a recent engine rebuild by Rennwerke Porsche as well as many other mechanical repairs including new Koni shocks and fresh bushings all around. The accident and rust free body was taken down to bare metal and resprayed in it’s original Ice Green Metallic color. The interior also received a freshening with new carpets and reupholstered seats.

The 15 inch by 7 and 8 inch wide factory Fuchs alloy wheels were sent to Harvey Weidman where they received a factory RS style finish before being fitted with new Pirelli tires.

The car has been gone through from top to bottom and is totally sorted and ready to be enjoyed by it’s next fortunate owner.

All serious inquiries should be directed to Mark Starr at +1 (914) 217-4817.

Hunting Ridge Motors tends to have some pretty nice Porsches on hand at any given time. Their prices are on the higher end and this one is no exception in that regard, but of the various Carrera 3.0 I have featured I’m confident that this is the most interesting and best looking of the bunch. And while it’s somewhat an apples-to-oranges comparison, even the high price here doesn’t come remotely close to the asking price of the earlier Carrera RS. All things relative, perhaps the price isn’t so bad. Do I think it will sell for nearly $180K? No I do not. That said, it won’t be cheap. It’s quite rare, it’s very pretty, and should you choose to drive it I imagine it’s a lot of fun.

-Rob

1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa

Time to return to one of my favorite conundrums: the Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0. Never made available for the U.S. market and produced in fairly small numbers worldwide, the Carrera 3.0 followed on the heels of the European Carrera 2.7 MFI. That car has amassed a decent following and commands strong value because of its close relationship to the 911 Carrera RS Touring. The Carrera 3.0, which lacks the 2.7 liter engine of the RS, has failed to achieve such regard. Its own engine possesses some cachet through its relationship to the iconic 930 Turbo, but I think most are just as likely to associate it with the later 911SC. Granted, a Carrera 3.0 isn’t exactly cheap, but relative to its predecessors it comes in at quite the value. The example here is restored and has higher mileage but in its current condition it looks quite good.

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Year: 1976
Model: 911 Carrera 3.0
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 166,961 km (~ 103,745 mi)
Price: €90,000 (~ $95,783)

1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa – Restored 2008/2011

Highly collectable car one of the 1123 – Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa ever made!

Porsche Certificate of Authenticity – included

Restored and always serviced by a Porsche Specialist – with detailed invoices to proof.

All factory panels.

All factory welding Points.

All the panels without filler.

Impressive history file. Detailed invoices.

This car was first deliver in March 1976 in Germany.

Imported to Portugal in 1981

The Last Owner made some modifications that can be easily deleted:

Front Bumper of the Carrera 3.2 – personal taste question

Installation of 3 points security belts in the rear seats – In order to carry the kids in fully security.

Top Collector item.

90.000€

While this is somewhat anecdotal, prices for the Coupe versus the Targa Carrera 3.0 seem to show significant differences. The Targa naturally being the lower priced. That fact, along with this Targa’s current European location, will make it a tougher sell for US buyers, but we shouldn’t allow that to distract us from how wonderful these cars can be. The 2.7 gets all the accolades, but as its logical evolution the 3.0 warrants equal favor. And hell I love a Targa so I certainly have little problem with it.

This one isn’t entirely original as the seller has noted. I’m guessing it lost its whale tail at some point during its life and while I prefer the non-whale-tail look of any 911 Targa, I think buyers would probably prefer it were present here. Otherwise, it’s a lovely 911 and the performance should be quite enjoyable. Documentation is said to be thorough. With an asking price around $95K it’s not exactly cheap and while it might just be wishful thinking on my part at some point these have to take off like their predecessors, right?

-Rob

1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0

One of the things I enjoy most about Porsches – beyond their brilliant mechanical abilities – is the possibilities available to buyers. Porsche is happy to provide its customers with just about any color combination or pattern, along with a host of options, through Porsche Exclusive. Granted, there typically is significant cost to those options, but as someone principally eyeing the second-hand market all of that variability keeps things interesting. One of my favorite options has been seat inserts. In some cases these are fairly standard solid colors that provide contrast with the rest of the interior. But Porsche has also offered other choices. My favorite is houndstooth, which we mostly see on early 911s, though it was revived most recently on the 50th Anniversary 911. That interior is spectacular. For those who desire something even more eye-catching, Porsche has also offered a variety of tartan seat inserts. If memory serves, I’ve only seen these on Porsches from the ’70s. They certainly won’t appeal to everyone and I’ll admit some of them don’t work, but in a few cases they look great and provide for an interior that has a lot more going on than the standard monochrome we typically see. The example we see here came with just such an interior: a Black 1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0, located in Texas, with around 94,000 miles on it.

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1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa – No Reserve

I’ve shown a coupe examples of the Carrera 3.0 over the past months and given the fairly high price tags typically attached to these models, you can imagine my surprise when I came across this 1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa on auction with no reserve. Suffice it to say a $100K price tag would not be surprising, though we must keep in mind that the Targa of these models always falls into a much different category. Even though the Targa is quite a bit more rare than the Coupe – Targa production in each of the model’s two years was around half that of the Coupe – it remains the less desirable of the two so prices should be lower. Where this one ends up, we’ll just have to see.

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1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Coupe

The Carrera 3.0 remains, to me, a somewhat mysterious car. Never offered in the US, these 911s followed in the footsteps of the fabled Carrera RS as a lightened and more powerful variant of an already excellent machine. The US market retained only the standard 911S, which used a 2.7 liter flat-six that remained hampered by restrictive emissions equipment. Now these highly regarded 911 models can be found on our shores, though their relationship – even if somewhat fleeting – to the Carrera RS has made them quite desirable. We’ve featured a few in the past and it has been tough to get a sense of where the market exactly lies as asking prices and auction bids rarely seem to match up. But here we have another, a restored Oak Green Metallic 1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 located in Belgium, that has seen plenty of miles during its life and currently shows around 112K miles.

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1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Coupe

I’ve been trying to find a greater number of 911s that fall within the reasonable value spectrum – cars that perhaps more of us could aspire to own. This is not one of those cars, but I couldn’t pass it up. Here we have a restored Mint Green 1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Coupe located in California. We should not let the ad’s mileage statement fool us: this has not been a garage queen. While it has not traveled much over the past twenty years – only 10K miles since the completion of its restoration – the first two decades of its life were lived quite fully as it traveled nearly 150K miles. Now it has been brought back to its former glory and looks in very good condition with little evidence of all those miles traveled. The Carrera 3.0 is a special model that we don’t see many of. Never available in the US they were an evolution of the Carrera 2.7 MFI, which itself was an evolution of the iconic 1973 911 Carrera RS, and they used a naturally aspirated version of the 3.0 liter flat-six found in the 930. These were a far cry from the 911s we had here in the US during those years, showcasing both more power and less weight. And, of course, their lineage makes them quite desirable.

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1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa

I mentioned last week in my feature of a beautiful Baltic Blue Porsche 911 Speedster that one of the joys of writing about cars is coming across a car that I’m familiar with, but in a build that I have not seen. The other version of that joy comes through something akin to the car we see here, a Yellow over Black 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa, where I am somewhat unfamiliar with the car itself. The Carrera 3.0 built from 1976-1977 (which was not available for the US market) is a car I have passing familiarity with as we come across them now and then. They are pretty rare and with values not quite as white-hot as their predecessor, the Carrera 2.7 MFI, I have a sense that collectors may be holding them for now until more notice is taken of them. The Carrera 2.7 MFI has garnered tremendous appeal of late due to its use of the 2.7 liter flat-six found in the ’73 Carrera RS. The Carrera 3.0 also utilizes the engine from a hallowed Porsche name, this time a naturally-aspirated version of the 3.0 liter from the Porsche 930, but even with 930 values accelerating rapidly upward they remain far from Carrera RS territory. As such the upward rise in Carrera 3.0 values has been slower than with the Carrera 2.7 MFI. However, it is very rare to come across a Targa from either the Carrera 2.7 MFI or 3.0 and the ad here suggests there are a few special details to further enhance this Carrera’s rarity.

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1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0

Porsche has produced quite a few special 911 variants that never made it to US shores (at least without being imported later) and perhaps no group of them should be as missed as the 911 Carrera produced from 1974-1977. The Carrera finally would return to the US in 1984 when Porsche revived the name after a five-year hiatus and gave the world the 3.2 Carrera, but the Carreras produced in the mid-70s were a distinct animal from the emissions-restricted cars the North American market received and it’s always a treat to see one come up for sale. These Carreras began as a 2.7 liter model that was mechanically quite similar to the ’73 Carrera RS Touring. Then in 1976 Porsche released the Carrera 3.0, utilizing the 3.0 liter flat-six engine from the 930, but without the turbocharger. Performance remained on par with its earlier Carrera counterparts and while it shared the same displacement as the 911SC that would be its successor the Carrera combines more power and lighter weight to be a much better performer. As they were never for sale in the US, we do not come across these very often, but here we have one: a Blue Minerva 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0. located in New Jersey. The seller has not stated the mileage on the car, but the overall condition looks quite good inside and out.

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1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0

In the car world ‘Carrera’ has become synonymous with the 911 and the excellent sporting prowess of these cars. While for modern 911s it also has become a somewhat standard moniker attached to them, in the early days it represented something special; it represented a 911 for which racers would clamor. Perhaps the last of those ‘special’ Carreras was the Carrera 3.0, which enjoyed a brief two year run from 1976-1977. Using a naturally aspirated version of the 3.0 flat-six found in the 930, the Carrera 3.0 followed in the footsteps of the Carreras that preceded it, though with time these had shifted gradually towards the luxury end of the scale. As with previous 911s of this vintage the Carrera 3.0 never was offered in the US market due to our emissions requirements so an imported Euro model was the only way these special 911s could be enjoyed on our shores. The particular example we have here is a 1977 Signal Orange Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0, located in Miami, with a stated 28,500 miles on it.

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