Lime Green 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

When it comes to Porsche’s early pastels I’m not sure any color is more paradigmatic of the genre than Lime Green. Perhaps Pastel Blue, but even that very bright color takes a back seat to the intensity of Lime Green. Put Lime Green on an early Carrera Targa with duck tail rear spoiler and you get a car that just makes me chuckle. Every aspect of it seems hellbent on drawing as much attention as possible. And I have no doubt that’s exactly what it does.

This particular example looks fantastic: a Lime Green 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, located in New Jersey, with Cinnamon leatherette interior and 74,237 miles on it. Unlike some ads where we wonder how the car really looks this seller pretty much shows us everything. Paint readings even are provided. That shows some confidence in this 911’s quality and it’s certainly not a bad way to sell a car.

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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! Coming from a private California collection, this is #32 of 246 factory built examples and has only break-in miles on a complete, professional restoration to both cosmetics and mechanicals! It features its stock, number’s matching 2.7L engine mated to its factory 915 5-speed manual transmission producing 175 horsepower and 235 lb. ft. of torque. Options include Blaupunkt AM/FM Stereo radio, leather wrapped steering wheel, electric clock & VDO instrumentation, front fog lamps, rear window defrost, polished Fushs alloys measure 15×7 up front and 15×8” at the rear wrapped in 60-series BF Goodrich g-force Sport rubber, and more!

Our example has lived the good life in California being sold to a dentist, John Meyer DDS, in September 1974 from Cutright Porsche-Audi based in Santa Monica, CA. It remained documented in his original service manual through 1976. It had changed ownership to a few Porsche enthusiasts over the years before receiving a remarkable 2008/2009 restoration to better than new caliber! During the meticulous restoration, the engine was removed for a top end rebuild by Advanced Engineering of Temecula, California. A full major service was also performed to include new drive belts, plug wires, CDI box replacement with Perma-Tune Electronic ignition, alternator, clutch with correct lightweight Carrera pressure plate and all the proper hardware to refurbish the engine compartment right down to the decal stickers! The vehicle maintains its rust free originality and factory sheet metal, while preserving and all reusable parts.

It was completely stripped with the engine removed and repainted period correct Porsche Orange (156) single stage paint in factory fashion. The interior is style pigskin leatherette with the rare light basket weave factory inserts in dark blue with factory silverknit nylon velour carpet in matching dark blue. It sports factory “black look” exterior trim, flexible lip front spoiler, and rear ducktail spoiler with Carrera script. This early production Carrera #32, (built August 1973) and not to be confused with the ROW units, is in superb condition and likely one of the most beautiful examples on the market today! It hails most recently from a prominent Maryland collection where it has been kept in a gorgeous, climate-controlled garage since arrival. It will come complete with original manuals & service books, factory tools, auxiliary tire compressor, and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. It represents an excellent investment opportunity, and a perfect addition to any collection! Act quickly; cars of this caliber never last long!

The seller states that the CoA comes with this 911 so that should clear up any questions about the original color scheme. We’re also told a little of its history, but it sounds like there is not much known until around 2009. The original owner had it for only two years after which it moved around. What level of documentation goes with the period from 1976-2008 is left unsaid, but after that it appears to have found its way into a couple of collections, during which time it was restored. Given that we’re approaching ten years since that restoration this 911 still looks in very good shape. I imagine it hasn’t seen much road usage over those years, but we can hope whatever servicing it has received will be documented. There are surely plenty of questions to be answered, but overall this is a very nice looking and rare early Carrera Targa. If it indeed wears its originals colors then the asking price will be on the high side, but not egregiously so. If the colors are simply “period correct” as the ad mentions then I suspect the price will need to drop a good bit.

-Rob

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. The paint on this 450SLC looks fairly clean outside of the few rust bubbles that have popped up. The small spot on the lower louvers worries me a little because replacing that kind of metal work is a lot more difficult to fix than the standard flat metal. Inside, the interior needs some love with a cracked dash and some visible dirt, but nothing that couldn’t be fixed in a weekend. Mechanically, the seller says it does need the A/C repaired but I’ve yet to personally meet a old Mercedes that actually has a functioning air condition system. So for me, it’s not a deal breaker.

The price of $4,750 is more than fair for this C107. If this was a 450SL, the seller would be asking $14,750 or maybe even more. The mileage of 100,000 has me wary a little bit as this car might need a timing chain and plastic sliders as well as the hydraulic tensioner with its own plastic slider. It’s about $800 in parts alone but it’ll keep this M117 happy for another 100,000 miles. So if you are looking for a little bit of a rare project car, this one has some real potential in it.

– Andrew

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. These models are sometimes considered by enthusiasts to be the most “classic” 911s. This Carrera looks absolutely striking and has the performance to boot with a 2.7 six with PMO carbs producing 174 horspower at the rear wheels! Fitted with a RS rear ducktail, RS front spoiler, RS door cards, Momo Prototipo steering wheel and Fuch 8×15 aluminum wheels, this Mexico Blue Carrera really stands out!

The Carrera name was reintroduced from the 356 Carrera, which had itself been named after Porsche’s class victories in the 1950s Carrera Panamericana races in Mexico. The RS was built to meet motorsport homologation requirements. Compared to a standard 911S, the Carrera RS had a larger engine with Bosch (Kugelfischer) mechanical fuel injection, revised and stiffened suspension, a “ducktail” rear spoiler, larger brakes, wider rear wheels and rear fenders.

Assembled in October 1973 and dressed in a very desirable Mexico Blue (code 336) exterior, the car’s paint is in excellent condition and its trim, including the black Carrera graphics and it’s iconic rear ducktail spoiler. It was professionally repainted in 2014 and the paint is extremely vibrant. The glass panels are clear and crack-free and the rear window includes an electric defroster. All of the vehicle’s lights are in very fine shape and the car rolls on its great black and silver Fuchs 8×15 aluminum alloy wheels, wrapped within Yokohama S Drive tires, 205/50R15 at all four corners. All of the car’s body panels are straight and solid and the bumpers are in very good shape and engine bay is very tidy.

Under that ducktail is a 2.7L flat six-cylinder engine with the performance desired PMO carburetor kit mated to a five-speed manual transmission, the car produces 174 horsepower and 166lbs of torque at the rear wheels. The car also has performance upgraded four-wheel disc brakes, a revised and stiffened suspension and a fresh engine out re-seal was done in October 2016. The car has had less than 200 miles put on it since its most recent service and the car has been extensively maintained with a large file of documentation. Also the undercarriage really tells the true story on this 911 with a very dry original belly pan and tidy details all throughout.

Open the driver’s door and a pair of saddle leather bucket seats greet you with the contrast of the RS black door cards with matching blue pull handles. They, too, are in very good condition, as is the matching carpet and light-colored headliner. The black instrument panel, with its VDO gauges and ignition switch on the driver’s side of the steering wheel, is also in very good order. In front of those gauges is a three-spoke Momo Prototipo steering wheel. Finishing off the interior is an Alpine AM/FM stereo with CD player. Documentation includes original books, two keys and a file of records and receipts.

Competition to this Porsche in 1974 included DeTomaso’s Pantera and Chevrolet’s Corvette.

This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 4,084 but a reported 104,084 actual miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!

VIN: 9114101107

As Carrera RS replicas go this one looks pretty good, but given that it started as a ’74 911 I suppose that’s not unexpected since it wasn’t far removed from the original. If I really wanted to be pedantic I’d probably call it a RoW Carrera 2.7 MFI replica, but that is splitting hairs and I think anyone seriously considering this 911 will be clear on the distinctions. A few RS items have been added to give it the right appearance: ducktail, Carrera graphics, RS door cards and pulls. Of greater significance the suspension, braking, and engine have all seen performance upgrades. With 174 hp at the wheels power levels are now right about on par with the Carrera RS. Everything looks fantastic and the driving is probably pretty great too.

I’m torn because I wish they’d have taken it all a step further and converted it to a long hood. Then we’d really have an RS replica and one that would stand out. While I do like this 911, and it probably provides a much lower cost of entry into this sort of performance and aesthetics, I’d probably have been content with it being wholly original as one of the better ’74 911s on the market. Much of that comes down to the Mexico Blue paint. While it’s a silly distinction, I’d feel better about the modifications if the paint originally had been a bit more boring and they decided to give it a better color.

I am curious how bidding plays out. A ’74 base 911 doesn’t tend to be all that valuable and with bidding here up to $40,100 (reserve unmet) it actually may prove to be more valuable modified than it would be were it original. I can’t say that would surprise me too much and speaks to the potential value of the work put into making this 911 into what we see today. Yet I still remain torn.

-Rob

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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