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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1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7

I will get this out of the way from the jump: it’s unlikely I can do justice to this 911. I love the color combination and its overall appearance from the contrasting orange/black exterior to the ducktail to the contrast of the tan and black interior. The entire package fits my tastes particularly well and the more I look at it, the more I like it. I’m strongly attracted to orange cars, a color that certainly does not suit everyone. But when I first came across it I wasn’t sold on the interior. I tend to prefer a black interior on an orange car, but I’ve turned 180 degrees from that initial impression and now prefer this over an all-black interior. It’s vibrant, it’s aggressive, it’s got classic 911 lines. The model itself is a US-spec 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Coupe. Were this the European Carrera 2.7 featuring the MFI engine of the Carrera RS then we’d be looking at a seriously hot commodity. As it stands, the US model comes at a significantly lower price point, though the Carrera still commands a good deal more than a similar condition ’74 911 or 911S.

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1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SE

In the annals of S-class history, the W116 of the 1970s doesn’t get too much respect, with exception of the mighty 6.9, one of the largest engines ever to find a home in a post-World War II Mercedes-Benz. If you’re not after one of these thirsty beasts, perhaps target one of the lesser engined variants, if you could consider the 450SE “lesser” engined. This short-wheelbase 1974 example for sale in The Netherlands spent most of its life in France. Looking resplendent in Silver-green metallic over a rich and inviting velour interior, I think it’s about time we start taking this seventies S-class a bit more seriously.

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1974 Porsche 911 Coupe

A few weeks back I featured a really nice Pastel Blue 1970 Porsche 911T Targa that I called one of the most beautiful Targas I had come across. Here we have a very similar color combination, but from a slightly later period. Even though this Mexico Blue 1974 Porsche 911 was only built a few years after the aforementioned Targa its look is fundamentally different and I struggle to call it beautiful in the same way the Targa was. Such is the nature of the shift to impact bumpers in 1974. This 911 remains, however, quite captivating and while it isn’t in the pristine shape of that 911T the condition appears quite good and given its likely much lower selling price it could make for a fun and eye-catching driver to be enjoyed without any worries over its long-term value.

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1974 BMW Bavaria

Upon seeing this BMW Bavaria, I thought perhaps Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ BMW 3.0S was back up for sale again. For years, Mrs. Onassis tooled around Manhattan in one of these sedans. The 3.0S was the more luxurious version of what we see here. Importer Max Hoffman had convinced BMW to build a special model for the US market, with fewer options than other variants in the lineup but with the largest engine available. So what we’re looking at here is the forebear to many modern BMW performance sedans, a template that is going strong to this day. This Bavaria for sale in Florida is an older restoration and is equipped with the 3-speed automatic. Not the optimal combination for enthusiasts but fewer BMWs of this vintage come at a lower cost of entry.

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1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

I’ve featured a few modified Porsche 911s of late, something I’ve shied away from to a degree in the past due to their extremely high prices, and it has been interesting to see the variety of builds even if the referents to which those builds refer tends to remain static. Similar approaches and executions leading to different results, though all desirable in my opinion. Here we have another one, which, like yesterday’s 911E, may struggle with price given that the 911 that served as the foundation for this build is itself a fairly valuable commodity and even in non-original form that tends to generate varying notions of the car’s worth. The seller here appears to understand that dilemma given his statements in the ad, but whether that means a reasonable reserve follows is something we will have to wait and see. Let’s get to the basics: here we have a Light Yellow 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in Phoenix, with 112,500 miles on it. This 911 has seen quite a few modifications including the replacement of the original 2.7 liter engine with the 3.0 liter flat-six from a 911SC. But even that engine has not remained in its original form as it has been built with a variety of components from later 911s and is mated to a 915 5-speed from an ’86 Carrera. Power is claimed to be at 290 hp, a very substantial increase from where this car began its life, which should make it an extremely capable performer that can run with a wide variety of high-end machines.

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1974 Volkswagen 412 Variant

The Type 4, known as the 411 and 412, came about during a time of change at Volkswagen. NSU Motorenwerke was bought by the Volkswagen Group in 1969, and that brought about the K70, VW’s first foray into the front-engine, water-cooled segment. At the same time, the Type 4 was the largest, air-cooled passenger car on offer from VW, which would ultimately be the last air-cooled VW for the mid-sized segment. The Type 4 won out in the sales race, but was to be succeeded in 1973 with the Passat, which is still VW’s mid-sized entry in the sedan and estate segment. This 1974 412 Variant for sale in Illinois represents the final year for the 412 and rarely do they come this nice.

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1974 BMW 2002tii Touring

Long before “Clownshoe” mania, BMW had another slightly off-beat hatchback in its lineup. The company recently spent a fairly sizable sum advertising the lineage between the new 2 series and the original 2002, but as generally impressive as the new 2 is, the one thing lacking is a model similar to the E10 Touring model. Okay, the F45 and F46 tall hatchback models channel a bit of that, but let’s be honest – they’re not exactly what enthusiasts love. And similarly polarizing is the Touring model in the E10 lineup. The Michelotti design channeled some of the GT feel from the Glas acquisition, but while the fluid lines of the 1600GT worked well in a low slung sports car, moving to the taller and more upright E10 platform gave the Touring slightly odd dimensions. Shortened by about 6 inches and with additional glass, the Touring had modern conveniences like split-folding rear seats and was available in five different engine configurations over its short three year model life. From 1600 to 2002, the model designations referred to the engine capacity – imagine that! But the top of the heap was the 130 horsepower 2002tii Touring – for enthusiasts, one of the rarest variations of the E10 made:

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1974 Porsche 911S Targa

Even though I’m very familiar with it I still find it somewhat jarring to look at the market for a 1974 Porsche 911S versus a 1973 911S. The reasons are all fairly clear: the new design with impact bumpers remains less appealing to many collectors and the engine suffers from too many restrictions necessary to meet the more stringent emissions requirements of the day. With time I can’t help but wonder how much that gap will close. A recent article on the 911 market has suggested that as collectors become increasingly likely to have been born after the introduction of the impact bumpers then the first issue will become less of a hurdle for these cars to overcome and we could then see those values rise. Obviously, that may never be borne out and the engine will always be what it is. But we do frequently hear from owners of the mid-year 911 that when maintained properly they can make for excellent machines just as any 911 does. And at the moment some of them can come at quite a discount. The example we see here is a Bitter Chocolate 1974 Porsche 911S Targa, located in Sacramento, with 146,604 miles on it and on offer with no reserve.

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