This car was delivered to its first owner in London, who clearly treasured it as he kept it for the next 38 years. The colour may have had something to do with it as the striking Ice Green Metallic exterior was the very same shade chosen by Ferry Porsche for several of his own cars. It is complimented by a smart Black Watch tartan interior, so evocative of the period. As evidenced by plenty of service bills and MoT certificates, the car was regularly used and well maintained under the first owner’s stewardship.
The car changed hands briefly for the first time in 2014 before being acquired by the current owner shortly thereafter. After four decades on British roads there were the inevitable corrosion issues to be dealt with, so he entrusted the car to well-known marque expert, Steve Winter of Jaz Porsche, for a full bare metal restoration, including engine and gearbox rebuilds. Every aspect of the car was addressed and the whole process took over four years to complete. There are photographic records of the car before, during and after the restoration and invoices for the work undertaken are on file. The car has travelled less than 3,000 miles since and still presents in unmarked, concours condition today.
It is easy to overlook the early G-Series or “Impact Bumper” 911. Arguably the 60s cars were prettier, the early 70s cars more iconic and the 90s cars more dynamic. However, as time has passed, tastes have evolved, and these cars are now acquiring a distinct following of their own. They represent a sweet spot where Porsche had significantly developed the 911’s performance without changing its dimensions or adding substantial weight. Modern fuel injection makes them easier to live with, while their galvanised bodies mean more have survived in better, original condition. And to drive they are every bit as much fun as some of their more illustrious predecessors. There is no doubt that many enthusiasts appreciate their late 70s style and colour palate.
This car has been cared for by an owner with a true appreciation and love for the model. Right hand drive Carrera 3s are rare to start with but in this condition, they are almost unheard of. It would surely grace any car collection, race paddock or cars and coffee gathering.