The 3-litre engine was essentially the same 2993cc unit as the 930 without the turbocharger and in addition, the lighter 6-bolt flywheel and crankshaft from the 2.7 RS were installed. To compensate for the missing turbo booster of the 930, Porsche increased the compression ratio and thus provided the 3.0 litre unit with a normally aspirated 200 BHP and 255 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. This allowed similar performance to the outgoing 2.7 Carrera by being two tenths quicker to 180KPH. It could be specified as a sport model with front and rear spoilers, 16” Fuchs wheels and black anodized window surrounds which gave the Carrera 3.0 and Turbo models their fashionable iconic look of the time.
After the Carrera 3.0 had been in the market for only a year, several improvements were introduced for the following model year. Technically speaking, the most noticeable changes were the use of a brake booster and at the same time the handling of the clutch became much easier and smoother with the installation of an Omega spring. Some changes were also made to the interior, the dashboard receiving two adjustable ventilation grilles in the centre and for the first time a system of automatic temperature control was used, which was installed between the front seats where the mechanical control was situated before. The doors received the novel twist-lock mechanism, which would now make it much more difficult for thieves to break into the car.
This Carrera 3.0 was specified as UK specification Sport model finished in Sienna metallic with cork leatherette interior and pinstripe velour inlays, the combination it still presents in today. A rather nice start to the history is the presence of the original order from the Lancashire OPC Ian Anthony to Porsche cars GB dated 11/12/76 and sales invoice/ PDI sheet from Porsche Cars Great Britain to Ian Anthony Ltd dated 14th March 1977 when the car was delivered.
The car quickly accumulated the majority of its mileage in the first decade of ownership through 8 owners who clearly used and cherished this 911 as intend by recording 82,583 miles between them. It then found its way with the then owners blessing into the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu where it was displayed from 1987 – 1992.
In 1994 it received a top end rebuild, new clutch, front and rear brakes overhauled and general light mechanical restoration at 86,000 miles and in 1995/96 was a concours finalist with Porsche Club Great Britain. The car is also featured as an excellent example of the breed in David Vivians book `Porsche 911- The complete story`.
In 2007 the car was acquired by respected Porsche specialist Autofarm where we understand it was fully recommissioned and used as an occasional car by proprietor Josh Sadler before being sold to a new owner who took the car to Ireland where it appears it remained for two years before repatriated on 3rd August 2009. The gearbox was rebuilt including a new clutch and new heat exchangers by Porsche Centre Reading in 2010, and it has been regularly maintained since.
The continuous maintenance is comprehensively recorded from day one and this can of course be discussed in detail with those who have a genuine interest in purchasing.
A lovely example of a rare 911, that is still in excellent condition throughout. Please call today to register your interest.