The successful 911 Carrera RS of 1973 was so impressive to the buying public, Porsche knew that it had to continue the theme with its next iteration of 911, the G-Series of 1974-1977. An exciting and visceral successor, the updated car utilized a newer, stronger chassis with reinforced door panels and aluminum “impact” bumpers. The new G-Series received an improved 2.7L unit, skillfully reworked to produce torque across a wide rev range and better acceleration over its 2.4L predecessor.
Indeed the increasingly popular “mid-year” G-Series received the best of what Porsche had to offer during a transitional period for the automotive industry. The result was a classic shape that lasted through to 1989 with original and early examples offering a glimpse into understanding how the company navigated such time.
Among the last of the 2.7L G-Series is the 1977 model offered here, chassis 9117202666. The original owner purchased the new car at Continental Porsche/ Audi in Portland, Oregon on June 29, 1977. The car was equipped with optional forged alloy wheels, Bilstein shocks, center console, black trim, factory air conditioning, and an electric sliding roof among others. In addition to the great choice of optional extras, the car is very well colored, wearing its current configuration of Burgundy Metallic over Black leather. It’s powered by a correct 911/85 2.7L/157bhp flat-6, engine no. *6274755, with K-Jetronic continuous fuel injection and a type-915 5-speed transmission, no. *717 6429.
The car was awoken from a 10-year slumber in 2018, now in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan with less than 53,000 miles recorded. Invoices show fluid and filter refreshening, a clutch adjustment, new bushings, seals, tires, and more. In October of that year, the car was treated to various cosmetic updates including headliner repair along with adjustments to the manual window regulators and the removal of pesky wiring related to an aftermarket radar detector. The current owner acquired the car in the fall of 2020 with a mere 54,000 miles recorded and continued with sympathetic treatment.
Today the car’s history file includes the original dealer paperwork, purchase order, window sticker, books, and manuals, along with toolkit and spare wheel.
Body And Paint
We believe this car to be wearing an older repaint which is supported by the paint meter readings. The Burgundy Metallic paint, the same color it was finished in from the factory, remains in excellent condition with fantastic color and a smooth deep luster throughout. The paint job has held up well and there are very minimal imperfections in the paint throughout the car with the exception of some small rock chips on the front bumper and nose area that appeared to have been touched up as well as some minor scratching and swirling that could likely be rectified with a good buff. The body is smooth and straight throughout the car with good gaps including the hood fitment which can commonly be a problem.
Glass And Trim
The glass throughout the car is all in good condition and appears to be original with the proper Sekurit stampings on the side windows as well as the rear window. The windshield is a Siegla unit and shows some minor pitting and stone chips but remains in perfectly functional condition. The black rubber trim throughout the car retains good color and structure. The anodized trim appears to be all in good condition with some minor light scratching in high-use areas such as the tops of the doors as well as the window surrounds.
The upgraded Fuch style wheels are in good condition with some minor water spotting on the anodized portions but with good color and finish to the painted portion. All 4 wheels wear black painted lug nuts that show minimal wear.
Overall the car remains in excellent shape and the restoration has held up nicely. With the exception of some minor wear from normal use, the car presents no real flaws of note.
Seats And Surfaces
The black leather interior remains in excellent condition with clean smooth seating surfaces showing very minimal wear. The matching door cards are in great shape with some minor wear on things like the interior door handles. The dash is smooth and clean with no pulling or cracking. The steering wheel shows a bit of wear and age in the form of some cracking of the leather as well as pulling of the stitching and discoloration in the black plastic horn cover. The gauges are all clean and clear easily readable with good clean white lettering. The headliner appears to be in decent condition with a bit of minor staining around the edges some slight sag in the middle as well as some separation around the sunroof area. The bezel around the ignition shows stereotypical scratching from normal use and the material on the sun visors is also a bit saggy in a general fashion.
Functionality And Accessories
Everything on the interior appears to function as it should. The doors open and close and they should and the windows roll up and down with ease. The original Blaupunkt radio functions as it should, although one of the trim rings on the left-hand knob has come a bit loose. The gauges appear to read their requisite functions as they should and the parking brake holds the car firmly in place. The two side-mounted overhead lights illuminate when the doors are opened.
The interior remains in very nice condition with just a bit more wear than the rest of the car displayed on the steering wheel in the form of cracking leather and pulling stitching as well as the headliner which is a bit discolored in a few spots.
ENGINE BAY AND TRUNK
The engine bay appears to be in good order, displaying a bit of age to some of the finishes, but overall appearing correct and well maintained with possibly original finishes. There is some wear on the main air hose that runs over the top of the engine and the fireproof padding on the rear wall of the engine bay is a bit saggy. The correct stickers are in place through much of the engine bay and finishes appear to be correct and relatively clean. The car appears to have a more modern ignition unit attached to the driver’s side engine bay wall. Some of the rubber protecting covers on the ignition wires display some age in the form of cracking. Overall, the engine bay shows signs of use but does not display any signs of issues past or present.
The front trunk area contains the correct style of carpets with decent fitment. Most importantly though, the hood struts function as they should, an all too common problem in early 911s! Lifting the carpets reveals well-kept and possibly original surfaces and finishes that show no signs of any issues past or present. The metal appears solid with no issues, including in the heater box area where issues can often develop. The fuse box cover is a little problematic to get to stay in place and has a bit of wobble. There is also some incorrect wiring around the battery area that could have been from some form of an aftermarket stereo system at one point. The VIN stamping is present just above the fuel tank area and overall the trunk area appears correct and in good order.
The underside of the car appears very much in line with the engine bay and trunk, appearing well cared for but showing signs of use and age and possibly being original. Factory correct finishes are present with general scraping and missing paint from normal use. There is some minor surface corrosion and general dirtiness to the suspension components etc. but all appear to be in solid mechanical order. Overall, the underside of the car appears largely original but well kept and shows no real signs of any issues past or present.
Although the exterior of the car appears to have had a high-quality repaint at some point, it appears the engine bay, front trunk, and underside of the car were left largely original and as such display some aging in their finishes.
The engine, for the most part, sounds and feels healthy but it should be noted that from time to time, once up to temperature it tends to stall out at low RPMs. This issue does not happen consistently and when it is not occurring the car makes solid power with no stumbles or hesitation in acceleration. When the issue is occurring, the car can be held at higher RPMs to prevent stalling but when left to idle on its own it will choke itself out.
The transmission shifts smoothly and engages gears as it should. Once you learn the pattern and timing it is easy and pleasant to drive. The clutch holds power well with proper take-up and engagement.
Brakes And Suspension
The brakes bring the car to a smooth and controlled stop with no issues or odd noises. The suspension feels compliant and displays no odd road manners or noises.
All four tires are Vredestein Sprint Classic in 185/70 HR15. They all display solid sidewalls with plenty of tread life left and no issues to report.
It should be noted the engine experiences an intermittent stalling at low RPM’s when up to temperature. It does not happen all the time and we are currently unsure of the cause. When it does occur it can be prevented by manually keeping the RPMs up but it is certainly something that potential buyers should be aware of.
Light and nimble would be the best words to describe the driving experience of this car. Early air-cooled 911s are known for their light steering characteristics and this car is no exception. Turn-in is easy and smooth and the car makes ample power, although by today’s standards this is still a “momentum” car meaning you need to keep your speed up! Between the eye-catching retro and period-appropriate Burgundy Metallic paint that was beautifully applied, the overall well-kept nature, as well as the numerous factory options the car was fitted with, this 1977 911 S is the perfect entry into the world of air-cooled Porsches and an example that will continue to appreciate as time progresses.