I performed a pre purchase inspection on this 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera. The Carrera was at the Auctions America California event in Santa Monica, CA. This was a US delivery car that was ordered with the Carrera option. In the US, this was all cosmetic and had the appearance the Carrera RS and the Euro Spec 2.7 MFI Carrera’s. The body on the car had the larger style fender flares of the RS. Porsche used these fenders on all 911’s starting with the SC cars. The width of the lip on a Carrera RS is about twice as wide as that of a Carrera. The Carrera carried over a $4,000 premium to a 911S. The Carrera’s came with several standard items. The spoiler and safety graphics were this cars only options.
1974 Porsche 911 Carrera
The inspection of this Porsche found this example to be highly original. The car was finished in Peru Red with Russet Leatherette. I found the paint and interior to be original and body to be excellent. Additionally, the engine and gearbox were original to the car. Due to the originality, there was plenty of patina to go around, but a very nice example. Excellence magazine featured this car in 2003. In judging the car was awarded a 1st place in PCA’s Preservation Class, as well as Honorary Judges Choice awards. The seller presented the car to auction with original window sticker, air pump, tools, service history, ownership history, and an old COA.
I bid on my clients behalf to $100,000. Ultimately the car fell short of the sellers reserve with a high bid of $110,000. On paper, this car should have done the money, however I think the color combination hurt this car in the auction. I know that my client struggled with it and let it go because of it.
Porsche 911 Inspection Services
Porsche Inspection Services are available in Florida and throughout the United States. I performed the inspection in Houston, Texas. I will travel to the car to perform the inspection at the seller’s facility or residence. We tailor the services to the Porsche that we are inspecting. I have performed inspections on every model vintage Porsche, 356, 911, 930, Carrera, RS, 964, 993, 996, 997, and modern variants.
Expert Auto Appraisals perform inspections on Porsche 911 and all other marques throughout the United States and Canada. I attend the auctions in Scottsdale, Monterey, and Amelia every year. Because of this, I am available for inspections at RM Sotheby’s, Gooding & Co., and Bonhams. I also regularly attend Mecum, Russo and Steele, Barrett-Jackson, and GAA auctions. If you are considering the purchase of a special interest car, contact us to perform an auction inspection of the vehicle for you. Contact us today at 772.621.2622 to discuss your needs or use our online Pre Purchase Inspection Request Form.