The story of the register
This site is the result of the dedicated work of firstly Jack Wilson and his son, who realised that there was a bit of a void about these Carrera 3′s on the internet. Even my then Porsche specialist commented in 2005 something along the lines of
“yeah, that’s an SC, isn’t it? How come it has points?”
- No, sorry, it is not an SC, it is a Carrera 3.
“Naah, it HAS to be an SC.”
Around 2007, John Glynn, Porsche scribent per excellence and now owner of the internet Porsche Magazine Ferdinand (http://www.ferdinand.com), started the online “Impact bumper” Porsche forum.
Please have a look at http://www.impactbumpers.com for a nosey.
It was only a matter of time before a few Carrera 3 drivers came together. We owners could not believe what a different driving experience these Carrera 3′s were, especially compared to the heavier 911 SC’s (fast-reliable-bomb proof), the ubiquitous Carrera 3.2 (the last of the IB’s, and according to the magazines The One to Have but in my experience torquey-fool proof-easy to tune thanks to the DME, but very weighted and slow on the uptake) and the long hood pre-impact bumper cars up to August 1973, which were so filigrane, zinghy, tight and need to be driven over 5000 rpm to get anywhere.
Jack gave the reign of the register over to Colin Fitzpatrick (Colly) and he created the majority of these pages you are looking at. After Colin sold his car, I took over and fit running the register with a busy clinical private/ NHS practice, a family, and all the rest!
Why did I buy a Carrera 3, and a targa in particular?
In an ideal world, I wanted to drive a Lagonda V12 Le mans. But that’s a little too expensive and too impractical. At home, I grew up with a Morgan plus 4 (raw, light, nimble), there was a Ferrari 365 BB (nightmare to maintain- carbs anyone?) a Jaguar XJ12L (stylish but you really needed two of them). As I lost my parents in two non- related motoring accidents I wanted a car with a relatively good safety and engineering pedigree.
I was looking for a safe, open, reliable, stylish and not all- too- expensive to run car which was flash enough to pull up at the Carlton in Cannes without batting an eye lid but also would survive a night out parked in Brussels (not being washed for 2 weeks and with the radio already removed just in case)
So I came to the Carrera 2.7. It was the period 2002-2004 and you could pick up these rustbuckets with an oily, smokey engine, running like a bag of spanners due to incompetent maintenance of the MFI system, for about £7000 to £9000.
It was the period where the RS 2.7 was hailed all over the motoring magazines as the best Porsche ever. The carrera 2.7 was the next best thing that qualified, really. Because I originate from Belgium and the Belgian, German and Dutch motorway police used Targa’s as fast intervention vehicles, the “Porsche Targa” was an incredible macho but also stylish car from the perspective of a 3 year old. I had to have a targa, and a Grand Prix white one!
Studying and qualifying here in the UK, the situation is slightly different. Whereas on the continent the Targa was a suave and cosmopolitan choice, over here it is the lesser, softer choice and definitely not attracting a premium over the iconic coupe. The C2.7 Targa is positively impossible to find, as Guy White, register secretary at Porsche Club GB, then confirmed in 2005.
67 which include the chassis number. (30 ’74 coupes, 15 targas and 18 ’75 coupes & 4 targas) There are a further 12 which don’t include chassis number so some might not be Carreras as described
When I couldn’t find a Carrera 2.7 which was turn key and didn’t need everything doing to it, I came across a rare Ruf SCR. It was a 911 3 litre SC which was breathed upon by Ruf and had a displacement of 3.2 litres with 215bhp. In my searches I traced a former Ruf SCR owner who happened to advertise a gunmetal grey Carrera 3.0 coupe. I popped into my 944 and went to have a look. It was a chap called D. John Ward and it turned out he is the register secretary of the turbo registry at Porsche Club GB . As he was selling a “lightweight Carrera 3.0 sport coupe” I suddenly pricked my ears.
I started to read up, noticed that the carrera 3.0 was labelled a little bit “soft” when it was launched as opposed to the c 2.7, but that the performance figures were in the same league and that these ones had a galvanised shell as well. The purists were a bit upset that it ran k-jetronic instead of the mechanical injection. The prices were, as opposed to the Carrera 2.7, still wayyyyy cheaper. The softness was due to having these temperature sensors and plush carpets installed- comfort items.
I did notice at that time that it was a relatively unknown model, but the people who ran those C3′s were very enthusiastic about them and often only were selling because of Needs, rather than Musts. I drove a few -met some dogs- and then, just before my 30th birthday, a Porsche Post came through the door advertising a 1976 3.0 litre Targa, good provenance and full history. They seller was an expat with a labrador who loved jazz and to cut a long story short: I collected a 1975 build Grand Prix White Carrera 3.o Targa as a birthday present.
I knew it needed work as she blew blue clouds on downshifts but what the heck: the price was OK and I felt that it was “meant to be”. I had the engine blueprinted and completely rebuild in May 2006, did “everything else” between 2007 and 2011 but hey ho. At least, you might learn from my mistakes.
I once had the honour of meeting Paul Frere and he ran a C3 until 1993. The told me it was the best mix of what he looked for in a daily driver Porsche and was absolutely heart broken when it was stolen.
The arguments of a zinghy revvy engine are all true but even in Germany it is a bit of a “schwiegermutter model” (a mother- in-law model: indicating not well known and not unlike the woman you fell in love with- a totally different matter altogether )
When I drove Graham Brookes’ stripped out Carrera 3.o coupe at dusk
I knew that a properly sorted Carrera 3.0 has an incredible potential in the right hands. I wanted to create that lightness, tightness and zinghyness in my car and here we are!
I really welcome anyone who wants to get in contact. If you want to talk about Carrera 3′s, ask a question, submit a photo to go on the site, let me know about any additional C3 information – or simply to just say hello, I’d love to hear from you – I’ll be in touch within a reasonable timescale as I am not always able to check my email.
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