1976 Porsche 911 3.0 Carrera Coupe in Black with Special Order interior with Driver Sport Seat and Plaid inserts. This rare and limited production 3.0 Carrera Coupe is a car that is known to us since 1981 when I purchased the car from the original owner in Dusseldorf Germany. It is a remarkable example that is in exceptional condition. It has a well documented history and is one of the best driving, lightest and quickest G Series 911’s ever built. The 3.0 Carreras offer a true visceral driving experience that is unavailable in a modern day Porsche.
A bit of history on the 3.0 Carrera cars. Porsche revived the evocative ‘Carrera’ name for its luxuriously equipped, top-of-the-range 911 supercar in 1973. Revised suspension and wider wheels improved the handling, while the Bosch fuel-injected, 2.7-litre engine boosted top speed of close to 150mph. The next major development was the arrival of a new 3.0-litre (200bhp) engine, derived from that of the Type 930 Turbo. Introduced in the autumn of 1975 as a 1976 model, the 3.0-litre Carrera was destined for a relatively short life, disappearing when the 911 range was updgraed to ‘SC’ specification for 1978. Its introduction marked an important development in the 911’s production process: the adoption of Thyssen anti-corrosion zinc coating for the steel body panels, which was a vast improvement on what had gone before. Only 3,687 3.0-litre Carreras were built.
The Carrera 3.0 engine is essentially the 911 Turbo 2993 cc engine – just without the turbocharger. In addition, the lighter 6-bolt flywheel and the 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 three-liter Carrera with a proud 200 hp and a torque of 255 Nm at 4,200 rpm. On the road together this also explains why the performance values of the Carrera 3.0 are very similar to those of the 2.7 RS. Although it is often referred to as the tamed version of the original 2.7 RS with 210 hp, it was able to achieve even better values in the various tests: from 0 to 100 km/h, the Carrera 3.0 was a tenth of a second faster (6.3s ), and even two tenths of a second faster from 0 to 180 km/h.
This was due to the improved torque, the 2.7 RS achieved the same torque only at a much more aggressive 5100 rpm. A direct comparison of the power curves explained the wonder: at up to 5 000 rpm, the three-liter engine delivers significantly more power than the 2.7 RS. Only at higher than this magical border can the old Carrera beat it.
The optimized torque was also reflected in another test: the Carrera 3.0 was a good 3 seconds faster than the 2.7 RS and the 2.7 Carrera from 25 to 100 mph. And all this with a car, which was at least 45kg heavier due to the additional noise insulation.
This 3.0-litre Carrera Coupe retains it’s original matching numbers engine and transmission that has recently been totally rebuilt by Moorespeed out of Austin Texas where it also received it ‘s one and only respray in it’s original factory color. Equipped with a five-speed manual transmission, Driver Side Sport seat, Black Headliner, engine compartment light, Light Alloy 15 inch 7 and 8 wide Fuchs wheels, rear window wiper blade and sun roof delete. Typical of Carrera 3.0 Sport models, it came with lowered suspension; Bilstein shock absorbers, ‘Whaletail’ rear wing and front spoiler, Type 930 Turbo sports seat and instruments (without the boost gauge) and a non speaker dashboard.
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