1975 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Litre Coupe
The Porsche story is a fascinating one and its roots go back to the 1930’s when Professor Ferdinand Porsche was instrumental in the design of the first Volkswagen and also Auto Union race cars. By 1939 he had built three Porsche cars to compete in the 800 mile race from Berlin to Rome. Unfortunately the race was cancelled due to the war and Porsche was forced to focus on supporting the German war effort, however, he had always wanted to build his own cars. In 1944 Porsche was forced to leave Stuttgart and he set up a small operation in Gmünd, Austria. Soon after the Porsche family and many of their engineers were captured and sent to jail. Ferdinand Porsche’s son. Ferdinand junior, or ‘Ferry’ as he was known, was released six months later and he returned to Gmünd to rebuild the family company. Things moved quickly and Porsche was involved with cars again and in mid-1948 the first Porsche 356 was built. It is understood Porsche built some 50 hand built aluminium bodied cars in their small factory at Gmünd before relocating back to Stuttgart, Germany. The rest they say is history as the 356 evolved into one of the most successful sports cars ever built. A hard act to follow indeed . . . but its replacement, the Porsche 911 went on to become a legend!
The evolution of the Porsche 911 is probably the greatest sports car story of all time. First introduced in 1963 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and then designated as a 901, the successor to the 356 took the world by storm. To avoid conflict with Peugeot, who claimed exclusive rights to car names with three digits having a ‘zero’ in the middle, the car was renamed as 911. The first production 911 was built in 1964 and it was powered by an air cooled 1991cc 6 cylinder engine. The car evolved with increases in engine capacity to 2.2 litres, 2.4 litres, 2.7 litres, 3.0 litres and 3.3 litres. There were styling changes also, but one always recognised the car as a 911. Today the first series of 911’s is recognised as the cars built from 1963 to 1989 and include the very popular Porsche 911 and 930 Turbo models. Of these the ‘small bumper’ or ‘pre impact bumper’ cars built up to 1973 are today regarded as the real classic 911, however, that comes at a price. In the last few years astute collectors and enthusiasts have seen great value in 1970’s model 911’s. In 1975 Porsche introduced the 911 Carrera 3.0 Litre which was the top of the range 911 model of the day. The Carrera 3.0 Litre was powered by essentially the same 2997cc engine used in the 930 Turbo, minus the turbo charger! These cars were only built in relatively small numbers with just over 3,600 911 Carrera 3.0 Litre models built throughout two years of production. It is understood that 2,564 coupes and 1,123 targas were built.
Oldtimer Australia is delighted to offer for sale a 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Litre coupe. This Australian delivered, factory right hand drive example was delivered new on the 20th November 1975 by Hamiltons of South Yarra.
The Original 911/Carrera 3.0 Guarantee and Maintenance Record (service book) confirms that the first owner was none other than Alan Hamilton, who must have kept this 911 Carrera 3.0 Litre as his personal car. Given the delivery date and the first owner, this would most likely have been the first 911 Carrera 3.0 Litre brought into the country.
There is a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity on file, which confirms that the car retains its original engine and is therefore ‘matching numbers.’ The car is presented today in its original colour scheme of ‘guards (India) red’ (paint code G8) with a black partial leather interior (trim code 16).
The service book is stamped from the day the car was delivered up to when the car was last serviced on 26th February 2021 by Porsche specialist DHM Auto Solutions in Tennyson (Brisbane), Queensland, with an odometer reading of 237,904 km.
There is also an extensive history file with the car dating back to 2013. There is documentation on file which confirms that the engine and gearbox were completely rebuilt in April/May 2014 by Michael Newton Automotive in McGraths Hill, NSW. At the time the engine and gearbox were removed from the car, dismantled and inspected. The work done included: the heads were separated from the engine block and the engine was inspected, cleaned and reassemble with all the required new parts. All the synchros were replaced in the gearbox and a new clutch was installed. In total, nearly $40,000 was spent on the car. At the time the work was done the odometer read 227,351 km.
In 2015 the previous owner had air conditioning installed by Autohaus Hamilton at the cost of $6,500.
The current owner acquired this 911 Carrera 3.0 Litre in 2016. The car joined a significant Porsche collection and whilst it has been sparingly used, it has been regularly serviced and maintained. In 2018 the rear spring plates, the CV joints, boots and gaskets were all replaced. The car was most recently serviced on 1st March 2021. At that time the odometer read 237,904 km.
Since then the car has travelled just over 1,000 km and the odometer now reads 238,920 km.
Today this 911 Carrera 3.0 Litre presents well. This is a well cared for car that has been used and enjoyed over the years and thankfully kept extensively original. The car appears to wear an older repaint, in its original colour of guards red, which still looks good from about a meter away but upon closer inspection you will notice some defects in the paint. There is some very light ‘orange peel’ in places, most noticeably on the right rear guard. The satin black external trim is in good condition and a real feature of this era 911. It contrasts particularly well with the red paintwork on this car. All the glass is in excellent condition. The side and rear windows appear to be original. The front windscreen has been replaced at some stage. The lights and lenses are all in good condition.
The wheels are another feature on this era 911 and they are in excellent condition. They are shod with Pirelli Cinturato CN36 tyres. The front tyres are date stamped week 27 2016 and the rear tyres are date stamped week 28 2016. The condition of the tyres confirms the car has been hardly used since they were fitted
The interior of this car presents really well. The upholstery on the seats has most likely been refreshed some years ago. All the leather is in good condition, showing very light patina, but with no rips or tears. The seats are comfortable and provide plenty of support. The classic Porsche dashboard also presents well. The material is in good condition and there are no cracks on the top of the dashboard. All the instruments are clear and appear to be in good working order. The car is fitted with a period correct Blaupunkt radio which is also in good working order. The air conditioning works well and blows ice cold air.
Having familiarised ourselves with the interior and the controls it is time to take this Porsche out for a test drive. We put the key in the ignition, turn it and the car starts easily first time. Like with other 911’s from this period there is no need to touch the accelerator when you start the car. The engine quickly settles into a smooth idle and the car has that typical 911 exhaust note. Once warmed up it is time to hit the road. After driving for a few miles we pulled up to a traffic light and had a moment to reflect. This car is good . . . really good! It is an absolute delight to drive, which is probably not surprising given the recent engine, gearbox and suspension work. The engine feels strong with loads of power on tap and the gear changes are easy and precise. The car is tight on the road, the steering is direct and the suspension easily absorbs any bumps you might come across.
This Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Litre is just an amazing car to drive. It is so well built and so easy to drive you easily forget that you are driving a car which is almost 50 years old. It will easily keep up with (and ahead of!) modern day traffic, it feels solid and is just great fun to drive. You could even use this car as a daily driver, but more likely a weekender, though the one thing that is for certain is that it needs to be used and enjoyed as its makers intended.
The Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Litre was built in limited numbers and is a rare model. We see this model as somewhat of a sleeper and offers ‘great value’ when compared to the early ‘small bumper’ cars and the 930 Turbo.
- Australian delivered, factory right hand drive example.
- Matching numbers.
- First owner Alan Hamilton.
- Fabulous original colour scheme.
- Mechanically sorted and ready to use.
- Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Litre Coupe
- 238,906 km