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1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3 Sport

  • 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3 Sport
  • Just 1,064 Carrera 3.0 built in RHD many for overseas
  • Extremely rare UK RHD and Sport model
  • 30,000 miles since engine rebuild
  • Fantastic history with invoices and MOTs back to 1980

MODEL HISTORY

With the homologation of the Carrera 2.7 RS, Porsche had created a racing car that would clear up title after title, however, it was a second-place finish at Le Mans in 1974 that Porsche realised that in order to push their competition cars to the next level, there needed to be some experimentation with a forced induction engine. This then led Porsche to start developing the ‘911 Turbo’ in order to meet homologation requirements. A new engine for the 911 was already in development, codename 930, and it was by turbocharging this engine that Porsche developed the first 911 Turbo road car.

The 930 engine was also used in naturally aspirated form in the new 911 Carrera 3.0, a model offered by Porsche for just 2 years (1976-1977) to fill the gap between the end of 2.7 Carrera production in 1975 and the launch of the new 911 SC in 1978. As a result of its short production cycle the numbers produced are far lower than most 911 variants, including its much sought-after predecessor, the Carrera 2.7. Just 2,564 coupés were produced in total, exactly how many of these were RHD is not known but estimates have put total Carrera production (Coupés & Targas) at 1,064 but this was for all RHD markets, so in terms of UK RHDs, we are talking very small numbers indeed. This rarity is the reason we are so excited to present this stunning example at The Classic Motor Hub.

In the UK, both a Carrera 3 and Carrera 3 Sport were offered. The latter offered front and rear spoilers, Bilstein dampers and wider Fuchs alloy wheels.

THIS MOTOR CAR

The Porsche 911 Carrera 3 Sport for sale at The Classic Motor Hub was completed in January 1977 and first registered in April 1977. Specified by the first owner in Special Order Minerva Blue, the interior is Black leatherette with Red Tartan Dress inlays. The Sport was a full £1,000 more than the standard Carrera 3 and the Minerva Blue paint was a £300 option, these numbers might not sound like much but considering the standard Carrera 3 was £14,000, these were expensive options, putting the finished cars price above the BMW 633CSi and close to the Aston Martin V8.

Its early life was spent on the South coast near Hove but by 1984 the 911 had found its 2nd private owner in a Mr. Nigel Hull of Sidmouth in Devon. From then the car would stay in Devon for the next 30 years, the majority of which was in the ownership of a Mr. Schollick who owned the car from 1988 until 2014. During his tenure the 911 Carrera 3 was looked after by respected Porsche Specialist Martin Reed who after many years at the local Porsche dealer set up his own business in 1987 and is going strong to this day.

Looking through the invoices on file, which go back to 1983, the owners, especially Mr. Schollick, did not scrimp on maintenance with everything and anything being attended to as necessary. In 1988 at about 82,000 miles the engine was totally stripped down to bare components by Martin Reed, decarbonised, new valves ground in and new piston rings fitted before the whole powertrain was reassembled with new gaskets and seals.

In 2014, ownership passed to a Mr. Carter of Milton Keynes who has the car maintained by classic Porsche specialists, Export 56. In 2016, at 108,000 miles, the engine was removed from the car, new sound deadening installed, all new oil pipes and the engine accessories were all restored/replaced at a cost of nearly £3,500. In July 2017, shortly before the current owner bought the car, the brakes were gone through with new discs, pads and brake pipes.

By October 2017, the car had been acquired by the current owner who quickly took to Porsche Centre Swindon, one of the approved Porsche Classic Centres. They went through the car sorting any little niggles and issues out, as well as fitting a brand new set of ‘N’ Rated Continental Sport Contact tyres. In August 2019 the oil tank was removed, stripped, restored and refitted by Northway Porsche. They saw the car in August 2020 carrying out a major service including valve clearances and a fresh set of spark plugs.

In the current ownership, the Porsche 911 Carrera 3 Sport has been used properly on high days and holidays to go to car events and on tours. The benefits of proper use are so apparent when you climb behind the wheel of this example. It really is one of the best we have ever driven. The engine pulls strongly, handling is as one would expect of these supremely capable sports cars and the gear change, so often plagued with synchro issues, is tight and accurate.

Accompanied by its original book pack and tools as well as period literature and magazines, this stunning Porsche 911 Carrera 3 Sport for sale at The Classic Motor Hub is available for immediate inspection.

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