Sports Car Market's review – March 2016
Sports Car Market's review from the March 2016:
One hot topic in the auction world is the astounding growth of values of the Porsche 911. And of the 911 production cars, the RS is considered by many to be the quintessential 911. All of which led to a ’74 911 Carrera 2.7 RS MFI hammering at RM Sotheby’s Monterey this year for $374,000.
For those of you unfamiliar with the intricacies of the 911 world, you now have a source as detailed and informative as you can imagine in Ryan Snodgrass’ deep dive into the history of one of the rarer examples: the Carrera 2.7 MFI.
The Carrera 2.7 RS was introduced in 1973, as Porsche focused more energy on racing production cars (the RS is for Rennsport, or racesport).
Many of the original RS orders were part of a sleight-of-hand trick the factory used to get to the 500 cars needed for Group 4 homologation, with buyers lining out an order form for the race version, then amending it at the dealer for a con- version to the touring setup.
By 1970, the end of the “long-hood” era for the 911 was at hand, with the body redesigned to incorporate safety bumpers, and bringing in the famous whale tail spoilers on some models (not allowed in Germany thanks to the safety bureaucrats).
The Bosch mechanical-injected 1974 MFI was not sold in the U.S., with 2.7s coming here using CIS (Continuous Injection System) to meet federal smog laws and mileage standards, thanks to the first Arab oil embargo.
Bravely, Porsche continued to make high-performance cars in a world mad for economy.
Not being a domestic offering, the Carrera 911 RS 2.7 MFI has been a quiet outlier, though the auction world is catching up. For Snodgrass, the MFI was the perfect story, a way to tell the entire RS tale using a deep focus on one particular model.
It’s a massively researched and illustrated history — and as good as the car.
Provenance: There is amazing detail that can only come from factory records, and Snodgrass had great access to them, as well as to Porsche fanatics from around the world.
Fit and finish: Beautifully printed, with more than 700 color photos, all packed into a quality slipcover; the book is hefty, smart and well designed.
Drivability: There is no shortage of superficial motoring books, collections of images with the odd fact or two. These are the kinds of books that give you 10 minutes of pleasure and are never considered again. At the other extreme, there are the arcane, detailed single-marque or model collections of obscure facts and serial numbers — of little value except to the other guy with the car. But in Carrera 2.7, Snodgrass has created the middle ground, a readable look at a special time at Porsche, built around one special model. There is plenty of detail for the potential owner or restorer as well, but first and foremost, it’s a good read.
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Porsche enthusiast site Elferspot is offering a RARE opportunity to win a copy of the epic Turbo 3.0 book until May 15, 2019. Not only that, they created a quick video to showcase the book for those who have never seen it in person. See more details about the contest on the Elferspot website.
Review of the Turbo 3.0 book in Porsche Fahrer's February 2019 issue:
Manchmal, wenn Geld und Zeit keine Rolle spielen, entsteht große Kunst, ohne dass die Limitierungen des wirklichen Lebens ihr Schranken auferlegen. Und mit viel Glück wird ein Buch wie Ryan Snodgrass’ Magnum Opus zum Thema 911 Turbo daraus.
Die Masse von 1500 Bildern und Informationen auf 536 Seiten hat das Zeug, den Betrachter/Leser zu erschlagen: Wo beginnen, wenn schon das Kapitel „Accessoires“, angefangen beim korrekten Bordwerkzeug bis hin zum passenden 911-Koffer-satz der Firma Volz, 18 Seiten umfasst? Wohlgemerkt, es geht nur um den Dreiliter-Urturbo der Modelljah- re 1975 bis 1977! Natürlich ist es spannend, die Entwicklung des 911 Turbo nachzuvollziehen, aber richtig aufregend wird es, wenn Text und Bilder tief und detailreich bis hin zum Aufnäher der Sicherheitsgurte in Technik, Ausstattung und Produktion eintauchen. Snodgrass hat sich die Mühe gemacht, auch Sonderanfertigungen und Spezialmodelle zu zeigen, die Spuren im Rennsport nachzuzeichnen und zu guter Letzt JEDEN gebauten 911 Turbo 3.0 mit Farbe, Innenausstattung, Reifentyp bei Auslieferung, Extras etc. aufzulisten. Wenn das Geld also nicht für einen Urturbo reicht, sind 395 Dollar für die Standardausgabe dieses Standardwerks perfekt angelegtes Geld. Ein besseres Buch zum Thema wird es auf absehbare Zeit nicht geben. Fünf Sterne!
We are thrilled that Ryan Snodgrass' Turbo 3.0 book has just been nominated as a finalist in the Book category for Motoring Press Guild's 2018 MPG Excellence in Automotive Journalism Awards. In MPG's own words, the "annual celebration of excellence is intended to inspire automotive journalists, both present and future, to produce work of the highest professional caliber in specific categories."
It's an honor to just be nominated for such a prestigious award in the world of automotive journalism. Congratulations to the other finalists in the Book category:
- Hurley: From the Beginning by Sean Cridland
- Twice Around the Clock – The Yanks at Le Mans Vol. I-III by Tim Considine
Hurley is an absolutely fantastic read on one of America's greatest racing drivers, written directly in partnership with Mr. Haywood himself. I haven't seen Twice Around the Clock yet, but I've pre-ordered a copy as it looks like it will provide great insight into the history of American drivers at Le Mans.
Interestingly, MPG finalist nominations run deep with those involved in the Turbo 3.0 project. Richard Baron, the Designer/Art Director for the Turbo 3.0 book, also worked on the MPG nominated Hurley book. And Randy Wells—a 2018 MPG finalist in the Featured Video category for his film ICARUS—photographed many shots that appeared in the Turbo 3.0 book.
The winners in each category will be announced during the awards dinner on February 24th at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Good luck to all.