4Legend Review – June 2017

July 03, 2017

June 29, 2017 review of Carrera 2.7 book by 4Legend:

Voici une belle découverte faite par hasard qui mérite un intérêt tout particulier pour tout passionné d’automobile et de Porsche : le livre “Carrera 2.7” écrit par Ryan Snodgrass, publié par Parabolica Press. Ce très beau livre de 406 pages, en édition limitée (2500 exemplaires), écrit en anglais, traite des Porsche 911 de 1974 à 1976 motorisées par le fameux 2.7 l de 210 ch de la Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7. C’est une véritable bible sur les modèles 911 ayant été équipés de ce fabuleux moteur Flat 6 doté d’une injection de carburant mécanique (MFI).

Histoire des Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 motorisée par le moteur 2.7 l MFI de 210 ch
Suite à la production de la légendaire Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS en 1973, une série de 911 Carrera a été construite pour de nombreux marchés du monde, hormis les États-Unis. Ces Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 se reconnaisse rapidement par l’inscription “2.7” sur la grille du capot moteur et par des ailerons reconnaissables. Elles étaient équivalentes aux modèles RS Touring de 1973 (code M472). Cette Porsche rare et désirable était la Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI Type G était équipée du moteur 911/83 avec les caractéristiques RS à injection mécanique (MFI – mechanically fuel injected) qui développait 210 ch. La principale différence entre les Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 et la Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 était esthétique avec des pare-chocs de Porsche 911 Type G et un capot moteur normal sans queue de canard. Le poids à vide de la Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 était également de 1075 kg, identique à celui de 911 Carrera RS 2.7. Toutes les Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI de 1974 ont reçu soit une queue de canard, soit un capot moteur normal. A partir de 1975, les Carrera 2.7 MFI étaient équipées d’un capot moteur normal ou alors d’un aileron surnommé “whale tail” (queue de baleine).

Les premières Porsche 911, la 911 Carrera RS 2.7 et les 911 Carrera 2.7 européennes ont un son spécifique et une réponse instantanée en appuyant sur la pédale d’accélérateur, ce qui en fait des modèles très recherchés par leur conduite excitante. Cela est dû à la gestion mécanique de l’injection de carburant (MFI) du moteur fourni par Bosch, avant que l’injection soit gérée par des calculateurs à partir de la fin des années 70.

Porsche a construit un nombre similaire de modèles à la Carrera RS 2.7 de 1973 avec environ 1011 modèles en 1974, 509 exemplaires en 1975 et 113 voitures en 1976. Une production totale de 1633 exemplaires de la Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI a été faite contre 1590 exemplaires produits de la Carrera RS 2.7. En outre, Porsche a construit, entre 1974 et 1976, 631 versions Targa de la 911 Carrera 2.7, dont 20 exemplaires pour la police belge en 1976.

Ces voitures n’ont jamais été importées par Porsche en Amérique du Nord. Les lois strictes sur les émissions polluantes aux États-Unis exigeaient un équipement antipollution qui impactait considérablement la performance du moteur Flat 6 de 2,7 litres. En 1974 et en 1975, la version américaine de la Porsche 911 Carrera utilisait des moteurs avec un système d’injection K-Jetronic, rendant le moteur moins puissant afin de respecter les normes antipollution de la Californie et des États-Unis.

La Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI de 1976 a été la dernière voiture Porsche jamais produite avec l’injection de carburant mécanique. Pour être plus précis, il n’y avait que trois modèles de voitures produits par Porsche après 1976 avec l’injection mécanique : toutes des voitures de course. D’abord, il y a eu dix Porsche 934 turbo construites pour le Groupe 4 et pour le Championnat IMSA de 1977. Ensuite il y a quelques versions de la Porsche 935 à turbocompresseur construites pour le Groupe 5. Plus tard en 1984, vingt-neuf Porsche 911 SC/RS Type 954 de 3.0 litres ont été fabriquées pour participer en rallyes dans le fameux Groupe B.

Un livre de référence sur les Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 de 1974 à 1976
Par rapport à la Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 qui est très connue et vénérée, le modèle 911 Carrera 2.7 est moins populaire et beaucoup moins médiatisé. Il n’est pas moins intéressant et fascinant. C’est un modèle à découvrir en détail via cette véritable bible où tout est traité de manière claire et détaillée.

Ce livre est en effet le résultat d’un énorme travail de recherche réalisé par son auteur Ryan Snodgrass durant de nombreuses années. Ce livre a d’ailleurs été plébiscité par la presse anglophone spécialisée.

Les sources ayant permis de faire ce livre unique proviennent des archives Porsche, de collections privées, de restaurations de modèles, de différents livres, …

Ce livre est d’une grande taille, faisant son poids. En l’ouvrant, on se rend rapidement compte qu’il est complet et très bien documenté.

Le livre est protégé par un étui de très bonne qualité avec le dessin d’un Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 sur les 2 côtés. Le livre est aussi de très bonne facture avec du papier glacé épais et une couverture tissée très agréable au toucher.

Les 406 pages de ce livre traitent de différents aspects de cette voiture : sa naissance et sa présentation, son châssis, son moteur et sa boîte de vitesses, sa carrosserie et notamment ses ailerons, son intérieur, les modèles spéciaux, les voitures de course, les accessoires, les documentations d’époque, les homologations pour les courses, les équipements et notamment les différentes options et coloris, les chiffres de production et les spécifications techniques.

La fabrication dans l’usine Porsche de Zuffenhausen est aussi très détaillée.

Rien n’a été oublié pour présenter l’univers de ce modèle Porsche qui a connu un grand succès en édition limitée. Ce livre s’adresse autant à quelqu’un souhaitant découvrir ce modèle qu’à un expert cherchant des détails spécifiques. C’est très bien écrit et très bien documenté.

Mon avis
Vous allez dire, encore un livre sur la Porsche 911. Oui, ce n’est pas faux! Mais pas sur n’importe quelle 911 et surtout avec autant de photos exclusives, d’informations pertinentes, de chiffres de production, … Beaucoup de livres ont été écrits sur certains modèles de la 911 mais pas sur la Carrera 2.7.

Ce livre collector, inconnu en France car peu mis en avant, est un régal à lire et à parcourir avec les très nombreuses photos présentes. On y découvre toute la vie de ce modèle atypique, ses équipements, ses documentations d’époque mais aussi certains modèles spéciaux basés sur cette version de la 911.

Très rapidement, l’édition luxueuse avec un étui spécifique (limitée à 300 exemplaires) a été en rupture de stock, malgré un prix de vente de 350 USD, soit environ 306 euros. La version dite “normale” est limitée à 2500 exemplaires et reste encore disponible au prix de 250 USD, soit environ 219 euros. C’est cette version que je vous présente et que je vous recommande chaudement, d’autant plus qu’il n’en reste pas beaucoup à vendre.


Porsche Road & Race Review – November 2016

November 26, 2016

November 24, 2016 review by Glen Smale on Porsche Road & Race:

Much has been written about the Porsche 911, in fact there are few manufacturers in the world, that could boast as having as many books written about one of their models. But as can be expected, many of these books cover selected top models, and those perceived as less salubrious models are usually relegated to books covering all models. 

Fresh attention though has been directed at the classic car market in recent years, with the result that prices have been rising steadily for the more sought after models. Those who are fortunate enough to be Porsche enthusiasts, will have seen the prices of the Carrera RS 2.7 skyrocket, although of late, prices of this sought-after model have settled somewhat. One model though that has until recently escaped much of the limelight, is the Carrera 2.7, but this humble model can claim as its predecessor the mighty Carrera RS 2.7. What a claim to be able to make, and yet the Carrera 2.7 is widely regarded as the lesser sibling and as such, has been largely overlooked. Ironically, the 1974 Carrera 2.7 produced the same output, had the same top speed and weighed the same as the celebrated RS.

The author of this book, Ryan Snodgrass, just happened to be looking for a classic car to buy for himself, and wanted to read up about this model. Not finding much to read on the model, what did Snodgrass do, he wrote what is without doubt, the most comprehensively researched book on the Carrera 2.7, thereby answering all the questions one could possibly have about the car. His book, Carrera 2.7: 1974-1976, covers all 2.7 MFI impact-bumper models between these two years, including the introduction of the 930 Turbo.

Snodgrass takes the reader on a journey through all aspects of the different models, including: Carrera Unveiled; Drivetrain; Rolling Chassis; Body; Interior; Special Models; Racing; Accessories; and, Literature. Each section is explained in the utmost of detail with truly impressive imagery, tables, graphs and illustrations showing in depth, the production and assembly steps. Detailed photographs show production and component differences, while extensive and clearly styled charts show gearbox numbering enabling one to identify a model and its options with accuracy. Sections are dedicated to body colours, exterior colours and aerodynamic developments.

A great deal of attention has been devoted to the selection of images in each chapter, and in this respect, the pictures really do paint a thousand words. Much work has been put into explaining, for instance, the large number of decals in the engine bay, the doorposts and in the luggage compartment, a useful detail largely overlooked by many authors. The chapter dealing with the interior shows the different upholstery styles that were offered in the 911, remembering of course that the mid-1970s was a period of great experimentation with colour, so there is in fact much ground to be covered here. The author has sought out production cards for various stages of the car’s assembly, showing in great detail how various options eventually found their way onto a particular car.

There is a section devoted to the development of the 911 Turbo, the prototype of which was a 2.7-litre car given to Louise Piëch on the occasion of her 70th birthday. This is an extremely interesting prototype, as I have covered this car myself in a feature for a well-known magazine not long ago. Porsche has long enjoyed a very good relationship with the various police forces in Germany and Belgium, and these special models have their own section too.

No book on the 911 would be complete without a chapter devoted to motorsport. This section of course covers those models that participated in both road and rally competition between 1974 and 1976.

A well-detailed section on 911 literature illustrates in splendid colour and detail, vehicle sales brochures (in different languages), price lists, colour options, spare parts catalogues, technical booklets and much more. What tools were issued with each model also gets a showing, and a useful section details the different options that were available to purchase with your 911.

This book is available in two different editions, the Limited Edition numbering 2500 copies, or the Publisher’s Edition which is limited to just 300 individually numbered and signed copies. Both of these come in a strong slip case, so there is no danger of your book getting scuffed.

The care with which the author has displayed and laid out the content is nothing short of exemplary – this book is truly a work of art. In fact, it was so highly thought of, that in 2016 it was shortlisted for the Publication of the Year, a prestigious international award. If you decide to dip into your savings to purchase a copy of Carrera 2.7: 1974-1976, you will not be sorry. This book goes beyond ‘coffee table’ as you wouldn’t want to mix it up with travel or gardening books and the like, this is one for the study bookshelf. You had better hurry to order your copy now.


911 & Porsche World – November 2016

November 16, 2016

CARRERA 2.7 BIBLE: Spare a thought for the poor old Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 of 1974. Until recently, it was almost invisible in the shadow of its more illustrious sibling, the Camera 2.7 RS. And yet the Camera 27 shared an identical engine and much of its DNA, including the wide-hipped shell, with the attention-grabbing RS. Of late, market values have grown to reflect its true place in the Porsche pantheon. And now you can celebrate this relatively unsung hero with a new book dedicated to the model. Meticulously researched by author [Ryan] Snodgrass using Porsche archive material, period documentation and access to private collections, Carrera 2.7 sports over 800 images among its 406 pages and includes the complete story, from the original factory options to its production history.


Carrera 2.7 Shortlisted for Prestigious International Historic Motoring Awards

October 22, 2016

We are ecstatic that the Carrera 2.7 book has been shortlisted for the "Publication of the Year" category in the prestigious 2016 International Historic Motoring Awards (IHMA). Considered to be the "Academy Awards" of the historic automotive world, the IHMA searches to find the ‘best of the best’ within the international historic motoring community, culminating with the red carpet black-tie awards ceremony at the magnificent Guildhall in London on November 17th.

Launched in 2011, the IHMA categories celebrate the diversity, achievements and depth within the worldwide historic motoring industry. Presented in association with Octane magazine and EFG Private Bank, the panel of expert judges assess the nominees that have been shortlisted in each category. Judges such as Derek Bell, car designer Peter Stevens and Pink Floyd drummer and historic car collector and racer Nick Mason don’t have an easy task, with a splendid range of international candidates to choose from across the various categories. Which historic race series will take the checkered flag, and which of the meticulous restorations or endlessly-researched publications will fire the judges’ enthusiasm?

Nominees for Publication of the Year (sponsored by Hortons Books)

  • Red Dust Racers, by Graeme Cocks
  • The Original Ford GT101, by Ed Heuvink
  • Marcello Gandini, by Gautam Sen
  • Power Without Glory, by Terry Wright
  • Carrera 2.7, by Ryan Snodgrass
  • Porsche 917 Archive & Works Layout 1968-75, by Walter Näher
  • Maserati 250F, by Ian Wagstaff
  • Stirling Moss, The Definitive Biography Vol 1, by Philip Porter

More About the Carrera 2.7 Book

Serious automotive enthusiasts consider Porsche’s Carrera 2.7 RS to be the archetypical 911…and deservedly so. The cars are light, responsive, purposeful and the type 911/83 engine delivers scintillating performance. Over the last 40 years the 2.7 RS has been covered in dozens of books and articles. Yet its successor—a car with the identical engine and similar DNA—remains either unknown or misunderstood even by long-time Porsche enthusiasts. That car is the Carrera 2.7 MFI. This book tells the complete story of these remarkable, unheralded sports cars.

The Carrera 2.7 book has been meticulously researched using the Porsche factory archives, private collections, period documentation and intensive study. The book attempts to cover everything an owner, restorer, historian or enthusiast would want to know about this intriguing 911 variant. Content includes comprehensive discussion of original options, photos of key details, insights into factory production, competition history and a considerable amount of material never before published. Although primarily focused on the top-of-the-line mechanically-fuel injected Carrera 2.7, this book will also prove valuable to enthusiasts of any of the Porsche 911 and 930 Turbo models produced during the mid-1970s.

Since the book’s international release at the end of October 2015, the Carrera 2.7 book has been enthusiastically received around the world by readers and the media. It was Octane's Book of the Month (April 2016), Total 911 magazine listed it as #1 on their "2016 Must Read List" and GT Porsche called it "one of those Porsche books you just cannot put down."

2016 Historic Motoring Awards

Here's our video of the 2016 International Historic Motoring Awards – a wonderful evening tinged with sadness, following the death of our great friend (and award-winner) Peter Foubister of the Royal Automobile Club, a few hours after the event

Posted by Octane magazine on Wednesday, November 23, 2016

PCA Panorama Review – August 2016

August 14, 2016

The Carrera 2.7 book review in August issue #713 of Porsche Club of America's Panorama magazine:

Just when you thought you owned every Porsche coffee table or reference book you needed, along comes Carrera 2.7 by Ryan Snodgrass. The iconic 1973 Carrera RS may be well documented, but its successor, the Carrera 2.7 MFI produced from 1974-1976, is a car little known by Porsche enthusiasts—until now.

The book begins with a brief history of the 1973 Carrera RS, explains why the Carrera 2.7 MFI was produced and the reason North America received a "watered-down" version. In addition, there is a chapter on special models, including the Carrera 2.7 Turbo, the Belgium Police Targas, and the extremely rare and desirable Sondermodell 1976—the final Porsche production car with an MFI engine. There a a chapter on racing, which includes details on the 1974 IROC RSR 3.0. At the end of the book, there are extensive appendices, including racing homologation, standard and optional equipment, detailed changes during the 1974-1976 run, and full technical specifications.

The sheer number of lists, charts, color samples, historical literature, dealer information and pricing, serial number decoders, and abundance of archival and contemporary photographs is beyond expectations. There are also superb blueprint, schematic, and cutaway diagrams throughout. Combine all of that with colorful, stylish graphic design and high-quality materials, and this becomes not only a book you won't be able to put down, but also one that you will refer to again and again.


Carrera 2.7 wins IAMC Automotive Media Award

August 02, 2016

The Carrera 2.7 book wins the Silver Medallion award at the 25th International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC)The IAMC program is designed to recognize and encourage excellence in all forms of automotive media through judging by peer media professionals. Awards were presented Sunday, July 31 the Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's.

About the Carrera 2.7 book:

Serious automotive enthusiasts consider Porsche’s Carrera 2.7 RS to be the archetypical 911…and deservedly so. The cars are light, responsive, purposeful and the type 911/83 engine delivers scintillating performance. Over the last 40 years the 2.7 RS has been covered in dozens of books and articles. Yet its successor – a car with the identical engine and similar DNA – remains either unknown or misunderstood even by long-time Porsche enthusiasts. That car is the Carrera 2.7 MFI. The Carrera 2.7 book tells the complete story of these remarkable, unheralded sports cars.


AUTOMOBILSPORT Review – July/Aug/Sept 2016

June 29, 2016

The Carrera 2.7 book review in issue #9 of AUTOMOBILSPORT magazine:

Now come on, please - not another Porsche book? On a 911? Well, have some patience, dear reader. For despite the flood of Porsche-related reading material on the market, Ryan Snodgrass has managed to create something extraordinary. The connection to the recently relaunched definitive book on the preceding model becomes obvious at first sight. This is no surprise, as the layout and design for the 1974–76 Carrera 2.7 book was done by the same graphic designer. But it is the content and amazing details that make this one even more special. Snodgrass covers every – and we mean absolutely every – aspect of the initial impact bumper model Carrera, in the process setting a new standard for technical details. There is also a special goody that makes the book attractive for race fans: in a chapter dedicated to the fabulous IROC RSRs, for the first time we've found a complete and beautifully illustrated documentation of the 15 cars that raced in the United States in 1973/74.

Summary: 9.5 out of 10
A brilliant piece on the initial impact bumper Carrera 

German review:

Schon wieder ein Porsche-Buch? Und dann auch noch über einen Neunelfer? Doch Geduld, lieber Leser - in der Flut an Lektüre über die Zuffenhausener Fahrzeuge ist Ryan Snodgrass hier etwas Außergewöhnliches gelungen. Sofort ins Auge fällt die Verwandtschaft zum 2015 neu aufgelegten Standardwerk über das Vorgängermodell. Das verwundert nicht, denn Grafik und Layout kommen aus demselben Haus. Der Inhalt und die Detailtiefe jedoch sind es, die dieses Buch in eine andere Liga heben. Snodgrass behandelt wirklich jeden Bereich des ersten G-Modell-Carreras aufs Ausführlichste und setzt in Sachen technische Details einen neuen Standard. Auch für uns Rennsportfans hält der Autor einen Leckerbissen bereit: In einem umfangreichen Kapitel über den IROC-RSR findet sich erstmals eine vollständige und hervorragend aufbereitete Dokumentation zu den 15 Autos, die 1973/74 in den USA für Furore sorgten.

Fazit: 9,5 von 10
Ein brillantes Werk über den ersten G-Modell-Carrera


Automobilismo d'Epoca Book of the Month – June 2016 (Italian)

June 09, 2016

"Book of the Month" review in the June 2016 issue of Vintage Cars:

CARRERA 2.7: RIVALUTARE LE "BUMPER"

Nel mondo delle Porsche 911, la parola "bumper" è associata all versioni meno desiderabili in assoluto della mitica berlinetta di Stoccarda. Forse per quella versione base i cui 150 CV, a fronte di 2,7 litri di cubatura, Sembrano una contraddizione in termini con la storia della Casa di Stoccarda. Sta di fatto che dei modelli con i "paraurtoni" necessari a rispettare l'omologazione USA, pochi parlano. E infatti la letteratura al riguardo è scarsa. Ora però c'è chi si è preso la briga di scriverne, con un libro dedicato al-mo dello più prestigioso tra i "bumper, e più che oltre desiderabile più potent: la Carrera del 2.7 1974-1976 Che sarebbe poi l '. evoluzione della mitica 2.7 RS. La prima 911. questa, con il motore MA, cioè a iniezione meccanica di carburante. Una macchina da 210 CV, potent e Aggressiva. che, per stessa ammissione dell'autore, è servita per esplorare lo sviluppo dell 'intera serie -Bumper "(nel codice Porsche le Serie G. H e I) e restituirle dignità collocandola nel solco del momento storico in cui nacque: quello della crisi Petrolifera e dell'austerity. Ecco quindi che sotto questa lente i modelli "sfiatati" (Carrera a parte) assumo-no il ruolo di Spartiacque nella storia della Casa, divenendo quelli che hanno permesso alla Porsche 911 di continuare la sua storia. Come dire che, se a non Zuffenhausen avessero avuto il coraggio di mettere sul mercato questa serie, forse la 911 non sarebbe arrivata fino a noi. Emblematica (e bellissima) in questo contesto è la lettera di fine anno che Huschke von Hanstein, all'epoca direttore comunicazione della Casa, scrive a un possessore di 911 in quel periodo. Lettera nella quale è evident lo sconcerto per il fatto che si sia obbligati a viaggiare a 80 km / h per Risparmiare carburante (i limiti di velocità sono una misura frustrante per i piloti Provetti "), ma anche si conclude con la speranza che" come tutte le cose hanno fine, anche questa austerity finirà, e ci auguriamo molto presto. "Una lettera che mostra, al lettore, quanto in profondità si sia nella ricerca per la andati stesura di quest'opera, divisa in Capitoli che l'sviscerano argomento in tutte le sue sfaccettature: mec-canica, telaio, carrozzeria, interni, modelli speciali, corse, accessori (numerose pagine sono dedicate, per esempio, ai crick, agli attrezzi di bordo e ai ricambi in dotazione per il pronto intervento) e. con una parte che iconografica definire ricchissima e suggestiva è ancora poco. Un libro da intenditori.



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