This one-of-21 Porsche 911 MFI is fully restored and heading to the auction block.
In 2015, this car was no more than a hunk of metal vaguely resembling the glorious Porsche you see before you. But being a rare and desirable 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI, some savvy enthusiast went through the trouble of restoring it back to its former glory. Now, it’s heading to auction.
Set to cross the block as part of the Silverstone Auctions’ Classic Motor Show sale on November 12 (alongside a host of British royalty), this rare Porsche was completely restored in just 16 months. Originally purchased in 1975 from Swinford Motors of Stourbridge in the U.K., just 21 911 MFI Coupe examples were produced.
Driven sparingly for a number of years by a respected Porsche specialist, the car was taken off the road in 2008 with just 55,500 miles (8,900 kilometers) on the odometer. After seven years in storage, having sat untouched, it was decided that the car needed to find a new home. It was purchased by its new owner in 2015, who quickly got to work on restoring it back to its former glory.
In an effort to keep the car as original as possible, only two new front wings, and basic perishable items were replaced by restoration experts RS 911. Every other component remains original, including the Ice Green exterior finish, and the engine and gearbox, which were rebuilt by renowned Porsche engine builders Tech 9 Motorsport in Liverpool, England.
But before the vehicle heads to auction, the current owner hopes to reunite the car with its original owner, who purchased it new in 1975. “The results of this restoration must be seen to be fully appreciated,” says Will Smith, sales manager at Silverstone Auctions. “RS 911 have done a fantastic job, the engine sounds superb, and this 911 Carrera can now be returned to the road in tis former glory.”
Being a rare example in such stunning condition, don’t expect it to go for cheap. Early estimates have it selling for anywhere between £240,000-£280,000 ($293,000-$342,000) when it crosses the block next month.
Source: Silverstone Auctions
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Gallery: 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera MFI Auction
A very rare 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI Coupe, fully restored over the last 16 months, will be auctioned by Silverstone Auctions at the Classic Motor Show at the NEC, Birmingham, on 12th November.
The special Porsche was bought new by its first owner on 13th November 1975 from Swinford Motors of Stourbridge, as one of only 21 911 MFI Coupe examples produced. It was used for the first 33 years of its life and maintained by respected Porsche specialists before being taken off the road in 2008 with just 55,500 miles on the clock.
After seven years in storage, it was decided that the car needed to find a new home and Silverstone Auctions were approached in May 2015 to help find a new owner. Offered as an exciting restoration project, very rarely do cars of this nature and originality come onto the market, and it was therefore hard to resist for many, selling for £146,250, more than £50,000 over its lower estimate.
The new owner set about restoring the car and it was stripped by specialist Porsche restorers ‘RS 911', with every effort was made to preserve as much of the original car as possible. Other than two new front wings and basic perishable items, the rest of the car was restored using existing components that were repaired or renovated.
The suspension, brakes, differential and electrics were all rebuilt and the original interior simply cleaned up, re-stitched and restored. The fully rebuilt engine and gearbox were reunited with the car having been fully balanced and tuned by renowned Porsche engine builders 'Tech 9 Motorsport' in Liverpool.
Today, fully rebuilt by its second and current owner, this 911 MFI presents in stunning order with Ice Green paintwork. Just before the car is offered at auction, with an estimate of £240,000 to £280,000, the owner is hoping to reunite the car with the original owner one last time and reveal the incredible changes to the car.
“The results of this restoration must be seen to be fully appreciated. ‘RS 911' have done a fantastic job, the engine sounds superb, and this 911 can now be returned to the road in its former glory,” comments Will Smith, sales manager at Silverstone Auctions.
“I expect the car’s first owner to be absolutely awestruck to see his 911 returned to the condition it was in the day he bought it, and there will be no lack of interest from Porsche collectors on auction day for such a low ownership, low mileage, rare classic like this one.”
Complete with original tools, radio, windscreen transfers, wallet, service manuals and ownership paraphernalia, the car’s history file includes six service stamps in the original service book and many invoices from Porsche specialist Chris Best from 'Two-Plus-Two'. A large number of bills and photographs document the complete restoration process, as well as letters between the current owner and the supplying dealer in 1975.