The “poor man’s RS” sells for over £200,000 at Amelia Island

We told you as far back as two years ago, in issue 104, that the 2.7 Carrera with MFI was an underrated gem. First though, a bit of history: while the 911’s switch to impact bumpers in 1974 meant US versions of the range-topping 2.7 Carrera were strangled with a K-Jetronic system to meet stringent new emissions rules, the model delivered to the rest of the world benefitted from the same engine, running gear and all-important mechanical fuel injection as the revered 2.7RS released the year before.

Although it didn’t offer the same driving purity as that hallowed pared-back Rennsport, the same 210bhp from that RS concept has long since made the ‘RoW’ 2.7 Carrera a thrilling yet undervalued classic Porsche 911.

This 2.7 Carrera MFI fetched $308,000 at RM's Amelia Island auction at the weekend.
This 2.7 Carrera MFI fetched $308,000 at RM’s Amelia Island auction at the weekend.

Even in the summer of 2013, when 2.7RS values began climbing to the unprecedented levels they currently sit at, the 2.7 Carrera MFI – so dubbed the “Poor man’s RS” sat around the £80,000 mark. However, it seems collectors and investors have finally cottoned on to the worth of the car, as the weekend’s Amelia Island RM auction saw an example with approximately 85,000 kilometers on the clock sold for $308,000, converting to just over £200,000.

That’s still roughly one third of the price of a hallowed 2.7RS, yet there were less examples of the 2.7 Carrera with MFI to leave the factory, making it a rarer 911.

Earlier this month we asked you what you think the next 911 to rocket up in value will be, and as the hammer fell in the Amelia Island auction room on Saturday March 14th, it seems we were served our definitive answer…

The 2.7 MFI spent most of its life in Sweden before a comprehensive nut-and-bolt restoration.
The 2.7 MFI spent most of its life in Sweden before a comprehensive nut-and-bolt restoration.

 

 

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