Porsche continued evolving much to the dismay of smog and emissions regulations. Whilst most sporting cars could not hold their own in offering attractive automobiles in the face of these regulations, Porsche exceeded far and above these expectations. The line-up for the 1974 models was largely revised.
Once again the engine size was increased with an additional 6 mm bore. The 2.7 Carrera was introduced with a 2.7 liter air-cooled flat 6-cylinder engine at 210 HP. Despite moving away from a higher power per unit of displacement, the Carrera weighed in at only ~2,400 lbs making this reduction have a minimal effect on drivability. Aside from smog and emissions regulations there were also bumper safety standards that went into effect.
The 1974 model year began the major redesign to put large, front rubber crash bumpers at an effective height of 16 to 20 inches. Joining this was also large, rear rubber bumpers -- together they met regulations while at the same time keeping original to that iconic 911 look. Complimenting the Carrera 2.7 was also the introduction of wider rear wheels and flares, along with the infamous duck-tail rear spoiler.
This 911 Carrera 2.7 in rare Gulf Blue exterior color is exemplary of the 2.7 Carrera series. Fashioned with all black leather interior, navy blue velour-type carpet, black alloy wheels and black '911' hood safety stripes one can see why these Carreras can be hard to miss. The hood safety stripes, introduced with the 1974 model year, were added as an addition to port entry by Volkswagen of America [VoA]. Now, many people are investing in safety stripes for their model to give it that 'retro' look. If you'd like to go this route you can check out our safety stripes here, we can even make them in a custom color for you!