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Bruce Andersons' take on the Carrera's, 1976 thru 1977
by Mills911C3 06-09-2013, 12:29 AM

I have not altered this response from Bruce. May he rest in peace.

----- Original Message -----
From: <Bruce1485@aol.com>
To: Mill Beatty
Sent: Saturday, November 24, 2001 9:57 PM
Subject: Re: Technical Specs

Hello Mill,

What is your VIN number?

The Euro Carrera was continued into the beginning of the 1976 model year,
but only one hundred and fifty three were built as 1976 models.
Carrera 3.0 liter introduced as a model in Europe, The 3.0-liter Carrera was the forerunner of the 911SC and the replacement for the Carrera at the top of
the line normally aspirated Porsche 911. Carrera engine used same die cast
aluminum crankcase as the turbo engine.

There were 1093 coupes and 479 Targas in 76 and 1473 coupes and 646 Targas in 1977 for a total of 3691. None of these cars were exported to the US, there was not a US version.

The 3.0 Carrera engine really uses all of the same basic components that the
SC did, I am not sure how they came up with different horsepower figures for
the two. The differences were that it use the same crankcase and crankshaft
as the 3.0 911 Turbo where the flywheel was still mounted with six bolts.
The SC and 1978 Turbos had a different crankcase and a larger flywheel mounting with nine bolts.

The Carrera 3.0 is unusual in the US because it was not marketed here in the
US, it was not mysterious on the world market. I have appraised a number of
these cars and they are usually worth a little less than a 1978 911SC
depending upon their condition.

1976 production
Coupe: 9116600001 ? 9116601093
Targa: 9116610001 ? 9116610479

1977 production
Coupe: 9117600001 ? 9117601437
Targa: 9117610001 - 9117610646

VIN number Decoded:

911 6 6 0 1050

911 = vehicle type

6 = model year

6 = Carrera

0 = Coupe

1050 consecutive serial number*

Note: For 1976 the only way you can tell the Carrera 3.0 cars from the 2.7
Carrera built for the 1976 model year is by the first digit of the four
consecutive serial number. For the 2.7 Carrera that first digit is a 9 and
for the Carrera 3.0 that digit started with a 0 and ran up to 1093.

Carrera Engine Number


6 = 6 cylinder engine

6 = engine type, 6 is 911 Carrera engine Rest of World.

7 = 1977 Model year

0690 = sequential serial number

So the engine in question is a six cylinder Carrera engine for Rest of World
application, built in model year 1977 as the 0690th engine.

Bruce Anderson www.911handbook.com
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