1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Sportomatic

April 13th, 2023 by


“Hey, where’s the clutch?!” Those were the words out of our mouths when this 911 showed up at our store a few weeks ago. ? You’re looking at a restomod 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera with the rare Sportomatic transmission. The car came into us along with the classic British SUV we posted a few days ago.

As mentioned, the previous owner of this 1974 911 approached it from a restomod perspective. As a result, the headlights have been modernized, a modern single DIN radio is inside the cabin, the wheels are contemporary, and the brakes have been upgraded to Brembo brakes. But, beyond those modifications, this 911 contains pieces that make it a time capsule from 1974.

Now for the Sportomatic transmission… it really is a manual clutchless manual transmission. Introduced in 1967, the transmission contains manual and automatic transmission parts. Like an automatic, a torque converter is attached to the gearbox instead of a flywheel, allowing the car to stop without stalling it or having the driver put it into neutral. And like a manual transmission, there is an H-pattern in the shifter. Touching the gear knob would tell a solenoid to open a pneumatic valve, causing a vacuum cylinder in the gearbox to disengage the clutch, letting you move the shifter, and it will re-engage the clutch once you put it in your desired gear.

The previous owner of this car really wanted to emulate the look of a manual transmission car and changed the gear knob to show a traditional 5-speed H pattern, but in reality, it’s a 4-speed transmission. The four gears are L, D, D3, and D4. L is a lot like the first gear for a manual, D and D3 are standard gears similar to 2-3, and D4 is the overdrive gear. Reverse gear is also in an odd spot; instead of traditionally being to the far left of first or right of fifth gear, reverse gear is on the bottom far left.

If you’re looking for a unique Porsche, this Sportomatic might suit you. The convertible top is in great shape, the paint(single-stage paint, by the way) is in excellent condition, and mileage-wise, it has about 88,800 miles on the clock. So stop by our showroom to take a good look at the funkiness of the Sportomatic, or contact us today and make this yours!

Autobahn Porsche - 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Sportomatic