Saturday, December 20, 2014

15k: White Knight: 1974 Porsche 914 2.0

The Porsche 914 offers a superb driving experience for a fair price, but only if you choose wisely.  Like any classic, it pays to pickup a nice version instead of a junker that needs big bucks in rebuild parts, but there are also a few models of 914s you might want to avoid.  First is the 914-6, which is a great car to drive, but way too expensive for the average man, and the early 1.7 and 1.8 liter cars are just too slow.  The best 914 for a fun to cost ratio is clearly the 914 2.0 that was sold from 1973-1976.  Find this 1974 Porsche 914 2.0 here on eBay currently bidding for $12,100 with 2 days to go, located in Winter Garden, FL.

Production of the 914 started in 1969 as a replacement to the entry level 912.  It ended up being a better vehicle, with mid engine handling and a fantastic ass-on-ground driving experience, even if the tweed jacket collector car crowd thinks otherwise. 

The 2.0 liter flat-4 mounted in the middle puts out 95 horsepower and pushes the little 2-seater around surprisngly well.  60mph is dispatched in 10 seconds, which isn't fast by any modern yardstick, but it was 2 seconds faster than the 1.8 liter cars.  This example looks nice in the photos and will probably make a new owner very happy for a fraction of the price of a flat-6 powered Porsche.
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1 comment:

  1. I've owned a few of these and the 73 & 74 2.0's are the best. Originality and rust are your biggest concerns. So many were modified or FI removed (a mistake). This one looks largely original and in tact. It also looks pretty solid, though Florida cars car be scary with the moist air down there. One of my 914's was from FL and it was rusted beyond repair. The color match looks wrong to my eye. Alpine white should be a little less "almond like" than this one. I don't think tan interior was offered with a white car either, so one of them has been changed. The A/C systems in these cars (dealer installed) was a bit of a hack job too, so I view that as a negative.


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