Monday, June 15, 2015

5k: Slo-Kart: 1973 Porsche 914 1.7

 The Porsche 914 was a classic 2-seater from Porsche that was initially conceived as a  joint Volkswagen/Porsche project for a cheap sports car.  In the end the big cheeses at Porsche decided they didn't want a version with the Vee-Dub emblem bringing down the price they could charge for their version, so only the Porsche badged version was released.  Either way, the little 2-seat targa equipped sports car is a great way to drive a classic.  Find this 1973 Porsche 914 found here on eBay currently bidding for $3,500 in Oklahoma City, OK with 3 days to go.

For years the Porsche 914 has been the cheap and easy way to drive a mid-engined classic with go-kart reflexes.  Prices were up in the early 2000s (what wasn't?) but seem to have cooled a bit -- however, even the lowly 1.7 liter cars demand decent coin according to hagerty.

This is the most basic of the Porsche 914 product line, and is powered by a 1.7 liter fuel-injected flat-4 that manages to develop 80 horsepower on a good day.  Expect to reach 60 mph about a bit over 13 seconds, an eternity by today's standards, but good enough to be Porsche's best selling model in 1973.

See another car that makes it look good to go slow?

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