Saturday, October 3, 2015

Racer Style: 1974 Porsche 914-6 Conversion

The Porsche 914 was for years the affordable way into a mid-engine classic with awesome 70s style, but prices have been creeping up, particularly for the 6-cylinder variant. Forget picking up one of the 3,300 factory built 914/6s and instead get this next one built for the track.  Find this 1974 Porsche 914-6 Conversion here on eBay bidding for $19,000 in San Jose, CA with 4 days to go.

The seller describes this car as a track car, not a beauty queen. It is in good mechanical condition, but it will not be winning any concourse. Some minor wear & tear, scratches and chips to be expected of a car with track time.  I think with some off colored bumpers and a loud exhaust you could give Magnus Walker a run for his money and create an "outlaw" 914.  

Behind the driver is a 2.2 liter Porsche flat-6 taken from a 1970 Porsche 911 and converted to run on a set of Weber carbs.   Power in the 911 ranged from 125 hp in the T, 155 hp in the E and 180 hp in the S, and I would expect something in the middle for this car.

 See another motorsports themed 914 for sale?


  1. I would like to step away from my normal snarky commenter soapbox and point out to our readers that the way the harnesses are set up in this car is extremely dangerous.

    With 5-point harnesses attached to a harness bar as shown, you need to use seats with harness pass-throughs just below the headrests. Without them, the shoulder harnesses are not properly constrained and are free to slip off your shoulders on either side.

    I was present at a track day at Willow Springs a few years ago when an older Gentleman driving a newer Mini died after making a minor mistake and then rolling the car. With the stock seatbelt on he may have lived, but his car had aftermarket harnesses installed with the stock seats, similar to what's shown here on this 914. He slipped out of the harness and was ejected through the window of the tumbling car. Sad stuff.

    The more you know...DT's PSA for today. Use 3-point stock style belts with stock or sporty seats. Use 5-point racing harnesses with proper racing seats only.

    I won't even begin to comment on the sub-strap installation going over the front of the stock passenger's seat on this one.

    1. I don't question the validity of the story, but damn, how does someone slip out of a harness and get ejected? Wouldn't the lap belt portion at least keep you in the car?


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    3. Thx for reminding folks about this stuff, CFlo. It is not possible to imagine the weird vectors of force that come into play in a tumbling roll over. Unless those belts are unable to move out of position, the result cannot be predicted.

    4. I had the same thought, it is a stretch to even call the passenger seat a seat it looks like a carpeted bench. In a crash those belts are definitely a liability.

  2. Good note on the belts CFlo.

    Also, $20k + for that? Geeze.

  3. Shoulder belts are supposed to have their top mounts lower than the top of the seat, aren't they?

    1. Yes, that too. Lower than the belt pass-through hole, to be exact. I was so focused on the unsafe harness/seat combination that I didn't notice that the harness bar is much too high in this 914.


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