Pristine 1970 Porsche 914-6 For Sale

Years ago I was at a PCA event during a track day.  I got to talking to one of my fellow members who had just traded his 1988 944 Turbo S for a 914-6.  I was fascinated by his logic because at the time the Turbo S was a very popular car.  His thinking was this, he could never drive the S full blast and he was always frustrated by this.  The 6 he could drive as it was meant to be driven, aggressively, to best bring out the characteristics of the car.

I am always on the hunt for exceptional examples of the 914-6 and they are getting harder to find.  This has to be one of the nicest I have seen in some time.

1970 Porsche 914-6:

From the seller –

“1970 Porsche 914/6 Adriatic blue/16 with a Beige Leatherette/31 interior.  Correct matching numbers  car as per COA which we have in hand.  Chassis serial number 9140430913 and engine number  640437. Fresh high quality bare metal windows out repaint  in  the correct factory color on a rust free chassis.Odometer reads 13,000 miles, we do not believe that is correct. Interior has been redone to a very high standard in the correct material and original tan. Owners manual with pouch, tool kit and jack. Service history from early 1980’s to present time with one motor and transmission rebuild in the late 1990’s. Car is presently fitted with Fuchs wheels but comes with the original style wheels and hub caps, it also comes with the original aircleaner. The 914/6 is a rare low production number Porsche that offers extremely high performance and handling, yet is easy to drive and enjoy. This is a chance to acquire very rare and interesting car in excellent condition that will only appreciate in value over time.”

This is a well kept and period correct 914-6.  The temptation with these cars is to futz (technical term) with them, add GT flares, wider wheels and that is not how they are intended to be in my book.

Bidding on this 6 is at $37.6k and the reserve has yet to be met.  Part of me is astonished at how the values of these cars have steadily reason.  The other part is wondering if they will only continue to appreciate.  Either way this is an excellent example that is sure to find a good home.

~Aaron.

 

Porsche 1970 914, 1986 944 Turbo, 356 powered Devin race cars at Watkins Glen

Here we have three of the race cars that appeared for sale over at the Watkins Glen vintage festival. Perfect for the weekend wrencher to get sorted out over the winter and go racing next season.

Up first is a 1970 914. This car has been raced for 20 years and the owner says it comes with Porsche Club of America log books. The seller also says the car has been competitive, but I’m not sure that means a whole lot when the advertisement also says that it comes without an engine. Fiberglass body works make the car light. 911 suspension setup will keep it on the road. If you have an extra Porsche engine you aren’t sure what to do with here you go.

Next up I came across an interesting 944 Turbo that ran in the  Escort race series driven by Dereck Bell and Bill Adam. It is a genuine Rothmans sponsored car and claimed as one of only 12 factory built, lightweight, racers for the series. The car is still on the Porsche MSO which is kind of neat and comes with documented history. Owner says the car has been stored for 7+ years, but has new brakes and an engine rebuild. So it sounds like a little sorting and this car is ready to go. Would make quick street/track car.

Then there is this Devin D that, while not German, does come loaded with a Porsche 356 1600 engine and a VW gearbox. Supposedly owned and raced by a Gulf Oil Racing Team mechanic in the 1960s. This one clearly looks like it needs some serious work, but it is a pretty simple proposition if the body work is all there. Devin’s are cool American built racers that will give a new owner a very unique ride. In my opinion these are much nicer than a modern Cobra kit car.

More to come from Watkins Glen in the following days.

Evan

1975 Porsche 914 electric vehicle conversion

We don’t really post vehicles like this, because really if you can’t  hear the growl of a finely tuned piece of German craftsmanship or smell the fumes, what’s the point right?

Well loyal reader Bob pointed this out to me and I was bored tonight so here it is for you folks who want a German Prius.

$15,000 gets you a plug in Porsche with 92,000 miles on the body. Here are the details from the seller:

144 volt system
Azure Dynamics/Solectria AC24 3-Phase AC Motor and DMOC445 Controller
Zivan NG3 onboard charger
Iota DLS-45 DC/DC converter
New batteries as of August 2009 (US Battery US8VGC)

Highway driveable electric conversion. This is the AC VoltsPorsche kit from ElectroAutomotive (www.electroauto.com). The AC motor/controller allows for custom settings of the controller and regenerative braking to increase range and save wear and tear on the brakes. Extras include Custom wheels, CD stereo, Aluminum seat adjuster handles, Custom steering wheel, Rebuilt VDO clock, Fog lights, European style front turn signals, All rear lights are super-bright LEDs, Oil/Alternator light displays controller status, Controller also drives tachometer, Upgraded brakes with BMW320i calipers.
For more information see: http://www.evalbum.com/2615

For a detailed diary of the actual conversion, please see: http://914ev.blogspot.com/

~Evan

914 3.0 conversion for sale in Seattle

1974 914-6 Conversion for sale in Seattle

I tried to buy a 914 when I was 15 years old as a project car.  Great plan, until my parents found out.  Still, the dream of a street legal go-kart persists.  Usually my dreams focus around cheap non-Porsche engine swaps, as most 914s leave a bit to be desired in the power department.  Going the high class route would be doing a sweet swap with a more fortified Porsche engine, which is what we’ve found today.  The list of enhancements is exhaustive; I’ll leave it to the seller’s words:

Body-
Body completing stripped, fenders reworked, acid etch primed and painted DuPont Chroma Black. The job included both front and rear trunks, engine bay with engine removed and door jams. The cost for this work was over $10,000 in 1993.

Suspension and Drive train-
Frame strengthened through welding, 88 Carrera front suspension, Carrera torsion bars, new front struts, 911S front calipers, 19mm master cylinder, turbo tie rods, 16’ 911 hubs, Automotion front and rear bushings, Otto’s rear hub kit with 911 rear hubs and 914-6 stub axles, Ted Hulse rear shocks, 165lb progressive rear springs, GPR through frame rear sway bar, 16×6 front and 16×7 rear refinished Fuchs alloys.

Motor-
1981 911SC 3.0 liter motor, Dillavar head studs, heads reworked, 46 IDA PMO carburetors’, GPR Oil tank in right rear fender, DC Automotive 911 engine sheet metal, GT performance flywheel, Patrick Motorsports engine mounts, Permatune ignition, B&B stainless headers (no heat exchangers)

The car had 70,200 miles on it at the start of restoration and currently has 81,700, so it has travelled approximately 11,500 miles since the rebuild.

Exterior: Overall 8.5/10
Paint- DuPont Chroma Black- The paint on this is gorgeous. It has a deep and consistent shine with none of the orange peel they would have come with from new. There are no significant scratches or nicks but it is black so it will show even the slightest of imperfection.
Body- The body is very straight with not a single ding to be noted. There is no evidence that the car has been involved in any type of collision and overall panel fit and gap is very good.
Body Parts- All of the glass is good, the targa top and side sail panels are like new. All of the seals and gaskets and lights are likewise clean and correct. The only items that I think need some attention are the front and rear bumpers and trim. The 1974 914 featured the bumper overiders and the owner removed the overriders but left the holes in the bumpers. To really look great a set of 1973 bumpers should be installed. The top rubber bumper trim is likewise “rippled” and should be replaced as well, which would happen with a bumper swap.
Wheels- The car is sitting on a genuine original set of 16×6 and 16×7 Fuchs Wheels that are perfect, no peeling, no pitting, no curb damage. The tires are mismatched front to rear and while they have plenty of tread are older due to the cars low miles. Since this car offers such extraordinary performance a new set of tires should be fitted.

Rust- As any enthusiast knows rust is the bane of all 914’s. This particular car was completely stripped and treated during the restoration. The only notable rust I have found in on the driver’s side rear quarter panel just above the taillight is starting to bubble. The front and rear trunks looks pristine. The floor pans and jacking points are solid and the “hell hole” appears to be clean. I would welcome any prospective customer to put the car up on the rack because any 914 will have rust if you look hard enough, but this one looks real solid.

Interior-
Overall the interior I would categorize as a 9.0/10. It is really amazing original condition

Seats: The seats are very well preserved. There is just one flaw I could find on the seats, and that is a slight cut on the passenger side bolster now more than 1” in length that hasn’t even split.
Carpet: The carpet is also darn close to perfect, I could find only one slight wear mark on the driver’s side floor close to the e-brake handle.
Dash: The dash pad is like new, no cracks.
Door panels and Headliner: They are all in excellent shape, no wear or sagging.
Electronics and gauges: EVERYTHING on this car works. Including all gauges, climate control fan, stereo, map light, etc. The only item worth noting is that with the B&B exhaust the heat exchangers were bypassed so there is no heat.
Trunk and accessories: Both the front and rear trunks were refinished when the car was restored so they are very clean. An OEM Porsche 993 inflatable spare has been fitted as the original 914 spare would not have worked with the 911 hubs.


$25k is a lot of money for a 914, but, as the seller states, it would probably take twice that to recreate.  I really like the thoroughness, as this is not just some engine swap but really an exploration of how awesome the 914 can be.  It looks great and has the juice to be a 911-beating handful.  Sure, budgeting may keep my 914 swap dreams cheap, but if I had the means, this would be high on my must-have Porsche list.

-NR