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Weâ€™re pretty used to the formula here: take a limited edition or special production 911, slap a neat color on it, and watch the price rise. Even brand new cars â€“ ones that you can roll down to the dealership and order up yourself â€“ are demanding a strong premium in the used marketplace. Insanity? A â€˜bubbleâ€™? Bad economics? It doesnâ€™t matter what the cause is, itâ€™s the way life is for the foreseeable future.
But thereâ€™s a really compelling alternative, I think â€“ for about the same money as most of the modern Porsche range, you can jump into near supercar-level performance and exotic looks with the Audi R8. The â€˜regularâ€™ V10 cranked out 540 horsepower, and hooked to the S-Tronic 7-speed gearbox is good for 3.5 second blasts to 60. And that speed is linked to all-four wheels with a gorgeous body and interior full of the most modern electronics. Sure, this isnâ€™t a â€˜Plusâ€™ model, but there are a few reasons to like this one, and it should be pretty obvious.
The aura of the 911 is so thoroughly encompassing it overshadows nearly every other Porsche model conceived and constructed, but especially this seems to be true of the 1970s. During that time Porsche launched groundbreaking models like the 924 and 928; generally, both very unappreciated compared to the air-cooled siblings. But the 914 seems nearly forgotten despite its similar engine behind the driver and atmospheric cooling setup. Why? Well, itâ€™s not the prettiest Porsche design, itâ€™s true â€“ but presented properly it is still quite neat.
The most collectable are the original 914-6s, but of course the low cost of ownership for some time meant there are a lot of motor-swapped 914s cruising around. Some are better than others and not all are desirable â€“ Iâ€™d take an original and clean 914 over a poorly swapped car. But some really grab attention, as this Signal Orange 2.2-swapped car did to me: