10k: 1972 Porsche 914 2.0, Minty Clean
The Porsche 914 was originally built as a dual purpose range topping Volkswagen and low-end Porsche, but was only sold as a Porsche. It was the Eduardo Saverin of the automotive world – financially successful, does a great job, contributed lots to the automotive scene…but overshadowed by a famous headliner- the 911. Today 914s are cheap and you don’t need to be a Zuckerberg to own a really nice one. This concours ready 1972 Porsche 914 2.0 is for sale in Boerne, TX, currently bidding on ebay for $10,801 no-reserve with 1 day to go.
There is something about a silver paint on a classic Porsche that really looks nice – not all cars can pull off a bright silver paint job, but 356s, 911s and 914 always look stunning. Regardless this 914 looks really nice in the photos and the seller claims to own all manner of expensive fancy cars and clearly has cages for dogs, ground mounted satellite TV, a 1st gen Camaro in the garage, parts of a Jeep and a golf cart with blingy wheels and flat tires. We’d be willing to put money that he is a really fancy mustache or a well trimmed goatee, something about this ad just screams facial hair and sweater vests!
The concours winning description isn’t quite matched by the wire routing in the engine bay – and we are a bit surprised to see plastic clips with nothing clipped in them…surely that would be a multiple point deduction by the weenies in the sweater vests with clipboards at the local PCA concours event. This twin carb equipped 2.0 liter flat four (originally this 1972 edition would have had a 1.7 liter engine) probably puts out around 100 horsepower, enough to make the 2100 lb Porsche fun but not fast.
The inside of this 914 also looks nice, the seats are in good shape as is most of the switchgear. Rusty door hinge bolts really stand out in the photographs but they would probably be an easy to thing to replace (use some liquid penetrant first). Overall not a perfect interior, but nice for the typical 914 and indicative of this car’s low 35k mile odometer reading being true.
Bottom line: The chrome on this 914 looks really nice, the paint great, all the plastic on the lenses look nice- we really can’t find much externally to complain about. The tailpipe sticks out a bit far, but otherwise it looks about as nice as a 914 can look.
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Not a bad looking 914 – but it looks like the seller canceled all bids and ended the auction early.
Now that's an efficient German car interior.
The owner says he swapped out the original 1.7 liter engine as a donor for another vehicle he's restoring (VW microbus) and replaced it with the 2.0 litre. Who in their right mind would do that, given the importance of originality to what was once a concours car?