15k: White Knight: 1974 Porsche 914 2.0

The Porsche 914 offers a superb driving experience for a fair price, but only if you choose wisely.  Like any classic, it pays to pickup a nice version instead of a junker that needs big bucks in rebuild parts, but there are also a few models of 914s you might want to avoid.  First is the 914-6, which is a great car to drive, but way too expensive for the average man, and the early 1.7 and 1.8 liter cars are just too slow.  The best 914 for a fun to cost ratio is clearly the 914 2.0 that was sold from 1973-1976.  Find this 1974 Porsche 914 2.0 here on eBay currently bidding for $12,100 with 2 days to go, located in Winter Garden, FL.

Production of the 914 started in 1969 as a replacement to the entry level 912.  It ended up being a better vehicle, with mid engine handling and a fantastic ass-on-ground driving experience, even if the tweed jacket collector car crowd thinks otherwise. 

The 2.0 liter flat-4 mounted in the middle puts out 95 horsepower and pushes the little 2-seater around surprisngly well.  60mph is dispatched in 10 seconds, which isn’t fast by any modern yardstick, but it was 2 seconds faster than the 1.8 liter cars.  This example looks nice in the photos and will probably make a new owner very happy for a fraction of the price of a flat-6 powered Porsche.

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