5k: 2.7L Flat-6 Swap In Process: 1975 Porsche 914

The Porsche 914 was originally built as a joint venture between VW & Porsche, designed to be a range topping
Volkswagen and low-end Porsche.  However, according to internet legend, the Porsche executives decided at the last minute that they didn’t want the competition from the VW version eating away at their profits and as a result was only sold as a Porsche. It is an unsung hero of the automotive world – financially successful,
does a great job, contributed lots to the automotive scene…but
overshadowed by a famous headliner- the 911.  However, if you remove the Beetle-descended flat-4 from the middle and replace it with a sweet sounding flat-6…things start to look much better.  Find this 1975 Porsche 914 currently bidding for $6,350 in Eugene, OR via eBay with 2 days to go.

It is never a good thing to see a car on jack stands in a seller’s advertisement…well…I guess it is better than seeing a car sitting on 4 flat tires in the weeds.  It also shows a certain level of honesty (laziness?) from the seller since taking the car off the jackstands would be a 10 minute affair and result in considerably more money at an auction.

The original flat-4 was replaced with this 2.7 liter flat-6 from a 1977 Porsche 911S.  The 911 engine is rated at 165 horsepower and will be a considerable performance bump for the lightweight mid-engine 914 chassis.

What sort of snake pit did we just stumble into?  The few pictures of the interior show some free conductors that need sorting.  However, if you carefully read  the listing you will find that the seller says that a new owner will need to complete the engine swap.  Budget accordingly. 

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