You Need This: Who will save this Porsche 914?

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Nov 13, 2023 | Porsche, Porsche 914, 914, Cars For Sale, Facebook Marketplace

Photography Courtesy Barbara Barrett/Facebook Marketplace

We remember a time when you could get a good Porsche 914 for nearly free. Sadly, that was a long time ago.

So how do we feel about this 1973 Porsche 914 currently awaiting paint for $3750? The Facebook listing bills this Porsche 914 as a 1.7-liter car as having a straight, solid body and an engine that turns over. It currently resides in New York.

Super bonus points for the period-correct mags.

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rdcyclist GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/13/23 2:01 p.m.

That's a good starting point for resto-mod 914 with an engine swap. They said there's no problem with the Hell-Hole and didn't post a picture of it...

And clicking on the ad lead to seeing this:

And this:

That's the rat hole these FBM links run me down. There goes an hour of productivity...

DavyZ New Reader
11/13/23 5:00 p.m.

Good platform. Not the prettiest Porsche ever made, but good handling and can handle a flat six :)  I am loving the fact that it doesn't look rusted out and can be saved.  Actually, since I am not a purist by any stretch of the imagination, a V8 swap is what I would think would be cool---but that's just me.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/14/23 11:01 a.m.

In reply to DavyZ :

Yeah, looks like there are some good bones here. As it’s “just” a 1.7L car, do you use this chassis as a starting point for something not concours correct? 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/14/23 11:02 a.m.

Outlaw 914, anyone? 

jerel77494 New Reader
11/14/23 11:06 a.m.

In reply to DavyZ :

A guy in our local SCCA chapter did a Z28 302 swap in one. He raved about the balance.

mblommel GRM+ Memberand Dork
11/14/23 11:16 a.m.

Needs some 916 flares, wide Fuchs and more cylinders 

Snowdoggie (Forum Supporter)
Snowdoggie (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
11/14/23 11:59 a.m.

A turbo Subaru swap would be lighter and would handle better.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/14/23 12:28 p.m.

In reply to Snowdoggie (Forum Supporter) :

Eschew boost, embrace zoom

Tom1200 PowerDork
11/14/23 1:45 p.m.

Get one of those newer 2200cc VW big bore motors; I think they make soemthing like 150hp in street trim. 

DavyZ New Reader
11/14/23 2:14 p.m.

In reply to jerel77494 :

Yes, I have heard nothing but good things about the near-perfect balance of a 914 with just about any engine swap.  The platform is good/excellent and I kick myself for not buying one in a perfect opportunity in 1992 when I had the chance.  In the 1980s I had a GF whose older brother had one and she would take it out when he was out of town.  She would stupidly allow me to drive it.  I was very impressed with the feel and balance of the car which was way better than my beat 200SX at the time.  Datsuns and Porsches--the two demanding mistresses of my life. frown

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