There was a time when the 914 was considered by most Porsche purists as nothing more then the 911's younger red-headed step-brother. But with the ever rising prices of 911s and 912s, the 914 is quickly being an affordable alternative. It offers fantastic handling and tons of fun at a much more reasonable price. There is one exception, and that's the 914-6, which is quickly becoming as sought after as the 911. Sure it has a 911 engine in it, but is it really worth as much as a 911? Whether you think it is or not, the market says it is. This 1970 914-6 has been pulled from a barn in Hawaii, where it has been parked for the past 30 years. If your in the market for a real 914-6 project you can find the craigslist ad here.
The 914 was originally intended to be a joint venture between Porsche and Volkswagen. With the 6 cylinder powered 914 being branded as a Porsche and 4 cylinder as a Volkswagen, but Porsche feared the effects this would have on American sales, so they decided the car needed to be sold only as a Porsche. The 914-6 2.0l boxer six engine was pulled from the 911 parts bin, as were many other drivetrain components. This made the car too pricey for the market segment it was competing in, which meant that Porsche only built 3,332 in total. The seller didn't state what condition the engine is in, but it looks to be complete. Seeing as the engine came from the 911, parts are going to be pricey. So lets just hope the engine and transmission are usable.
Like the rest of the car, the interior is in need of attention, but it looks to be surprisingly intact and all the major components should be salvageable. The 914 was a definite departure from Porsche's typical design style both inside and out. This likely had to do with the planned partnership between Porsche and Volkswagen. The design was such a departure, in fact, that many have speculated whether it was really designed by Dutch furniture designer Hans Gugelot. However, Porsche has always denied these claims and no evidence has ever been found to prove otherwise. It's more likely that some Porsche owners wanted to disown the 914 by connecting it to an outside design firm.
It might not be the most practical car, unless you live in Hawaii. But the value of these cars has skyrocketed in the last few years, so it might be worth having it shipped back to the main land. The seller didn't list an asking price, but they are taking offers and are willing to do trades, so someone might be able to make a deal on it. If anyone is on the island of Oahu and can check it out, please inform us all of how it looks in person. Hopefully that salty ocean breeze hasn't gotten the better of this little Porsche.