1970 Porsche 914: Prices Climbing!

1970 Porsche 914

There is a Porsche 914 in my neighborhood that I have had my eye on the for past few weeks. I’ve been sorely tempted to make the owner an offer, as it has clearly been parked in their drive for many years. After seeing recent 914 values, I’m thinking I should buy it just so I can say I owned a Porsche before their prices climb to the unrealistic realm that 911s have! Would you believe the tired 914 above is already bid over $2,000? That’s right, a none running 914 is worth that kind of money and seeing as it’s being offered without a reserve, I won’t be surprised if it goes up more. Of course bidding is nearly over, so perhaps it has maxed out. This sure seems like a lot of money for a car that will likely need everything, and when everything costs Porsche prices that could get expensive. Have a look at it here on eBay in Montgomery, Alabama. Do you see 914 prices going up more or do you think their current rise in prices is just temporary? Thanks to Jim S for this tip!

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Comments

  1. Blindmarc

    This is still a total restore project. Went through this with a girlfriend in their 80’s

  2. kenzo

    When my son was in his late teens (20+ yrs ago)and wanted a cool car, we found a 914 at a descent price. Talked with a Porsche aficionado and he said if you open the doors and remove the top, stand on the sills and if the top goes back in without a problem you have a good one. Otherwise you are in for extensive undercarriage work. The one we looked at the top wouldn’t even begin to go in. so bought him a Triumph Spitfire instead.

  3. Peter

    kenzo,

    GREAT TIP/TEST!
    (“Talked with a Porsche aficionado and he said if you open the doors and remove the top, stand on the sills and if the top goes back in without a problem you have a good one.”)

    It makes total sense, and is similar to one I heard about a marque I can’t remember at the moment (I believe involving convertibles, but the same idea–if the top didn’t fit with the doors open–and sills loaded–then walk away), but I did not think of that test until you wrote it up, here.

    So again, thank you, my (new) friend! :-)

    To Josh’s question: I think a rising tide raises all (identically-branded) boats. So I do see the 914 being hauled “upstream,” if you will, by the current 911 mania.

    Peter

  4. Doug M. (West) Member

    I have two “beaters” that I am waiting for the incoming tide. I think it may be moving. However, this particular car is benefiting strongly from being one of the best color choices, and more than that, from not being rusted out in the battery box area. That repair can easily cost over $1000. This one also seems to be unmolested: original jack, manual, and everything seems to be in place. It would be a nice project…. My guess is that if it was a bit rusty it would have sold for somewhere in the $1500 range? But who knows. Bottom line: yes, better grab one and wait it out before they are too expensive? But what do I know?

  5. Achman

    I recently sold my pristine, two-owner 1973 914 2.0L fuel injected L96D Silver/black car to a buyer in CA. It was a CA car all it’s life, I brought it east, went through it and drove it for a year, and then back west it went.

    Prices are rising slightly on all 914’s, but the ones you want (corresponding with the greatest rise in prices) are the 1973 and 1974 2.0 models, the ’73 with Appearance Package, and the ’74 with those options. When FI and running correctly and sorted, they are nearly as quick as a 914-6 2.0, handle great, have loads of room and trunk space, are rare, and unique.

    I would stress trying to find one of those, if not, beware of other engines with carb conversions. The cams were not meant to run with a carb, and the cars will be terrible at low rpm, suck gas, have lower power, and will just be plain crappy.

  6. Dolphin Member

    Sold for $3,308.99 on 42 bids.

    When all the other P-cars have / are rising hard, this is what’s left that’s affordable. It doesn’t look rusty but the pics are tiny and close to useless, and with leaves in the trunk it looks like it might have been stored outside in the Alabama rain and humidity. I’d be wary for lots of reasons, but even if it ends up stalled I’ll bet he can sell it for more next year. But I’d take Achman’s advice and pay more for a better one.

  7. John C Cargill

    Owned on from 76 to 82. Loved driving it. Bad fuel injection, and in Chicago weather the rust was uncontrollable. But if i could work a clutch I’d buy another in a heartbeat. Dry weather car hopefully.

  8. Blindmarc

    Living in SoCal from the lat 70’s they the mid 90’s, I saw allot of 914’s. The wide fender 914 and 930 slant noses were my faves

  9. Blindmarc

    Screwed up cellphone post

  10. Chuck Foster Chuck F

    I hope Porsches are all on the rise, I just got a 1988 944 very reasonable, drove it home but needed a lot of TLC, still fun to go fast around corners, and a R-134 charge got the AC working. I used to see a lot of 944s, 914s and MGAs for not much $, but not so many lately, I think all these fun cars are getting snapped up, especially if they’re in decent shape. Most any US or foreign convertible or coupe pre-1972 are going to keep going up in price, better start stockpiling.

  11. Claus Graf

    It is a complete car. Has what looks like a good battery tray. If it passes the “kenzo test” it’s a great deal for less than 4k.

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