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No Reserve Project: 1971 Porsche 914

The seller purchased this 1071 Porsche 914 with the intention of using it as a restomod candidate but has since found a car that was already somewhat cut up and a better baseline for such an undertaking. The 914 came to him by way of the widow of the previous owner, and apparently, he discovered that there was a very solid car underneath the garage dust with no signs of rust in the typical trouble spots. Based on the description, I’m going to go out on a limb and assume it doesn’t run, but it’s also an unrestored car with no rust in the hell hole. Find it here on eBay with bids to $6,900 and no reserve.

Every seller of a 914 these days mentions that values are going up. I’m sure the price point is higher than it used to be, but I’m not so sure I’d say these cars are exploding in value. There’s still a lot of them out there, and while rust-free is harder to find, plenty of 914s still reside in sunny states like California. The seller mentions that he had his 914 gone through as part of a preliminary inspection and that his technician confirmed it’s a very solid car with no major rust to contend with, including in the “hell hole” that often plagues many project-grade 914s.

The previous owner converted this 914 to carburetors before falling ill, at which point the 914 was parked for two years before the current owner got his hands on it. Other than the carb conversion, there’s not much else shared about its mechanical condition. I suspect the seller hasn’t done much digging, either, as the only other investigation he seems to have done amounts to opening up the trunk and discovering the factory jack and the original fuel injection system. Having those fuel injection components is a big deal for anyone who wants to bring this 914 back to total survivor-grade condition.

Looking at the jack points, it does seem as if the 914 is very solid underneath as well. The paint isn’t anything all that exciting, but if it’s an original color, I’d leave it alone. The seller mentions it comes with an aftermarket fuel tank, but doesn’t elaborate as to whether it’s installed; I only wonder if this means the original fuel tank, which is also included, potentially has some crud in it, which is only a problem if it’s still installed. The interior is tired in places and it looks like there’s a door panel missing; the targa roof is included and appears to be in good shape. A no reserve 914 like this is definitely an auction to watch if you’ve been hunting for one.


  1. alphasud Member

    Looks to be a nice candidate to bring back to her former glory. Always nice to have the guy inspecting it to take pictures of the trouble areas otherwise you have to go on someone’s opinion. I think it’s fair to say 10K on top of the current bid to make this car nice again. Any body or trim part with the P word is fetching a premium. Engine is still probably okay after doing a reseal and installing the removed fuel injection. Replace the clutch, rebuild the brake calipers. Go through the electrics, I wold repaint in the original color light blue metallic is a nice color. Refurbish the interior and you will have a nice driver. Or spend about the same money for one that’s already nice.

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  2. bobhess bobhess Member

    If it’s still got the 1.7 original engine it won’t be a tire burner but they are smooth, well tested engines and good for long distance runs. Looks like a nice project and good to see one not full of holes.

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    • bobhess bobhess Member

      Note: Those are ’74 rubber guards mounted in the wrong place in the rear. We left them on our ’74 just so no one would crunch our hard to get chrome bumpers. The aftermarket wheels were always a nice addition to these cars and that 1.7 engine can be made larger with kits available from many manufactures.

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  3. drew

    I like how the seller uses a chart from BaT as evidence prices are rising on these.

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  4. Howie

    Sold $7,850.

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  5. Roland Schoenke

    This is the perfect candidate for an electric conversion. There are kits for this model.

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