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Project or Part Out? 1970 Porsche 914

“Come and rescue this,” the seller says of this 1970 Porsche 914, which has been sitting since 2007. The listing describes a car bought as a project that subsequently saw little wrench time, and now has to be removed from a seemingly difficult parking space atop of a long driveway. The 914 has some rust issues blossoming due to a poor repaint and will need a full mechanical sorting. Find it here on eBay with bidding at $3,750 and no reserve.

Relatively few good pictures are provided because the 914 is wedged so tightly into its garage. The car entered its temporary tomb as a running vehicle, but it sounds like it saw virtually no action once it went indoors. The 914’s interior looks completely acceptable, although the seller notes the driver’s seat is not securely bolted to the floor – a condition he says never bothered him. No auxiliary gauge package in this car.

The seller updated the listing to note the tires will likely not hold air, complicating the extraction process even further. This fender looks to be in good order, but that’s really the most I can tell you about the front end. The undercoating looks surprisingly lustrous, but it could just be that the California sunshine hasn’t bored down on this car in its years of hiding in a garage.

Behind the engine is a storage area with impressively lustrous paint. The finish looks so good it’s difficult to tell whether it’s been re-done or original. While the seller mentioned a bad repaint, I find it hard to believe it’d reach the inner areas as well. I’m surprised to see bidding already reaching over $3K, but I’m guessing the rot-free body (ignoring the surface rust blossoming through the bad repaint) is driving buyer interest, or the curiosity as to whether it could be made to run with little effort.


  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    Chassis on these cars are extremely sturdy with the primary rust area on the unibody sub frame under the battery box. The original optional alloy wheels are getting hard to find but if all 4 are there it makes a good restoration/driver candidate. The 1.7 engine is a good one but is pretty weak. Finding a 2.0 liter for them upgrades the fun factor considerably. Last one we owned was a ’74 with a highly modified 1.8 (130hp) and it was a blast to drive.

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  2. bobhess bobhess Member

    Got to click on the picture. It was taken out of a 3 picture page of photos…..

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  3. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    Great looking ride Bob! From the seller ‘SEAT – the drivers seat does not have rail on floor so is not firmly attached……didn’t bother me.’ That would bother me! I can’t pin it, but I am unsure about the seller.

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  4. mike b

    Could be a good project, but I’ll make the same bidding effort that the seller did to represent it.

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  5. Ralph

    Looks way to nice to part out, these were worthless for many years but now they have started to appreciate. How hard can it be to get going mechanically? Its basically a mid-engined Beetle.

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  6. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    Ended: Jun 22, 2019 , 12:54PM
    Winning bid:US $6,150.00
    [ 30 bids ]

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