1976 Porsche 914 2.0L
|Engine size:||2.0L Flat Four Cylinder|
History: The 914 was a joint venture project between two companies, Volkswagen and Porsche. Both manufacturers were faced with a similar problem of replacing 2 outgoing models, the VW Karmann Ghia and the Porsche 912. They planed to design and build an affordable Porsche and a modern VW. They came up with a design that had a Targa top and a mid-engine design that could perform with higher G-force than a Porsche 911 sharing components from both manufacturers. Production started in late 1969 as a 1970 model with 2 engine variations, the 1.7L flat 4 cylinder and a 2.0L flat 6 cylinder from the Porsche 911T. Both were mated to a 5-speed transmission and had a curb weight that ranged from 1,980 pounds to 2,139 pounds respectively. Production ran until 1976 with the last year of production for the US market only and was powered by the last engine variant of a 2.0L flat 4 cylinder producing 95 hp and 116 ft-lb of torque.
Our car: We acquired this car from a long-term ownership of the last 29 years with documentation from his purchase in October of 1990. In late 1990 during his search for a 914, he stumbled into a Dick Horrigan Porsche located in Reading, PA and asked if they knew of any Porsche 914s for sale. it just happened that the manager had one under a cover in the back that he had decided to sell. He fell in love and bought it on the spot. Up until that time the previous owners had driven the car 78,297 miles. An average of only 5,592 miles per year. A black over tan corduroy interior that spoke to him immediately.
Over the next 29 years and only a total of 6,141 miles added, he did everything he could to keep the car in perfect mechanical and cosmetic condition, making sure it lived under a cover in a climate-controlled garage and only being driven on beautiful sunny days. Having the engine and fuel injection systems completely rebuilt in the late 1990s, along with every mechanical component rebuilt, serviced or replaced over that time, he gave the little car everything it would need to be the perfect time capsule. His attention to detail included things like sending out all the gauges to have them restored but before they went, he recorded all the gauge serial numbers to make sure the originals were the ones returned to the car. As it sits today, it runs outstanding, handles amazing, doesn't have a squeak or rattle and truly feels like it just rolled off the showroom in 1976. There is a large binder that contains all the invoices from all the work performed over those 29 years.
Just prior to his ownership, the car had been disassembled and repainted inside and out in the brilliant black as you see it in today. And to this day, the paint is in excellent condition and shines as if it had only been applied recently. All the bright work is excellent, glass is all original, trunk carpets and foam under liner intact, bumpers look perfect and the panel fit is excellent. The interior is all original except for a correct dash replacement and shows as new, with a slight patina that could not be recreated with a restored interior. The unique corduroy interior is rare and special. Sliding into these corduroy seats, you can feel how they will hold you in place as the G-forces from the little cars handling ability try to slide you sideways. Notorious for rusting, finding a car that is as solid as this one are becoming harder and harder to find, but you will not find a spot of rust anywhere on the car and when you open the hood, trunk or doors, you will find clean welds and no sign of deterioration. All this can be seen very clearly in the photo gallery. Everything works as it should and getting in this car feels like a time warp, even with its original dealer installed AM/FM Clarion radio with its original radio owners manual included.
To make the car a little more enjoyable to drive, the previous owner lowered the stance by an inch or so, replaced the steel wheels with the correct and wider aluminum wheels that are date coded properly for this car with a matching spare for better handling. A new exhaust from the 1973/4 914 era was added with stainless steel heat exchangers to give it a better sound and a bit more performance. Clutch, brake system, suspension, bushings, etc., all done to make this car feel and perform better than new.
Included with the purchase, the original owners manual and Clarion radio manual, tool kit, jack, matching spare, multiple keys, a car cover, a set of US taillights and its original steering wheel. In addition, the binder showing all the invoices from the work performed over the past 29 years. In addition, a fresh service will be included with the purchase of the car.
If you should have any questions, would like to see copies of any of the invoices, please dont hesitate to call. We will be happy to provide you with and information and answer any questions you may have. If you are interested in a 914 2.0L from a driver perspective or from a desire as a collector, then this is a car to seriously consider.