Posted one day ago is this 1975 Porsche 914 listed on Craigslist in Wilmington, North Carolina where the private seller is asking $11,000. Based on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool, the seller has his Porsche priced $1,500 below the current #3 value of $12,500. Interestingly, one picture shows the car with New York plates overlooking what appears to be the New York skyline in the distance, so we’re curious to know how old that picture is or whether the car is still in the New York area.
Porsche produced the 914 from 1969 through 1976 in a joint venture with sister company Volkswagen. While the four-cylinder variants were marketed as VWs outside of the U.S., in America Porsche marketed the two-seat Targa as their entry-level sports car. Originally intending to sell the flat-six powered version as a Porsche and the flat-four equipped variant as a VW, Porsche decided during development that having different brands sharing the same body would be risky for business in the American market, and convinced Volkswagen to allow them to sell both versions as Porsches in North America. By 1975, the 914 could be had with an 85 brake horsepower 1.8-liter flat-four or a more powerful 100 brake horsepower 2.0-liter version. Both engines are VW Type IV air-cooled units that by 1975 featured Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection to help with emissions control.
Here’s the seller’s brief description of his Porsche: “1.8 Litre engine, One owner. Approximately 86k miles. New tires, new brakes, new shocks, and muffler. The entire interior has been redone. All gasket seals have been replaced. The speedometer does not work and the brake lights are not working. It runs like a champ and we start it once a week to keep it healthy. We just got old and fat and don’t use it anymore. She just needs a new home.”
While not the most powerful Porsche and for many years was considered the ugly stepchild of the brand, in recent years values have climbed as the love of air-cooled versions grows. With their mid-engined layout, we find 914s are better handlers than their 911 counterparts and offer much more generous luggage space. This appears to be a nice find that will go up in value and will gain you admission to any air-cooled VW/Porsche event. Good luck with the purchase!