Perfect Project: 1970 Porsche 914 – Sold!

Mar 2020 | Classifinds, Sports Car Saturday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

If you’re going to take on the restoration of a project car, the best way to do it is often becoming the “relief pitcher” to come in after the bodywork and paint are complete and the car just needs final assembly.  That appears to be the situation with this 1970 Adriablau Porsche 914/4 currently listed here on Craigslist in Yardley, Pennsylvania with an asking price of $13,500.   Checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his 914/4 priced $1,500 less than the current #3 “Good” estimate of $15,000.  

By the late 1960s, both Porsche and Volkswagen saw the need for new entry-level sports cars for their respective divisions:  VW was hoping to replace its aging Karmann Ghia while Porsche wanted to replace the 912 with a distinctively different model.  The two joined forces to co-develop the Targa-topped, two-seat, mid-engined 914 roadsters.  While in Europe 914s were labeled VW-Porsches, in North America the car was only sold through Porsche dealerships.  Originally intending to sell the vehicle with a flat four-cylinder engine as a Volkswagen and with a flat six-cylinder engine as a Porsche, Porsche decided during development that having Volkswagen and Porsche models 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.

Six weeks after designers presented the first 914 prototypes on March 1, 1968, development became complicated following the death of Volkswagen’s chairman, Heinrich Nordhoff in April that same year. His successor, Kurt Lotz, was not connected with the Porsche dynasty and the verbal agreement between Volkswagen and Porsche fell apart.  In Lotz’s opinion, Volkswagen had all rights to the model and no incentive to share it with Porsche if they would not share in tooling expenses. With this decision, the price and marketing concept for the 914 had failed before series production had begun. As a result, the price of the chassis went up considerably, and the 914/6 ended up costing only a bit less than the 911T, Porsche’s next lowest priced car.

Launched in the fall of 1969, Motor Trend named the 914 its Import Car of the Year for 1970.  Unfortunately, slow sales and rising costs prompted Porsche to discontinue the 914/6 variant in 1972 after producing 3,351 of them.  However, the 914/4 such as the example featured here became Porsche’s top-selling model during its six-year production run with well over 100,000 units sold worldwide.

On YouTube we came across this video that provides a collage of 914s being driven in various settings:

Long considered the step-child entry-level car in the Porsche community, the nostalgia growth of all things air-cooled in the past six years helped fuel the popularity of 914/4s and prices are starting to reflect that.  Based on the pictures provided, this is one of those project cars where the ad has us wanting to go check the car out for ourselves.  With fresh paint already completed combined with the owner’s claim all of the parts needed to put this 914 back together included, this may be a great project to pass the time while you’re waiting for social distancing restrictions to lift.  Even better, this would make a great parent-and-child project as these cars are a great way to learn the fundamental mechanics of an automobile.  Lastly, since its a real Porsche with a VIN-number, this car gets you access to the Porsche Club of America.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Great project car
New paint
No rust
I have all the parts to put back together
Don’t have enough time to finish it

Do you have a Porsche 914/4 story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!


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