Track Toy: 1973 Porsche 914 2.4L – $20,000
There’s no substitute for cubic inches. For most internal engines, achieving that axiom requires extensive block machining and/or piston stroke massaging. For Volkswagen air-cooled engines, however, it just a matter of bolting on larger cylinders to the main block. That is the likely scenario of what the private seller of this Phoenix Red 1973 Porsche 914 did to achieve the 2.4L engine displacement in what was originally a 1.7L car. You can find this highly modified 914 currently listed here on Craigslist in Westchester, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) with an asking price of $20,000. Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the current caretaker of the past 16 years has their 914 priced between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $15,000 and its #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $38,000 for a stock 1.7 model. As a second data point, the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the asking price is $600 more than this guide’s #2 “Very Good” appraisal of $19,400.
If you’re looking for a stock 914 for Concours preparation/judging and rallies in Porsche Club of America events, this is not the car for you. If however, you’re looking for a track toy that will be a great handling car with decent power from an engine that can be rebuilt for a fraction of what it costs for air-cooled Porsches, then you may have just found an ideal candidate. From the pictures provided, this 914 appears to continue wearing its older restoration and repaint very well. If you are serious about buying this classic 914, you can start the conversation by calling the current caretaker at (610) 587-9018. When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their 914 track toy featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“FS: 1973 Porsche 914 2.4L 4 cylinder
Owned 16+ years. 57,790 miles. Rust free, lightly restored 17 years ago when minor rust issues were resolved, and paint was resprayed in original Phoenix Red. Many upgrades to make for a very competitive track/autocross car. Suspension upgrades include:
Koni sport shocks (adjustable rear)
Weltmeister 140 lb springs in rear
Weltmeister 19mm swaybar in front
adjustable drop links
solid transmission mounts
The worked up 2.4l engine runs dual Weber 40s with K&N filters. A custom header runs into a Supertrapp tunable muffler.
Wheels are ATS 55151 5 ½”x15” wrapped in Falken Azenis summer performance tires.
Stock seats were replaced with Corbeau buckets with matching 5-point harnesses (stock seatbelts remain).
Dino steering wheel with quick release hub replaces stock unit.
New fuel lines, fuel pump and filter. New rear calipers and pads.
This car was extremely competitive for me when I autocrossed with SCCA and PCA events. A real head turner at both race events and car shows.
Always garage kept.
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