Despite the low price you might pay for a used Porsche 914 (also known as the VW Porsche 914) it is still considered a genuine Porsche, drives like one, feels like one, is one. But don’t fall in love with the first one you see. Like any Porsche 914 for sale you need to do research before opening your wallet.
Porsche 914 parts are not cheap and if you aren’t careful the investment you’ll put into fixing your Porsche 914, can certainly double or triple the cost you originally paid to own it – we will get more into pricing later. But first here are some things to pay attention to if you’re considering buying one of these classic Porsche models.
Focus On The Sweet Spot: 1973-1975 Porsche 914s
Manufacturing started on the Porsche 914 in 1971 and around this time the roadster didn’t have seat-belts or even adjustable seats. Like any car in it’s first year, Porsche was still working out the bugs with the 914 and catching up with comfort and more importantly safety. Focus on the sweet spot for the 914 design and reliability, look at the years 1973 – 1974 the sweet spot.
Check All The 914 Serial Numbers
It’s the only way you’ll know what type of engine is in the car – most owners don’t know themselves and it isn’t very well indicated. This can also tell you whether the serials match and whether the engine was replaced or or not. There are four serial numbers on a 914. Check them.
Does It Come With Extras?
Look for chrome bumpers or 914 alloy wheels or the 914 sway bars that only came optional and are quite rare. More comfort while you drive? Watch for the 914 center console with gauges, it had a center cushion and heater handle. On the front end the classic 914 fog lamps give it that race look and can make for a mean looking nose.
How To Check For Rust On A Porsche 914
If a used Porsche 914 has a rust problem walk away, you’ll be fixing a rust problem for the life of your vehicle. Here’s where you should look for rust on a Porsche 914 to avoid the long term pain of bodywork:
- Look at the floor pan, if there’s rust your seat will be sliding along the highway in no time
- Check the rocker panel below the level of the door and where the jack stand support area is underneath
- Rear suspension mounts, pay special attention to the right hand side
- Rear trunk bed, especially the floor in the front of the trunk
- Lift carpeting inside the car
- Water tended to pool in the front of the 914 engine compartment, shine a light in there and check for the dreaded red color
- Check front suspension mount points where the bolts hold the suspension to the chassis.
- Check (what little space there is) behind the seats
- 914 Battery holder: the tray typically rusts, if however the engine below it has rust on it, check the rear suspension mount on the right hand side for structural damage, it’s an easy trail to follow and rust spreads in those areas
And Always Remember To Ask the Seller For Receipts And Records Of Any Work Done
Will this car be a commuter car? A weekend car? Is it for racing? Maybe you only want a Porsche 914 parked in your garage so you can look at it, not drive it – we certainly can’t blame a Porsche lover for that. But seriously if you see a Porsche 914 for sale remember these tips it might save you from purchasing a permanent fixture on your driveway.
Expect to Pay for 1973-74 Porsche 914: $6000 – $8000 for a 2.0L in great condition that has been well looked after