1973 Porsche 914
Here's how the 914 came to be, according to Classic Motorsports: In the late 60s, Porsche needed a replacement for the 911's four-cylinder cousin, the 912. At the same time, VW needed a replacement for the Karmann-Ghia that would ideally be more than just a fanciful-bodied Beetle. Perhaps over some hefeweizen, lederhosen, and sauerkraut, (these are the only things I know about Germany), Ferry Porsche and VW executive Heinz Nordhoff hammered out an agreement where their respective companies would build the car together.
For consignment, the joint venture between Porsche and VW in the form of a 1973 Porsche 914. This air-cooled boxer style mid-engine car has the engine of a VW and suspension of a Porsche. Styling was a mixture of square and rectangle design with some aero thrown in for giggles, and an open targa top if you wished. Nun achten Sie auf! This isn't your run of the mill 914, not that any of them are, but this one is special not only due to having its copious amounts of original paperwork, including the window sticker and options sheet as well as repair invoices over the years, but this example also has the very rare Saratoga transparent targa top as well as the standard targa. Now if that isn't enough to get your Blutpumpen, then add in the fact that this is the ONLY 914 to ever be shown at the prestigious Concours D'elegance at Pebble Beach. This blazing orange 914 was invited to be part of the Porsche display. Now that's some serious parance (sic).
A fine rust free (rare) example of the 914 here bathed in Signal Orange with stainless steel and black accenting throughout. Its low profile, boxy styled body has straight steel with nicely minded gaps. Hidden headlights are upfront along with some running lights in the lower bumper grille. A black fiberglass targa style removable center top is seen, and it fits between a mildly raked windscreen and a large black B pillar on top of the slightly sloping downward rear deck. Atop the rear deck is the optional factory installed luggage rack, another rarely seen item. The black rear valance shows the with a cutout for the single exhaust pipe and above is the chrome bumper with it's black rubber topper. All of this rests nicely under the factory Porsche labeled rear reflector sandwiched between the smooth tail lights. Factory 15-inch Fuchs wheels adorn the 4 corners and are wrapped in deeply treaded Pirelli blackwall rubber. This boxy little sports car is nicely presented.
Simple black vinyl covered doors with an inset actuating handle greet us prior to stepping inside. Once there we sit in German styled high back bucket seats which are a fairly flat design and incorporate tuck and roll vinyl inserts in black in the centers and smooth black leather bolters. These buckets sit in a sea of black carpeting with orange and black coco woven floor mats on top. The original dash with crack free covers is sitting in front awaiting its driver to get up and go! There is a litany of gauges for monitoring all engine vitals and a Saffire AM/FM radio within this original dash. All black and all nicely presenting. A shout out to the huge trunk, or boot if you will. Herein lies the nearly perfect and very rarely seen Saratoga targa top.
Just behind the passengers, for even weight distribution, sits an air cooled original 1.7 liter 4-cylinder engine that is fed by EFI A 5-speed manual transmission with a new clutch disc, pressure plate and throw out bearing is on back and a 4.429 final drive. This drivetrain has been expertly tuned for fast starting and perfect operation.
Structurally sound and nearly showroom new with a mix of body-colored panels, black aerodynamic pans and bright silver add ons. A Bursch exhaust system is on and looks almost new along with excellent heat exchangers with great heat and defrost capabilities. Disc brakes are upfront, and matching discs for the rear with independent torsion bar suspension upfront and independent coil springs are on back.
A quick starter, smooth runner and good accelerator. Handling and braking were excellent, and it was a fun throwback for this writer who first drove a 914 to learn how to drive with a clutch! (ca.1975).
This not oft seen version, and not oft seen with no rust. But this example, well cared for, leaves us with a cost-efficient Porsche/VW collaboration that has its following. The ""Hell Hole"" on this 914 is excellent. So, if you are one of those who do follow, this one deserves a close look. Plus, the added bonuses of provenance at Pebble Beach, quite a few rarely seen factory options and lots of paperwork will have all Porschephiles turning their heads to oogle you, all you need to do is write the check and enjoy.
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