“This 914 has had extensive mechanical restoration to a lovely car that had been previously set up for auto-cross by the prior owner. Mechanically sound but with several typical rust areas (photographed) that do not compromise handling or reduce enjoyment for the next owner in the way of curious squeaks or rattling noises.”
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On offer is my 1972 Porsche 914. I purchased it to be a commuter car for my mid-life crisis induced graduate degree.
When I purchased it, it was offered as a "driver". That was an unfortunate overstatement. I have since rebuilt the engine, replacing the 2.0L pistons and cylinders installed by the previous owner in anticipation for use in auto-cross with the ultra-rare 1.7L Mahle, high compression piston and cylinder set. The torque band is now truly impressive, and engine revs freely. To further enhance performance the Del'Orto carbs were replaced with a dual Weber set up, and a Monza style exhaust installed. Once complete my mechanic turned his attention to tidying up the gearbox for more positive shifting, addressing all age-related electrical issues, rebuilding brake calipers, resurfacing the rotors and addressing the emergency brake issue with a new handle. He was successful with everything but the emergency brake and a left turn signal that fails to blink when the brake is depressed. It may simply be a bad filament in the rear bulb. Headlight mechanism works as new, and new Hella high- intensity headlights have been installed.
I introduced a MOMO steering wheel to compliment the MOMO five point harness already installed, sourced and mounted new Pirelli P6 tires and began to put on the necessary "shakedown" miles. Now complete, I have just had an oil change and tune. In the process, I replaced the stock distributor with an electronic set up and the performance upgrades are now complete.
My problem is that by the time the work was finally completed, I had already finished my degree. So now I have a lovely 914, that is a delight to drive but I have no real use for it. For those interested in what I found myself using instead of this 914 for the commute between Naples and Coral Gables, the answer is a 2013 Ferrari FF. While a truly impressive machine in its own right, it still is not as much fun to drive as this 1972 914 in the 1.7L configuration with Mahle high compression pistons installed.
The fact that I have no compelling need to keep this car has not escaped my wife's attention in light of garage space constraints in the new home we are purchasing, and I find myself selling the most rewarding and fun car I have driven in the years since I sold my 2005 Lotus Elise.
This 914 is a "driver". There is some rust in the usual spots found on a 914, but none of it effect structural integrity or handling which makes this particular example a great "driver". Photos of rust areas are included. The Ferrari Rosso Corsa paint is attractive at 10 feet and the interior is remarkably clean, with a near-perfect dash with only one small crack near the ashtray. The panel gaps are generally excellent outside of the trunk that may have been simply overstuffed. The only remaining issue for the next owner is to repair the damage caused to the front chrome bumper when "bumperettes" were removed. An auxiliary plug allows use of a your cellphone through the existing stereo. It is not the most effective stereo or interface I have encountered, but it does work with the headphone jack adapter for the iPhone. I have two sets of keys and one blank with light in the shank. Finally, I purchased a set of cocoa mats which are so nice that I also purchased a set of rubber "foul weather" mats that I have placed over the cocoa mats to preserve them and provide some extra sound and thermal insulation on the hottest days.
Many spares are included. These include the original del'Orto carbs, exhaust, steering wheel, US style turn signal lenses and other original elements for someone that wishes to restore the car or simply return it to a more stock set up. But the question is why would anyone want to do so when this 914 is about as much fun as a "driver" can be?
Feel free to send any questions that I may answer to assure the new owner that this particular 914 is uniquely set up for many more miles of sunshine and pleasurable driving.
It seems that I have already received several messages through the eBay app. Unfortunately those messages are not registered on the eBay website messages page, outside of a message that a message has been created in the eBay app. This is as frustrating as it is strange. I apologize for the inconvenience, but please direct all inquiries through the website and NOT the app or I won't be able to respond since I do not use the app.
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