Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday Car Pr0n #8

Today's car pic is something a little different. I've been focusing on muscle cars, or classics, etc. so far. It's time to present one that's a little more personal.


Yes, that is a Porsche 914. Not much special about the 914; it's little more than a glorified Karmann Ghia with Porsche badging and a removable targa top. And I came thiiiiiis close to buying one in my youth, settling on the more responsible GTI (which was also about a decade newer, had 50K fewer miles, and I could work on it myself).

The 914 is still one of the more affordable Porsche variants, with models in decent shape still under five figures. The 944 is another model that's still "affordable" (in quotes because the cost of keeping one running is anything but "affordable", but if you want to play, ya gotta pay). The 944 is also the only Porsche I've ever driven, handed the keys to a somewhat insane buddy's new (to him) 944S Turbo and told to "drive it hard" through Boston traffic.

Yeah, sometimes I think about G-d looking out for fools, because He sure looked out for me...

That is all.

13 comments:

Brad_in_MA said...

J,
A college classmate of mine had a 914. He said I was the only person ever to shift from 1st to 2nd gear without grinding 'em. At the time I drove a late 1970's Honda and it's shift from 2nd to 3rd had the same "feel" to it. Ray's 914 . . . fun but OMG was it ever a beater.

Angus McThag said...

Targa ist German for "leaken en zee rainen".

That's why they're all rusted almost through just behind the seats.

libertyman said...

When I was in college, a friend of my sister's looked at then then new 914 and described its looks. She said it looked like "a tuna fish sandwich".

I always think of that when I see one now.

RollsCanardly said...

I greatly covet a 914-6! Lots of power in a tiny, light package.

Anonymous said...

last week I saw a 914 with the slantnose kit,painted in Gulf racing blue and orange,it was cool!My brother in law had a fuel inj 914,never ran good tho.The easy fix for a 944 is to drop in a chevy 350,more room than a corvette under the hood.

Ted said...

No such thing as a slant nose 914....... Slant nose 911 or more probably a slant nose Turbo.

I put 100,000 miles on my 914-6 and then upgraded the engine to a 2.4 S. when the original 2 liter 6 swallowed a valve. The rust problem was exaserbated by the fact that battery acid would spillover and eat away at the bodywork just below the rear torsion bar forward mounting points. But mostly it was just smarter of age.

They only ever made 2,300 914-6s. And of those there are maybe. Less than 750 remaining .... So if you can find one It's going to cost you a lot for a 45 year old car

Ted said...

....... Oh. And the 914-6's. We're built on the same assembly line as the 911s. The bizillion 914-4s.were thrown together at the VW Karmen plant on the same line as the Karmen ghia

Anonymous said...

the slant nose 914 was a kit thing,got rid of those ugly turn signals

jetfxr69 said...

I owned '74 914 for about a year-and-a-half, until it literally rusted in half. This is a correct usage of "literally", because when you opened both doors, the car bent enough that you couldn't close them without chipping paint. At that point, it was time to scrap it.

Sure was fun to drive though on the Gulf Coast of NW FL...

bot-check: turnki (I kid you not.)

Anonymous said...

Jay, the only question is, "Did you get the Porsche on two wheels around the turns?"

I mean, doing that with a rental minivan is one thing. Doing that with a "not my car" Porsche... now THAT's a badge of honor! (And insanity, too)

KevinC said...

The 914 and the 924 are the Porsches you buy if you want one in the worst way...

... in every sense of the word.

Ted said...

In 1970, if you wanted a mid-engined car your other choice was X 1-9 from Fix-it-again-Tony. ........ And it was an entry level car. There are a lot us prior 914 owners who now drive 911s. ....... And if not for the 914, there would never have been a 918!!

Anonymous said...

I've had mine for 38 years. Nothing like replacing that VW engine with a 350 Chevy.

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