NO RESERVE 1971 1.7L clean, mechanically sound classic

Price: - Item location: Ijamsville, Maryland, United States
  • Make: Porsche
  • Model: 914
  • Type: Convertible
  • Year: 1971
  • Mileage: 100,900
  • VIN: 11111111111111111
  • Color: Red
  • Engine size: 1.7L
  • Number of cylinders: 4
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Black
  • Options: Bluetooth / hands-free phone, CD Player
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1971 Porsche 914

1971 Porsche 914/4
VIN 4712916166
Production Plate # 3149526

I want to make room in the garage for my next project, so I'm selling my 1971 Porsche 914/4. Not a show car, but a very nice driver with a solid body, nice paint, good interior, strong engine, and new rear brakes. Here are some of the important details:

  • Baja Red with rare 916-style fiberglass front/rear bumpers and rocker panels

  • Older paint work and restoration, but still presents well

  • No serious rust issues anywhere (see pics)

  • 1.7 L Engine (stamped EA091928, which indicates was manufactured in '72) with dual Weber IDF 40 2-barrel downdraft carburetors

    • Engine is clean and leak-free; freshly serviced with new plugs, oil/filer, and valve adjustment

    • both carbs just cleaned and rebuilt with new gaskets, o-rings, mixture screws, and floats

    • compression test shows between 145-155 on all 4 cylinders

    • new battery (Nov 2017)

  • 5-speed manual transmission with new linkage bushings from front to back

  • Five (inc. spare) chrome-plated 15” 4-bolt wheels with Yokohama 205/60 R15 tires

  • New/rebuilt rear brake calibers

  • Very Nice interior

    • Luisi red and black leather steering wheel

    • no cracks at all in the dash, which is rare for a car of this age

    • drivers seat perfect, small tears in passenger seat

    • the floor pans and doors are lined with Dynomat, which reduces road noise

    • new Pioneer AM/FM/CD stereo w/ Bluetooth audio and hands-free phone

  • Clean Pennsylvania title, plus receipts dating back to 1982

    • 5-digit odometer shows ~900 miles, so I estimate the chassis currently has about 101k miles on it. Because of the age of the car, the odometer section of the title reads “exempt.”

Links for additional pictures and video:


While I've tried to provide a complete description, keep in mind that this is a 47-year-old car, so it is sold as-is, with no warranty expressed or implied.
$500 deposit required within 24 hours of auction close.If shipping is required, you will have to make the arrangements, but I will assist by making myself available when it's time to load the car. Or bring your tags and drive it home.


I purchased the car last year from the widow of the prior owner. Based on what I was told, the prior owner originally acquired it in the early '80s, so it was in the same family for over 35 years. I have receipts from the prior owner, including an appraisal letter from Translogic (Porsche restoration shop in York, PA) dated October 1985, noting the special “916-style” bumpers, and valuing the car at $4000. The car underwent a major restoration in late 2008/early 2009, including a complete respray to the car's current color, Baja Red (original color was Willow Green). During that restoration the engine was replaced (still a 1.7 liter, but from a '72 and with dual Weber twin-barrel carburetors), plus a new fuel pump, new struts up front, KBY Gas-a-just shocks and Weltmeister coil springs in the rear, new Perlon carpet, new door seals, and a lot of miscellaneous repairs. The prior owner fell ill not long after the restoration, so the car sat unused for ~5 years.

Most of the issues I had to deal with were due to the car sitting for so long. Aside from replacing the battery and doing a major engine service (oil/filer change, valve adjustment, spark plug replacement), I also had to drain and flush the gas tank and clean and rebuild the carburetors, due to varnish build up from old gas. The rear brake calipers (a weak spot on these cars) were not working. I was able to re-build the passenger-side caliper, but I had to get a replacement caliper ($$$) for the drivers-side from Auto Atlanta. Front brakes are working great, and the pads are almost new. Shifting felt vague, so I replaced all of the shift-rod linkage bushings – much better now. The car had no radio, so I added the Pioneer stereo and new Boss speakers; it's not a top-of-the-line system, but sounds pretty good.

The car's current condition is good but far from perfect. First, the good stuff:

  • Engine runs great, transmission and clutch are good

  • No structural rust. There is a small hole under the battery tray, but that's it (see pics). The pans and frame are all rock-solid, with just some minor surface rust underneath.

  • Windows, doors, all lights, locks, wipers, etc. all work – even the fresh-air fan works!

  • Paint is definitely not show quality, but it shines and presents well

The remaining issues are mostly cosmetic and do not effect the drive-ability of the car:

  • The 10-year old single-stage paint is showing its age. There are the expected stone chips and bumper scrapes, several places where the paint has cracked (most noticeably on the trunk lid), and one small (but badly touched-up) ding just behind the passenger door – looks like someone slipped when taking off the targa top (see pics).

  • Passenger-side seat vinyl has a few tears (see pics); replacement available for $120 from

  • Some of the rubber seals, like the one between the windscreen and targa top, are cracked (see pics). It will leak if you point a pressure washer right at it, but it doesn't leak under “normal” conditions, like a light rain storm. Replacement rubber is available from many sources (Auto Atlanta,, etc.).

  • The passenger-side exterior door handle has a cracked metal tab. The handle looks fine from the outside, but it is a bit loose and makes the door hard to open. Replacements handles are available for ~$110 from several sources (eBay, etc.), and you can easily transfer the existing lock cylinder. (Drivers door is fine)

  • The aftermarket steering wheel / hub doesn't have a “turn-signal cancel ring”, so you have to manually turn off the turn-signal after each use. Used stock steering wheels are expensive (>$500), so I chose to live with it.

In addition to the eBay pictures, I've set up an album on PhotoBucket with additional photos of the car:

And here is a short video of the engine starting and running:

I encourage anyone interested in the car to contact me with any questions or to arrange for a test drive; car is currently located in Frederick County, Maryland, about a 45 minute drive from either DC or Baltimore.