1974 Porsche 914 1.8 Targa Coupe, One Owner, Very Solid, Beautiful Easy Project

Price: - Item location: Conway, South Carolina, United States
  • Make: Porsche
  • Model: 914
  • Type: Targa Coupe
  • Year: 1974
  • Mileage: 97,000
  • VIN: 4742913545
  • Color: Zambezi Green
  • Engine size: 1.8 liter flat 4
  • Number of cylinders: 4
  • Interior color: Tan
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1974 Porsche 914

You're viewing my one owner 1974 Porsche 914 1.8 liter targa coupe. Paint code is L-64-K, which in 1974 was called "Zambezi Green" (in 1975 this color was called "Forest Green"). The car spent its entire life in Tennessee until I brought it here to SC several months ago. I purchased it from the Estate of the deceased original owner. The family had to put it in their name for the Estate Sale. My plans were to restore it, but its such a nice overall original survivor I held off, and then I recently acquired a 1970 911E coupe that I've decided to restore instead. So, now it's time to let her go.
This car is very solid with no structural rust that I can find anywhere. Even the notorious "Hell Hole" area is solid. The battery tray itself is a little affected from battery acid corrossion, but still very usable. There is only normal surface flashing underneath the car. It has always been garaged and was finally taken off the road in 2010 when the original owner (a Dentist) bought a new Nissan 370Z. There was nothing mechanically wrong with the car, he was just ready for a change. The car has had one repaint (not the best) by a patient of the Dentist in "trade" for dental work. Well, the Dr. got the raw end of the deal as the paint job looks great from 5' but upon closer inspection there is overspray, etc. One could possibly wet sand and buff the surface and I'm sure it would make a huge improvement. There are 3 places where paint had bubbled (NOT from rust!) due to poor prep work, and flaked. These areas consist of the two lower areas of where the vinyl once was on the "sails" but removed for a sportier look, and the same thing happened on the driver's side fender. I think the Dr. must have had a minor fender bender that was repaired at the same time of the paint job (probably why the car was repainted in the first place). Those areas have been touched up so from 10' you don't really see them. Again, these aren't from rust bubbling, just poor prep work that caused the paint to blister. You could have just those three areas blended into the existing job and have a good detail done and enjoy as is, or really do the car right and completely strip to bare metal and do a nicer job.
The doors, hood and trunk close nicely with good gaps. The Dr. installed an electric release for the rear trunk (button under dash) and I didn't have a spare battery to hook up when taking these pics, but the trunk is in nice shape as well. The underside of the car including the front pan is rock solid, is all original metal, and has only minor surface flashing as to be expected from a 44 year old car. Spare tire is there, and even has the inflation system still in tact.
The 1.8 liter fuel injected engine is original to the car and spins nicely with the turn of the key (when a battery is attached / not included). When I tested the engine with a battery to make sure it turned over, I also confirmed the electronics such as flip up headlights worked, as well as the horn. Everything I tried worked as they should.
The car comes with 4 rare alloy "914 Fuchs" rims and a correct steel rim for the spare. All tires are old and need replaced, but do hold air for transport. The car does have wheel locks on all 4 wheels, and the key couldn't be found by the family. Most tire shops have master sets and it's a common pattern. Shouldn't be a problem to get them off. The tranny is a 5 speed I believe.
The interior of the car is all original and in really nice shape for its age. The carpet/floor mats are a combination of a cocoa mat set and original tweed carpet throughout the rest of the car. Dash is nice with one crack and a little shrinkage that might be able to be glued down. No radio came with the car when I bought it. Door panels and arm rests are nice. Visors are in decent condition. Targa top is nice with one little crack on passenger side by the windshield but as far as I know it doesn't leak. All glass is good. Bumpers are good with normal wear/warpage as most originals have. The Fuchs rims have a little oxidation that should buff off.
This is a great opportunity for someone to get into the air cooled Porsche market without breaking the bank. There is a complete owners manual, plastic maroon Porsche pouch, and some receipts that will come with the car as well. Ask any questions before bidding. No zero feedback bidders without first speaking with me, or your bid will be cancelled and you will be blocked. I have had way too many time wasters in the past. A $500 PayPal deposit is due immediately following the auction, and the remaining balance is to be bank wired within 3 business days. No exceptions. I will consider offers to end the listing early. Lastly, I will sell to overseas buyers. Shipping is the responsibility of the buyer. I'm starting the bidding at a ridiculously low $6,000! Thanks for looking and happy bidding!