By   June 25, 2013

Porsche 914-6

Porsche 914

This is part six of a ten part series about 10 Porsches that are currently within a reasonable budget, but that may become very valuable in the future. In part one we covered the Porsche 911 SC, in part two we covered the 911 Carrera 3.2, in part three we covered the 911 (993), in part four we covered the 911 (964) and in part five we covered the 912. This post will cover the Porsche 914.

Below is the list of Porsche that will be covered in other posts. Please note that the order of the Porsches in the below list is the order that they will be covered, but not necessarily the order of what is more likely to become valuable.

  1. Porsche 911 SC
  2. Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2
  3. Porsche 911 (993)
  4. Porsche 911 (964)
  5. Porsche 912
  6. Porsche 914
  7. Porsche 928
  8. Porsche 968
  9. Porsche 944
  10. Porsche 924

We now start cover some of the non-911 cars (I count the 912 in with the 911 cars as it shares most things except for the engine which is essentially the same as in the late 356) and we start with the Porsche 914. The car was a joint venture between Volkswagen and Porsche with the idea of giving VW a sporty car to replace the Karmann Ghia and Porsche an entry level car. The original intent was to have a 4-cylinder car that would be sold by VW and a 6-cylinder higher performing car that would be sold by Porsche.

Outside of the United States the 914 was sold as a VW-Porsche, but in the U.S. it was marketed as a Porsche. Most of the cars sold had a Volkswagen flat-four engine that range from 1.7-liters up to a more powerful 2.0-liter engine. There were also a few thousand 914’s (known as the 914-6) that had a Porsche flat-six engine and that also had a different transmission and suspension. Because of this these 914-6s are very desirable and thanks to their low production numbers they demand a premium.

The car’s styling is controversial with people either loving it or hating it. For us it is styling that grows on you and as the car ages it looks more beautiful. The styling is classic ’60s and ’70s styling that was very bold at the time.

The 914 series was the first mid-engined major production car made by the German automaker (they had made other mid-engined cars, but no major production cars) and provided more neutral handling than the 911 or 912. The cars don’t offer a lot of power, but they also don’t weigh very much, so they still provide plenty of performance. Of course where the 914 really comes alive is in the corners and they are often autocrossed with a good amount of success.

When looking at buying a Porsche 914 there are a few things to consider. Think about if you want an early car with a smaller engine or a later car with a bit more power. Another thing to think about is that some of the later cars have large impact bumpers, so they are less desirable to many buyers. The sweet spot is an earlier car with the 2.0-liter engine but without the impact bumpers.

Values of 914s are all over the board with some going as low as $2,500 and as much as $60,000. The upper end of the spectrum is where you would find a good 914-6 and unless you are good at car restoration we would be careful of a car at the low end of the scale. In general for a good 914 you are looking in the $10,00-$25,000 range depending on mileage, condition, engine size and year. We’ve seen some very good daily driver cars for much less than $10,000 that had the 1.7-liter engine (one was just $3,000 and was well maintained by a local Porsche Club of America member), but for a more desirable model that is in good condition expect to pay a bit more.

When looking into buying a 914 check for rust, especially in the wheel wells and around the battery tray. It is also a very good idea to have a pre-purchase inspection by a mechanic that knows the 914 well.

Prices of many 914s have already started to climb and we think the less desirable cars will start to climb in the near future. Expect to see all models go up in price over the next 10 years. While the smaller displacement cars will probably take more that 10 years to start to get out of the reach of the average buyer, the more desirable cars will likely be out of reach fairly soon. We think if you want a more desirable Porsche 914 that now is the time to buy before the prices keep going up.

As with all Porsches if you choose to buy a 914 and it doesn’t go up in value, you still have a great handling fun to drive sports car.

Picture Source: MartinHansV