Junkyard Find: 1974 Porsche 914

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1974 porsche 914

There was a time, maybe a decade ago, when you saw Porsche 914s and Fiat 124 Sport Spiders in about equal numbers in self-service wrecking yards. I still find the Fiats these days, but junked 914s have become quite rare. That makes today’s Junkyard Find something a bit special.

This one, which I spotted a few weeks back in a San Francisco Bay Area yard, seems fairly complete, and the interior isn’t so bad.

The engine is there, all accessories still intact.

Holy cow, it even has the factory exhaust system!

Since the body is pretty well bashed up and it has an impressive coating of dust, my guess is that it got into a multi-car fender-bender many years ago, then sat outdoors while its owner dithered about fixing it.

Given that non-perfect 914s aren’t worth much nowadays, this car is worth more in parts than as a complete vehicle.

Let’s hope that other Northern California 914s benefit from the demise of this one.

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  • Archie P Archie P on Oct 03, 2013

    There's a guy in England restoring a 914 that makes this one look in showroom condition! I've owned one since the early 80s and now restoring it - nothing too serious, some rust here and there. Drives like a hot darn, only equalled by the wife's Alfa. i like 912s too. Less BS than the 911, and sure I've heard about collapsed cam towers that will cost you the GDP of most of South America!

  • Doc423 Doc423 on Jan 30, 2023

    Ten years later reading this column, 914s have skyrocketed in value and desire, a car like this one in the article would not last a week, these days (2023).

  • Surferjoe Still have a 2013 RDX, naturally aspirated V6, just can't get behind a 4 banger turbo.Also gloriously absent, ESS, lane departure warnings, etc.
  • ToolGuy Is it a genuine Top Hand? Oh, I forgot, I don't care. 🙂
  • ToolGuy I did truck things with my truck this past week, twenty-odd miles from home (farther than usual). Recall that the interior bed space of my (modified) truck is 98" x 74". On the ride home yesterday the bed carried a 20 foot extension ladder (10 feet long, flagged 14 inches past the rear bumper), two other ladders, a smallish air compressor, a largish shop vac, three large bins, some materials, some scrap, and a slew of tool cases/bags. It was pretty full, is what I'm saying.The range of the Cybertruck would have been just fine. Nothing I carried had any substantial weight to it, in truck terms. The frunk would have been extremely useful (lock the tool cases there, out of the way of the Bed Stuff, away from prying eyes and grasping fingers -- you say I can charge my cordless tools there? bonus). Stainless steel plus no paint is a plus.Apparently the Cybertruck bed will be 78" long (but over 96" with the tailgate folded down) and 60-65" wide. And then Tesla promises "100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars." Underbed storage requires the bed to be clear of other stuff, but bottom line everything would have fit, especially when we consider the second row of seats (tools and some materials out of the weather).Some days I was hauling mostly air on one leg of the trip. There were several store runs involved, some for 8-foot stock. One day I bummed a ride in a Roush Mustang. Three separate times other drivers tried to run into my truck (stainless steel panels, yes please). The fuel savings would be large enough for me to notice and to care.TL;DR: This truck would work for me, as a truck. Sample size = 1.
  • Ed That has to be a joke.
  • SCE to AUX One data point: my rental '23 Model 3 had good build quality, but still not as good as my Hyundais.Test mule aside, perhaps the build quality of the CT will be good in 2027.