By on October 15, 2013

13 - 1972 Porsche 914 Down on the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinWhile prices of Porsche 911s keep getting crazier, 914s may be found for reasonable sums. Really trashed examples, or even slightly bent ones aren’t worth restoring, and so they end up like this one: parked in a Denver self-service wrecking yard.
01 - 1972 Porsche 914 Down on the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinI found this beat-to-hell crypto-Volkswagen yesterday, and it still has plenty of parts to offer.
08 - 1972 Porsche 914 Down on the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinVolkswagen? NEIN!
14 - 1972 Porsche 914 Down on the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe engine is still there, and perhaps someone will rescue it.

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25 Comments on “Junkyard Find: 1972 Porsche 914...”

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    Almost went into debt for teh first time right after graduation over one of these things! A black 914 wound up on the back lot of the local Toyota dealership…I drove it and loved it. Sure, it wasn’t particularly fast…but oh, how it handled! And the Targa top just made it that much cooler to me. Thank goodness the days of easy money weren’t upon us yet and nobody would offer me a loan. Still…between this and a Fiat X1/9, I seriously love me some old Targa top Euro-cars!

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    “perhaps someone will rescue it”


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    Interesting rust patterns on the unitized frame rails.

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      Someone never cleaned the dirt and leaves out from behind the rocker panels. Looks like surface rust only. Of course the longs (the main support beam, or longitudinal) rust faster from the inside, especially the right side. The battery was mounted above the engine on the right, and rainwater would wash the acid down into the area at the top of the long, rusting through and letting acid inside the long. It was also common for the acid to eat into the suspension support console mounted on the long. Nothing quite like having the tire rubbing the inside of the wheel well when the metal finally gives way. Interstingly enough, all the parts to repair the rusty areas are available from the after-market.

      All of these cars were recalled to add a battery cap to keep the water away from the battery, but these days most of them are running Optima type sealed batteries since no one that has spent the time repairing the rust wants to let it happen again!

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    Typical Porsche – a really HUGE oil spill under it. Yes, Ferdinand, they DO leak.

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      Where do you see oil? Auto recyclers are required to clean up any oil spills, and it’s pretty rare to see a car with any oil in it at one of these self-serve places. In fact if you need a drain plug, they sell those by the register. Some places don’t bother pulling the plug even, they just poke a hole in the pan, good luck finding an oil pan or a gas tank in those places!

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    That pearl Audi 80 caught my eye next to it – just like pearl Audis always do.

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    My first job out of high school was in a body shop (just sweeping floors and what-not) at a multi-line dealership, and I remember having one of those pearl Audi 80/90 in for a light hit in the front fender. We had to order the paint direct from Audi, it wasn’t something we could just mix in-house, and I don’t remember the exact price tag now after so many years but I do remember everybody handling that can of paint like it was a can of pure gold. Every time I got within 10 feet of that car with my push broom somebody would shout “Be careful around that Audi!”

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      Just such a good color! I think they used it through ~2003 on the A4 and A8. I don’t think I’ve seen an A6 that color, though it makes sense it would have been offered with it. Most early A6’s I see are silver or that nasty dated aqua color which I hate.

      But anyway, bring back the pearl! They do that color better than any other manufacturer, with Cadillac’s Diamond Dust a close follow-up. It’s got a little more yellow-flake in it than I prefer however.

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    The beauty of pearl is that with a good polish and wax, you can have three days’ dust on it and it still looks clean. The only shade that comes close was the late ’60s Ford “sea foam green”, which people mistook for very pale yellow.

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    That looks to be a ’71 or ’72 1.7L. What’s the VIN? And where is it? Inquiring Teeners want to know. Looks like a decent front clip. Rust in the longs has probably gotten out of hand, the missing battery tray and all the rust in the hellhole are clues…

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    Sadly ;

    That nearly unburstable 1.7 Liter VW engine is worthless , I bet it still runs fine , D-Jetronic and all .

    They didn’t leak like the old tech VW air cooled did thanx to some better basic engineering .

    These were never stormers but they weren’t designed to be either . the standard 5 speed tranny helped until the shifter bushings failed .

    Super fun although they’d spin like a top if you let off the gas going any ways but in a straight line .

    Typical German Cars they had _way_ too many wear bits that needed replacing every 6 years , 40,000 miles else they weren’t fun to drive .

    I enjoyed my ’75 2 Liter 914 quite a bit , it still wasn’t very fast but always a hoot to drive in the chop .


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      Not worthless, the case is identical to the 2.0 case. Usually not worn as bad either.

      As for leaking, my current ’71 has no drips from the engine, but lost the entire complement of tranny oil over the course of 3 years while it was being rebuilt. Porous mag case anyone? I have a spare, that came from a car just like the one above…

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    I really, like, REALLY like these 914’s, but I do have a penchant for odd cars. I would love to have one one day.

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    jim brewer

    A favorite of the frat boys at my university in the mid-seventies. Even more so than a Z.

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    MRF 95 T-Bird

    The frame and floors look quite good on this, better than many others. I guess the owner did not want to deal with the engine and possible the transaxle.

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      The rear trunk rusted through though. Bunch of guys over at 914World are scheming on how to get the front half shipped back east for one of their members to repair his car.

      The early doors are much sought after also, since they weigh about 20 lbs less than the ones with side impact beams in them.

      I could use a pair of rear brake calipers. Funny story, the factory ran out of stock years ago because Ferrari guys found out that they were the same as the ones on something like a 308, just 1/4 the price from Porsche…

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    bill mcgee

    A college roommate bought a used 1974 914 2.0 when she graduated in 1977 .I recall thinking that the transmission was balky and not particularly sporty and the thin hard seats were upholstered in what appeared to be the same upholstery as a Beetle and also other VW switchgear . As a VW Squareback owner I was intrigued by the engine compartment , which seemed even more cramped than my car , whose every maintenance job promised skinned knuckles. And the Porsche also had A.C. ,making access worse .The roommate also soon became disappointed in the 914 , after the A.C went out early , as well as cheap plasticky parts breaking . She traded it in after a couple of years .

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    I had one of these for years, a black ’73 1.7. Basically a 4-wheeled motorcycle, that thing, more alive than anything mechanical has a right to be. Handling so instantly responsive the car may as well have been directly wired to your brain. Everything manual, operated by skinny metal cables that snapped on the regular.

    I spent an insane amount of money on mine. Replaced the bumpers with fiberglass 916 bumpers, sanded the pebble finish off the targa top, and gave the whole car a beautiful color-sanded mirror black paint job and a Bursch exhaust (and stainless steel heat exchangers) for a lovely deep exhaust note. People constantly asked me if it was a new car, 20 years after it was born.

    Upgraded the engine twice. First time just big bore pistons to 1.9 liters. Second time with 2-liter crank & rods, high-compression Euro pistons, blueprinted & balanced, ported & polished, 2-liter injection components, you name it. The thing would go. To make it stop, I gave it a 19mm 911 master cylinder and stainless brake lines.

    Eventually I turned to the interior: modern stereo, component speakers, amps, and a pair of 5″ Bazooka tubes (yes, they used to make those) tucked on the floor in front of the seats.

    It is possible to do too much to a car. I added stuff like swaybars and a front-mount oil cooler that added more weight than function.

    Eventually I sold the thing for probably 10% of what I’d spent on it. Motorcycles are fun, whatever the wheel count, but it was time for a car.

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