CHASSIS NO: 4752909775
• Late-production example in eye-catching colors
• Renowned for exceptional handling and driving experience
• A fun and affordable way to experience Porsche ownership
1,795 cc air-cooled, mid-mounted OHV horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine, 76 HP at 4,800 RPM, five-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, independent front suspension with MacPherson struts and torsion bars, independent rear suspension with semi-trailing arms and coil springs; wheelbase: 2,450 mm (96.5")
Launched in 1964, Porsche’s new six-cylinder 911 marked a revolution that company management initially feared would alienate faithful buyers accustomed to the 356. Sharing its body/chassis with the 911, the 912 companion model was powered by the proven ‘four’ of the outgoing 356. The 912’s eventual successor, the 914, was rooted in sketches by Hans Gugelot and developed under Ferdinand A. ‘Butzi’ Porsche. Featuring a taut Karmann-built body, removable Targa roof and mid-mounted, air-cooled four-cylinder engine, the 914 was aimed squarely at competing sports cars from Datsun, Fiat, MG and Triumph.
Debuted at the 1969 Frankfurt Auto Show as a 1970 model, the 914 was sold as the “VW-Porsche 914” by VW-Porsche GmbH in Europe and as the “Porsche 914” by Volkswagen of America. In addition to its fuel-injected engine and five-speed gearbox, the 914 initially featured a choice of 11 exterior colors with standard painted bumpers. Options included chrome bumpers, a vinyl covering for the built-in Targa-style roll bar, dual horns, fog lamps, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and pile carpeting. Only the driver’s seat included fore-aft adjustment, while the passenger side included an adjustable footrest for added comfort.
Boasting near-50/50 weight distribution, outstanding handling and quickness belying its relatively small-displacement engines, initially 1.7 litres, 1.8 litres and finally 2.0 litres, the 914 was a revelation to drive that sold briskly and enjoyed production though 1975. Accolades included selection as Motor Trend magazine’s Import Car of the Year for 1970, with the 914 hailed as “...the first modern sports car for the masses.” The 914’s influence was, and remains, profound with its basic essence echoed since 1997 by Porsche’s own Boxster.
Manufactured during April 1975, this 1975 Porsche 914-4 is a solid-appearing and complete example, with 81,151 miles indicated at the time of cataloguing, remaining essentially as it was last road-registered during 2012 in Texas. While displaying some of the usual wear-and-tear of a driven car, this 914-4 would certainly respond well to selective cosmetic attention and proper mechanical review and servicing. A later-model aftermarket AM/FM stereo head unit is currently installed, and the engine’s original air cleaner has been replaced by a small chrome open-element unit; otherwise, the vehicle is essentially factory-stock. Worthy of preservation or selective restoration, this late-production 1975 Porsche 914-4 is an exciting find at auction and a model from Stuttgart that is currently enjoying greater collector attention.