Finished in Nepal Orange over a black vinyl interior, this 1975 Porsche 914 1.8 was acquired by its previous owner in 1977 who went on to become a champion driver for Bob Zecca of Driving Impressions in Dover, New Jersey throughout the 1980s. The car is said to have been used as a weekend driver and was enjoyed sparingly by its owner until her passing in 1997. It was placed in storage for 12 years before her husband resurrected the car in 2009 and performed services to ensure its roadworthiness. This 914 was eventually consigned with Powertech Motorsports in New Jersey where a major service was completed prior to the seller’s acquisition in 2021. Under the current ownership, additional maintenance was performed along with the installation of upgraded stainless-steel fuel lines, rear Bilstein shocks, a new AA fuel tank, and a Permatune ignition distributor. Showing approximately 56k original miles on the odometer, this 914 is now being offered for auction by its seller out of Ohio.
This late-model Porsche 914 is finished in Nepal Orange with black bumpers and rocker panels, dual polished mirrors, black Porsche logo side stripes, and a removable Targa top. Other equipment includes black vinyl sail panel covers and integrated front fog lights included with the optional Appearance Group package, pop-up headlamps, chrome door handles, a “PORSCHE” logo tail panel reflector, and aftermarket “Dan Gurney” Western Wheels that were reportedly installed by the original selling dealer. The car rides on a set of Sumitomo tires from 2019 and the original spare steel wheel is mounted in the trunk. The seller notes the passenger front fender was repaired following a very minor incident in the 1980s and the refinished paintwork is flaking slightly. The hood and headlamp covers are also said to have been previously refinished to address rock chips. Noted imperfections include a few very small paint chips, small dimples in the driver’s door, paint bubbles on the wheel wells, and signs of rust on the lower rear valence. Detailed images are provided in the gallery.
The cabin is appointed with black vinyl upholstery covering the seats, door panels, dashboard, and center console. Equipment includes two-way adjustable bucket seats, a four-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel, a heater, manual window cranks, a rear window defroster, and an aftermarket Bluetooth stereo with upgraded speakers and a subwoofer. The optional Appearance Group also includes a center console with a clock and additional gauges for temperature and battery voltage. The seller reports all gauges and accessories to be fully functional.
Power comes from an air-cooled 1.8-liter flat-four engine featuring Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, an upgraded Permatune ignition distributor, and a Bursch muffler. The rear wheels are driven by way of a 5-speed manual transaxle that was serviced with a new clutch and flywheel in 2011 at 47,612 miles. A detailed history of service was provided by the seller and is included below:
December 2009 – 46,348 miles:
March 2010 – 46,564 miles:
June, 2011 – 47,612 miles:
June 2014 – 49,514 miles:
Jan 2021 – 50,086 miles:
September 2021 – 50,110 miles:
December 2021 – 51,839 miles:
May 2022 – 52,260 miles:
This sale will include the original Hella turn signal lenses and stock speaker mounts, owner's manuals, a spare tire, a car cover, a battery charger, sales literature, vintage photos with the original owner, the original purchase agreement, and a clean title.
The seller would like you to know: “I am technically the 2nd owner of the car as owner #1 only had it for a few miles. It was then purchased by the 44-year owner before being sold to me. She was only driven sparingly over that time, hence the little over 54,000 original miles now showing on the clock (it had 50,086 when I bought it). The original dealer took the car back on trade in ’77 and sold it to his then-18-year-old girlfriend. She was a passionate enthusiast who participated in a variety of rallies and events in places like Lime Rock and Pocono. She went on to become a champion driver for Bob Zecca of Driving Impressions in Dover, NJ throughout the 80s – then driving a Fiat X/19. The 914 was simply a summer weekend car and never in the snow or rarely in the rain (obviously due to lack of rust). Unfortunately, she passed away prematurely in 1997 and the car was put in storage for 12 years. Her husband resurrected it in 2009, updating/repairing everything to make the car sound again. He only put about 3,000 miles on her before storing it again for 8 years and then turning it over for consignment in 2021. Powertech Motorsports in NJ thoroughly sorted out the mechanicals once again (I have all the records) and I purchased it that fall. I had it serviced by Chris Moore of Autobahn Extremist here in Cleveland. Chris is a 914 Concours judge and vintage Porsche fanatic. He performed a few minor adjustments (I’ll list those in a separate post and have all docs) and I have driven the car flawlessly in only beautiful weather for over 4,000 miles (and countless smiles). The new owner will receive a time-capsule “driver”. Almost 100% stock, virtually rust-free except for minor pitting in the wheel wells and rear valance. I’ve been told that the paint is 100% original, except for the hood & headlamp covers that showed signs of chipping. When looking at her, nobody believes it’s a 48-year-old car!”
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