I remember one morning about 10 years ago when my friend Billy stopped by my house with his new toy. It was a green and white 1972 Porsche 914 that had been modified with a nice set of Fuchs style wheels an updated suspension and man-oh-man was it a fun little ride. We spent the morning trouncing everything we could find out on the back roads of Long Island, then afterward sat down for a nice little lunch. To this day that car left a wonderful impression on me. It was small, lightweight and oh so nimble in the corners. Speed wise it wasn’t an animal, but its back road prowess combined with an amazing driving experience left me wanting one. I spied this little orange beastie over at BringATrailer.com and I’ll be honest, it’s one of the nicest examples that I’ve seen.
This particular car is a 1973 model that has been perfectly modified to include the right combination of looks, usability and sport. The first thing you’ll notice about the car is that it is clean, like really clean. From the dust free Minilite competition wheels with BFG’s, to the spotless engine bay, to an undercarriage so pristine you could eat off it, these are the types of cars we really like to see.
The owner nailed the appearance of the car with flared GT-style fenders, a perfect stance and eye popping bright orange paint work. They’ve also ditched the original four-cylinder in favor of a 2.2 liter “T” 6-cylinder, as well as updated the suspension with fully adjustable Koni shocks and sway bars. What’s great about cars like the Porsche 914 is that they are pure driving machines. The dash panel for instance holds a speedo, tach, fuel gauge and temperature gauge; that’s everything you need and nothing you don’t. This car was made in a time when performance cars were performance cars.
These cars were raw and didn’t contain things like heated seats, cup holders or electronic nannies. It was just you, a perfect Sunday morning and your favorite back roads. Oh, and by the way, this car is currently for sale over at PelicanParts.com, so head over there for a full description of this very cool little 914.