1976 Porsche 914 2.0
Sold For $53,200Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
RM | Sotheby's - ARIZONA 16 - 17 JANUARY 2020 - Offered on Friday
- Original ownership for four decades until 2016
- High-quality rotisserie restoration completed in 2017
- Includes original window sticker, Bill of Sale, and manual/warranty maintenance booklet
- Documented by invoices, service receipts, and registrations dating back to 1976
- Powered by the desirable 2.0-liter engine, five-speed manual transaxle
- Retains its original matching-numbers engine
This Porsche 914 was completed on 7 January 1976. The car left the factory finished in Light Ivory with Yellow leatherette interior. It was fitted with U.S. equipment and optioned with front and rear stabilizer bars, tinted side glass all around, center armrest console, and seat cushions. The Porsche was shipped to the U.S., landing at the Chicago, Illinois, port of entry. From there, the car was distributed from Volkswagen of America in Deerfield, Illinois, to the selling dealership, Rushmore Volkswagen of Rapid City, South Dakota.
On 20 April 1976, the 914 was purchased by Karen Massena of Gillette, Wyoming, for $7,715. A Motorola Sapphire XXII radio was installed by Rushmore Volkswagen free of charge, with the customer guarantee tag included. At the time, Mrs. Massena was told that this car was the last example available in the region, which is quite possible, as the Porsche was completed in the last month of the final year of 914 production. Keeping with the musical times, Mrs. Massena added a Realistic cassette player in 1977. Even though Mrs. Massena lived in Wyoming, she would regularly make trips back to Rushmore Volkswagen to have her 914 serviced. Photographs on file show the car donning a protective bra across the nose during its early years. Mrs. Massena would eventually move to Washington State, where she continued to enjoy her Porsche. Service records, invoices, and select registration documentation throughout the car’s life are included. Mrs. Massena owned the 914 for an impressive four decades.
In 2016, the 914 was acquired by a vendor in Florida who had an appreciation for early, original Porsches. The remarkably well-preserved car was put through a no-expense-spared restoration by marque experts. The engine and transaxle were completely restored utilizing OEM parts with work completed by Naples Classic Car.
Today the car remains very much in the way it left the factory, finished in the correct Light Ivory with a removable black Targa top. It is further equipped with fog lights and dual side-view mirrors as well as upgraded, period-correct four-bolt Mahle-style wheels. The peppy 2.0-liter engine provides ample power for the small, low-slung sports car. The five-speed manual transaxle adds to the exhilarating driving experience. The car is in stunning condition throughout, including the undercarriage—a testament to a high-quality restoration of an original car.
The Porsche is accompanied by an extensive documentation file going back to 1976 with service records, invoices, and registrations. Additionally, the 914 features its original factory window sticker along with the dealer accessory card, original invoice, owner’s manual and maintenance record book, North American Distributors and Dealers booklet, Passing, Braking and Tire Pamphlet, and Metric Conversion Table. A jack and spare wheel are also included. A Porsche Production Specifications certificate confirms that the 914 retains its original engine. The original gearbox number is not recorded on the certificate, but it is believed to be original.
The 914 has become a sought-after model in the collector market. Sorted examples, such as this, with extensive early documentation are among the most desired.