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1973 Porsche 914

1.7
$53.8M for Mecum's biggest ever year in Monterey
Thursday, 12 August - Saturday, 14 August 2021
$80,850
Sale Price
Yes
Reserve
12 August 2021
Sold Date
T80.1
Lot Number
#2+
Unrestored original
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. 4732926434. Olympic Blue over black vinyl. 1679/80hp, 5-speed, steel wheels with hub caps, Michelin X tires, center console, original Sapphire radio. Comes with original bill of sale.

Evaluation: Represented as staying with the same owner for 48 years, with 13,998 actual miles, and as totally unrestored. There are a few touch ups in the original paint but it’s holding up very well. Clean wheels and tires. The bumper plastic has barely dried out at all. The interior looks barely sat in except for a lightly worn steering wheel. For years these were the poor man’s Porsche and to some people not even a “real” Porsche at all, but this car’s owner babied it like a loaded 911.

Bottom Line: This isn’t a record price for a four-cylinder 914 but it isn’t far off, either. It’s an exceptional price for an exceptional car, boosted by a desirable color and of course its level of preservation, which is impossible to duplicate and nearly impossible to find. An absolute time capsule of a 914, it’s on the cusp of turning over 14,000 miles, but that odometer may never hit 15.

by Andrew Newton
22 August 2021
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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