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Old 07-13-2009, 10:07 PM   #1
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Got My Third P-Car - 1972 914

Okay, maybe I've got a sickness or something. I've had my Boxster S for 4 years now and have spent some time modding it. Then this May I got a Carrera 4S and thought all was good. I was supposed to buy a daily driver, a beater car. I got too tempted though by the idea of getting something nice, too nice really to be a daily driver. Still I love the C4S and will not be getting rid of it!

So.... I've been looking for a cheap Porsche daily driver to replace my '87 Honda CRX (good car, but I'm going for something different now). Last weekend I looked at a $4,500 1971 911 that was total crap. I gave up on the idea of finding a cheap 911 beater and started looking at 944's and 968's. I don't care for the 924's or 928's, so those were out. This weekend I looked at a 1972 914 that was highly modified and in pristine condition with a recently rebuilt transmission, strong brakes, minimal rust, and a very freshly rebuilt engine.

Well today I took the plunge and drove her home 1 hour from Paradise, CA. The previous owner had her since 1996 and had dumped what he estimated to be $22,000 into the car. He was selling it for $12,500. Times are tough though and it's a buyer's market, so he dropped his price to $7,000 and I got it a bit cheaper still. The car drives great and I think it's a real head turner. I just hope it's reliable as a daily driver. We shall see! Even if it's not, I'm a car guy and enjoy working on cars, so I will enjoy tinkering with the car and getting it as reliable as I can.

Here are some shots from today:












The interior is very fresh and actually pretty spacious:






Front trunk with updated, but somewhat older sound system components:




Rear trunk, gotta love those strut braces!!!




1975 2.0L engine making a whopping 88 HP or so, twin Weber carbs added, recently rebuilt by AVP, f_ck California smog, I'm smog free on this puppy - YES!!!




The body kit is a rare find, called a Chalon kit. I found just a couple pictures of cars with this kit on the web. It gives the car wide flares in the rear, a cool wing, and a 911 slant nose front end. Honestly I don't like the looks of stock 914's, but I do like the looks of this car. The car is obviously lowered and the suspension is super stiff and appears to have been updated. It will be fun to dig into this car more to see what's been done as the previous owner was somewhat clueless despite years of ownership.

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Also In The Garage - '66 912, '69 912, '72 914 Chalon wide body, '73 914
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Old 07-14-2009, 07:16 AM   #2
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insanely cool kirk.
Does the AC work?
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Old 07-14-2009, 07:54 AM   #3
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Kirk,
Running for president of Porscheholics Anonymous?
Seriously though the 914 is a great car and one of the most underrated Porsche ever built. Looks like this one was lovingly cared for. Yep, you stole it. Enjoy!

P.S. Looks like your China Girl assistant is back.
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Old 07-14-2009, 07:56 AM   #4
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Wow, best looking 914 I've ever seen! Congrats!
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:18 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. It's good to hear the positive comments. I posted some pictures with my local car club and got a more negative response. I didn't realize people looked down on the 914 so much as being "just a VW". Well.... who cares? That's their problem, not mine.


>Does the AC work?

Ha! I wish it had AC. Where I live it can get up to 114 F for a week! My current daily driver has no AC though and I've gotten along fine. I'll just sweat it out.


>P.S. Looks like your China Girl assistant is back.

Yeeeesssss.... I can guarantee you that a photo shoot with her and the car with be forthcoming shortly. She's actually pretty anxious to do it. She likes all of the sweet attention you guys give her.

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Old 07-14-2009, 06:01 PM   #6
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Ha! Good for you, I'm too much of a wuss here in FL, my new race car has ice cold AC
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Old 07-15-2009, 05:00 AM   #7
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beautiful
love the body kit -
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Old 07-17-2009, 08:45 AM   #8
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Great deal! The best looking 914 I have ever seen. Keep on buying more cars. It gives us something to talk about. Enjoy
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Old 07-17-2009, 12:56 PM   #9
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Welcome to the Chalon club!

Mine's actually for sale if anyone is interested

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Old 07-17-2009, 02:23 PM   #10
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Welcome to the Chalon club!

Mine's actually for sale if anyone is interested

Wow, that looks nice too.
All I see at my local autox are busted-ass 914s with the windshield cut off, original style fontend, and oil coolers mounted under the rollbar.
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Old 07-20-2009, 09:20 AM   #11
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Welcome to the Chalon club!

Mine's actually for sale if anyone is interested

Wow, cool!!! I can't find hardly any Chalon 914's on the web. Did you do this body kit yourself? If so where did you get it from???

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