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Rather have a 911?

How many of you have a 914 as an interim car to having a 911 (whether you think you will ever afford one or not).

About two years ago I finished my degree after returning to school. I had quit college after 2 years and owned an automotive performance shop for a few years, but I was too interested in "how does it work" so I had to go back and finish my engineering degree.

Once I got a real job and settled in, I decided I needed a different car (I had a real nice 944), preferably with a removable top. I also wanted a project to work on. I thought about a 911, but I don't love the looks of the targa and the engines are just SO expensive to rebuild. I decided that I should just go back to a 914 (I owned two previously) because I knew I loved driving them and I knew it would satisfy all my needs. I also found that time with the slow 944 (and turning 30) had tempered my insatiable desire for horsepower (I had some very powerful cars before the 944, but they were often rattletraps).

Is the 914 just a stepping stone for you, or "have you arrived"?
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914s are more fun.....specialy if you take the gud parts from the 911 and stickem' in there.
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guess i'm lucky. 1st P-car was 944 turbo (crash ) . settlement and salvage turned into an 83 911sc (still have ) in preparation for ownership of 914 (1st was 74 2.0, present is 74 1.8 project almost on the road (today: new rear disks and adjustment of venting clearance. tomorrow: install fiberglas rocker panels). i must be a wimp, the 911 is too fast and i haven't stepped up to the mechanicals yet. so i'm learning on type IV (also 81 Vanagon) to eventually step up to 911 engine. also have my eye on a 944 that hasn't moved in the past year, just sitting around the corner.
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First car is a 914, second Pcar hopefully will be a early 911 or 944, then the boxter then my dream 930s ruf. but i am fully happy with my car, to bad i havent driven it yet
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Funny you ask this:

I just bought my first 911 about 2 months ago since my 914 was taking so darn long to finish putting back together the way I wanted it.

How does it compare? Power wise, there is no comparison, the 3.6 in the 911 is a powerhouse, the ride is nice (a little stiffer than stock since I have the H&R lowered coilover suspension on it)

It handles okay, but I really miss the direct steering input and how easy the 914 is to drive....I was going to sell my 914 and walk away from them, but it is too hard, so I'm parting mine out and buying one in better shape.

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This is my second 914 (haven't gotten the "Need-To-Suffer" out of my system), and will own it until a nice Boxster (in the near future) comes along; hopefully an "S" (insert crossed fingers here).

Of course, if an equally nice 993 coupe should happen to break my heart first, I'm not going to kick it outta my bed!

Went to the dealer today to pick up some instrument bulbs, and sitting there was a '02 black-on-black Boxster S right next to the parts counter; only $57K. I licked the door handle; couldn't help it ...

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My mom worked for a porsche dealer in San Diego in the 70s called Mesa Porsche audi. She has had a 914 since day one. In 74 she bought a 2.0. But the job came with a car. So even though she owned the 74 she drove a 75 and 76 also. She left the job at that point. But has always had the 74. Well I got it from her about two months ago from her. So I've always had a 914 in my life. Cant imagine life without one.
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With the means to buy just about any Porsche (banks are so nice), I donít have the desire.

The 914 is still my favorite.
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Why "either or"? Both are fun. I like the older 911s however (pre-74) - but wouldn't shake a stick at any of them....
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I had 2 911's prior to acquiring my 914. My last 911 was an 85 Carrera, an excellent sport car. I recently sold it in order to upgrade to a newer 911 series, possibly a 996. I drove my 911 daily, 190 miles round trip. I am currently doing the same with my 914. IMHO, overall, a 911 is a finer automobile.
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Lusted after a 914 in my college days (when they were still new ), couldn't afford one. Never fond of the earlier 911 shape, looked too much like a VW on steroids. Fast forward to the 90's, got a Boxster, couldn't put it on the track (roll hoops wouldn't pass tech) for DE; besides, it was too pretty (and new) to play "wrench" with. Thanks to the web, discovered that there were still plenty of teeners alive and rolling, plus all the parts and fellow fanatics.
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I love 'em both, but if I can only have one, then the 914 is it (preferably a race-prepped sixer).

Someday I plan to have another 911, but only if it's a very special one...73RS, 993tt, 996GT2/3RS/Cup or something else very cool.
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Stepping stone? The 914 is the cornerstone of my Porsche addiction. The local Porsche dealer was among the first places I drove myself after getting my license in '71, but the 914 brochure was all I had for many years. I liked the 911 but I always wanted a 914. After a decade of 914's I bought a 911. In the drivers seat they are very different cars, one is not a step up or down from the other. But my showroom stock '76 has become my favorite daily driver. It's quick, quiet, handles well, I can park it anywhere and it doesn't matter if the roads getting there are under construction.
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Originally posted by marksgerman914
My mom worked for a porsche dealer in San Diego in the 70s called Mesa Porsche audi. She has had a 914 since day one. In 74 she bought a 2.0. But the job came with a car. So even though she owned the 74 she drove a 75 and 76 also. She left the job at that point. But has always had the 74. Well I got it from her about two months ago from her. So I've always had a 914 in my life. Cant imagine life without one.
I hope you never sell that car. How cool to have your mom's 914! Or your dad's, or sisters. Who cares, it was in the family.

Note to Ed M.: I couldn't agree w/ you more.
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It's a difference in technology for those who lived thru that era. The 14 was the first true midengined sportscar of "cost avaliable" Porsches. After owning Bugeye Sprites, Mgs, Triumph TR 3, 4, 4A, the 14 was a delight. Six would have been nice, but the engines were/are incredlous in cost.

It is my choice because it is "different"! I been possesed by 5 of them.

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Yea what ever

My son bought HIS 914 last year. I bought my 928 CASH nearly 12 years ago. Not the money.

NO 911 here. Kinda like 7 eleven there is one around every corner.

So why do I own two of the most disrespected Porsches that came out of Germany? Because I can
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First car was a Zambezi green '75 1.8L. Loved that car and loved 914s since. Sold the car in 1988 when I went to college.

Went to school in Atlanta (Georgia Tech) and I'd visit occasionally that supposed 914 specialist store in Marietta. Just looked. Kept the passion alive at least.

I've also owned a VW Scirroco 16V, 2 VW Passat V6s, a BMW 328is. Notice a trend here....

Bought my second 914... a '74 1.8L Signal Orange beauty in 1996. Saved up all the money to restore the car and then met my wife. The restoration money ended up on her finger!

Bought a roller from Michael Zois in 1999 to make into a six-conversion. Shipped it all the way to Florida. Disassembled the car about 50%.

Meanwhile I totally restored the '74 from 1998 to 2000 and then my son was born. He was severely disabled from a birth accident. Had to sell both cars in 2001 because my family was more important. The cars had just been sitting in the garage collecting dust for over a year.

I bought a new Boxster in 2001. Love it! (still not a 914, but the handling is great). Great fun in sunny Florida.

Bought a Sunflower Yellow '75 1.8L a month ago in Arizona. Shipped it here to Florida and here I go AGAIN. Now, I have time and money to do the conversion.

Funny, after all of these years (17) of fiddling with Porsche cars I've never driven a 911. Matter of fact, I've never even been a passenger in one at all. I've sat in one at the dealership. Does that count?

However, I secretly lust for a silver 1973 911S 2.4. Maybe one day. Oh yeah, and a Becker 550 Spyder conversion with a flat six!

But first I have to become poor building my six conversion.

Currently, I'm in the parts-gathering and planning phase of my conversion. I expect it will take 6 to 8 months to do the car right!

My vote is for any Porsche you can afford (or pretend you can afford).
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Oops! I mean I also lust for a Beck 550 Spyder... not a Becker 550!

I don't need Ted Danson building a car for me!
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Well I'm 24 and my family has always liked german cars. My first car was a 78 bug that I worked on all the time. My younger brother owns a bmw and my Father has two audi A6's. I have been looking for a 914 for the last few years and just bought my 78 1.8L a few months ago. I have so much fun doing the resto/customization and hope to drive it some day also! I have only seen 1 other 914 here in the great white north so it will be nice to have something kinda rare while I laugh at all the civics. I would like to own a 911 some day but they sound like a big exspensive PITA. For right now I am very happy with my 914!!
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After 20+ years of owning different Porsche I have finally gotten the 914s that I have always wanted. A black 74 six conversion and 75 1.8 yellow 914 that I converted to five lug and early chrome bumpers. I would also like to convert the yellow car to a 3.0 or 3.2 six with a G50 gear box.
I also was lucky to get an 83 911 SC Cab. sat in a guys horse barn for 7 years. Lots of TLC and this car looks great. Quartz metallic with dark brown leather interior. This a great cruiser, just returned from the 47th Porsche Parade in Boise Idaho. Top down to and from Portland Oregon all the way, caravaned with a 914-6 2.4 and a 91 C2 coupe.
I love Porsches, 911,914 doesn't matter. Love em all.
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