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'73 914 - Salvage Title Restoration

I received an offer of $5k for my restored, salvage title 914. The front clip has been replaced to repair rust. Two years ago I finsished a 3-4 year amateur restoration that included just about everything - new interior, new paint (OK?), suspension and motor rebuild with big bore and Webers. I've was asking $6,500 and just received an offer for $5k. I am considering a counter of $5,500 but was curious what the Pelican crowd thinks. Here are a few pics ...

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I think a counter at $5.5k is pretty realistic...

Is it a 2.0 or 1.7? It looks like a nice car, but high mileage (just a guess) and the rust repair history & lack of original F.I. pull the values down a bit. I like the int/ext colors & the interior tweaks, and with the repairs & rust repair (lack of original injection etc.), I don't think it really affects the value. At least most 914's seem to come in a decent variety of colors - sometimes I wonder what the dealers were thinking when they (seemingly) ordered only red, white, black, & silver cars in the 80's!! If it was a low mile original I think the custom touches would take several thousand off the value.

Most of the high dollar 914's (excluding 914-6's) are the '73 2.0's with original equipment & low miles in good running condition. These days it's rare to find even a mint '73 2.0 get into the $12k+ range (the economy is still a drag).

I had a really nice '76 2.0 with around 75k miles in Alaska blue I sold in the late 1980's for $6.5k. I doubt it would fetch $10k today (in the same condition), but who knows - it's still a slow market....
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Counter if you wish.. that's all a part of selling.. But you need to consider:

1) does it make sense for you to sell it for the buyers first bid price?
2) How long the car has been on the market.. one month or one year?
2b) Have you had any other serious offers/interest in the car?
3) I hope you didn't restore it thinking you were going to make money
4) The market hasn't quite returned to the level 2 years ago, and folks still want 2.0l cars.. the more original the better.
5) Are you geographically desireable? Will buyers be flocking to NE Ohio for 914s? not likely.
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Salvage title, whole front clip welded on, no Fuchs, no fuel injection, modified interior - I'd jump on the $5K if I were selling.
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