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Porsche 914 1.8L Surprises with the Biggest Price Gain

A review of median prices that Porsche 914’s sold for in 2020 show that the Porsche 914 1.8 liter and Porsche 914-6 saw the highest price gains. The 914-6 is not a surprise but to see the often-overlooked 1974-1976 Porsche 914 1.8 liter as the price-gaining winner is a big surprise.

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1974 Porsche 914 1.8 (top), 1975 Porsche 914 1.8 (bottom courtesy of RM Sotheby's)

According to the Pocket Price Guide from Sports Car Market magazine, the 1.8 liter 914’s saw a median price of $15,500 in 2020, versus $13,000 in 2019, a 20% gain year over year. The 2.0 liter models also saw a gain; achieving a 9% increase in their median price to $21,500.

The Porsche 914-6 also experienced a big jump with a 40% increase in their median value to $123,000 versus the $88,000 median price of 2019. There are fewer 914-6’s sold so a few sales of high quality collector models can move the market for these types of gains.

Why the Porsche 914 1.8 liter Gained in Value in 2020

Sports Car Market uses public sales records to identify the median prices for each model. Air Brigade found it unusual that the 1.8 liter 914 recorded such gains but once sales were investigated at Bring-a-Trailer, RM Sotheby’s and Gooding & Co auctions it started to become clear why prices rose on the 1.8 liter models.

First, Porsche 914 2.0 liter models are rising in value to the over $20,000 mark that is a price level that tends to divide the weekend DIYer from the individual with a greater amount of disposable income that can justify a third fun car in the garage. Therefore, the broader market of under-$20,000 purchasers of Porsches are turning to the 1.8 liter 914 that is more affordable for their weekend Porsche ownership experience.

Second, higher quality 914 1.8 liters are coming to market as demonstrated by two of the models described further down the article that appeared on Bring-a-Trailer and at a RM Sotheby’s auction.

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1970 Porsche 914/6 (left, courtesy Gooding & Co), 1974 Porsche 914 1.8 liter (right)

Median Prices of Porsche 914’s - Sports Car Market

Year(s) Model Price % Change

70-73 Porsche 914 1.7 $15,500 -12%

70-71 Porsche 914-6 $123,000 40%

1971 Porsche 914/6 GT $995,000 n/c

1972 Porsche 914R $120,000 n/c

1972 Porsche 916 (2.7RS) $1,005,000 -5%

1972 Porsche 914S (aka914/8) $175,000 n/c

73-76 Porsche 914 2.0 $21,500 9%

73-76 Porsche 914 1.8L $15,500 20%

Three Porsche 914 1.8L For Sale in 2020

1974 Porsche 914 1.8 liter

Sold for $17,000 on March 19, 2020 via Bring-a-Trailer

  • Light blue (Olympic Blue original color) over tan vinyl interior

  • 1.8 liter with five-speed manual transaxle

  • Aftermarket wheels

  • 78,000 miles

  • Rebuilt engine and transaxle

  • Refurbished by previous owner prior to 2004

  • COA and records

Evaluation: Overall clean, solid car in a great color

1975 Porsche 914 1.8L

Selling for $14,000 - $15,000 at RM Sotheby’s

  • White over black

  • 1.8 liter with five-speed manual transaxle

  • 30,000 miles

  • Luggage rack and alpine radio

Evaluation: Very clean 914 with low miles commands the median price

1975 Porsche 914 1.8 liter

Bid to $8,600 in March 2020 on Bring-a-Trailer

  • Yellow (Berber Yellow) over black reupholstered interior

  • Car was repainted from original yellow to red and back to yellow

  • Body restoration still showed red paint in places

  • 1.8 liter with five-speed manual transaxle

  • 83,000 miles

  • Original fuel injection replaced with Webers

  • Porsche Rocker Panel Graphics

Evaluation: The car was a restoration candidate as opposed to the other two cars and the video accompanying the car did the sale no favors as the driver kept missing shifts indicating possible need of bushing replacement.

1970 Porsche 914/6

Sold for $123,300 at Gooding & Co Amelia Island Auction, March 2020

  • Signal Orange over Black

  • Very original car

  • Coming from a respected collection

Evaluation: A collector grade 914-6 commanding all the money achieving the median price as reported. Lower quality models are still peaking just below $100,000.

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Porsche 914's Being Sold at 2020 Amelia Island Gooding & Co Auction

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