The Classic Sale At Silverstone Festival 25th - 27th August 2023

The Classic Sale at Silverstone Festival 2023 Cars 254 Registration: YNE 586L Chassis No.: 4732921618 Estimate: £25,000 - £30,000 Specialist: Richard Greenhalgh Telephone No: 07948 152921 Lot 730 1973 Porsche 914/4 2-Litre Designed as a joint venture between Porsche and Volkswagen, the car suited both companies, with Porsche looking for a new two-seater sports car, and Volkswagen needing a replacement for their Karmann-Ghia sports coupé. The 914 was also called the VW-Porsche 914 but effectively was an entry level Porsche at an affordable price. The modern, mid-engine two-seater featured pop up headlights and a removable centre section ‘Targa’ roof which clipped neatly out of the way to the underside of the boot-lid when you wanted fresh air. In its earliest form, the 914 was powered by a fuel-injected 1.7-litre flat-four engine, based on the Volkswagen air-cooled power unit, developing a modest 80bhp and, to counter this, the engine was mid rather than rear-mounted, ensuring the little 914 was blessed with excellent handling, aided by an all-round independent suspension. In 1973, the 1.7 was joined by a 2.0-litre flat-four. The owner prior to our vendor imported this rare little left-hand drive Porsche which had undergone a full restoration in California. When it arrived in 2020, although generally pleased with it, he felt it was the wrong shade of green despite looking correct on the images that he had been sent. He has a keen eye for detail and is in the classic car restoration business, so after looking at it for a while he decided that even though it looked smart and was perfectly saleable, it wasn’t the Ravenna Green that Porsche had painted it. There was no choice, so back to the metal it was, and on went several coats of Ravenna Green (65K-3310), some Raptor underbody protection and the result is simply stunning. The interior, however, had been retrimmed during the restoration and was excellent. It’s finished in black vinyl with perforated vinyl to the centre of the seats and door cards, with retrimmed dashboard and carpets. There is no heater box fitted, the controls are there but the heater flap boxes had been removed in the USA, the thinking being that a heater doesn’t get a lot of use in California, and it’s just extra weight that’s not required. Our vendor didn’t plan on using the car in the winter here so he felt there was no point in re-fitting them. The car sits on very attractive chromed steel wheels wearing a decent set of Falkens. Recent work includes new shock absorbers, valve guides, exhaust value seats, and cam followers in 2022, and a new exhaust system has just been fitted. The indicated mileage is 35,135 which is obviously not warranted but it doesn’t really matter with a restoration of this quality. 2-litre 914s are now quite rare and have started to become rather cool. This superbly-presented example, finished in what became known in the trade as ‘Ravishing Green’, is very sensibly guided and we welcome and encourage any inspection at the Silverstone Festival. This stunning Ravenna Green, 2-litre 914 lived a life in sunny California before arriving here in 2020. More Details Lot 730 Bid On Lot 730