Porsche 914 1.7

Porsche 914 1.7

Targa, 1973


  • VIN / Chassis: 4732922328
  • Engine Subaru: EJ-series 2.2L Flat-Four
  • Bahia Red

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Porsche’s 914 has long been favored by enthusiasts for its low weight, mid-engine chassis, and sharp handling. This 914 combines the enjoyment of the original with a Subaru fuel-injected 2.2L flat-four engine, factory-rated at 40% more horsepower than the original 1.7L flat-four. According to the the seller, the engine received new head-gaskets, timing-belt, water-pump, and much more as part of the swap. A re-spray in factory Bahia Red, 916-style bumpers and 15-inch EMPI wheels punctuate the exterior, while a refurbished interior helps keep occupants comfortable. With its modern heart pumping, this 914 resto-mod is ready to tear up twisty roads.


The vehicle in detail

Vehicle History & Overview
This 914 is reportedly a factory Bahia Red example originally equipped with a 1.7L air-cooled flat-four. The seller states that the prior owner performed the engine-swap and cooling-system conversion, which utilizes a Subaru EJ22-code 2.2L water-cooled flat-four-cylinder engine. The car also received a re-spray in factory Bahia Red, 916-style bumpers, a refurbished interior, and more. A full list of modifications along with images is shown in the Modifications section.

Over the years, Porsche’s 914 platform has benefited from engine swaps generating more power than the factory. One of the most reliable is the Subaru swap seen here — an EJ22 2.2L flat-four-cylinder engine. In such swaps, conversion to water-cooling and a more modern, fuel-injected powerplant can yield approximately 40% more power than the original factory 1.7L engine.

The 914 was Porsche’s replacement for the aging 912 and was launched in 1969. Thanks to its light weight and responsive chassis, the 914 earned a reputation as a lively little sports car. A variety of colors were offered, but Bahia Red stands out both because it was shared with the Porsche 911 and because of its namesake Brazilian state, in which the wildest and most colorful Carnival celebrations were held.

15-inch EMPI aluminum “914 style” wheels with
Fiberglass 916-style front & rear bumper and rear wind deflector
Aftermarket side mirrors
Maddog Motorsports inner longitude stiffener kit (stiffens uni-body)
Restoration Design metal jack receiver tubes, plates, and jacking donuts
Front trunk hydraulic struts upgrade (replaces stock springs)
Rear trunk hydraulic struts upgrade (replaces stock springs)

AM/FM/CD audio unit with internal hidden antenna
Aftermarket coolant temperature gauge
Miscellaneous knobs, buttons, adjusters, and other switch gear

Subaru EJ22 2.2L flat-four-cylinder engine
Sachs clutch kit including clutch disc, pressure plates, throw out bearing
Modified engine wiring harness by Busaru
SmallCar custom Subaru shortened oil pan kit
SmallCar engine mount (Modified to 914 cross-bar)
Kennedy Engineering Transmission Adapter
Renegade Hybrids coolant hose kit and adapters
Aluminum radiator, dual electric cooling fans, and pressure tank
Pelican upgraded metal fuel lines
Fuel pump, related hoses, and gaskets
Upgraded front anti-sway-bar assembly
Electric windshield washer retrofit

Servicing & Documentation
The seller reports the following items were serviced, replaced, or repaired during the engine-swap and refurbishment process. Receipts and/or documentation are not included.


Respray in factory Bahia Red
New factory front windshield
Front marker light assemblies (lenses, bulbs and front flood lights)
Battery tray metal “Hell Hole” repair kit Installed
Front boot gasket

Auto Atlanta carpet kit
914 specific rubber dash top cover
Horns and rebuilt steering wheel horn switch

Head gaskets, timing belt, rollers, and tensioner
Water pump and oil pump
Alternator and starter motor
Ignition coil, spark plug wire set, and spark plugs
Knock sensor, camshaft sensor, crankshaft sensor, O2 sensor
Throttle cable, clutch cable, and boots
Shifter rebuild kit: bushings, boots, etc.
Front and rear brake pads, rotors, and rubber hoses
Rebuilt brake calipers
Fuel tank, gaskets, and seals
Interstate battery

Odometer is inoperative
Headlights only turn on with high beams
Heater-core is currently bypassed
Keys to do not operate trunk lock (not coded/matched)

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Year of construction: 1973
Model: 914 1.7
Body: Targa
Series: 914
Mileage: 96000 mi
Cylinder capacity: 2,2 Liter
Steering: left
Transmission: Manual
Drive: Rear drive
Fuel: Gasoline
Interior color: Black
Interior material: Leather
Exterior color: Red
New / used: Used car
Ready to drive: yes

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