1974 Porsche 911

Illustration for article titled 1974 Porsche 911

With the appearance of a Porsche 914 and 928 not long ago, the fact that we haven't seen a 911 since September becomes an issue. You see, this island has vintage 911s all over the place, and I need to break out some of the photos I've stockpiled. This '74 lives in the wealthy Gold Coast neighborhood, home of the mansion built by the 20 Mule Team Borax guy and, more importantly, the car with the best hood ornament ever.

Illustration for article titled 1974 Porsche 911

This car parks on the street every day- no worries about rust, though sun damage to the interior might be a long-term issue. It's got some nicks and dings, no doubt sufficient flaws to cause a purist to cringe, but overall this is a nice solid car in good driving condition.

Illustration for article titled 1974 Porsche 911

The 911 coupe was the cheapest 911 you could get in '74, with a list price of just $9,950. That's about $42,419 in 2007 dollars- not a bad deal at all, considering the Malaise-ridden machinery most other automakers were grunting off the assembly lines at the time.

Illustration for article titled 1974 Porsche 911

The 2.7 in the base 911 was good for 143 horses, which even a Camry might laugh at today. However, 143 horsepower from a lightweight engine like the Porsche six was mind-blowing during an era of 140-horse big-block V8s.

First 150 DOTS Cars


Al Navarro


You gotta problem with Orange?


To DOTS, I am. I think.


Thanks for the clarification. But wasn't there a problem with the Nikasil coatings early on? I remember nearly buying a 74 one back in the 80s, and when I asked the owner what the white smoke coming out of the wheel well while the car was idling, he said "They all do that." I stopped payment on the check when I got home.