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I like it when Craigslist ads bring up philosophical questions more intense than wondering if a person can ever, truly, know what they have. Ads like this one, for what’s just called a “1973 Porsche” bring up fascinating questions like “at what point does this car stop being a Porsche?” I’m really not sure this Porsche is a Porsche anymore.

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Illustration for article titled Is This Car Still A Porsche?

The nature of the Porschitude of the Porsche becomes muddy when you read the description of the car:

“this was originally a 1973 porsche and has been heavily modified but is still titled as a 1973 porsche. It now has a chevy small block engine with 5 speed transmission chrysler 300 headlights corvette taillights just for starters.”

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Yeah, I’d say it has been pretty heavily modified.

Illustration for article titled Is This Car Still A Porsche?

And, to its credit, it looks like it was modified with some real skill; whatever you think of the car, you have to admit the craftsmanship looks pretty good.

There’s really not much 914 left in the thing; the original air-cooled flat-4 engine is gone, replaced by a Chevy small-block V8, the whole body is different, and looks like a voyage from ‘90s-era Camaro, through Ferrari, and ending up as a Corvette.

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Illustration for article titled Is This Car Still A Porsche?

The badge at the rear reads PORSCHE 914-8 GTS, but I’m really not sure what’s left here can still be considered a Porsche, despite what the VIN may say.

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Illustration for article titled Is This Car Still A Porsche?

Really, all I can visibly see left of the Porsche are a few dashboard knobs and those coco floor mats.

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So what do you think? At what point did this 914 cease to be a Porsche? At the engine swap? The body re-design? The loss of the front trunk? Are those floor mats enough to let it retain a Porsche identity?

Personally, I think it’s an entirely custom car that happens to be built on a 914 pan. But that’s just me.

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Let’s discuss.

Senior Editor, Jalopnik • Running: 1973 VW Beetle, 2006 Scion xB, 1990 Nissan Pao, 1991 Yugo GV Plus • Not-so-running: 1973 Reliant Scimitar, 1977 Dodge Tioga RV (also, buy my book!)

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