Recently, I sold my Mercedes CLK AMG Cabriolet and the resulting hole in the garage is getting bigger as the weather turns warm. In an attempt to assuage my need for open air driving I have looked at a number of 914s (love the big open targa top) and I'm close to making a purchase. The car in question is a 1973 914 1.7 liter. With all of 80 hp sitting amid ship, she's no speed demon but will make a great platform for a possible project and/or track car.
While I was looking around and researching my upcoming purchase (and possible mods) I stumbled upon a post at Carzi.com about a 914 with a Corvette LS1 V8 stuffed in it. While there have been numerous V8 variants packed into the mid-engine cavity of a 914 (Porsche even made two of them at the factory early on) this is the first time for a Corvette LS1 motor.
A Corvette Engine in a Porsche 914?
There aren't a ton of details on the 914 conversion on the Toy-Jet site (where the work was done). But it you're interested, there is quite a bit of information on a 911 Carrera SC V8 Corvette conversion for your enjoyment (or ridicule)
Update: Shortly after writing this post two things happened. 1. The 914 I was looking at was listed on Bringatrailer.com and, 2. I took the car for a test drive. Unfortunately, while the car was basically as described, it's my opinion that it needs a new clutch, new synchros, new brakes, new tires and possibly a motor mount. While none of those things are surprising or show stoppers, the seller and I simply couldn't agree on a price. My feeling is that his asking price was high (but not too bad given the condition of the chassis) for a car that was/is mechanically sound. However, with all of the work needed (and some of it major) we simply couldn't agree on a value that worked for both of us. Does anyone know of a nice 914 for sale? If so, let me know!!!
[Source: Carzi.com via MotorAuthority and ToyJets]