My mother gave me a 1974 914 about 14 years ago, and mentioned it might be a limited edition. It has sat in my driveway for 14 years, neglected. It is not in good shape.
I have gone over the markers on Jeff's CanAm register information page, and it does match some of the indications: Paint code matches the black (L-041), it has the front spoiler (aftermarket), is VIN number 4742914557 (right in the middle of the production run), the targa bar does not have vinyl and looks original, etc.
However, it has some problems: it has a salvage title due to a flood, it has been painted all black, the engine has been replaced with a 1973 2.0L, some of the trim does not match, and it is in really rough shape. It would need a serious rebuild plus rust mitigation to bring back to a nice condition.
Here are the details:
Engine number = GA000215
Chassis number = 0759527
Paint code = L-041
The car is located in Northern CA, near Sacramento. I created a photo https://plus.google.com/photos/111428034319906738677/albums/6399421669205040097 of all the pics, showing the good/bad/ugly.
Overall, I think it is worth $2500, but I am open to offers.
On a side note: I want to thank Jeff B. for his advice with this car. He has been super helpful. I wish I had the time/money to restore this car, but the salvage title is a deal killer.
I've seen worse restored.
If it is an LE, sell it on BAT or ebay....you'll get more
chrome bumpers? wheels have no indication they were ever yellow? chrome around rear sail panel? rockers should have yellow on underside?
The chrome bumpers would indicate that it isn't an LE. The rear trim is the right color but the anodize or whatever they did to blacken it looks correct.
The other indicator is the lack of vinyl but that isn't even an absolute. My 73 2.0 which I bought from the original owner never had the vinyl though most literature indicates that they all came with the Appearance Package which included vinyl.
The other thing you can check is behind the front spoiler. If it was an LE, it will have two mounting brackets that were attached as support for the LE spoiler. If it doesn't have them, it definitely isn't an LE.
If you decide to part out, I'm interested in the wheels and the passenger side rocker if it isn't too rusty.
Jeff was very helpful, but he could not say yes or no as he did not see it in person. In the end, I tried to be very honest: some parts look right, others do not. So, I have no idea. I would treat it as a gamble.
First time I've seen seat brackets rust off, so safe to say it's going to need new floors and because of the flooding bottom of the rockers are probably toast too. Add the rear trunk and likely the front trunk and it's a major time/money investment.
LE carries more value for being special, but salvage title kills that as a collectable. Floods kill engines and trannys so that's an investment too. So basically you've got a rusty CA parts car with no special value unless someone really wants to save an LE, assuming the numbers match.
Targa top has been painted, so all bets are off for the typical signs of an LE.
Hhmmm, removing these bolt up supports doesn't unmake an LE.
Followup: The car is sold, and while we were loading it on the trailer, I saw lots of bright yellow paint behind the lower valance (?), inside the front wheel well. So, another sign that the jury is out.
So, the car is off to a new owner. Thanks for all of the advice and commentary.
Now on ebay for the flip:
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