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Customer Cars: Paul Habberfield's Modified 1974 914

Thursday, November 4, 2021 7:56 PM

We love seeing what exciting projects our customers are currently working on. Every month we would like to showcase a couple of cars in whatever state they are in - on the road or on the rack.

This month’s submission comes from Paul Habberfield and his modified 1974 914.

This 914 started life as a 1974 Zambezi Green 1.8 which was first registered in Norfolk Virginia. After spending 36 years stateside, it made its way back across the pond to Europe and in 2010 landed in the UK where it made its way to Paul.

This was the start of a complete nut and bolt rotisserie rebuild including steel GT flares, chassis stiffening, and a full safety cage welded in. The wheels are 8-inch Fuchs and 9-inch Minilites, the brakes were replaced with Porsche 930 Turbo components all round and the suspension/roll bars are from Elephant Racing and are fully adjustable.

The power plant is a period Magnesium case 2808cc flat 6, running 46 PMO’S, large valves, ported heads and GE60 cams. The headers are ceramic coated and exit via a stainless RSR muffler. This is a car which demands your attention as it approaches and passes.

After 11 long years of hard work and dedication, Paul has was finally able to register his 914 in early 2021 for road use. Prior to this the car had a brief competition history in 2018 where it entered a single Classic race and won its class. 

His next plans for the car are to install some heavy-duty sound proofing and carpet for routine hill climbing on the weekends as well as making the ride more accommodating when his girlfriend is brave enough to come along for a ride. 

Paul’s goal is to bring the car back to the US for a road trip like no other. He wants to visit the car’s home state and as well as our headquarters and make some truly unique memories with his car. We look forward to seeing you whenever you make it out here, best of luck to you and thank you for the excellent submission!

Please submit your image and a brief summary to [email protected]. If we select your photo for the newsletter you will win a $15 914Rubber gift card!

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