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Car Tales: Cream Of The Crop, Porsche 914 Creamsicle

In 1970 the Porsche 914 was the Import Car of the Year in Motor Trend magazine, with its circulation of over one million. The success of this car, a collaboration between Porsche and Volkswagen, also celebrated the historic, rich link between the two German companies, iconic German car brands.
1974 Porsche 914 2.0 LE Can AM Creamsicle for sale
After all, it was Ferdinand Porsche who in 1937 had designed the first Beetle, a symbol of German engineering and ingenuity.

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After World War 2, Volkswagen found itself in financial trouble and on the verge of bankruptcy. Porsche, now a separate company, stepped in to help Volkswagen by acquiring a significant stake in the struggling carmaker. This move not only saved Volkswagen from collapse but also solidified the bond between the two brands.
1974 Porsche 914 2.0 LE Can AM Creamsicle side view
Moreover, when the first Porsche sports car, the Porsche 356, was introduced in 1949 it was based on the Volkswagen Beetle chassis but had a more powerful engine and a sleeker design. The 356 quickly gained popularity and established Porsche as a leading manufacturer of sports cars.
In 1969, Volkswagen acquired a majority stake in Porsche, effectively making it a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group. This acquisition further strengthened the relationship between the two brands and allowed for even closer collaboration and integration of resources. However, Porsche still maintained its independence and continued to develop its own unique line of sports cars.
This deeper financial link was celebrated the same year at the Frankfurt Auto Show with the arrival of the Porsche-designed VW-Porsche 914. The car was a mid-engined, Targa-top sports car assembled by coachbuilders Karmann of Osnabrück. When production ended in 1975 a total of over 115,000 914s had been sold.
In 1974, to commemorate Porsche’s victories in the Can Am racing series Porsche produced a series of Limited Edition 914 cars for the North American market. To North America Porsche exported 500 cars with black as the primary color and 500 in Light Ivory. The black cars featured Sunflower Yellow rocker panels, bumpers, spoiler and wheels, earning the car the ‘Bumblebee’ sobriquet.
The white cars were accented in the same places with Phoenix Red, a nearly orange color: hence the ‘Creamsicle’ nickname.
Notwithstanding the individual color schemes the 914 LEs were standard models with otherwise optional equipment.
1974 Porsche 914 2.0 LE Can AM Creamsicle rear view
Variants of this series were manufactured and distributed in very limited numbers to European markets and Japan. Along with the regular Appearance Group option (fog lamps and center console with clock and additional gauges) at $300, the LE package set buyers back another $320. All Limited Editions models came with the 2.0 L (1,971 cc) flat four engine, which was otherwise optional in the standard 914, that produced 91 hp in U.S. trim.
1974 Porsche 914 2.0 LE Can AM Creamsicle interior
All 914 LE cars featured a specially designed front spoiler and negative side stripes. Additionally, all Limited Editions were equipped with front and rear anti-roll bars, dual horns, leather covered steering wheel, driving lights, painted rear roll bart trim (as opposed to vinyl clad), Mahle cast aluminum wheels and a center console with an oil temperature gauge, clock, and voltmeter.
At the moment at Beverly Hills Car Club we have a limited-edition 1974 Porsche 914 2.0 LE Can Am Creamsicle featured with 2 tops and finished in its factory color Light Ivory and Phoenix Red complemented with a Brown interior.
This Creamsicle is equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission, fuel-injected 2.0L flat-four engine, four-wheel disc brakes, VDO instrumentation, single exhaust outlet, four-spoke steering wheel, two removable Targa tops, fender-mounted antenna, ‘Porsche’ side lettering, optional equipment ‘Can-Am’ limited edition, retractable headlights, Hella-branded fog lights, courtesy light, 50th-anniversary tool kit, jack, Vredestein Sprint Classic tires, Mahle alloy wheels, and a full-size spare tire fitted in the front trunk. Amenities include door pockets, manual-crank windows, dual-side rearview mirrors, center console, glove compartment, a padded armrest, Becker Europa radio, sun visors, and a cigar lighter with an ashtray. This particular example comes with a range of additional items that make it even more desirable.
Included are an owner’s manual booklet, a copy of the vehicle’s Certificate of Authenticity, Porsche literature, and receipt copies totaling over $41,500.
These receipts date from March 2008 through May 2023, showcasing the care and attention that has been invested into this vehicle over the years.
1974 Porsche 914 2.0 LE Can AM Creamsicle engine
This is an excellent opportunity to acquire an exclusive 914 Limited production Creamsicle that is mechanically sound.
Production of the 914 ended in 1976. The 2.0 L flat-4 engine continued to be used in the 912E, introduced that year as an entry-level model until the front-engined four-cylinder 924 was introduced the following model year.
The 914/4 became Porsche’s top seller during its model run, outselling the Porsche 911 by a wide margin with over 118,000 units sold worldwide.

-Alex Manos, Owner
1974 Porsche 914 buyer Alex Manos

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