Doug Malewicki has done lots of cool, weird, awesome stuff. He built the Robosaurus. He has worked on the Apollo moon lander, stealth bomber, and DARPA UAVs. He was the inventor of Nuclear War. Today he is selling his '72 Porsche 914 that he has owned since new.
Doug may not have invented actual worldwide thermonuclear annihilation, but he did create a board/card game under the same name in the mid 70s. The subject of today's feature is Porsche 914 that he purchased new in 1972 and has driven for 431k miles, given it 3 paint jobs, and has 40 years of receipts detailing everything about the car. Find this 1972 Porsche 914 1.7L for sale in Irvine, CA currently bidding on ebay for $4,600 with 3 days to go (Update 6/25, the 914 sold for $6,700 via ebay). The staff of the DailyTurismo saw the ad on ebay and were so impressed that we contacted Mr Malewicki directly and are using some of his photos with his permission.
Dos Equis has a rather funny series of ads featuring a bearded and swarthy Johnathon Goldsmith as The Most Interesting Man in the World, but his fabricated stories pale in comparison to the actual stuff Mr Malewicki has accomplished during his first 74 years on this planet. As thoroughly detailed on his website, canosoarus.com, Doug has done all sorts of engineering experiments starting with the previously mentioned car-crunching, fire-breathing Robosaurus, a kitecycle record holding motorcycle distance jumper, all the way to a 155 MPG commuter car that bears a striking resemblance to Luke Skywalker's landspeeder. Throughout these crazy years, one simple constant has been there all these years to support him...his 1972 Porsche 914.
At first glance this 914 looks like it might be some low mile, garage queen, but this isn't the case, as fully documented in a huge and comprehensive writeup, this little mid-engine runabout has 431k miles on the odometer and been repainted 3 times. This last coat was applied in 1988 and has recently been given a thorough wet-sanding and buffing and looks spiffy in the pics.
This 914 is equipped with the 1.7 liter aircooled flat-four that would have put out 80 horsepower when new. It has been rebuilt 3 times, the last time was 39k miles ago, and in a refreshingly honest comment, Doug mentions that although he thinks the car still feels zippy, his mechanic says the engine is getting tired and needs a rebuild.
At time of posting bidding is just shy of $5k, but we give this car a $10k badge because we think the stories from the owner will push some late minute bidding up even though it is equipped with the 1.7 liter engine.
Photo credits; Doug Malewicki canosoarus.com
Originally published as 10k: Most Interesting Man In The World: 1972 Porsche 914 1.7L on dailyturismo.com
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