This Porsche 914 has clocked only 1141 miles in 43 years!

This 1975 Porsche 914 2.0 was placed in dry storage over 40 years ago, clocking up only 1141 miles beforehand. It's now up for grabs with RM Sotheby's on December 8

As time marches on, the proverbial 'barn-find' is proving more elusive. Stumbling across a forgotten rarity and rousing it from decades of slumber may remain the dream for most aspiring enthusiasts, but in reality such a discovery is seldom found. The prospect of uncovering a sightly dusty, yet mechanically sound, classic stashed away when in rude health remains urban legend. Well, except for this Nepal Orange 1975 Porsche 914 2.0-litre.

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The property of a successful businessman, the first and only owner purchased the Porsche from Sandia Porsche Audi in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A gift for his then-girlfriend, the specification sheet showcased an intermittent windscreen wiper, tinted glass, a leatherette steering whee, fog lights, dual-tone horn, centre storage box and armrest, and leatherette boot for the gearshift. The 914 apparently cost $7623.65 (Roughly $62,000 after modern inflation) when collected from the showroom.

First registered in Albuquerque on 4 August 1975, an oil change receipt notes that the German sportscar received a service on 27 August at Don Zimmer Porsche Audi; having covered only 999 miles. As it turned out, the odometer wouldn't turn much further.

The owner's partner preferred driving his truck, with the comparatively diminutive 914 employed for little-to-no use. Driven sporadically until the end of 1975, the Porsche was then placed in the businessman's garage with only 1141 miles on the clock. Even though he and his girlfriend eventually went their separate ways, the 914 remained with him. Squirrelled away in dry storage, four decades passed before the vehicle was finally dis-entombed and removed by the original owner earlier this year.

As a result of its storage in a dry climate, the 914 presents today in exceptionally original condition. The interior looks virtually untouched whereas the paintwork trumpets an unblemished stance. The convertible top has seen no use, while the underside is crust free.

The car still retains its original manuals with vinyl folio, a small bottle of Nepal Orange touch-up paint, and original window sticker. Undoubtedly one of the lowest mileage and most original examples in existence, this 914 boasts a unique story that only adds to its provenance.

Most recently, the 914 was sympathetically detailed and serviced, including a full fuel tank flush, replacing the fuel lines, and generally recommissioning the fuel system.

Furthermore, the original tires were replaced for safe driving, but are included with the sale for collector's purposes. Not only will this be the first time the car has been offered for sale since 1975, this is also the first time that the car has left its garage in New Mexico. Truly a time capsule Porsche, such another opportunity will likely never come to pass. Up for grabs with RM Sotheby's during the Petersen Automotive Museum auction on December 8, get a closer look at the barn-find Porsche here.

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