My early 914 2.0 litre came from a good part of the world , so it had semi-arid conditions to exist in. There is no rust or scale/flakes anywhere, and no battery boil over due to a stuck voltage regulator. No outside storage where the rainwater would continually bathe the battery (especially without a rain tray in the engine cover, which so many of these had removed by dealers and owners thinking they were curing an overheating issue).
the white 944 came from the same area ( central Montana ) and is a fairly rare 'Sport Touring Package with 28,000 original miles.....
The Carrera came from around San Francisco..... actually just north of there.
The photo of the door jambs show the teener in all it's glory, and showing the day it was granted it's certification and vin # at the factory.
I'll post better ones of the exterior of the 914 once it's cleaned thoroughly. It is a sweetheart that had a lot of love in it's past. All credit for all 3 of these cars go to the previous owners and for their level of care, I am eternally grateful.
Your photos of both cars indicate to me several things :
Not as bad as one has seen.....or as bad as some which have been saved, having great amounts of donor sheet metal welded in. I think both cars are worth a go of it. Especially since they both appear to be 2.0 litre with Appearance Group options and FUCHS wheels.
----- they can all be saved if you have a good vin. Just need time and money
The yellow car looks like a mate to my early built '74 with low serial # and many features of the '73 cars which came before it.... ( silver bullets in dials, chrome washer jets, FUCHS, console with gauges, small rubber bumper over riders, even tho it is a black painted bumper car.
It came from the dry central regions of Montana originally and to me in '94 from the dry central regions of ND.
Everything east of here gets a good dosage of chemical in winter, especially in MN and WI. Some of the wild goose chases made in those states make the two in your pics look like beauty pageant contestants. Several had right rear wheels that were a-goggly about two inches at the bottom. Holes in the bulkhead behind the passenger seat and batteries relocated to rear trunk because there weren't any places to rest the battery as they came from the factory.
that first image is of the latest acquire, 1986 - 944 n/a with 28,000 miles.<br/>Sport Touring pkg, with stabilizers, color matched 16 inch FUCHS, leather Sport Seats, rear wiper, non-restored original paint and interior
I wish I could find and buy cars every day that were as well preserved as these, due to careful owners who lived in a dry part of the world and never drove them in the winter.
The one's you have shown have a bit of concern, but to a 914 metal worker familiar with the needs these have, it may be expensive to restore them, but well worth it in the end.
Best wishes with what your plans entail.