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1970 Porsche 914-6

Porsche intended the 914, which it developed in concert with Volkswagen and Karmann, to be its entry into the low-priced market while at the same time replacing VW's Type 2 Karmann-Ghia. Power for the volume production Project 914 came from VW's 1,679 cc Type 411 four, mid-mounted for enhanced balance and performance. Porsche bought 914 bodies directly from Karmann and took them to Stuttgart to be assembled with single overhead camshaft six-cylinder 1,991cc engines with two 3-barrel Weber carbs from the 911T. The suspension also was something of a departure from Porsche practice with semi trailing arms and coil springs at the rear and MacPherson struts and lower wishbones with torsion bars at the front. With 125 horsepower and the 5-speed Porsche transmission the performance of the wonderfully balanced 914/6 was a revelation. The 914/6 was built for only three years, from 1970-1972, and just 3,351 were built. Many were effectively employed in competition, from local autocrosses to international endurance contests, making surviving examples even more rare and desirable. This example is particularly nice and well maintained. It has had only one repaint in distinctive Porsche Polo Red with Black vinyl upholstery and new carpets. The dashboard and dash top are perfect and it has had its body seals replaced recently. The bumpers, which often suffer from parking damage, are exceptionally nice. It also has a Blaupunkt cassette stereo. 914/6s are prone to rusting but this one displays no evidence of it. Rare and desirable, this is a well-preserved example with the potential to be a standout at any Porsche gathering. It will be a delight to drive on the way there and back home again.


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