1970 Porsche 914-6 Targa

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. Meanwhile, 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 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 superb, but its sales were not. The 914/6 was built for only three years, from 1970-72, and just 3,351 were built. Many were effectively employed in competition, from local autocrosses to international endurance contest, making clean, straight examples even more rare.

This example is not only clean and straight; it is extraordinary. Finished in silver with a black roof and interior and riding on Fuchs alloys with Continental tires, it is a completely restored car that is practically like new inside and out, on top and underneath. Under the removable Targa roof is a flawless redone interior with rebuilt gauges, coco mats, a Blaupunkt AM/FM cassette radio, and even new rubber in the doors. The car really does show no fault, and as a thoroughly redone, genuine 914-6 that has been spared a harsh life on track, it is a true prize.

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