By the end of the 1960s, Porsche fully intended to enter the low-priced, volume market. The 914, developed with Karmann and with Volkswagen, who were also looking to replace the Type 2 Karmann-Ghia, was the answer. Initially offered with a 1679 cc flat-four from Volkswagen, the 914 was a fun, well-balanced mid-engined sports car that was priced well below any of Porsche’s other offerings. A limited number of 914s, however, featured less humble engines behind the driver. From 1970 to 1972, the 914 was offered with a genuine Porsche-built 2-liter flat-six fitted with two 3-barrel Weber carburetors as in the 911T. With 125 horsepower and a five-speed gearbox, the 914/6 was a much more potent performer than the entry-level 914, and cost nearly twice as much. Just 3,351 examples were built over a short production run, and because the 914/6 was such a competent car in competition, many have endured the rigors of life on the track. As a result, a straight, genuine 914/6 with a clean history is a very rare sight.
This 1970 Porsche 914/6 is one such car. Finished in eye-catching Tangerine, it has a black targa roof, alloy wheels, black leatherette and corduroy interior, and a Sony cassette stereo. It has received a full restoration and was owned for the last fifteen years by a passionate enthusiast who loved it, drove it lightly and babied it. Originally sold in Germany, it was imported to the United States in 1980 and by 1990 had done 87,000 kilometers. At this point, the transaxle was rebuilt and after two more years and just 1,000 more kilometers it received an engine rebuild. It has also been upgraded with 911 Turbo tie rod ends. The car does need new valve guides, so it smokes slightly while cold, but otherwise it runs very well and is exhilarating to drive. Also included with the sale are its Porsche Classic certification, receipts for the transaxle and engine rebuilds, and the original owner’s manual. Any genuine 914/6 is something special, but one that is so well kept and spared from the rigors of competition and hard driving is even more exceptional.