- Early example retaining its original engine
- Finished in its original shade of metallic green
By the late 1960s, Porsche was amid changes that would define the marque for a generation. The company needed a compact sports car to replace the 912 that would meet ever-increasing federal safety regulations and attract younger buyers. Porsche also wanted to use its experience from the mid-engined 917 to diversify from its traditionally rear-engined layout. Historic ties between Porsche and Volkswagen were also key, as they needed a replacement for the Karmann Ghia. The 914/6, unveiled at the 1969 Frankfurt Motor Show, was a low-slung, mid-engined sports car which featured a lightweight Targa roof and pop-up headlights.
Volkswagen would sell a four-cylinder model while Porsche would utilize a two-liter, flat six-cylinder engine from the 911 T that produced 110 bhp with a top speed of 123 mph. Both models were made by coachbuilder Karmann with the Zuffenhausen factory completing Porsche assembly. Its reputation was further enhanced by a Works-prepared GT version which came sixth at Le Mans in 1970 and was campaigned at Daytona, the Nürburgring, and Sebring. Just 3,300 914/6s were sold, and flat-six production ceased after four years. Porsche would not revisit the small sports car idea again until the Boxster concept appeared at the 1993 Detroit Motor Show.
This example was delivered to the U.S. in June 1970 in attractive metallic green with Fuchs wheels, chrome bumpers, and front fog lamps. Today, with its odometer showing just over 72,400 miles, this meticulously maintained example benefits from a full repaint and mechanical overhaul that included replacement of the rare heat exchangers with new original parts. With an illustrious design heritage and originality, this 914 is an ideal entry into the Porsche heritage world and an excellent addition to any marque collection.