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Lot 144 - 1970 Porsche 914/6

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ESTIMATE €85,000- €100,000

Auction 2016 mondial de l'automobile paris
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Lot Number 144
Reg. Number EU Registered
Chassis Number 9140432498
Year 1970
Make Porsche
Model 914/6

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Porsche’s strong historical links with Volkswagen were reaffirmed in 1969 with the launch of the Porsche-designed VW-Porsche 914, a mid-engined, Targa-top sports car to be assembled by Karmann of Osnabrück. At the time Volkswagen needed a new car to replace the ageing Karmann-Ghia while Porsche was looking for another option to add to its line-up.

First seen at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the 914/4 used the 1,679cc, four-cylinder, air-cooled motor of the Volkswagen 411 while the 914/6 was powered by the Porsche 911T’s 2.0-litre six, which was installed at the Zuffenhausen factory where the 914/6 was finished off. Both cars employed all-independent suspension – a mixture of 911 and VW parts – to which were married four-wheel disc brakes and a five-speed gearbox.

The 914’s reputation for excellent handling was somewhat marred by criticism that the four-cylinder version was too slow, though lack of speed was never a shortcoming of the 914/6. Porsche being Porsche there was, inevitably, a competition version of the 914/6 – the 914/6GT – a small batch of which was built in 1970. The GT’s engine was tuned for around 220bhp, while glass fibre panels and Plexiglas windows helped get the weight down, and dramatically flared arches accommodated wider wheels. In addition, the factory offered a GT kit that could be ordered with a regular 914/6 to be installed by designated Porsche dealers. The 914/6 was a relatively short-lived model, with only 3,360 examples produced between 1970 and 1972.

This glorious 914/6, supplied from new in a very period shade of Signal Orange with a contrasting black vinyl interior, was delivered new to the USA, where it spent many years before returning to Germany in 2008. Although never completely restored, the car enjoyed a repaint some years ago, which still presents well.

Since being repatriated,  the car has enjoyed an engine rebuild by Porsche restorer and race preparer Freisinger Motorsport of Karlsruhe in Germany. There are invoices to support this rebuild and other work to the car.

Offered with German registration papers, original instruction book, original jack and the all-important Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, this is a well sorted example of the father of the modern Boxster.

Cette glorieuse 914/6, fourni à partir de nouveau dans une période d’ombre même de Signal orange avec un intérieur contrastant en vinyle noir, a été livrée nouvelle aux Etats-Unis, où elle a passée de nombreuses années avant de retourner en Allemagne en 2008. Bien que jamais complètement restaurée, la voiture bénéficié d’une repeindre il y a quelques années, qui se présente encore bien.

 

Depuis son rapatriement, la voiture a bénéficié d’un moteur reconstruit par un Porsche rénovateur et course préparateur Freisinger Motorsport de Karlsruhe en Allemagne. Il y a des factures à l’appui de cette reconstruction et d’autres travaux à la voiture.

 

Livrée avec les papiers d’enregistrement allemand, livre d’instruction d’origine, la prise d’origine et le tout-importante Certificat d’Authenticité Porsche, cette voiture est un très bon exemple du père de la Boxster moderne.


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