Porsche’s strong historical links with Volkswagen were re-affirmed in 1969 with the launch of the Porsche-designed 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 engine. 914’s employed all-independent suspension – a mixture of 911 and VW parts – to which four-wheel disc brakes and a five-speed gearbox were married.
The 914 always had reputation for excellent handling, this highly original example is no exception. Having never been restored, this all original panel, matching numbers 914 comes from the dry states of California where it has remained unmolested since 1971.
This very nicely presented 914 Targa was first registered in March 1972 to Grand Rapids in Michigan, United States, finished in Weidengrun (green) to the exterior with Kunstleder Braun (brown leather) seats.
The Porsche has recently been repatriated into Europe and benefits from a detailed program of restoration. The 914 has been repainted in its original shade of green, and the interior re-trimmed. The mechanical components have also been completely refurbished, as such overall this delightful Porsche is presented in very good order.
Supplied with a US title, a thick file of previous invoices for repair and maintenance work, and with all European duties paid, this is a wonderful entry into Porsche ownership.