The Porsche 914 was introduced in September 1969 as a collaborative effort between Porsche and Volkswagen, as Volkswagen needed a vehicle to replace the ageing Karmann- Ghia, whilst Porsche was looking for another option to supplement their already impressive model range. The radical design they came up with was a mid-engined vehicle with seating for two, featuring a removable Targa roof. Whilst the standard four cylinder 914 was considered a little pedestrian, the six cylinder top of the range 914-6 was an altogether different proposition. However, despite a largely positive reaction from the press following its launch at the 1969 Frankfurt Motor Show, its production was short lived, with only 3360 examples produced between 1969 and 1972.
Although perhaps lacking some of the charisma and aesthetics of its 911-based siblings, the 914-6 was also a potent competition car. A popular rally car, its finest hour was undoubtedly at Le Mans in 1970 when the factory backed Sonauto-entered car finished a remarkable 6th overall and 1st in the GT class, ahead of no less than seven 911s and beaten only by Porsche and Ferrari Sports Prototype opposition.
This particular example, from 1972, is presented in excellent condition, showing a total mileage of only a little over 52,000 kilometres which is believed to be genuine. The car does not appear to have had any significant bodywork repairs carried out at any time, and is finished in its original colour scheme of white with black interior. German historic paperwork accompanies the car, and it has TÜV certification until March 2018.
The car was thoroughly inspected by marque experts in December 2015 and an expert report referring to the car as being in “Condition 2+”, with a commensurate valuation of € 93,500, is available in the car’s file.
Sparingly used but regularly serviced and maintained in recent years, this is a fine and increasingly sought after model, with genuine performance credentials thanks
to its potent 911T-derived engine.