1970 Porsche 914/6 Vintage Race Car
Chassis no. 9140432125
Engine no. 901106101SR
2.2-liter flat-six motor
Five-speed manual transmission
Prepared for SCCA vintage racing
Upgraded engine, brakes, suspension
Dual purpose car for track or street
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 Osnabruck. 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. Employing fully 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. Road & Track magazine described the car as "the first mass-produced mid-engine sports car".
Fitted with the 2-liter Type 901/36 six-cylinder and drivetrain lifted directly from the 911T at the Zuffenhausen factory, where each was finished, the 914/6 developed 110bhp at 5800rpm and breathed through twin triple choke Weber carburetors, good enough for a top speed of 123mph. Although a healthy number (2,657) were made in 1970, sales quickly fell off and just 3,318 914/6s were built in total.
Today the 914/6 is accepted by purists as a true Porsche and has been steadily appreciating in value. Many have found their way onto the track, exploiting the excellent handling characteristics of the model indeed Porsche themselves homologated the 914/6 for racing in March 1970.
Finished in orange with black upholstery and sitting on optional Fuchs 14" alloys, this 914/6 was prepared for vintage racing by Rothsport Racing in Tualatin, Oregon and comes with an extensive file of receipts documenting work performed. The engine is a race-prepped 2.2-liter, the brakes have been upgraded with Carrera front rotors and calipers and the suspension has struts front with Bilstein shock inserts. Raced in SCCA vintage class events, and offered with an SCCA logbook, we are advised the car is streetable and is sure to provide an exciting drive on road or track.