1971 Porsche 2.7-Litre 914/6 Coupé  Chassis no. 9141430071
Lot 120
1971 Porsche 2.7-Litre 914/6 Coupé
Chassis no. 9141430071
€70,000 - 100,000
US$ 83,000 - 120,000

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1971 Porsche 2.7-Litre 914/6 Coupé  Chassis no. 9141430071
1971 Porsche 2.7-Litre 914/6 Coupé
Chassis no. 9141430071
Porsche's strong historical links with Volkswagen we 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 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 glassfibre 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 GT version had demonstrated that the 914/6 chassis could handle a greatly increased power output, which is perhaps what prompted a previous owner to install a 2.7-litre, 215bhp Porsche 911 engine in this example. Finished in blue metallic with black leather interior, this very special car was completely restored in July 2008, the entire operation costing not less than €69,500 (copy of invoice on file). In addition to the larger-than-standard engine, the car is equipped with Fuchs wheels, sports suspension, an improved radio and tinted windows, and has a perfect Targa roof. Purchased from Germany by the current vendor, the Porsche comes with restoration invoices and a DEKRA Certificate, and is said to run excellently, with unbeatable manoeuvrability and perfect ride: a 'Boxster' before its time.

La VW-Porsche 914 de 1969 ayant fait preuve d'un excellent comportement dynamique, Porsche en dériva une version à moteur six cylindres (914/6) puis une variante GT en 1970. Celle-ci ayant montré que le châssis 914/6 pouvait recevoir un moteur plus puissant, un précédent propriétaire installa un moteur Porsche six cylindres 2, 7 litres de 215 ch dans cette voiture. Peinte en bleu métallisé avec intérieur en cuir noir, cette voiture très spéciale a été totalement restaurée en juillet 2008 pour un coût total de €69,500 (copie de la facture au dossier). Outre le moteur plus généreux que celui d'origine, la voiture est équipée de roues Fuchs, de suspensions sport, d'une radio de qualité supérieure et de glaces teintées et son toit Targa est impeccable. Achetée en Allemagne par le vendeur actuel, cette Porsche est accompagnée de ses factures de restauration et d'un certificat de DEKRA (contrôle technique). Son fonctionnement est qualifié d'excellent, sa manœuvrabilité d'imbattable et son confort de parfait : une « Boxster » avant la lettre.
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