Porsche 914/6 coupé 1970

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Lot 375
Porsche 914/6 coupé 1970

€ 85,000 - 135,000
US$ 100,000 - 160,000
Porsche 914/6 coupé 1970
Chassis n° 9140432498
Moteur n° 6405643

•Numéros de châssis et de moteur concordants
•Exemplaire bien conservé
•Immatriculée en Allemagne

Les longs liens historiques entre Porsche et Volkswagen ont été réaffirmés en 1969 avec le lancement de la VW-Porsche 914 conçue par Porsche, une sportive à arceau type Targa et moteur central, assemblée par Karmann à Osnabrück. À l'époque, Volkswagen avait besoin d'un nouveau modèle pour remplacer la Karmann-Ghia qui commençait à dater, tandis que Porsche cherchait un nouveau modèle pour élargir sa gamme. Dévoilée au Salon de Francfort, la 914/4 recevait le quatre cylindres de 1 679 cm3 refroidi par air de la Volkswagen 411, alors que la 914/6 faisait appel aux six cylindres 2 litres de la Porsche 911 T, qui était installé à l'usine de Zuffenhausen où la voiture était finie. Les deux modèles recevaient une suspension indépendante – un savant cocktail de pièces de 911 et de Volkswagen – à laquelle était associés des freins à disque aux quatre roues et une boîte à cinq rapports.

La réputation de la 914 pour son excellente tenue de route était un peu entachée par les critiques concernant la lenteur de la version quatre cylindres, un défaut que ne connaissait pas la 914/6. Porsche étant Porsche, il existait une version compétition de la 914/6 – la 914/6 GT – dont une petite série fut construite en 1970. Le moteur de la GT était poussé à environ 220 ch, des panneaux en fibre de verre et des glaces en plexiglas permettaient de réduire son poids et des élargisseurs d'ailes surdimensionnés permettaient de recevoir des roues plus larges. De plus, l'usine proposait un kit qui pouvait être commandé pour la version de série de la 914/6 et installé chez des concessionnaires Porsche sélectionnés. Sorte de Boxster avant l'heure, la 914/6 connut une carrière relativement courte, avec seulement 3 360 exemplaires produits entre 1970 et 1972.

La 914/6 proposée ici a été livrée neuve aux États-Unis, revenant en Allemagne en 2008 où on a pris soin d'elle. Le moteur et la boîte ont été révisés en 2014 et des factures au dossier en attestent avec d'autres, relatives à sa période américaine. Décrite par le vendeur comme en bon état général, la voiture est vendue avec ses papiers d'immatriculation allemande, son inspection technique et un dossier historique contenant les factures et le certificat Porsche d'authenticité.

1970 Porsche 914/6 Coupé
Chassis no. 9140432498
Motor no. 6405643

•Matching chassis and engine numbers
•Well maintained example
•Registered in Germany

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 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. A 'Boxster' before its time, the 914/6 was a relatively short-lived model, with only 3,360 examples produced between 1970 and 1972.

The 914/6 offered here was delivered new to the USA, returning in 2008 to Germany where it has been well looked after. The engine and gearbox were overhauled in 2014 and there are bills on file for that work together with others relating to the car's time in the USA. Described by the vendor as in generally good condition, the car is offered with German registration papers, technical inspection and a history file containing the aforementioned bills and Porsche certificate of authenticity.
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