1974 Porsche 914 2.0-Litre Bumblebee Limited Edition Targa  Chassis no. 4742915510
Lot 34
1974 Porsche 914 2.0-Litre Bumblebee Limited Edition Targa
Sold for €35,650 (US$ 42,052) inc. premium

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1974 Porsche 914 2.0-Litre Bumblebee Limited Edition Targa  Chassis no. 4742915510 1974 Porsche 914 2.0-Litre Bumblebee Limited Edition Targa  Chassis no. 4742915510 1974 Porsche 914 2.0-Litre Bumblebee Limited Edition Targa  Chassis no. 4742915510 1974 Porsche 914 2.0-Litre Bumblebee Limited Edition Targa  Chassis no. 4742915510
1974 Porsche 914 2.0-Litre Bumblebee Limited Edition Targa
Chassis no. 4742915510
•Limited edition Can-Am celebration model
•One of only 500 built
•Desirable 2,0 litre engine
•Extensively restored between 2015 and 2017

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 coachbuilders Karmann of Osnabrück. Masterminded by Porsche's development engineer, Ferdinand Piëch, and 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 2.0-litre six from the Porsche 911T. It had been intended to sell the four-cylinder car as a Volkswagen and the six-cylinder as a Porsche, before a change of mind saw them both badged as Porsches to avoid any possible confusion. With its six-cylinder Porsche engine, the 914/6 was an expensive proposition, costing nearly as much as a 911T, and production would cease in 1972 after a little over 3,000 had been built.

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. Over the course of the 914's seven-year production life there were various cosmetic changes, many concerning the bumpers, which in 1975 became the bulky, 'impact resistant' type, while the most significant alterations to the running gear were the adoption of anti-roll bars and a superior gear change linkage in 1973.

The 914's reputation for excellent handling was somewhat marred by criticism that the affordable 1.7-litre four-cylinder version was too slow, a shortcoming addressed by the introduction for 1973 of a fuel-injected 2.0-litre four. With 99bhp available, the enlarged 914 was good for over 190km/h, with 100km/h coming up in under ten seconds. Importantly, it was only marginally more expensive than the 'old' 1.7-litre version. Alongside the 2.0-litre 914, the smaller-engined model continued in 1.8-litre form from 1974 to the end of 1975 when all 914 production ceased.

Before then Porsche had produced two limited edition models primarily for the North American market: the Creamsicle and Bumblebee, the latter created to celebrate the German manufacturer's domination of the Can-Am series with its mighty turbo-charged sports-racer: the Type 917. The Bumblebee was finished in black with contrasting Summer Yellow lower sections, though, strangely, none of the works Can-Am Porsche 917s ever used such a colour scheme. Many otherwise optional items were standard on these limited edition models, including driving lights, dual horns, a leather covered steering wheel, and a centre console with clock, voltmeter, and oil temperature gauge. 500 of each type were manufactured.

Like the vast majority of Porsche 914 Bumblebees, this example was sold new in the USA. The car comes with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity listing the following options: US equipment, tinted/laminated windshield and a Special Edition Package consisting of the 2.-0-litre engine, stabiliser bars, front spoiler, special exterior paint, comfort package, and Mahle wheels. Restored to an exceptional standard between 2015 and 2017, it also comes with an illustrated 15-page report compiled by S&P Siggel & Co GmbH in December 2016, and is presented in beautiful condition. Additional documentation consists of S&P Siggel's Classic Data vehicle valuation, various invoices, current TüV, and German registration papers. A wonderful opportunity for the serious Porsche collector to obtain a fully restored example of this rare and highly sought-after limited edition model; indeed, even the Porsche Museum does not have one of these!
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