Porsche 914-6 Targa Coupe 1971
901 Type 5 Speed
Brighton Motorsports is pleased to offer this exceptionally well-restored and uber-rare 1971 Porsche 914-6 Targa. This gorgeous European model has never been raced, and it looks as-new in its factory-original Adriatic Blue and black interior.
The car looks stunning in person -- seeing this car is like a trip back in time to 1971 when this car was new and sitting on the showroom floor. The restoration was so complete and so well-done that this car was photographed for the book "Four for the Road," by Henry Rasmussen.
The car also is on a current Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, which you can review in the photo gallery of this listing. The car is equipped with all of its original factory equipment, including engine, transmission and all mechanical components. Also original is the Targa top, all body panels, and much of the well-preserved interior.
The restoration is among the well-documented we have encountered. This documentation includes two large binders -- one contains all of the written documentation, every receipt and every service order covering the restoration -- and the other contains a full photographic record of the documentation, starting with the original car all the way to completion, and every step in between.
Beyond the sheer beauty and detail of the restoration -- the car also drives and great as it looks. The sound of the exhaust is perfect and correct, and the power comes on quick and in abundance -- just as you would expect from the 6-cylinder boxer engine! The braking and steering response is velvet-smooth and Porsche-precise. Shifting and clutchwork is above-average, as it moves through the gears in smooth succession. It's a great car to drive!
And, the Porsche 914-6 was designed to do just that -- be driven, and do it well. The 914 was introduced in September of 1969 as a collaborative effort between Porsche and Volkswagen to produce a sporty car. The car they came up with was this mid-engined performer with seating for two and featured a targa top. Originally, a 4-cylinder boxer engine provided the power. Volkswagen needed a vehicle to replace the aging Karmann-Ghia while Porsche was looking for another option to add to their line up. The VW bodied vehicles were known as 914/4S while the Porsche variants were known as 914/6s. However, all 914S's sold in North America were considered Porsches.The car sits very low and the suspension is stiff making it a great competition car as well as a touring car (again, this car has never been raced). The headlights hide in the hood and pop-up when needed. The targa top can be stored in the trunk. Porsche's 914/6 variant featured a carbureted 110-hp 2.0 L flat-6 engine from the 1969 911T, placed amidships in front of a version of the 1969 911's "901" gearbox configured for a mid-engine car. Karmann manufactured the rolling chassis at their plant, completing Volkswagen production in-house or delivering versions to Porsche for their final assembly.914/6 models used a similar suspension and brakes to the 911, giving superior handling and braking superiority over the 4-cylinder Volkswagen models along with higher power output. A Volkswagen-Porsche joint venture, Volkswagen of America, handled export to the U.S., where both versions were badged and sold as Porsches. The four-cylinder cars were also sold as Volkswagen-Porsches at European Volkswagen dealerships.A 914/6 piloted by Frenchmen Claude Ballot-Lena and Guy Chasseuil won the GTS class and finished sixth overall at the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans.
With very few of the 3,360 cars made during the entire production run surviving, the 914/6 is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after and desirable Porsche's, and a "must-have" in a fine Porsche collection -- or as a collection of one for a serious Porsche enthusiast. If you're looking for a very fine example, this car is an excellent choice!
Chassis Number: #9141430159Engine Number: #6410122Transmission Number: #510148Exterior Paint Color/Code: Adriatic Blue / 1610Interior Material Color/Type: Black LeatheretteOptional Equipment: Version for Italy, Light Metal Wheels.