Jointly developed, manufactured, and marketed by Porsche and Volkswagen, the 914 was intended as the replacement for both the 912 and Karmann Ghia. Introduced in 1969, the well-balanced and surprisingly spacious Targa-topped roadster was equipped with an all-independent suspension and five-speed gearbox as standard equipment.
While the majority of the 115,000 Porsche 914s built from 1969 to 1976 were powered by a four-cylinder engine, this particular car is one of approximately 3,300 914/6 models built by Porsche and fitted with the 2.0-liter flat six-cylinder engine from the 911 T, producing 110 hp.
According to its accompanying warranty booklet, this 1970 914/6 was sold new by Rusnak Porsche of Pasadena, California to its first owner Maynard Hine of La Crescenta. A copy of the original window sticker details its original specification, which included tinted glass and a leather-covered steering wheel, and further notes a Richie Ginther suspension modification, insulation and upholstery upgrades, pinstriping, undercoating, and a front “bra” and car cover.
The 914/6 is finished in its desirable original shade of black over a black leatherette interior and is fitted with upgraded 15 x 7″ Fuchs alloy wheels and Dunlop tires. The dashboard has been covered in stitched vinyl and Coco mats have been installed, along with a modern stereo. The Porsche is accompanied by its manuals, tools, jack, and spare tire, as well as its original warranty booklet listing the engine number as 6405493, which corresponds to the stamping visible on the engine case. According to the consignor, who purchased the 914/6 in 2006, the engine received a rebuild about 1,000 miles ago.
Arguably more balanced to drive than its contemporary 911 sibling, 914/6 models are increasingly sought-after collectibles and offer entry to a multitude of exciting events.
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