This little Porsche could leave a big dent in your pocket
The Porsche 914 played the same role as your typical 718 of today. It was a mid-engine low profiled little ankle biter capable of ripping your jeans to shreds. It was fun, agile, and relatively comfortable. The perfect mix for any sports car. To be brutally honest though, I never liked the thing.
Following in the footsteps of the Porsche 912 and acting as the 911's little brother, the 914 somehow managed to take on the recessive ugly gene in Porsche's long ancestry. However, when it comes to sports cars, race cars, and really anything with an engine and four wheels, personality and joy of driving always outweighs the appearances and looks of whatever you're driving. But since looks are subjective anyway, let's get to the point.
This is the 1970 Porsche 914/6 GT, and it is all things perfect.
Porsche, really since day one, has had an amazing motorsport record. Ever since Ferdinand Porsche said "Let's go racing" way back in 1939 when he created the Type 64, race after race and track after track experienced the shear capability and speed of these German greats. Of course we already know this, so let's move on to the car.
In late 1969, the Porsche engineers produced the first 914/6 GT prototype. Before the road-going 914/6 even made it to the dealers, tests began for Porsche to make the ultimate lightweight racecar. None were quite the same, but typically shared important things like bumpers, very nicely flared fenders, and ventilated brakes straight off of the 911.
Quite a handsome looking thing, actually. I can't believe I just said that...
It gets better too because since it has a "6" in the name, it contains the 2.0L flat-six that also powered the 911S of that time. Two options were available, and thankfully for the buyer, this has the more desirable and more powerful Carrera 6 engine, capable of a more than enough 210 horsepower at a high-revving 8,000RPM. It is claimed that this little ankle-biter is capable of a whopping 150MPH. Amiable for any strait on any racetrack.
The 914/6 GT debuted almost immediately at Le Mans in 1970. Almost making it look easy, they were able to crack a class win and a 6th place overall, which for a 2.0L tiny sports car, isn't bad at all. And as if Le Mans wasn't enough, they took a staggering 1-2-3 for the 84 grueling hours at the Nurburgring, received a class win for the Montecarlo Rally, and proved to be completely savage back with IMSA in the US. Pretty good for a car that's pretty ugly.
This specific GT was ordered with a bit of a flare and is one of the highest specified of all 16 examples produced. As I mentioned earlier, it has the desired Carrera 6 engine which is the best performing and fastest of both engine choices. Under that sheet of metal where the trunk should be, you will find Weber 46 IDA carbs, a camshaft similar to that of the 906 (of which the engine is sourced as well), and a twin-plug ignition, capable of burning and cycling fuel and air much faster and more efficiently.
And as the 914/6 GT as a badge was very successful, this example raced in the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1971, finished 7th overall and won first in class again. It also raced at the 12 Hour of Sebring and countess other smaller events, sadly not making any large feats or even qualifying. Most notably it waited with high hopes in my hometown for the 1971 Watkins Glen 6 Hour. However, only one 914/6 GT qualified there, and this one wasn't one of them.
Watkins Glen represented well on this ol' hammer!
Moving on, when it comes to ownership history, this aerodynamic box had seen it all. Originally shipped to Montreal, it raced with George Nicholas and Bob Bailey under the ownership of a man named Jaques Duval and a Sunoco Canada livery. Duval himself was a famed Porsche racing driver known for racing cars like the 906, 904, and numerous different 911s.
Appearantly after Duval, the car was turned into a road car where it was painted silver and was changed over for road use. However, that period of its life didn't last long as in 1980, it was restored back to its original glory, showing once more that rather unusual Sunoco livery and bringing back that highly tuned masterpiece we now know as the 2.0L Carrera 6. No limit and a loud exhaust meant that it would become a racecar once more.
Today, the car remains with the original engine and other key bits, while still taking the shape of that 1980 restoration. It has faced a wild history, and many different and famed owners, which means you don't have to worry about finding a luge on the floor or a condom in the glove box. That could also be due to the fact that it doesn't; t have a glove box... or carpet... or no creature comforts of any sorts. But it's a racecar. It adds lightness all the time.
And Finally... the End!
All in all, I have never been a fan of the Porsche 914 and I still remain that way. However, I do really like this one. It's wheels don't match, it's livery color choice is what we would call... unique, and it is all stickers up with the name Watkins Glen. But in all seriousness, remember what I said earlier about looks. Looks don't really matter, and you shouldn't really care.
This fine Porsche 914/6 GT is going up for auction at the Gooding and Company Scottsdale Auction taking place from January 17th to 18th. Let's also give a round of applause to these beautiful photos courtesy of Gooding and Company and Brian Henniker. The car is estimated at a whopping $1,000,000 - $1,300,000 dollars, so let's hope it can find a new owner and a new home.