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8 February 2017

Offered from an exceptional Swiss Porsche Collection

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Lot 126

1970 Porsche 914/6

  • Chassis no. 9140430216

Sold for €58.240

Documents: Bill of Sale


109 bhp, 1,991 cc horizontally displaced six-cylinder engine with carburettor, five-speed manual transmission with rear-wheel drive, independent front suspension on transverse links and damper struts, independent rear suspension with coil springs and trailing arms, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,450 mm

  • Represents the combined engineering of two German powerhouses
  • Offered from an exceptional Swiss Porsche collection
  • Fitted with the higher-powered six-cylinder Porsche engine


In the late 1960s, both Porsche and Volkswagen were seeking replacements to their standard fare: the entry-level 912 was on the way out, and the Karmann Ghia was just a reworked Beetle. In an odd turn of events, the two companies decided to produce one car: the 914. Designed by Porsche and powered by Volkswagen, the vehicle would be sold by both companies. For Volkswagen this offered a chance to break into a more competitive market, and for Porsche it gave buyers a cheaper entry-level car.

The standard 914 was powered by Volkswagen’s horizontal four-cylinder engine, producing a power output of 80. Even with the lightweight Porsche body, acceleration suffered. The solution to this was to offer a second version: the 914/6. This would be powered by a six-cylinder engine, increasing output to over 100. Unfortunately for the volk, this came with an extra cost associated: the 914/6 was nearly as expensive as a standard 911. Because of this, despite several impressive victories on the motor racing scene, the 914/6 sold only 3,300 models in its three-year run, establishing its status as a collectible classic.

Today the model is highly celebrated as a fantastic mid-engined Porsche, and offered here is the most desirable of the 914 series. Presented in Black with black interior and delivered new to the United States, this 914/6 clocks in at less than 45,000 miles from new.





Moteur six-cylindres à plat, 1 991 cm³, 109 ch, alimentation par carburateur, transmission manuelle cinq rapports, propulsion, suspension avant indépendante avec jambes MacPherson, suspension arrière indépendante avec bras oscillants et ressorts hélicoïdaux, freins à disque sur les quatre roues. Empattement 2 450 mm.

• Représente l’ingénierie combinée de deux constructeurs allemands majeurs
• Issue d'une exceptionnelle collection Porsche en Suisse
• Equipée du six-cylindres Porsche, plus puissant

A la fin des années 1960, Porsche et Volkswagen songeaient à remplacer leurs modèles standard : l’entrée de gamme 912 était sur la voie de la sortie, et la Karmann Ghia n’était qu’une Coccinelle remaniée. Les événements ont pris une étonnante tournure et les deux entreprises ont décidé de produire une seule voiture : la 914. Conçue par Porsche et motorisée par Volkswagen, la voiture allait être commercialisée par les deux sociétés. Pour Volkswagen, cela représentait l’opportunité d’entrer sur un marché plus sportif et, pour Porsche, cela offrait aux clients un « ticket d’entrée » plus accessible.

La 914 de base était motorisée par le moteur quatre-cylindres à plat qui développait la puissance de 80 ch. Malgré la légèreté de la coque Porsche, les accélérations n’étaient pas très satisfaisantes. La solution consistait donc à proposer une seconde version : la 914/6. Celle-ci sera motorisée par un six-cylindres dont la puissance dépassait 100 ch. Malheureusement pour les clients, cette évolution était accompagnée d’une augmentation du prix conséquente : la 914/6 était presqu’aussi chère qu’une 911. De ce fait, et malgré plusieurs victoires impressionnantes en compétition, la 914/6 n’a été vendue qu’à 3 300 exemplaires pendant ses trois années de diffusion, ce qui lui confère un statut de voiture intéressante en collection.

Elle est aujourd’hui très appréciée comme superbe Porsche à moteur central, et le modèle proposé ici est un des plus attirants de la gamme 914. Noire avec un intérieur noir, cette 914/6 vendue neuve aux Etats-Unis affiche moins de 45 000 km d'origine.

Alexander Weaver

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Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

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Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

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As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

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Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more