The 914 Porsche was the entry-level Porsche that most enthusiasts thought was really a VW. Porsche built over 115,000 914 models between 1970 and 1976, so it’s not even especially rare. You won’t believe the asking price for this 914. How about a million-dollar asking price?
First, this is a 914/6 which is a completely different animal from a garden-variety 914. It has the 911 T flat-six engine, not the banger found in most 914 Porsches. Only 3,332 914/6 Porsches were built. The probable reason is that it cost about the same as a 911 T, so why not just step up for the better Porsche?
This isn’t your typical 914/6, rare as those are
This, however, is not just a typical 914/6, rare as those are. This is a 914/6 GT, one of only 16 built in 1970. This is a thoroughbred, not really a 914. It also has a distinguished racing history including a 24 Hours of Daytona class win and a fourth at the 12 Hours of Sebring.
What’s so special about the GT model? Porsche added steel wheel flares for the wide Fuchs alloy wheels. Fiberglass decklid, rocker panels, and bumpers brought the weight down still further. Ventilated 911S disc brakes and anti-roll bars add spice to the layout. Other unique components are the extra front oil cooler, long-range fuel tank, and competition interior. Plexiglass windows replaced the side and back windows.
Three different engines were offered in 1970 all based on the 1991cc flat-six. The monster engine was a Carrera 6 said to be what came in a 906. With this version, you got big-valve cylinder heads, dual ignition, higher compression, and a special forged crank. The net output was 210 hp.
This whole 914/6 GT package weighed in at less than 2,000 lbs-a featherweight in anyone’s book.
This is a pedigree, race-winning 914/6 GT
This particular GT started as a standard 914/6 but was converted at the factory. It was sold to Jacques Duval of Canada. With Sonoco Canada sponsorship it won its class at the 1971 24 Hours of Daytona and places seventh overall. When you consider it was racing with Ferrari 512s, Porsche 917s and Corvettes this was a considerable feat.
After its fourth-place finish at Sebring, the car went back to Canada winning the six hours of Saint Croix and a class win at Carnival at Three Rivers. After rolling through a series of owners it was returned to its Sunoco livery and shown at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours.
Provenance takes precedence over many other plusses
According to Gooding Auctioneers, who are auctioning it off next week in Scottsdale, Arizona, the provenance is what sets this GT apart from the few others that have sold at auction. Conceivably this could be the winningest 914 Porsche ever built. But that aside, just the success at the 1971 24 Hours of Daytona is enough to shoot up a car’s value.
The fact it had more racing successes and was an extremely rare production model, to begin with, means you’ve got an incredible racing Porsche.