2013 Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic Auction
Lot
37

1972 Porsche 914 'Targa' Coupe (RHD)

$11,500

Sold

Specifications

Engine 4 cylinder, 2 litre
Gearbox 5 speed manual
Body Work Targa Coupe
Colour Silver
Interior Black
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Cast Alloy
Brakes Disc

Description

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Originally announced in 1969 as an affordable sibling to the 911, the 914 was a sales hit - particularly in America, where the fashionable targa styling and mid-engined layout captured the imagination of a generation of sports car enthusiasts. Although the 914 handled brilliantly, some criticism was levelled at the relatively mundane performance afforded by the 1.7-litre (and later 2.0) Volkswagen sourced four-cylinder engines. Zuffenhausen answered back by dropping in the flat-six from the 911T to create the 914/6 in 1970. However, the resulting price increase - the new model cost the same as a 911 and around 50% more than a Jaguar E-Type - resulted in poor sales and the 914/6 was killed off after just three years production, with just 3,318 built (compared with 115,597 four-cylinder models). The Porsche 914/6 was the precursor to today's Boxster and fulfilled a similar role back in the early Seventies, offering a mid-engined layout and 911-level performance for those wanting something different to the ubiquitous 911. Today the 914/6 has a loyal following and is proving a popular choice for historic race or rally drivers - hardly surprising given the model enjoyed a successful competition career in GT racing during the Seventies (sixth overall in the 1970 Le Mans 24-Hour race a highlight).

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