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Lot Number
134

1970 Porsche 914
2017 The Texas Classic Auction

Offered Without Reserve
ESTIMATE: $25,000 - $35,000
CHASSIS NO: 4702901600
• Benefiting from a rotisserie restoration
• Long-term prior ownership; recent tune-up and service
• Renowned for exceptional handling and driving dynamics
• Accompanied by Porsche Certificate of Authenticity

1,679 cc air-cooled, OHV horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine, Bosch fuel injection, 79 HP at 4,900 rpm, five-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, independent front suspension with MacPherson struts and torsion bars, independent rear suspension with semi-trailing arms and coil springs; wheelbase: 96.5"


Launched in 1964, Porsche’s new six-cylinder 911 marked a revolution that company management initially feared would alienate faithful buyers accustomed to the 356. Sharing its body/chassis with the 911, the 912 companion model was powered by the proven ‘four’ of the outgoing 356. The 912’s eventual successor, the 914, was rooted in sketches by Hans Gugelot and developed under Ferdinand A. ‘Butzi’ Porsche. Featuring taut Karmann-built bodywork by Karmann, a removable Targa roof, and a mid-mounted, air-cooled four-cylinder engine, the 914 was aimed squarely at the competing sports models from Datsun, Fiat, MG, and Triumph.

Debuted at the 1969 Frankfurt Auto Show as a 1970 model, the 914 was sold as the “VW-Porsche 914” by VW-Porsche GmbH in Europe and as the “Porsche 914” by Volkswagen of America. In addition to its fuel-injected engine and five-speed gearbox, the 914 initially featured a choice of 11 exterior colors with standard painted bumpers. Options included chrome bumpers, a vinyl covering for the built-in Targa-style roll bar, dual horns, fog lamps, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and pile carpeting. Only the driver’s seat included fore-aft adjustment, while the passenger side included an adjustable foot rest. Boasting near-50/50 weight distribution, outstanding handling, and quickness belying its small-displacement engine, the 914 was a revelation to drive that sold briskly and enjoyed production though 1975. Accolades included selection as Motor Trend magazine’s Import Car of the Year honors in June 1970, with the 914 hailed as “...the first modern sports car for the masses.” The 914’s influence was, and remains, profound with its basic essence echoed since 1997 by Porsche’s own Boxster.

Accompanied by a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, this early U.S.-delivery 1970 Porsche 914 Roadster was finished in highly striking Canary Yellow (Code 29) paint over black leatherette (Code 11) upholstery, the colors it continues to feature today. It was owned and enjoyed by a physician over some 40 years. With only limited mileage since it was professionally restored, this 914 is highly engaging and reported by the consignor to run virtually as new. Always garaged and cared for, this early 914 Roadster marks a rare and value-rich opportunity into the Porsche experience.

1970 Porsche 914
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