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1970 Porsche 914/6 Targa

  • 1 of only 3,351 examples of the 914/6 produced
  • Restored by SCCA Porsche Racer and Porsche expert, Bob Hindson
  • Attractively presented in Signal Orange, original L215 paint code

VIN: 9140431403

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Unlike any Porsche before or since, fewer than 3,400 examples of the Porsche 914/6 were produced in its three-year run, which has resulted in a highly sought-after and increasingly collectible sports car in today's market. Lauded as Motor Trend's "Import Car of the Year" for 1970, the lithe, lightweight body paired with its flat six engine makes driving it a truly visceral experience. This particular 914/6 was restored by Porsche SCCA race car driver and Porsche expert, Bob Hindson out of Missouri and has been carefully preserved ever since.

The 914 debuted at the 1969 Frankfurt Auto Show for the upcoming 1970 production year and was offered in two models. The Porsche-Volkswagen joint venture 914/4 utilized a 1,679cc four-cylinder engine from Volkswagen while the wholly Porsche-manufactured 914/6 equipped their top-of-the-line, mid-engine sports car with a 2.0-litre flat six-cylinder engine. The 914/6 boasted twin Weber carburetors, all-independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, five-speed transaxle and the ridiculously responsive 901 gearbox. The entry-level 914/4 model produced over 118,000 examples thanks, in part, to its enticingly low price point. The 914/6, on the other hand, cost almost as much as the 911T, which led to lower sales. Only 3,351 units were sold over a mere three-year production run. What those potential buyers never discovered was the adrenaline-pumping, nimble performance that would make these cars a favorite among race car drivers. With a svelte, low-profile body that boasted pop-up headlights, a removable, trunk-stowable targa top, attractive chrome bumper with round auxiliary headlights, and gold Porsche script and 914/6 logo in the rear, the look was something wholly unique in Porsche design history. Amateur racers still clamor for 914/6s and these classic collectibles continue to soar in popularity and value today.

This well-presented and maintained example was restored by 914 legend Bob Hindson. Bob Hindson Racing was among the first shops set up in the United States to acquire 914s for their racing efforts. Hindson would go on to seize back-to-back victories at the 24 Hours at Daytona in 1976 and 1977 and win 13 Divisional SCCA Championships. He became integral to the development of 914s as the "famous six" in their SCCA campaign. In fact, Bob Hindson personally owned and restored this very car back in 1984 and the 40-year-old restoration looks shockingly new today, a testament to both his level of restoration work and of the incredible stewards to follow. Hindson repainted the car in its original Porsche Signal Orange, paint code L215. Being the racing man that he was, Mr. Hindson installed a later Porsche 2.4-litre, six-cylinder engine in the car, which makes this five-speed manual with 901 gearbox even more riveting to drive. The 914/6 still bears a Porsche-crested badge that reads, "restored by Bob Hindson Racing."

The restoration by the famed expert holds up just beautifully today. The paint, brightwork and Fuchs wheels present wonderfully and the car lacks patina inside and out. Inside the well-appointed, two-seat cabin, the attractive perforated leatherette seats, with racing Pyrotect seatbelts, present as more recently restored. The Wilton carpeting is in excellent condition and the elegant textured leatherette paneling in the door panels and around the instruments is uncharacteristically striking for the West German automobiles of this era. A panoramic, racing rearview mirror runs the length of the windshield, but the factory rearview mirror is included in the sale. Over its history, this car has been owned by Michael Gabala of Allentown, Pennsylvania, Bob Hindson Racing, Steve Cousins of Kansas City, who installed an Alpine stereo and Kenwood speaker system, and finally, Carol McCabe Defenbau of Northville, Michigan and most recently, Texas, in the Dennis Collins collection.

When Mr. Collins featured this car on an episode of his YouTube Channel, Coffee Walk, Mr. Defenbau revealed the 914/6's personal significance. His late wife was driving a Porsche 914 the day he met her. Years later, he purchased this 914/6 for her as a 25th anniversary present because he had fallen in love with his wife, and the 914, on the same day. This car has recently had the gas, oil and fluids changed and the petite racer runs like a dream. With pedigreed history, thanks to its restoration by the celebrated Bob Hindson, this 1 of 3,351 Porsche 914/6 is an incredibly well-preserved restoration that has known stewards who truly understood the value of this collectible classic. It is now ready for the visceral driving experience it was built to provide.

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