The initial idea for the 914 project came from Ferry Porsche himself with the goal of giving young drivers an inexpensive entry into the world of Porsche. Ferry called upon his grandson Ferdinand Alexander and his team at the Porsche Design Studio to develop the styling for the project. Despite visually being a radical departure from the 911, its form is decidedly Porsche. Its low-slung body and mid-engine layout draw inspiration from one of the greatest Porsche models ever produced- the 550 Spyder.
The 914 was sold by both Porsche and Volkswagen, and in two different configurations. The standard 914 offered with Volkswagen’s 80 horsepower flat-four-engine and the 914/6 powered by 911T’s 2.0-liter, 110 horsepower flat-six. The additional horsepower and torque of the flat-six earned the 914 a reputation as a highly capable sports car with outstanding handling, a point bolstered by the Works-prepared GT versions campaigned at Le Mans, Daytona, Sebring, and the Nürburgring. Nevertheless, some dismissed it as not being a “real” Porsche due to the joint collaboration between Volkswagen and Porsche. The 914/6’s price tag also rivaled that of the standard 911, leading to just 3,300 models sold across the span of its short three-year production run.
In September of 1986, Bruce Pickering was in the process of completing his dream garage, and on a beautiful sunny but breezy day, he was in the process of installing the rebuilt engine in his daughter Amy’s 914/4. A spark from a nearby extension cord ignited some spilled gasoline and the breeze helped to fuel the fire, eventually consuming all anything that could be burned inside the garage, including the 914/4 minus a pile of stainless steel parts. He immediately began searching for a replacement car, and came upon this 914/6 for sale in Medford, Oregon in the classified section of a newly arrived Panorama issue. It was owned by an elderly man whose waning eyesight led him to store the car in a barn for several years as he could no longer drive it. A local PCA member inspected the car for Bruce and vouched for the vehicle’s condition, and before long the 914/6 was on its way across the country. Shortly after the car’s arrival, Amy was diagnosed with bone cancer but despite the grim diagnosis, she persevered through the treatments and found time to compete in enough autocross competitions to win her class in her region’s 1987 SCCA class championship and Rookie of the Year awards. After graduating from high school in 1988, Amy succumbed to the disease, and the 914/6 only left the garage to be displayed at PCA Concours and Arthritis Foundation car shows where it received awards for its outstanding condition.
Since then, it has changed hands to a short list of subsequent owners, each of which preserved the 914/6 in the excellent mechanical and aesthetic condition it is in today.
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