VINTAGE EXCELLENCE




Vintage Excellence is a specialty shop for all Porsche cars. Specializing in the sales and correct restoration of these very fine classic automobiles. We deal in primarily Porsche vehicles from 1964-1973; Including 356, 912, 911, and 914-6. Our skill set allows us to handle any unique vehicle in the world. Our experience and passion far exceed the norm. Our mission is the pursuit of excellence in everything we do. High end unique & collectible vehicles is what we do and we love what we do.

1970 914-6 Tangerine

1970 Porsche 914-6 

sold







VIN# 9140430162

Engine# 6404101

Color# 23 Tangerine (aka Blood Orange) 

Matching Numbers

82,000 original miles

2 Engines included -  2.7L RS Spec engine installed, numbers matching original 2.0L in a crate

210 Horsepower! Freshly rebuilt engine

Side shift transmission

Carrera front brakes

Bilstein suspension

Rare Mahle "Gas Burner" wheels w/new tires

18mm front swaybar

Many Reliability upgrades



The Porsche 914 model was a collaboration between Porsche and Volkswagen. Ferdinand Piech, the director of Porsche at the time, wanted to create a car that young people could afford. Porsche designed the car and Volkswagen would manufacture the bodies for a reasonable price.  Porsche would then supply 911 6 cylinder engines and complete the construction of the 914-6 versions in their factory (VW would supply the drivetrain and finish construction of the 4cyl version).The design of the 914 was unlike any other mass produced sports car ever, this mid engine car was closer to a race car design than any street car. Initially the deal would be a win - win between the companies but management changes in VW caused a price increase for the bodies delivered to Porsche. By the time the 914-6 was available for sale by Porsche dealers it was only $300 less than the same year 911T, this killed sales numbers. Porsche marketing intentionally put a lower power engine than the 911 would get, with only 110 horsepower this engine was the lowest power of any 6 cylinder ever built by Porsche. The 914-6 was a very well designed car that was horribly equipped. Eventually there would be well over 118,000 4 cylinder 914s built which was a major success, but only around 3,300 of the real Porsche 914-6 cars were ever built over their 3 year run. The 914-6GT variant won the the GT class of the 1970 Le Mans race. The 914-6 is universally known as a very rare serious Porsche car,  Porsche intended to develop the car further through their 916 program which included a 190HP 2.4L 911S engine and a specially designed 915 transmission, only 11 of these cars were built before the program was canceled. Sadly it was the very slow sales of the street car that completely killed the -6 model. For some time used 914-6 cars could be bought by racers for very low cost and could be simply converted to a full race car in a weekend, these budget racers won all the club races in their day. Today there are almost no original, unmodified, matching number 914-6 examples left. 

This particular car is a very early car, #162 made, build date of January 1970. It was originally delivered in the outstanding color of Tangerine. Options include fog lights, leather steering wheel, AM/FM radio, special light weight alloy wheels (MAHLE "gas burner"), and chrome bumpers. Included with the car is the original owner's manual, tool kit, tire jack, spare tire, and records dating back to 1983. This car was restored in the late 1990s and seldom used. It ended up with a Porsche collector in Florida who had stored the car in his warehouse without driving it much. He initially wanted to keep the car but when we ran across him he was trying to buy an expensive  IMSA 914-6GT race car. We acquired the car a little over a year ago and completely went though it. The car was taken down to the shell, placed on a rotisserie and steam cleaned. We painted the underside, engine compartment and trunk. The exterior paint is an older job that was color sanded and buffed to the current shine and as you can see it looks amazing. Bumpers and trim were just cleaned as was the interior, again the car was in excellent shape when it came so most parts were just cleaned. Much of the rubber was replaced. All mechanical and cosmetic items inside and out were re-freshed. We picked this car because of the condition before we acquired it, no accidents visible, no outstanding rust damage. This car retains 98% of its original 914-6 only very hard to find parts. 

Original 914--6 cars had a few quirky flaws - they were under powered, the brakes were a little too small, the shifting was a little vague, and the body was not as rigid as a coupe. In order to overcome these issues we added a large number of proper upgrades during our work to the car. With only a few modifications the 914-6 can be changed into the car that Porsche originally intended it to be. 110 horsepower is not enough in this car so we increased the horsepower to 210 by building a 2.7L 911RS specification engine. The 911T brakes are too small so we changed the front suspension and brakes to late 1980s Carrera type so now the car would confidently come to a stop. The chassis of the convertible 914 has been know to slightly flex in aggressive driving so we boxed the rockers of the car with specially designed thick gauge reinforcement to eliminate the flex. Finally the transmission was converted to a side shift style which cures the shifting issues. This car now is faster and handles better than a 911RS lightweight! 

Technical details: Engine is a 1974 case, oil bypass mod with SC aluminum oil pump, std/std crank, 90mm Mahle RS P/Cs, valve job on 2.7 heads, 911S camshafts, Carrera pressure fed tensioners, new timing chains/chain ramps, bearings, engine gasket set, cylinder tin mod, all original sheet metal. Weber carburetors properly jetted, PMO manifolds match ported to the intake port. Bosch distributor professionally re-curved to RS spec. Factory 914-6 heat exchangers into stainless steel muffler. Bilstien front struts with Carrera calipers rebuilt, turbo front tie rods,  Bilstien rear shocks with 180lb progressive rate springs factory rear 914-6 calipers rebuilt, Refinished 15x5.5" Mahle wheels with new 195/65/15 Michilin Pilot Sport tires. Re-sealed transmission, converted to side shift, gears: A/GA/O/V/ZA. New: battery, rebuilt alternator, fuel lines, oil Brad Penn 20w50, filters, gear oil Swepco, spark plugs, cap/rotor/points, fan belt, wheel bearings, brake pads, brake rotors, brake lines, brake caliper rebuild kits, tires.
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