Racing driver Randy Pobst not too long ago introduced a 1970 Porsche 914/6 GT to Jay Leno’s Storage, and the ensuing video offers an in-depth take a look at a uncommon model of Porsche’s Seventies entry-level sports activities automobile.
Whereas the 914 itself was pretty widespread, simply 16 examples of the 914/6 GT racing model have been constructed. This specific instance continues to be racing; Pobst not too long ago drove it at Laguna Seca and claims to have overtaken a a lot newer 911 GT2 RS.
The 914 was the results of a partnership between Porsche and Volkswagen which was on the lookout for a substitute for the Karmann Ghia. Porsche was nonetheless a small firm on the time, and initiatives like this helped preserve it afloat. VW later backed out of the partnership, however the 914 entered manufacturing below Porsche’s auspices in 1969, and was nonetheless offered with VW-Porsche badging in Europe.
The bottom model additionally had a VW engine. Whereas it was a sensible cost-cutting transfer, the 1.7-liter flat-4 produced simply 79 hp. However Porsche additionally supplied the 914/6 with a 2.0-liter flat-6 developed in-house, and producing 108 hp.
Some Porsche followers sneered on the VW connection, and the styling—which was an enormous departure from the 911—took some getting used to as effectively. However the mid-mounted engine is far simpler to entry than in a contemporary 718 Cayman, Pobst famous, and the 914 nonetheless offered in respectable numbers. Porsche constructed 115,631 4-cylinder fashions between 1969 and 1975, and three,338 6-cylinder fashions between 1969 and 1972.
To make it aggressive on the observe, the 914/6 GT was upgraded with a extra highly effective 2.0-liter flat-6 from the Porsche 906, good for about 220 hp, and this was coupled to a 5-speed handbook transmission. The automobile additionally weighed simply 1,940 lbs—even with added stiffening bars within the rear trunk.
1970 Porsche 914/6 GT on Jay Leno’s Storage
The flat-6 was fed from a 26-gallon gas tank mounted below the entrance hood. It offered loads of vary and helped stability weight distribution when full, Pobst mentioned, however that may clearly change because the tank drained and the entrance finish acquired lighter. However the mid-engine design nonetheless made it higher balanced than the rear-engined 911, Pobst famous.
Whereas different Porsche race vehicles usually get extra consideration from fanatics, the 914/6 GT had some success in competitors, together with ending sixth total on the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans. And the 914 itself laid the muse for the later Porsche Boxster and Cayman.
You are unlikely to see a automobile with a Le Mans pedigree cruising round on public roads, particularly one which’s simply one in all 16 constructed. So positively try the video to see this 914/6 GT on the streets of Los Angeles.