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Porsche originally intending to sell the 914 with a flat four-cylinder engine as a Volkswagen and with a flat six-cylinder engine as a Porsche, however, Porsche decided during development that having Volkswagen and Porsche models sharing the same body would be risky for business in the American market, and convinced Volkswagen to allow them to sell both versions as Porsches in North America. On March 1, 1968, the first 914 prototype was presented.
Porsche’s 914/6 variant featured a carbureted 108 horsepower 2.0 L flat-6 engine from the 1969 911T, placed amidships in front of a version of the 1969 911’s “901” gearbox. Karmann manufactured the rolling chassis at their plant.
The 914/6 models used lower gear ratios and high brake gearing in order to try to overcome the greater weight of the 6-cylinder engine along with higher power output. Suspension, brakes, and handling were otherwise the same. A Volkswagen-Porsche joint venture handled export to the U.S., where both versions were badged and sold as Porsches. The four-cylinder cars were sold as Volkswagen-Porsches at European Volkswagen dealerships. Slow sales and rising costs prompted Porsche to discontinue the 914/6 variant in 1972 after 3,351 were produced.
This stunning Porsche 914/6 was restored by the Chip Ganassi Racing Team for owner legendry Chip Ganassi. The restoration is fully documented with receipts and a C/D of the restoration. It is presented with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity (COA) and has the original motor and transmission.