The 914/6 GT was a race configured version of the 914/6. The factory offered the GT option, which was distinguishable by its box-like steel fender flares. It quickly became known as the 914/6 GT and was raced employing different engine configurations. This included the ‘T’ specification, which was a basic 911 engine. Another popular configuration was to use a converted Carrera 6 engine.
In 1970, Porsche entered a 914/6 with the factory’s GT option in the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The car, identified as #40, was driven by Claude Ballot-Léna and Guy Chasseuil. It finished sixth overall, preceded only by prototype racecars like the V12 Ferrari 512S and Flat-12 Porsche 917K. In addition, the #40 won its class ahead of several Porsche 911S entries. 914/6s also competed in some of the most important race competitions of its era, e.g. Targa Florio with Brian Redman, Monte Carlo Rally and Daytona International Speedway. Walt Maas successfully campaigned a 914/6 “GT” in the IMSA race series.
The Porsche 914/6 was introduced in September 1969 and was a collaborative effort between Porsche and Volkswagen. Short lived, only 3360 examples were produced between 1970 and 1972. Sitting very low, the 914/6’s suspension is a combination of a 911-type torsion bar front suspension with a rear coil spring suspension. It also features Porsche disc brakes. The headlights hide in the hood and pop-up when needed. Its targa top can be stored in the rear trunk. The 914/6 received the ram-tuned Weber carbureted 2.0-litre flat six 110 hp Porsche engine that had been previously used with the basic 1969 911T. Weighing just under 2,100 pounds (950 kg), the 914/6 proved to be considerably faster. A five-speed manual gearbox was standard equipment on all models.
The mid-engined 914/6GT enjoyed moments of glory, winning the 2-litre GT class at Le Mans and the Tour de France Automobile in 1970. The car offered – driven by Swiss privateers Ernt ‘Hunter’ Seiler and Peter Ettmüller of Scuderia Tartaruga – mirrored those feats, winning its class in the 1971 Monza 1000kms.
Boasting a continuous and well-documented history from new, 914.043.0181 was acquired in very original condition by a British enthusiast in 2007. Sympathetically restored over two years, in distinctive period livery with a strong 2-litre engine by Jaz Racing, it competed in the 2010 Tour de France Auto and 2012 Le Mans Classic. Used sparingly as part of a significant private French Porsche collection since 2014, this Porsche comes with some original spares and Seiler’s trophies from 1970-’71.