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914-6 2.0 – 110 ch [1970 à 1972]

Porsche 916 Brutus… Le proto en mode RSR !

A la fin des années 60’s, une sportive accessible devait être simple et légère. Il lui fallait se reposer sur une plateforme sérieuse et efficace pour pouvoir embarquer un moteur par forcément surpuissant… puisque son poids lui permettait d’être pétillante, vive et agile. C’est grosso modo avec ces codes que Porsche a développé sa 914… […]

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Porsche 916 prototype « Brutus » de 1971 – Un modèle unique de plus de 300 ch

En 2019, la Porsche 914 célèbre ses 50 ans. Le hasard faisant bien les choses, la première Porsche 916, le légendaire prototype Brutus de 1971 (ayant été la voiture de Corina Piëch, fille de Ferdinand Piëch) a été exposée et vendue au salon Rétromobile 2019. Découverte de ce prototype unique motorisé par le Flat 6 …

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TCE 2018 – Porsche 914/6 GT Werkswagen « S-U 4732 » de 1969 – L’une des 4 voitures d’essais construites

Des voitures attirent le regard lors de salons automobiles comme le Techno Classica 2018 qui s’est tenu à Essen. C’était le cas de cette Porsche 914/6 GT Werkswagen de 1969 qui a été utilisée par Porsche en interne en tant que prototype pour la course automobile. Histoire de la Porsche 914/6 GT – Un modèle …

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Well Sorted 914/6 Proves An Excellent Canyon Carver

If you could have the car you drove to high school prom back, would you want it? Would it be as cool as Marco’s 914-6? I drove a rusty 1991 Ford Mustang convertible to my prom, so he’s definitely got me beat. This white mid-engine beauty is an impressive beast of a Porsche, now running a 2.5-liter twin-plug flat-six engine pumping out about 220 horsepower. That’s certainly a lot of fun in the back seat (maybe not the kind you’d normally expect on prom night, but I’ve already said too much).

Marco, who now spends his days working on Porsches at TLG Auto in North Hollywood, California, had this 914 in high school, but sold it a while back. More recently, the person he sold it to offered to sell it back to him without wheels, engine, or interior. He jumped at the chance, being that the 914 still featured the close-ratio gearbox he loved all those years ago. Restarting a car build from a familiar platform essentially as a blank slate must have been a truly exhilarating experience for Marco, and one most of us will never get to experience.

In the below video, Matt Farah of The Smoking Tire, takes Marco’s 914 for a spin north of Los Angeles. The 914’s mid-engine chassis is competent and honestly quite advanced for the early 1970s, beating a number of more expensive cars on the road and the race track. The four-cylinder models are a joy to drive, but if you fit the engine compartment with a hot flat-six, you’re bound to surprise yourself with an incredibly modern driving experience. Aside from the notchy and not-at-all-responsive 901-style gearbox, which Matt has plenty of his own trouble with in the video, these cars are an absolute dream to drive. As Marco says, you could easily daily-drive this car, even in LA traffic, and never get sick of it. Which is why he does just that.

 
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Jeff Zwart Burns Rubber in his 914-6

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Jeff Zwart’s wild creation thrashed as it was intended. Over the last forty-five years, Jeff has hustled this lemon yellow 914 in a variety of events, though with few giveaways to its true heritage and power, it might fly under the radar of most. However, keen eyes might pick out the telltale badge or the flared steel fenders, and one glance at the focused interior—complete with a vintage rally computer—would leave no enthusiast wondering whether this diminutive demon was made of stronger stuff.

Peeking into the trunk, the shovel and fire extinguisher are signs of a life spent in competition. This is no poseur’s ride—but Jeff is about the furthest thing from a poseur you could find. A renowned director, photographer, racer, and world traveler; this man’s led a colorful life revolving around his passion for Porsches—hence holding onto this fragile relic for nearly half a century

Weighing just one ton and outputting 220 horsepower, this 914 really had to be competed with. This Porsche rallied from Panama to Alaska, drove through Europe, hillclimbed in New Zealand, and escorted Zwart through college. I’d wager prowling around his campus in a yellow, raucous 914-6 like this one made him a very popular man.

Zwart is not one to turn down a burnout challenge.

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