It is certainly a Porsche you don’t see every day – a special version of the already scarce mid-engined, targa-topped 914. With the car you see here in Bonhams Spa Classic sale on May 21st, here is your chance to own a car that not even the Porsche Museum has!
Collector cars don’t come much more sought-after today than limited-edition Porsches but this one has the advantage of coming in at the lower end of the price scale: Bonhams’ guide on the car is £25-42,000, with no reserve.
Worth it? In condition and provenance yes, for this car was extensively restored between 2015-17 and comes with all the required history including a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. And any 914 is an interesting machine, if no 911. Indeed at its birth it was not even going to be a Porsche – the four-cylinder 914 (there was also a six-pot 914/6) was originally going to be badged as a Volkswagen.
Porsche did design the car (no less than Ferdinand Piech had a hand in it) for coachbuilders Karmann to build, but there is quite a lot of VW in it, including that four-cylinder engine. The original 1.7 was deemed too slow and a fuel-injected 2.0-litre, which this 1974 car has, quickly arrived. The engine still boasts only 99bhp…