News: Porsche 914/6 GT Sets Record With $995,000 Sale

Porsche 914/6 GT Sets Record With $995,000 Sale

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January 20, 2020
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When it comes to million-dollar supercars, there are those that are the obvious draws: a new Pagani Huayra or McLaren Senna, perhaps, or even a vintage Aston Martin or Ferrari. A 50-year-old Porsche has just been added to the list (nearly, at least), though it’s certainly not the model you’d expect.

A 1970 Porsche 914/6 GT, on auction with Gooding and Company in Scottsdale, Arizona, last week, went for an astounding $995,000, the highest price ever for a 914.

Yes, a 914! Considered the runt of the litter, the model was originally a collaboration between Porsche and Volkswagen, and has generally seen little respect among classic car purists.

But this is no ordinary 914. This is a 914/6 GT, built specifically by the factory for racing, with performance mods such as beefier 911 S brakes, fiberglass body panels, steel wheel flares, added oil coolers and wider alloy wheels. It also sports the most powerful engine available for the car at the time, a 210hp, 1,991cc flat-six engine.

This particular car also has a serious racing pedigree; it’s one of just 16 racing 914s built by Porsche in 1970, and was delivered to Canadian racer and journalist, Jacques Duval. It finished 1st in class (7th overall) at the 1971 24 Hours of Daytona, 4th in-class at the 12 Hours of Sebring, first overall at the 6 Hours of St. Croix and first in class (3rd overall) at the Carnival at Three Rivers before being retired and sold. It went through a few other owners before bringing redemption to the 914 line-up in Arizona.

*Images courtesy of Gooding and Company

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Indeed, MarkP. A quick and dirty calculation reveals that, at $995,000, our buyer paid $499.75 for each c.c. and a sturdy $4,738 for each of his 210 horsepowers. This is madness, despite all the provenance. It’s hard not to think the buyer overpaid here, and to realize that this sale is just another statistic to bolster the argument that prices for classics have become untethered to reality, fed by carnival barkers shilling immediate gratification to a house full of easy money. Or as I call it, another onset of Barrett-Jackson Syndrome.

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MarkP

The buyer is a fool! For just another $5,000 he could have bought the car for a million!