The Air-Cooled Porsches owned by Air Brigade members are some of the finest examples available. There is usually one main characteristic of Air Brigade Porsches; they are driven.
A prime example is Henry Wilkerson’s Porsche 914-6 that is on display at the Porsche Experience Center as the Street Version compared to the race version. This is a 100-point concours restoration of a 914-6 in classic Tangerine.
Porsche North America Placard Description for the two Porsche 914/6 on Display at the Porsche Experience Center Atlanta
As in the first Porsche 356 No. 1, in the 550 Spyder and in many Porsche racing cars, the engine of the Porsche 914 launched in the fall of 1969 was located between the rear wall of the passenger compartment and the rear axle. The mid-engine sports car with the removable Targa roof was a joint project between Porsche and Volkswagen, although the Development Center in Weissach was responsible for the design. By the end of the model line in spring 1976, Porsche had built the 914 with a choice of four engines, and the most powerful was the six-cylinder flat engine of the 911T with 110 hp. The 914/6 went from 0 to 60 mph in just under ten seconds. A top speed of 125 mph was an impressive figure in the early seventies. Disc brakes at the front, elegant, sport Fuchs rims and the ignition lock on the left of the steering wheel lent the 914/6 even greater Porsche character. When production ceased in 1971 though, just 3,338 units had been built.
The 914/6 presented here was completed in May of 1970 with European delivery equipment for sale in Finland. It soon found its way to the United States where it spent most of its life in the Arizona area until being acquired by its current owner.
A small number of 914/6 GT models were constructed for racing use in the early 1970’s, and they would come to dominate the 2-liter scene. The 914/6 GT scored significant class victories at LeMans, Nürburgring and Daytona while the famous #59 presented here scored the first-ever IMSA Camel GT victory exactly 50 years ago, driven by the dynamic duo from Brumos Racing, Peter Gregg and Hurley Haywood.
Displayed side-by-side in Ferry Porsche’s favorite Tangerine color, the similarities and differences beautifully illustrates just how “rooted in racing” Porsche vehicles truly are.
- 1970 Porsche 914/6 provided courtesy of Susan & Henry Wilkerson
- 1971 Porsche 914/6 GT provided courtesy of The Brumos Collection
Henry’s pristine 914/6 isn’t just a show car though as he regularly joins Air Brigade drives through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Editorial Note: Air Brigade usually refers to the six cylinder 914 as a 914-6 but Porsche North America uses a hash instead of a hyphen so that will be considered the official designation.
Tags: Porsche 914/6, Porsche 914, Porsche Experience Center