This Porsche 914 was built into a 914-6 GT tribute in the early-2000s for use in vintage racing. The project was based on a 1976 914-4 shell and was commissioned by R Gruppe member Jeff Lewis, who owned the car for about a decade and raced it with the HMSA. The next owner was Mark Leonard of Grand Prix Classics, who continued to update and campaign the car throughout his ownership. Power is provided by a twin-plug 2.5L flat-six that is equipped with 46mm PMO carburetors and is paired with a side-shift five-speed manual transaxle. Additional equipment includes fiberglass fender flares, staggered-width 15″ Fuchs wheels, Boxster brake calipers, adjustable Koni struts and shocks, a full roll cage, and a custom dash. The car was acquired by the current owner in 2019 and has since been serviced with a valve adjustment and installation of a new clutch and front main seal. New Recaro racing seats, new harnesses, and a MOMO steering wheel were also installed earlier this year. This 914 race car is now offered by the seller on behalf of the current owner with a documentation binder, spares, and a California title.
In 2001 the donor shell was stripped, reinforced, and repainted in Mexico Blue by Auto Assets. Fiberglass fender flares were also installed along with fiberglass front and rear decklids. The bodywork was further revised in 2012 by ArrowLane of Scottsdale, Arizona, using a real 914-6 GT as a guide. Other specifications include plexiglass windows, GT-style rocker covers and bumper assemblies, a mesh engine compartment lid, and a through-the-hood fuel filler. Recent work included installation of new windshield trim and new tie-down hooks. A crack is present on one of the fender flares, as shown in the gallery.
Five-bolt hubs have been added and allow fitment of staggered-width 15″ Fuchs wheels. A second set of 15″ Fuchs wheels is included in the sale, and all are mounted with Hoosier racing tires. Suspension modifications include 911 front strut housings with Koni inserts, Koni Sport rear shocks, 350 lb/in rear torsion bars, 911 Turbo tie rod assemblies, and Tarrett poly-bronze bushings. The current owner had 986 Boxster brake calipers installed along with new rotors, though the removed 911S brake components are included. The car was corner balanced and aligned in January 2020.
The cabin features lightweight door panels and RS-style carpets. New fixed-back Recaro racing seats with Recaro sliders and new harnesses were installed in 2020, and an Alcantara-rimmed MOMO steering wheel with a new quick-release hub was also added. The roll cage is finished in black and was fitted with an updated harness bar during current ownership. The car is equipped with a custom aluminum toe board and oil cooler lines routed through the passenger-side footwell.
The custom dash replicates the factory item but is made of aluminum and fiberglass and is upholstered in black vinyl. Instrumentation consists of a central 11k-rpm tachometer with the variable redline set at 8k-rpm, as well as a 150-mph speedometer and a combination oil temperature/pressure gauge. An hour meter is installed on the right side of the dash and shows 104 hours of runtime, and the seller notes that the current engine build has three hours on it.
The twin-plug flat-six was built by Ryan Racing Restorations in 2001 with a displacement of 2,040cc. Invoices from the original engine build can be reviewed in the gallery and outline components utilized, including twin-spark cylinder heads, Carrillo rods, re-ground camshafts, twin Permatune distributors, a 3.0-liter oil pump with oil squirters, a lightweight flywheel, custom dry-sump tank, 46mm PMO carburetors, and a set of custom-made headers. The seller reports that the engine has since been increased in displacement to 2,450cc. An engine-out service was performed in 2020 and included installing a new front crank seal, as well as performing a valve adjustment and resealing the engine compartment.
The side-shift five-speed transaxle was built by LDM Inc. of California in 2013, and subsequently rebuilt by Goldcrest Motorsports of Georgia in 2016 with short-ratio gearing. Service in 2020 included re-packing the CV joints, installing a new clutch, and resealing transaxle case. A 914-6 GT-style oil cooler and ducting were fabricated by ArrowLane in 2013.
Highlights from the documentation binder are provided in the gallery, as are photocopies of the HMSA logbook and a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity for the 1976 shell.
A video featuring racing driver Andrew Novich is attached above. On-track footage from Sonoma and Laguna Seca is provided below, and a video of the car at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway can be viewed here.