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Customer Cars: Michael Hartmann's Resto of a 1971 914-6

Thursday, August 26, 2021 4:19 PM

We love seeing what exciting projects our customers are currently working on. Every month we would like to showcase a couple of cars in whatever state they are in - on the road or on the rack.

This months submission comes from Michael Hartmann who is the 3rd owner of a very special 1971 914-6 (0372).




Michael first acquired his 914-6 in February 2010. The car, which had spent its entire life in the Bay Area, was black when he bought it and in need of a full restoration.


After a false start in May of 2012 that resulted in a 61 month delay, the car went down to Auto Art Customs and the talented hands of Kent Simmons.  Kent restored the body to better than original, all metal finished and finished in Glasurit Irish Green. The car was assembled by Jim Geer, Kent Simmons, Andy Thonet and Bob Fullton. 



Michael replaced the existing Weber equipped 3.0 with a 1987 3.2 with Motronic injection, 964 cams, Ben McFarland’s custom SS full exhaust and a custom Steve Wong chip. The original tail shifter was converted to a side shift and the brakes were upgraded to 914-6 GT rears and early 911S aluminum front calipers.He also has installed a GT oil cooler up front with hard lines running behind the driver’s rocker. The Car runs around 190 degrees most of the time.

From left to right: Previous owner, Michael's brother, Michael.


Michael and his brother went back to the second owner of the car after restoration was completed. He was blown away by the completed car and appreciated the chance for him and his wife to see the car which they took their honeymoon in. Last year he was able to participate in West Coast Ramble and had a great time on the road. Since completion, Michael has put about 4,500 miles on the odometer and drives it regularly. The longest trips it has taken so far have been to LA and back, twice. This is a beautiful restoration which had a lot of hard work put into it, thanks for sharing Michael!

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Carlos Ceballos
posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 8:24 PM
What a great looking car congratulations