Air Highnesses

Can it be a bit of air? With three conceived in the 1960s, open sports car from Italy, Germany and England we made to us to experience unspoiled fresh air enjoyment

If an enjoyable ride through the beautiful Alb lures, one should choose his set of wheels sent. Almost like in the Allgäu countless climbing wind up the mountains, and with the Furtle Pass attracts even a full-grown mountain pass in this beautiful region of the Swabian Alb.

Tight corners and hairpins favor quite clearly slight, agile sports car, and so we find in Fiat 124 Spider Europe - the strictly speaking a Pininfarina is - and in Porsche 914/6 and in Triumph TR6 three formidable partner for our comparison trip.


The seductive qualities of our three open jester could not be more different here. So done in Pininfarina Spidereuropa a lively four-cylinder with 1995 cc displacement vibration its service, with fresh gas fed by a Bosch L-Jetronic, as for the last years of construction of the designed and to its foundations in 1966 in this form 1981 to 1985 most recently as Type DS by Pininfarina built in 7450 units Fiat 124 Spider was used.

Lively 105 bhp served the Italian twin cam four cylinder and delighted in conjunction with the light and not too long ways switchable five-speed transmission with good performance. 12.2 seconds stand for the sprint from zero to 100 km / h on the clock; the top speed is 175 kilometers per hour.

The retrofitted, double-flow Ansa sport exhaust system emits a sound that spontaneous associations with motor sports events and the desire to boring arouses: from almost begeisterungswürdigem temperament of the sound that the 124 Spidereuropa it produces is.

Of no less sporty blood is purely acoustic considered the 1969-1972 built in Zuffenhausen Porsche 914/6 already shows. In it, the coming virtually from 911 t per construction with perfect moment balance and smoothness of blessed six-cylinder boxer served with 1991 cubic centimeters capacity 110 hp at 5800 tours.

In the upper speed regions the typical saw the boxer is accompanied by an unmistakable slurping the two Weber triple carburetor. Further noticeable more vital than the Spidereuropa the only time 3338 built Porsche pushes on, and so here go by just 9.9 seconds, up to 100 km / h mark is reached.

201 km / h top of 914/6 is not only the fastest in our dynamic trio, but shines with 9 liters per 100 kilometers with the lowest consumption. However, a certain annoyance is the gearbox of the Porsche.

The otherwise often missed shifting precision we can not blame him, the five grades raced but a clean and reliable.

The paths, which, however, for it to cover the right hand with the shift stick, are simply a disgrace. Almost an impossibility renders it even to engage the trailing left first gear.

Since the driver's right knee is already blocked by the steering wheel and still finding the driving position is possible only with difficulty.

A smaller steering wheel and slightly shorter stick shift would be a solution here. But once in motion, is the first step without this history, and the mid-engine sports turns out to be on the twisty terrain as a true source of driving pleasure.

No question: The 914/6 is a thoroughbred sports car, which he already makes the drive significantly.


From a completely different naturell the Triumph TR6 shows. Like the Porsche, he relies on six cylinders, but have their jobs front as in Pininfarina. In the driven us US version of the two Zenith-Stromberg carburetors fed Reihensechser produced with OHV valve control 106 hp at moderate speeds of 4500 rpm.

From the lush displacement of 2498 cubic centimeters draws its smooth-running engine torque thick and coating and tight pulling power, and so can the
strong character Brite be quite moving gearshift changes.

178 km / h and 11.5 seconds for the sprint from zero to 100 km / h in approximately 94,600 times built roadster from the island also offers respectable performance.

On the gearbox there is nothing to find fault, the four courses raced clean and not too long routes. For the highway or expressway Triumph also offered an optional, electrically switchable overdrive, keeping the level of speed and consumption on such stages within limits.

In our area, but we enjoy the four well-staged gears and let the TR6 tubes perk about the winding forest roads. Even if it
it opened at the ultimate sportiness of the Porsche and the typical bustling Italian character of the 124 lacks so derTR6 with his bassy sound but his own, quite exciting world of sporty stylish English driving.

With the Porsche, the Briton can not keep up, of course. Thanks to extremely low center of gravity, only 940 kg curb weight and all-round gripping disc brakes are front ventilated even opened the 914/6 on curvy slopes his own world.

On top of that you yourself as a great Grown ideally sits in the car and the steering is very fine and direct.

So the driver can concentrate on the road and savor the agility typical of the mid-engine car. Because of the sporty-taut tuning body roll is also very low and allows a very brisk pace.


Not at cardboard are the sporting qualities of 124 Spidereuropa. The smooth, precise steering allows the driver to also make the right line, and the disc brakes front and rear tame the only 1050 kg heavy Italians effortlessly.

The drive concept with front platziertem engine rear-drive, it is finally owed that he not bearish traction of 914/6 can offer. A slightly higher-lying center of gravity and a little less taut suspension settings allow not quite the Porsche pace overall.

There sits in the 124 despite its relatively compact edition ageflächen quite wonderful. Everything also is well at hand, and on top of that he will treat passengers compared to Porsche, with an increase in ride comfort. Similar to the Pininfarina of TR6 is classified in terms of comfort.

Not hard as a board, but not too soft matched, it offers a good compromise between performance and comfort. Hardly less agile than the 124 he drives through turn combinations, but for which the driver has to apply higher steering forces anything.

Up to a length of around 1.90 meters, the driver is well accommodated in the English roadster. The seats are also best upholstered in comparison and offer the most space.

Everything is also easy to operate at hand, and alone for the wooden dashboard with no less than six beautiful Smiths instruments, the Briton deserves a big sympathy point.

Is it from enjoying the high fun factor of three Roadster as part of an extended weekend or even holiday trips, less is more!

Not so much luggage. First nonexistent large luggage weighs nothing, secondly, it can be anyway hardly accommodate even when Pininfarina and TR6
each through mid-mounted engine even their can muster two a trunk and Porsche.

The exclusive two-seater with an option for a third, centrally located seat of the Porsche needs the two luggage compartments because even strongly enough travel items to be stowed.

The Pininfarina and the triumph after all, offer the alternative, yet accommodate some luggage behind the seats, resulting in comparable storage volumes bottom line.

In the chapter economy each prospective customer will open his individual account. A largely unreceptive, sophisticated technology of Pininfarina offers 124 Spider Europe.

Slightly more intense the Triumph TR6 want to be cared for, if only because he has no carburetors and virtually maintenance-free injection. The Porsche 914/6 have to live with high parts prices, and already an oil change proposes to Beech with expensive nine liters of lubricant.

FIAT 124 SPIDER (By .: 1966-85): Technical data and facts
R4-cylinder; front mounted longitudinally; 2-valve; two overhead camshafts; Toothed belt drive; Mixture formation: Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection system; Bore x Stroke: 84 x 90 mm; Displacement: 1995 cm3; Compression ratio: 8.2: 1; Power:
77 kW / 105 hp at 5500 / min; Max. Torque: 149 Nm at 3000 / min; Five-speed transmission; Medium circuit; rear-wheel drive
Structure and chassis
Self-supporting all-steel body with two doors; Front Suspension: wishbone, stabilizer; Rear: rigid axle, Längsschub- and reaction strut, Panhard rod; v./h .: coil springs shock absorbers; The worm / steering roller; Brakes: v./h. discs; Tire: 195/50 R 15; Aluminum wheels: 7 x 15
Key data
L / W / H: 4107/1615/1250 mm; Wheelbase: 2280 mm; Gauge v./h .: 1354/1320 mm; Empty / Gesamtgew .: 1050/1260 kg; Tank volume: 45 l; Construction time: 1981-1985; No. of items: 7450; Price (1983): 24,950 Mark
Acceleration: 0 to 100 km / h in 12.2 seconds; Top speed: 175 km / h; Consumption: 10.5 L / 100km
1Factory specifications; all values ​​Spidereuropa


State 2: 18,600 euros
State 3: 11,400 euros
State 4: 6200 €
Value: stagnant
Definition of state notes

PORSCHE 914/6 (Bj .: 1969-72): Technical data and facts
B6-cylinder; Fan cooling; Mid-engine; 2-valve; an overhead camshaft per row of cylinders; Chain drive;
Mixture formation: two Weber triple carburetor; Bore x Stroke: 80 x 66 mm; Displacement: 1991 cm3; Compression ratio: 8.6: 1; Power: 81 kW / 110 hp at 5800 / min; Max. Torque: 157 Nm at 4200 / min; Five-speed transmission; Medium circuit; rear-wheel drive
Structure and chassis
Self-supporting all-steel body with two doors; Front suspension: spring legs, control arms, the longitudinal torsion bars;
rear: Suspensions, trailing arm; v./h .: double acting shock absorbers; Rack and pinion steering; Brakes: v./h. Vented. discs; Tire: 185/70 R 15; Steel wheels: 7 x 15
Key data
L / W / H: 3985/1650/1240 mm; Wheelbase: 2450 mm, track width v./h .: 1361/1382 mm; empty / Gesamtgew .: 940/1260 kg;
Tank volume: 62 l; Construction time: 1969-1972; No. of items: 3338; Price (1969): 19,980 Mark
Acceleration: 0 to 100 km / h in 9.9 seconds; Top speed 201 km / h; Consumption: 9.0 l / 100 km
1factory specifications


State 2: 47,300 euros
State 3: 31,500 euros
State 4: 20.000 €
Performance: Rising
Definition of state notes

TRIUMPH TR6 (Bj .: 1968-76): Technical data and facts
R6-cylinder; front mounted longitudinally; 2-valve; a bottom camshaft; two Zenith Stromberg-gasifier; Bore x Stroke: 74.7 x 95 mm; Displacement: 2498 cm3; Compression ratio: 7.5: 1; Power 76/1973 78 kW (104/106 hp) at 4500 / min, max. Torque 194 Nm at 3000 / min; Four-speed manual transmission, optionally with electrically switchable overdrive; Medium circuit; rear-wheel drive
Structure and chassis
All-steel body in box frame with two doors; Radradaufhängung front: wishbone, coil springs; rear: longitudinal control arms, coil springs; v./h. shock absorber; mechanical steering rack; Brakes: v./h .: discs / drums; Tires: 185 R 15; Wheels: 5.5 x 15
Key data
L / W / H: 4120/1470/1270 mm; Wheelbase: 2,235 mm; Gauge v./h .: 1276/1264 mm; Empty / total weight 1090/1360 kg; Tank capacity :; Construction period: 1968-1976; Number: about 94,600; Price (1968): 14,420 Mark
Acceleration: 0 to 100 km / h in 11.5 seconds; Top speed .: 178 km / h consumption: 10.8 l / 100 km
1factory specifications


State 2: 21,600 euros
State 3: 14,000 euros
State 4: 6900 €
Performance: slightly increasing
Definition of state notes

Our conclusion

The three lightweight roadster with origins in the 60s are all jokers purest water. The performance-oriented Sport driverfavoring clear the Porsche 914/6. To think he decides thanks to the strongest drive, the best brakes and sporty chassis design chapter driving dynamics of its own. The Pininfarina Spider Europe is nowhere open to attack. It provides agile handling, a great, lively engine and proffers his crew despite sporting design a good level of ride comfort. He noted it is believed that he was further advanced for almost 20 years and the last and best evolution of the Fiat 124 Spider is. The Triumph TR6, however, is a character actor who besides style but may well also show sporting bite. Its in-line six-cylinder sounds just wonderful, and once climbed into the cockpit, you do not want to leave it in view of the classical instrument panel.

Jürgen Gassebner