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(1969 - Early 1971)

(Mid 1971 - 1973)

Hapewe Variants

Porsche 914/6 and 1969 - 1973 Porsche 911
Factory Tool Kit Pliers

The Most Substantial 914/6 Tool Kit Change

All Porsche 914/6 and 1969-1973 Porsche 911 tool kits were delivered with 160mm combination pliers with cross-hatching on the outside of the handles and a satin-chrome finish. During this period, however, the Porsche tool kit pliers changed while retaining these specific charateristics. Details of this change, which occurred early during the 1971 model year production, are listed below. To further complicate things, a number of similar pliers were sold by the tool manufacturer during this time period, increasing the likelihood of incorrect pliers finding their way into Porsche tool kits.

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1969-1973 Porsche 911 and 914/6 Tool Kit Pliers on eBay

1969 - Early 1971 Porsche 911 and 1970 - Early 1971 914/6 Pliers

1969 to early 1971 model year Porsche tool kits were equipped with unmarked combination pliers with raised cutting surfaces. These pliers have a more polished finish than the Hapewe pliers used in subsequent kits. Pliers provided in Porsche 911 tool kits prior to 1969 were extremely similar but had handles with a slight "S" bend.

Mid 1971 - 1973 Porsche 911 and Mid 1971 - 1972 914/6 Pliers

Late 1971 through 1973 Porsche 911 and 914/6 tool kit pliers have the name of the manufacturer, "HAPEWE," embossed in a space in the middle of the cross-hatching, and "WEST GERMANY" embossed on the inside of each handle. The design, size and shape of these pliers are virtually identical to the unmarked, unplated pliers supplied in the four-cylinder Porsche 914 cars.

During the same general time period, Hapewe manufactured a number of similar plier sets with subtle cosmetic alterations. Differences include differences in finish and an inset "WEST GERMANY" embossing as well as sets with a "V" shaped lower hinge section instead of the more rounded, octagonal shape. Examples of these inappropriate variations are pictured for reference.