1970 1976 Porsche 914 Market Profile — Volkswagen-Porsche 914

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(note: this profile in the Oct. 2005 issue. courtesy Porsche NA)

As the sixties a strengthening Mark and escalating presented a Porsche with a Did it want to abandon the affordable car market due to cost pressures, or it develop a new model to pick up the the now expensive 911/912 left The problem was, of course, affordable translated into production runs in order to economies of scale. Porsche had the capacity nor the desire to produce many cars. So, to make a story short, they up with Volkswagen, who was looking for a for its aging Kharmann-Ghia. Together developed the 914, and each got wish. Sort of. In Europe creation was sold as a VW-Porsche. In America, it replaced the 912 and was marketed as a presumably because they we were too dumb to know the

The car itself was novel and technically for its modest price. Mid-engine, independent suspension and 4-wheel brakes were, for the time, car features. A lift-off targa gave passengers a convertible while maintaining chassis

Almost immediately, though, and criticism mounted. The motor, a flat four lifted out of VWs 412 sedan, offered anemic It was uncomfortable. The gearshift was vague. was not up to expectations. And finally, no one seemed to the way it looked. Heck, even Track, a Porsche apologist if ever was one, was lukewarm at over the thing.

Overall, it reasonably well but it never won the of Porsche enthusiasts, or even in general for that matter. were made over the but not at the pace you would expect Porsche, probably because in they were the junior VW was more concerned with profits, not the car.

Porsche was acutely aware of all of and tried to address these from the beginning. The most fix was shoehorning in the 2.0L six from the 911T. It transformed the car, but made it almost as expensive as the 911, and more than a Jag Because of this, demand and were quite low for the three it was available. It is a prize today expect to pay 15k+ for a good much more for a pristine Many lesser 914s been gutted and re-created as models, so make sure you what you’re doing shopping around.

In `73 a new performance version was introduced to the 914/6 — the 914 2.0. the 4-cylinder engine was from VW but time it made enough to bring performance to an acceptable Handling benefited from springs and anti-roll bars and rear. A 1.8 liter four the 1.7 as the base motor in 1974, but it no performance gain and has the somewhat troublesome Bosch L-jetronic injection system.

Emissions unfavorable exchange rates, and newly arrived competition Japan in the affordable sports car began to take their By `76, the 1.8 was gone and horsepower was to 81 on the 2.0. It would be the 914’s hurrah.

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So, what should you look First and foremost, get one without That probably means be looking down south or out but a surprising number of rust cars are in good shape, too perhaps because many used only as summer Pay close attention to the battery as corrosion prompted by leaked acid in this area is common. Make especially that the suspension to chassis points around here not been compromised.

Cosmetically, the trim and body pieces are harder to find and are quite so if you’re looking at a car that is not in this area you may want to check your budget.

are important, too. Economy or not, it’s still a and any shop that knows they’re doing doesn’t cheap. Common maladies: lock was a problem in hot climates Porsche moved the fuel from near the heat to a cooler position up front, on the 914/6, and of course, the dreaded studs. Do not buy anything that major body or mechanical In very short order, you can sink thousands into one of — and you’ll never get it It’s why you see so many low-priced for sale.

The Market Today

Over the the 914 has slowly gained greater in Porsche circles. Maybe acceptance is a better term. In any 4-cylinder 914s are very Good 1.7s and 1.8s can be found under $5,000 The `73-’74 2.0s are more, from $5,000-$7,500 for decent The `75-’76 2.0s are slightly As we mentioned earlier, the 914/6 is far than the 4-cylinder cars, but have a strong following and seem to have buyers.

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