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Ties and a Departure From the

The idea that the project be a joint effort between and Porsche had been decided in the when Ferry Porsche met head honcho, Heinrich The new car seemed perfect for both of — it would provide with the desired entry Porsche, and Wolfsburg with a new car would broaden the appeal of the The deal involved the two companies development and building costs, knowledge on handling and dynamics and Also written into the was that the vehicle was to be supplied both a VW-built four and a Porsche-built six cylinder. The car was designed by Klie from the Porsche center, and the finished article was in 1969, at the Frankfurt Motorshow.

The car was to be marketed as a VW-Porsche, and this distaste amongst Porsche — why was the prestigious Porsche being saddled with a mundane, mass-produced and un-sporting such as VW? However, once got over the badge snobbery, a interesting motor vehicle lay For a start, it was mid-engined, and was the first to be built with such a Then there was the removeable roof, the engaging chassis and the of storage space.

Porsche was to stress the strong genes of the car it was mid-engined, just like the 904 it featured an open top engineered to class-beating (and 911-beating) stiffness, and was also built the 911 — well, the Porsche-engined version was. But by the end of 1969, could no longer claim — the removal of shells the Karmann works, where the model was made, and then them to Zuffenhausen, proved too and as such, a brand-new production was built, near to the exisiting works. The new factory sparked and stronger bond between the two in the shape of the coining of a new company VW-Porsche Vertriebgesellschaft GmbH created specifically for the 914.

Performance Differences and Money

The Porsche 914/6 featured upgrades over its VW-powered Most obvious was the performance — the 1.7 litre flat 4 VW the standard car with mediocre but the 2.0 litre, 110BHP Flat 6, engine boosted the performance to at the time. The 914/6 also from longer specification a large wealth of options, 911 brakes, a 911 steering system and a coat of sealant under the car to rusting. Despite these the 914/6 was still sold the VW-Porsche tag, which most of the hard work had done differentiating the two models, in the eyes — they away.

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What did not help the car’s was the fact that, in the UK, it was only cheaper than the 911. a few buyers appreciated the more chassis, the vehicle was only in left-hand drive, writing the British market off the map.

When, in 1973, the VW-powered increased in capacity to 2.0 litres, the became a white elephant, no performance gains over the 914. Needless to say, it was of the pricelists, and Porsche formed a model range formed of the 914 in original 1.7 capacity) and 914 2.0 (fitted the new 100BHP engine from The new power rise found with the motoring press, but found the range confusing and pointless. Sales were not as as Porsche were expecting, but it with the model.

In 1974, the 1.7 was updated to 1.8 litre capacity in European specification, power up to 85 BHP. Unfortunately, the US emission strangled the power output of the new which was only producing — 4BHP down on the Safety features, such as seatbelts, were fitted as

In 1975, the 914 was entering its twilight — in Europe, sales falling off the chart, and customers generally unhappy with the of power and very basic equipment. In the USA, limited were coming out with frequency, in an attempt to capture Despite numerous colour revisions and new wheel designs, the 914 was precious few buyers.

In 1976, new boss, Rudolf Leiding, that they no longer the 914 for its new business direction, and pulled out of the Rumored to have cost up to £70 million, the pull-out left on the verge of its darkest hour. the replacement was set to change all that, in the shape of the Porsche 924 .

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Volkswagen-Porsche 914
Volkswagen-Porsche 914
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