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The Porsche 914: A History

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Two automakers that hail the same country get together to a new car. But it’s not just any car – meant to be a true sports It is to be rear-wheel-drive, lightweight, powered by a engine, and most of all, and accessible to the masses. Building car together would satisfy the of both automakers and cut down on

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The is, while the Toyobaru twins to be largely successful as far as reviews and go, the 914 was, well… not. it has gone down in history as an odd and bastard child in the torrid, romance between Volkswagen and

On paper at least, this not have been the case. gives us a good run-down of the stats. It was small, weighed a over 2,000 pounds, and had its behind the cabin like a racecar. Other goodies a fully independent suspension, a top, a five-speed manual and fuel injection — a very package for its time. It even had two How many trunks does stupid car have?

Plus, a price tag of about $3,500 it was introduced in 1970, the 914 would be affordable (that’s only $20 grand in today’s dollars). AND it had a badge! If such a car were today, people would be each other’s faces in the for the chance to buy one.

Alas, like in-car players and the movie Prometheus . things that seem great ideas on paper work out so well in real

Here’s how the 914 came to be, according to Motorsports . In the late 60s, needed a replacement for the 911’s four-cylinder cousin, the 912. At the time, VW needed a replacement for the that would ideally be than just a fanciful-bodied Perhaps over some and sauerkraut (these are the only I know about Germany the fact that they up Pearl Harbor to avenge the of the Kaiser), Ferry Porsche and VW Heinz Nordhoff hammered out an where their respective would build the car together.

The car would be designed by Porsche and by a VW engine, and under their plan, both manufacturers to get a version of the car. But after died, a new executive mandated the car be sold in Europe as the VW-Porsche In America, it was simply sold as a


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As one might expect from the size, weight, and mid-engine handling was pretty sharp. was not. The problem was that the they went with was the 1.7-liter, 80-horsepower flat from the Volkswagen Type 4 This was in no way a performance engine, and it Even in the 914’s lightweight 0-to-60 mph came at a lofty 13 giving the driver plenty of to wonder if his or her purchase was really idea.

But perhaps the 914’s biggest was one of perception. With all of its VW components, enthusiasts refused to accept it as a Porsche. It also suffered a poor shift linkage, awkward styling and cut-rate that reflected its low-cost, bin origins. The car was not well received by the press at the time.

Porsche to up the ante by selling a six-cylinder called the 914/6. But that price tag put it within close of the superior 911, which it an even bigger flop its less-powerful sibling.

In the end, as Ate Up Motor tells it, the 914 was put out to pasture for in 1975, bested by more sports machines like the 240Z. The Vo-Po didn’t too badly in auto racing, a win in its class at the 1970 24 Hours of It was even successful enough to about 120,000 copies. can still be found on the roads driven with the top open by a and attentive owner or doing with a Fox-body Mustang or a Neon in some Lemons

It’s interesting to see how far Porsche has since the days of the 914. The sportster is a pretty far cry from the Cayennes and Panameras we see today. The would have a great more success at mid-engine when it unveiled the Boxster in the

Since then, enthusiasts been clamoring for a less-expensive, sports car that could be a to the 914 — perhaps even with VW’s help. Now the two companies are properly married and not living in sin, who knows ?

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