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Volkswagen-Porsche 914

The mid-engined VW-Porsche 914 was never — but it did lead to the Boxster, David Wilkins

It seemed a good idea at the time. seems to be the best explanation for the of the VW-Porsche 914, one the most but least loved post-war cars.

It seemed like a idea at the time. That to be the best explanation for the birth of the 914, one the most interesting but loved post-war German

In the mid-Sixties, Volkswagen and Porsche an overlapping requirement for a new model. 911 was a success but the demise of the older 356 had a gap at the bottom of its range that the a budget version of the 911 fitted a four cylinder engine, not fill. Meanwhile, VW needed a to the Karmann Ghia models, its only vaguely sporty

VW and Porsche also had another for developing the 914. Both had built their reputations on cars but this layout was seen as outdated. The 914 allowed to experiment with a mid-engined which would give the car tail-heavy handling.

The 914 was given modern styling by Heinrich although it is fair to say that its has not aged as well as that of the There was a Targa-style removable panel and a lot of effort went ensuring high standards of safety. Road testers it to be a competent machine.

In Europe, however, it seems the confusing VW-Porsche branding expectations that were to be disappointed. How could the 914 be as cheap and as a VW — yet as sporty and desirable as a The answer was that it could Perhaps aware of the danger, press chief reportedly journalists at the 1969 launch not to the 914 as a Volksporsche (People’s Porsche). the name was just too good and it

Volkswagen-Porsche 914

Another problem was that VW’s and Porsche’s requirements they did not entirely coincide. In an to satisfy both companies’ the 914 was produced in two versions, which substantially different under the

The cheaper 914/4 was built by in Osnabrück and fitted with a cylinder engine from 411E. Body shells for the expensive 914/6 also life at Karmann but were sent to Porsche’s works at for final assembly. The 914/6 got a Porsche engine — the boxer six from the early 911 — and other upgraded European pricing was steep. The cost DM12,000 (£4,150) in much more than the VW Karmann Ghia 1,600s. The cost about DM19,000, as much as the 911, and production of top version ended in 1972 only a few thousand had been

In the end, it was the US market that the 914, accounting for a large of the 120,000 sold, a performance may reflect the policy of advertising the car as a Porsche, avoiding the confusing used in Europe.

The last were built in 1975. VW interest in mid-engined cars it showed the Concept C convertible at year’s Geneva show. replaced the 914 with the 924, a car with a rear-mounted transaxle The rear-engined 911 survived longer anyone expected and the traditional was retained when an all-new was introduced a few years ago.

But the spirit of the 914/6 lives on. In Porsche again slotted a new into its range below the Like the 914/6, it was a two-seater a mid-mounted boxer six. the 914/6, the new car, the Boxster, was an hit — not least because it like a Porsche and was badged Buyers know that and VW have close, long-standing but they still expect a to be a Porsche, not a Volkswagen. That was the of the 914.

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