The Porsche 914 is a mid-engined sports car built in collaboration to Volkswagen and sold between 1969 and 1976. The Volkswagen versions were known as the 914/4S, while the Porsche version as 914/6s. For Volkswagen the 914 replaced the Karmann-Ghia, while for Porsche it was just another sports car added to the line-up.

1969 - 1976 Porsche 914
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Back in the mid-60s VW was looking for a successor to its then rather outdated Type 34 sports coupe, better known as the "Karmann Ghia". At the same time Porsche was striving to expand its position in the market with a sports car in the promising segment beneath the 911.

Facing this challenge Ferry Porsche and VW’s CEO Heinrich Nordhoff agreed in spring 1966 on a joint venture destined to benefit both parties: Porsche was given the assignment by Volkswagen to develop a low-cost mid-engined sports car intended to enter the market as a Volkswagen with four cylinders and as a Porsche with a six-cylinder boxer engine.

With the development process continuing at a good pace, the Board of Management of VW was suddenly confronted with a tragic change: Heinrich Nordhoff died unexpectedly in 1968 and Kurt Lotz was appointed the new Chief Executive Officer. Lotz rescinded the contract agreed verbally and insisted on Volkswagen receiving the sole and exclusive sales rights for the car being developed by Porsche. After long and tough struggles bringing the 914 to the brink of failure more than once, the two companies agreed in a compromise to call the new car the "VW-Porsche" and to market this new model through a joint sales network.

1969 - 1976 Porsche 914
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The VW-Porsche 914 was presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 11 September 1969 as the first mid-engined sports car built in Germany in series production. The combination of the two brand names Volkswagen and Porsche nevertheless turned out to be an image problem for the new model series commonly referred to by the press as the "Volksporsche" or "People’s Porsche". This was a particular disadvantage for the 914/6 powered by the two-litre flat-six carried over from the 911 T 2.0. For despite its outstanding performance, the 914/6 was hardly accepted by most of Porsche’s existing customers.

1969 - 1976 Porsche 914
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The four-cylinder VW-Porsche 914, on the other hand, became a genuine success in the market, accounting for a production volume of 115,631 units until the series ceased production in spring 1976, and thus becoming the best-selling sports car of its time.

Most of the cars built were exported to the United States, where the 914 was marketed as a genuine, fully-fledged Porsche without the VW prefix.

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11 comments:

  (1) posted on 04.27.2013

Look, the 914 was built by Volkswagen! Porsche designed the car but there weren’t any Porsche parts in it..... because it was built by VW. I owned a 1974 model (bought used in late 1976). It had the VW 1.8 liter flat-4 engine (used in the VW truck/bus). It was a great car. Lot’s of trunk space with the front trunk and the back trunk too. When you took off the fiberglass roof panel it fit in the in the rear where it mounted on rubber bushings that held it over anything in the rear trunk. The engine access was pretty small as it was a panel behind the rear engine and in front of therear trunk, but you could get to the engine from the bottom very easily.

  (328) posted on 01.20.2012

I don’t know why Porsche had to use some Volkswagen parts for the engine of
this 914. Anyway, I always see old cars around and I adore their classic beauty, but this one is different. Yeah, I think it’s a FOUL.

  (1) posted on 10.13.2011

Haaaaa, the ignorants!! you dont know how fun this P. OF SH. is this to drive, and just for fun i will drive mine today, it is my over size lawn mower but it easy leaves a gti vr6 on the dust, personal experience!!!

  (666) posted on 04.15.2010

My dad told me that the Porsche 914 was one of the most controversial Porsche ever made because they used some Volkswagen parts for the engine.

  (939) posted on 03.26.2010

A lot of the old generations are still around! They will not switch to pure technology advancement. They will stay as ugly as they are.

  (442) posted on 03.14.2010

I love Vintage car’s specially Porsche vintage’s but this one is a foul. I hope this is the last time I’m going to see a Porsche with that kind of exterior.

  (808) posted on 02.28.2010

Of all the vintage car’s I have seen this is the worst. Your only putting dust in your name Porsche.

  (815) posted on 01.25.2010

@michaelpage : I think they only pricing it according to the performance of the car.

  (815) posted on 01.25.2010

I think the old school look of the car will really make this one a collectors item.

  (478) posted on 01.24.2010

This car will only look good if it does not have a hood. Maybe way back in its strongest years it’s great. But the nicest cars are those that remain to look good, even if there is a newer and better batch of car layouts.

  (515) posted on 01.10.2010

Porsche = Overpriced balls of rust and wtf is that piece of crap in the last picture? Is Porsche ripping ideas from Daewoo or WTF???

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