VW-Porsche 914: Volks-Porsche or Elfer competitor?

VW-Porsche 914 (1969-1974)
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The production two-seater with mid-engine was manufactured from 1969 to Built in 1975. Between 1969 and the end of production in spring 1976, a total of 118,978 units rolled off the assembly line. The name VW-Porsche and the low entry-level price of the mid-engine sports car of 12,250 DM (1970) soon earned it the nickname “Volks-Porsche” or even “VoPo”. 3353 only 9 14 rolled off the assembly line as /6 with the two-liter six-cylinder of the 911 T. The 914/6 are correspondingly expensive today: Classic Analytics quoted 72,000 euros for a state 2 copy. That is more than twice as much as would be due for a four-cylinder: The 80 hp 1.7-liter versions in state 2 are quoted at 23,900 euros. But back to the beginning. The fact that the 914 was called VW-Porsche has to do with its winding history.

Premiere at the IAA 1969

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Premiere at the IAA 1969: VW-Porsche 914.

At the Frankfurt IAA the VW-Porsche 914 celebrated on September 11, 1969 its premiere. Ferry Porsche and the then VW boss Heinrich Nordhoff had previously agreed with a handshake on a special business model for selling the new sports car both as a VW variant and as a Porsche model. Both sides should benefit from this constellation. VW should ensure low production costs through high sales. Porsche was to be rewarded for the development work via the low unit costs that could be achieved.

However, VW boss Nordhoff died in April 1968 and his successor Kurt Lotz is said to have signed the verbal agreement between Nordhoff and FerryPorsche have not recognized. Lotz claimed the sole distribution rights to the Porsche order development. So the joint project seemed to be doomed to fail. At the beginning of 1969 an agreement was finally reached and as a compromise between VW and Porsche the VW-Porsche Vertriebsgesellschaft m.b.H. founded. The headquarters of the new VG was Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart. Today the sales and marketing department of Porsche AG is located in the Ludwigsburg office complex.

914 as Volkswagen and as Porsche

Most of the 914 were exported to the United States. Because of the Audi-Porsche sales network there, the 914 was given the appropriate logos and coats of arms as a “real” Porsche. Nevertheless, a distinction must be made here between the 914 from VW and the more powerful variant from Porsche. The manufacturer's name 'Volkswagenwerk' is also noted on the nameplate of the US four-cylinder vehicles.

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The 914 was a child of its time and is now reviving the 70s.

The two-seater with the fixed Targa bracket was the first German mid-engine sports car. Two engines were available from the start of production. The VW-Porsche 914/4 had the 1.7-liter four-cylinder boxer engine from the VW 411 E with 80 hp. The Porsche 914/6 was powered by a two-liter, six-cylinder boxer engine with 110 hp from the Porsche 911 T. The four-cylinder 914s were manufactured by Karmann in Osnabrück, while the 914s with six cylinders were produced in the Porsche factory in Stuttgart.

Mid-engine two-seater with lively driving characteristics

Hans-Dieter Seufert
Driving performance and road holding benefit from the fact that the 914 weighs only 900 kg.

For the conditions at the time, the performance of the two-seater was quite impressive. While the four-cylinder injection engine reached 177 km /h, the six-cylinder achieved a top speed of 201 km /h. The 80-hp model was followed in 1973 by the 1.8-liter twin-carburettor engine with 85 hp from the 412 S. In 1972, the two-liter four-cylinder, which replaced the Porsche boxer, finally appeared.

Two special ones Special models delight the hearts of the 914 fan base to this day. So two models with eight-cylinder as Porsche 914/8 built. The three-liter boxer engine with injection and 300 hp works under the bonnet of the first example with the chassis number 914.111. This red 914/8 was a test vehicle that Ferdinand Piëch used. The second 914/8 was a birthday present for Ferry Porsche on his 60th birthday. In this vehicle, the boxer engine equipped with carburettors mobilized 260 hp. In addition to the two eight-cylinder 914s, there were eleven 916s that were equipped with the 190 and 210 hp six-cylinders from the 911 S and the Carrera RS. These 916 were intended for motorsport. The mid-engine sports car was quite successful there; a 914/6 GT from the Sonauto team won the GT class at Le Mans in 1970 .. A 914/6 GT was made available to the ONS in 1972 as the world's first safety car.

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