Extraordinary. VW-Porsche 914: a wierd convertible


Between the Porsche and Peach households, the car is a standard denominator; Ferdinand constructed the Beetle and his sister married the proprietor of Volkswagen factories, Anton Pich. The Porsche 356 was designed based mostly on the Cox and the partnership is pure.

In 1964, the 2 manufacturers required a sports activities mannequin to interchange the Sort 34 in VW and shaped an entry-level 911 that was already too costly. Porsche would work from 1966 on an idea with a central engine, which the Ferdinand 356 was not in a position to do for monetary causes when creating.

A Convertible, Not a Cabrio

914 for the long run, «Butzi» Porsche and Heinrich Klei are designing a automotive that breaks the code. No extra fenders with headlights on the top; There, it is the flip alerts and pilot lights that we discover in entrance. The headlights are flat pop-up mounted on both aspect of the hood.

On the time, in the US, security requirements weighed on automotive manufacturing (we particularly bear in mind the massive energy-absorbing bumpers placed on Volvo) and, at Porsche, there have been fears that the convertible could be banned. Subsequently, we resolve that solely the roof will probably be detachable, which will probably be positioned within the rear trunk.

a standard firm

For this joint challenge, a three way partnership with equal shares was shaped in April 1968 to make sure advertising: VW Porsche Vertriebgesellschaft GmbH. The VW-Porsche 914 was introduced in Frankfurt on 11 September 1969 and manufacturing started at German coachbuilder Karmann.

The VW community will promote the 914-4 and Porsche’s 914-6 fashions. Besides in the US the place the 2 fashions will probably be bought by Porsche.

For building, Porsche had our bodies delivered to Zuffenhausen the place the six-cylinder engine and specialised working gear have been fitted on the identical line because the 911.

one automotive, two engines

In 1970, underneath the bonnet of the 914-4, there was a fundamental model of the 1.7-liter injection flat-four; a reasonably powered engine (80 hp) however which nonetheless takes the automotive to 177 km/h; It’s connected to a field 5.

Accelerations are substantial and the value is excessive at 22,500 F (present €25,533 in keeping with INSEE). For the 914-6, it obtained the 911T’s 6-cylinder flat engine, a 2-litre that developed 110 hp. The value has been set very excessive: 37,500 F (42,556 € right this moment).

The utmost velocity is 201 km/h. The issue with the 914, the competitors is extra highly effective and cheaper… Conscious of the hole, Sonato (the French importer) rapidly delivers a 150 hp equipment.

On the clipped view, we will clearly see the central place of the engine and its gearbox. Strictly two-seater, the 914 had a fundamental choice which concerned including a 3rd belt to the middle of the cabin to seat a toddler. Photos VW Porsche

sluggish gross sales

Clearly, with this example in place, gross sales are struggling to maintain up with Europe. In the US, it’s not the identical track; Besides that it is the 914-4 variations that movement in quantity. Porsche will develop its providing; In 1973, the six-cylinder was deserted and changed by a 4-cylinder 2 liter 100 hp (based mostly on the 1.7 l VW); Word that this engine is the primary engine restricted to 95 hp to cross emissions testing in the US.

Subsequent 12 months, it will likely be 1.8 liters of 85 hp. In late 1975, the Porsche mannequin disappeared from the catalog and was changed by the 924. It was retained within the USA in 1976; A market that can take up 75% of the whole output.

A complete of 118,978 VW-Porsche 914s have been bought, together with 3,332 914-6s; In France, 2,016,914 together with 237,914-6. It’s the greatest promoting mid-engine automotive on the earth.


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