Friday, June 7, 2013

VW-Porsche 914 (1969–1976)

A joint venture between Volkswagen and Porsche in 1969. The first mid-engined sports car built in Germany in series production. Two versions of the 914 were developed. The one with a flat four-cylinder engine (1.7, 1.8 or 2.0 L) was called 914, and with a flat six-cylinder engine, a 914/6. Both versions had headlights hidden in the hood and pop-up when needed. The targa top can be stored in the trunk. At the end, the two companies agreed to call the new car the “VW-Porsche” and to market this new model through a joint sales network. Karmann manufactured the rolling chassis at their plant, completing Volkswagen production in-house or delivering versions to Porsche for their final assembly. The four-cylinder VW-Porsche 914 became a genuine success in the market, 115,631 units were produced until the series ceased production in spring 1976, and thus becoming the best-selling sports car of its time. On the other hand, despite its outstanding performance, the six-cylinder 914/6 was hardly accepted by most of Porsche’s existing customers. Porsche discontinued the 914/6 variant in 1972 after producing only 3,351 units. Thus making it now one of the most sought-after collector cars from Porsche.
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9 1 4 /6

only 3,351 units produced.


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9 1 4 /6  G T

In late 1969 Porsche assembled a GT package of high performance parts 
that could be used on a 914/6 to turn the model into a race car.
Only 47 914/6-GT racing cars were assembled by the Porsche factory.
In 1970 Porsche entered a 914/6 GT in the gruelling 24 Hours of Le Mans race. 
It finished 6th overall and won its class.

(Above) Porsche 914-6 GTs before the race Marathon de la Route (1970)

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9 1 4 /8  P R O T O T Y P E

Two prototype 914s, dubbed 914/8s, were built during 1969. 
The orange 914/8 was the first constructed, at the instigation of Ferdinand Piëch 
(then head of the Racing Dept). Powered by the full-blown, 
310 hp (222 kW) 908 [flat-8] racing engine, 
There are many differences from the standard vehicle, eg. the quad headlights.

Ferry Porsche with his VW-Porsche 914-8 (1969)

To help distinguish the 914/8 from other 914s can be on the oval air intake 
(in the photo, under the number), it was necessary to cool the additional oil cooler.

9 1 6  P R O T O T Y P E

It is one of 11 original 916 prototypes Porsche built to be their new supercar for 1972, 
but the poor reception at the time led to the cancellation of production. (

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