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The Porsche 914 That Almost Wasn't

Posted April 21, 2009 12:01 AM by dstrohl

Over here, we knew them as the Porsche 914. Over there, though, they were the VW-Porsche 914, a name that more accurately reflected their parentage. But the first mid-engine sports car to enter series production in Germany might never have been at all, if not for an agreement that took place four decades ago this month.

Ferry Porsche and Heinz Nordhoff, then the heads of Porsche and Volkswagen, made a deal back in 1966 to develop a sports car together. Porsche wanted something that it could sell below the 911, while VW was looking for a sportier replacement for its Type 3-based Karmann Ghia coupe. The idea was that the car would be sold as a Volkswagen with a flat-four, and as a Porsche with a flat-six.

The plan came unraveled with the sudden death of Nordhoff in 1968, and his succession by Kurt Lotz as chief executive officer. But that wasn't the end of the story.

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04/22/2009 12:06 AM

I never understood the Porsche design wise, in a VW beetle where also the engine is behind the back axle it is not a big problem as the speeds are not so high, but a Porsche is a sports car and it makes high speed cornering very un-forgiven towards mistakes.

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04/22/2009 7:51 AM

It did take a long time to work that out but the dynamics of the 911 family have been pretty well sorted. That said, the Cayman is actually the sportiest of the Porsches. It is very nimble and better planted than my Miata. Still, I wish I had my Karmann Ghia back and I would love to have a 914/6....

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04/22/2009 11:27 AM

Epke

As a 911 owner, I always felt that Porsche was a very poorly designed car, but very well engineered, To understand this...I had to actually had to own one.

When I first looked into it, the first thing told to me was, do not ever over throttle around curves. . . . after driving one......and you do drive it 100% of the time when your behind the wheel. I found out. Drive it for a couple of hours. and your exhausted.

And mistakes happen quick. Respect it.

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04/22/2009 8:55 PM

Well these days the cars are full of electronics to compensate, but o boy if it ever turns off while driving

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04/22/2009 9:26 PM

Kinda like what the Corvette evolved into in the earliy '80's

Ha....My first Porsche was a '86 Targa Carrera. I still have. 2 years ago the alternator failed and when it dropped under 12 volts. ........Still drived the same ......until it stopped rolling ......oh what a feeling........

Motorist loved must to see a Porsche dead on the side of the road. With the hood up.

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04/22/2009 9:51 PM

I lived near the german border in Holland, could see some on the "autobahn" after some highspeed accidents

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04/22/2009 10:00 PM

OUCH!

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12/09/2009 1:04 PM

This is my ride, '73 914 with 935 Slope nose kit married to a 915 Euro transmission and powered by an '86 LT1 Corvette engine. Specs on chassis dyno: 375HP @ 5200rpm, 325 lb-ft torque @ 5000rpm. Never swaped ends on it once in 5 years of racing. This is the 914 that Stuttgart should have built.

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