1975 Porsche 914: The King of the Underdogs
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This is a very unique car. It is considered an entry level Porsche with questionable legitimate claim to the Porsche name, however, the truth is it is a real Porsche hence the 900 designation not unlike the 911, 930, and 997. In 1969, when the 914 was first introduced, it came with many options including a Porsche 911 engine. The Porsche factory wanted to prove the 914's capabilities to the world using the international racing stage. Not many people realize that this so called "poor man's Porsche" won in it's class in the world's largest racing venues including La Mans and Monte Carlo. Back then one could acquire a 914 with an 80hp four cylinder engine, which was very similar to the 356 and 912 Porsche models that preceded it, up to a 210hp six cylinder race engine that had a 10,000 rpm tachometer and would make peak power at 8000 rpm. The factory even made two 8 cylinder 914s possibly to prove the point that the 914 was capable of a lot more than your average MG, Fiat, or Karmann Ghia, not to mention Ferrari of the time! The reason most 914s are under powered is because that is what the public chose to buy back then. The six cylinder 914 with leather interior, 911 Carrera engine and brakes just simply didn't sell. It actually surprises me that the name VW put people off because the original VW design was done by a Porsche family member, the original production car to bear the Porsche family name was a modified VW design. Heck, even the latest Porsche 911 sports cars use the original VW Beetle engine configuration not to mention that VW owns Porsche today. The person who ran Porsche in 1969, when the 914 debuted, runs VW today! VW not only owns Porsche but also owns Audi, Bentley, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, and Bugatti! To call a car a VW, to me, seems like it would be a very good compliment. Yes the 914's were partially built at a VW factory and shared some parts with some models of VW's it was designed by Porsche, it was named by Porsche, it was raced by Porsche and it was sold by Porsche as part of the Porsche line up. You could buy one with a Porsche engine although most did not and it shared the major components such as suspension, transmission, and gauges with the Porsche 911. I own a 914 as if you couldn't tell. It has 1989 911 front suspension, which bolts right in because it is the exact same design, it has a 1991 911 engine, which also bolts right in, and 1989 911 brakes. It was almost entirely built with used Porsche parts, because that is what fits a 914, and it will out pace almost any modern sports car on the road or on the track. What car can one pay $100 for, which a friend of mine just did, and can also, with the right original options, sell for $400,000? Yes, they are the same car! Different options make a difference but if you buy any 914 you are buying a true Porsche with nearly limitless potential. If you have one take good care of it- it is a Porsche and it needs to be well maintained and original or tastefully modified to keep it's value. The reason 914s feel like go-carts when you drive them is because they are race cars and not Karmann Ghia's. I hope this helps.
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