Porsche’s strong historical links with Volkswagen were re-affirmed in 1969 with the launch of the Porsche-designed 914, a mid-engined, Targa-top sports car to be assembled by Karmann of Osnabrück. At the time Volkswagen needed a new car to replace the ageing Karmann-Ghia while Porsche was looking for another option to add to its line-up. First seen at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the 914/4 used the 1,679cc, four-cylinder, air-cooled motor of the Volkswagen 411 while the 914/6 was powered by the Porsche 911T’s 2.0-litre six. Both cars employed all-independent suspension – a mixture of 911 and VW parts – to which four-wheel disc brakes and a five-speed gearbox were married.
The 914’s reputation for excellent handling was somewhat marred by criticism that the four-cylinder version was too slow, though lack of speed was never a shortcoming of the 914/6. The latter was a relatively short-lived model and in 1973 was effectively replaced by the 1,971cc four-cylinder ‘914 2.0’, which also featured forged alloy wheels, front and rear anti-roll bars and an improved interior incorporating additional instrumentation.
This excellent example of the final incarnation of the 914 is a very well presented example which has been well cared for under the current ownership. The engine has been treated to an overhaul with over £6,000 spent, while the interior has also been refurbished. This car presents a superb opportunity to enter classic Porsche ownership for a very reasonable price.