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PORSCHE 914

  • reliable driver
  • 2012 restored
  • 2.0 engine upgrade

Perhaps it really did run in the family. In the mid-1960s, there was the then VW boss Heinrich Nordhoff, who was desperate to find a successor to the Karmann-Ghia models based on the Beetle, and Ferry Porsche, who had to replace the 356 and was not very happy with the sales figures of the 912. Nordhoff’s daughter, Elisabeth, was married to Ferry’s nephew, Ernst Piëch – so it is easy to imagine that the two high-ranking gentlemen also knew each other privately. And so Nordhoff and Porsche agreed that Porsche would participate in the development of the sporty VW model – and that both manufacturers would market the vehicle under their own names. “Win-win”, you might think. But then Heinrich Nordhoff died on 12 April 1968, shortly after the first prototype of the 914 had been presented (on 1 March 1968). Nordhoff’s successor, Kurt Lotz, who had no connection whatsoever with the Porsche and Piëch families, is said not to have recognised the “handshake”, but was of the opinion that Porsche should at least contribute to the tooling costs. But this was too expensive for the Stuttgart-based company. As a compromise, “VW-Porsche Vertriebs GmbH” was founded at the beginning of 1969, which soon moved from the Porsche premises in Stuttgart, where all development work had taken place, to Ludwigsburg.

The new model was then presented at the IAA in Frankfurt on 11 September 1969. First there was the VW-Porsche 914/4 with the 1.7-litre four-cylinder engine that also powered the Volkswagen 411E, with a not exactly steep 80 hp. This vehicle was built by Karmann in Osnabrück. Then there was also the Porsche 914/6, which was delivered with the 2-litre six-cylinder from the Porsche 911T and was produced in Stuttgart. Both had in common the nickname “Volks-Porsche” (which was still positive) or “VoPo” (which was rather unfriendly, reminding of the People’s Police of the former GDR). In North America, Porsche sold the 914 under the name Porsche, with all the insignia (although the four-cylinder variant is called Volkswagen on the nameplate). The intro was written by our friends at radical-mag.com

This Porsche 914 was built in 1971 and delivered signal orange. Ten years ago it was restored. At that time it was repainted to Zambezi green and upgraded with a 2.0l Engine.

In 2007 it received the ASI Certificate of Historical Relevance.

Since the restoration in 2012 the Car was barely used.

The vehicle is now on good overall condition which makes it a good daily Driver.
The interior is well maintained, but not perfect. Mechanically the Car is very sound and starts right up

The Engine is not the original 1.7 l anymore. It was upgraded with a  2.0 (GB type) of the 1973 models. This engine was changed from fuel injection to double-barrel carburetor.

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Year

1971

Make

VW-PORSCHE

Model

914

Colour

zambezi green

Displacement

2000 ccm

Location

Palermo

Guide Price

€ 17.000 – 19.000

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