Video Feature: 1974 Porsche 914

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Hiding in a detail bay at Willhoit Enterrprises was this adorable little 1974 Porsche 914. There may be a few tiny chips here and there, but for a 1974, this is in stunning condition. Sadly, since it is a measly 914 it won’t get to go hang out in the fancy showroom with all the Ferraris and Aston Martins.

After the end of life of the Karman Ghia on the volkswagen side, and the the Porsche 912 on the Porsche side, both companies (which shared some R&D) found themselves needing a new model. The Porsche 914 was the culmination of the combined efforts from both companies. Initially intended to be sold as Porsche with the 6 cylinder option and VW  with the 4 cylinder option. Ultimately, Porsche ended up pushing for all versions to be sold as Porsche to avoid confusion.

The bulk of these that you find in circulation have a flat 4 cylinder engine nearly identical to what you would find in the VW buses of the 1970s. There were models with 6 cylinder versions as well, though those were ceased in 1973.

These weren’t particularly quick cars. The 4 cylinder had a 0-60mph speed of between 10 and 13 seconds depending on engine. The 6 cylinder managed a staggering 8.7 seconds! As a VW, its a really fun car. As a Porsche, its a bit of a let down.

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