Porsche 914 ~ 1969-1976
The 914 was powered by a four-cylinder Volkswagen-designed engine that was mid-mounted to give an equal front/rear weight distribution for optimum handling. It was built in a separate factory by the coachbuilder Karmann and had distinctive, angular lines, quite unlike any other Porsche. The Targa roof could be removed and stored in the luggage compartment to give open-top motoring.
While not a powerful car, the 912 handled extremely well, thanks to its mid-engine layout and well-thought-out, fully independent suspension set-up. However, it suffered throughout its life because of the Volkswagen connection – non-US cars even had a ‘VW’ badge on the back.
The 914 was replaced, in 1976, by the all-new, front-engined 924.