Make : Porsche
Model : 914
Year : 1974
Owner : Alain El Hage Moussa
Country : Lebanon
Member of : Porsche Club Lebanon
The Porsche 914 was introduced in September of 1969 as a collaborative effort between Porsche and Volkswagen to produce a sporty car. Volkswagen needed a vehicle to replace the aging Karmann-Ghia while Porsche was looking for another option to add to their lineup.
The car they came up with was a mid-engine 4/6-cylinder boxer vehicle with seating for two and featured a Targa top. The VW bodied vehicles were known as 914/4S while the Porsche variants were known as 914/6s.
The 914 was originally intended to be sold with a flat four-cylinder engine as a Volkswagen, and carrying the flat six-cylinder engine as a Porsche, Porsche was able to convince Volkswagen to sell both versions as Porsche.
The Porsche 914 sat very low and had a stiff suspension which made it a great competition vehicle instead of a touring car. The Targa top can be stored in the trunk, and the headlights hide in the hood and could be popped-up when needed.
Unfortunately, the 914/6 variants were discontinued in 1972 due to rising costs and very slow sales. A total of 3,360 units were produced during its cycle. In 1973 a brand new 95 hp 2.0L, fuel-injected version of the Volkswagen’s Type 4 engine replaced the 914/6.
Production for the 914 ended in 1976 and the 2.0 L flat-4 engine continued to be used in the 912E, which was the entry-level model until the 924 was introduced.
The Porsche 914 was named Motor Trend’s Import Car of the Year in 1970 and achieved great racing results by finishing sixth overall at the ’70 24 Hours of Le Mans, a 914/6 GT piloted by Claude Ballot-Lena and Guy Chasseuil won the GTS class.
The Porsche 914 is also renowned for having been Formula One’s first Safety Car following its deployment at the 1973 Canadian Grand Prix to help manage the race.
Several special edition models of the Porsche 914 were created over the years. Nearly 500 models of the Creamsicle 914 were created; a light ivory-based color scheme concept, basically a carryover from the ’73 911 Carrera RS series car design precedent. 500 Bumblebee models were produced. The Bumblebee featured a black exterior with yellow decals, bumpers, skirts, and wheels.