Yes, the 914 is a Porsche even if some people still refuse to call it that way. We went to find out why this car has increased in popularity lately.
Launched in 1969, the Porsche 914 is a mid-engined targa sports car that is probably one of the least appreciated Porsches around. Why? This car was co-developed directly with Volkswagen and the objective was to build an entry-level Porsche. It was initially fitted with a flat-4 that was based on Volkswagen air-cooled engine. This did not suit the purists, as you can imagine. But this particular model might change their mind because it is equipped with the same 2.0 flat-6 engine that was originally in the 911T.
The story of low-cost Porsche's actually started quite early in 1965 with the 912. Unfortunately, the 912 was still quite an expensive car so Porsche, who was in need for a new model, created the 914. The little sports car was, for some time, the best seller of the brand with over 118'000 units sold worldwide.
The poor 914 was never really respected by Porscheists and was always seen as a Volkswagen. In Germany, it was called the "Volksporsche" (people's Porsche) by the general public. However, when fitted with the 125 HP flat-6 engine, this 940kg car was actually a very performant car. The 914-6 as it was called was only built for three years and only less than 4'000 units made it into production.
So, it seems that the 914 is starting to come back under the spotlight and now, more than ever, it seems that petrolheads are falling in love with this small sports car. Why? We found three reasons. The first one is that it had a difficult story and unlike the 911 that stole all the show, the 914 was the underdog that was manufactured with Volkswagen. So this is quite a cool and special first story. Secondly, this car is now a classic that is well over 40 years old. It isn't that interesting but most classics tend to see prices rise, especially when they come from Porsche. The third reason why we think that the 914 has gained more popularity is because people don't have a choice. Today, if you're looking for an "affordable" classic Porsche from the 70's, the cheapest one you could get, apart from the 914 of course, is the 911 or 912. And we all know what happened to classic 911's... The prices are crazy. So, if you're an aspiring classic Porsche collector that is tight on budget, the 914 is actually your only viable option.
But it is not a bad option anyway. The ride we took in the 914-6 really openned our eyes. The flat-6 engine note makes the same noise as a 911, you feel very connected to the road and you can feel that the little sports car wants to be thrashed around. Also, the 914 raced at Le Mans in 1970, it was a class-winner and finished 6th behind cars like the 917. Which proves that it is, indeed, an excellent sports car.
The 914 is a unique little car. We've seen many Porsche's but this one is special. Even if it might not be 100% manufactured by Porsche, the 914 is a fun and more affordable alternative to the regular 911's. Also, it might not be the most beautiful Porsche ever built but it has some "cachet", especially in this dark green finish. Those pop-up headlights give it a cool vintage look and with the roof off it has this awesome targa line. So, if you are looking for a classic Porsche that is affordable and that has some true Porsche DNA, do not hesitate any longer.
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Perego Cars, situated in Switzerland, for giving me the opportunity to review and shoot this car that is currently on sale. Website: www.peregocars.com/en Facebook: www.facebook.com/peregocars/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/peregocars/