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1970’s Porsche 914 Mid-Engined Sports Car


The Porsche 914 or VW-Porsche 914 is a mid-engined sports car designed, manufactured and marketed collaboratively by Volkswagen and Porsche from 1969 until 1976. It was only available as a targa-topped two-seat roadster powered by either a flat-4 or flat-six engine.

source.image: Porsche Centre Melbourne

Volkswagen versions originally featured the fuel-injected 1.7 L VW Type 4 flat-four engine producing 80 bhp. Porsche’s 914/6 variant featured the 2.0 L air-cooled Type 901/3 flat-six engine from the 1967–1969 911T model. This was the least powerful flat-six in Porsche’s lineup. This engine had revised pistons that reduced the compression ratio to 8.6:1.Watch where PCM Sportscar & Classic Specialist Ben Musu introduces the mid-engine, two seater sports car in this showcase video:

The cylinder barrels were entirely made of iron, in contrast to the iron and aluminum “Biral” barrels in the engines in the 911S and 911L. New camshafts had less lift, and relaxed timing characteristics. The venturis in the Weber 40IDT3C carburetors were 27 mm , smaller than the other 911 engines, and the exhaust pipe diameter was also reduced in size. Power output was 110 bhp.


When the 911T got a 2.2 L engine in 1970, the engine in the 914/6 remained at 2.0 L. The 914/6 models came with lower gear ratios and larger brakes to compensate for the greater weight and higher power output of the six-cylinder model. They also featured five lug wheels and an ignition on the left side of the steering wheel. Suspension and handling were otherwise mostly the same.