1976 Porsche 914 2.0 Roadster

914 2.0
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History Hopes were high when the Porsche 914 was unveiled at the Frankfurt Automobile Show in September 1969. It was very much a back-to-basics car – a return to Porsche’s roots, much as the 356 Speedster had been some 15 years earlier. Of course, the 914 was quite different because of the way it came about and particularly because of its mid-engine configuration (though Porsche was hardly a stranger to “middies” by then). Yet, like the Speedster, the 914 was a more affordable Volkswagen-based sports car, conceived to bring the pride and pleasures of Porsche ownership to a much wider audience in the face of steadily escalating prices for the 911 and 912. The Porsche 912 was the car the Porsche 914 replaced, and with good reason. As the late Dean Batchelor explained: “The least expensive 912 cost more than $5,000 by 1969 and could top $6,000 if all the available options were ordered. This seems like a tremendous bargain today...but there were problems related to the reduced horsepower in a car that looked faster than it was and had a reputation for performance that many 912 drivers seemed to feel obligated to maintain...[They] had to push [their cars] harder yet couldn’t begin to achieve the performance of a 911. And, if [they] tried it often enough, the engine suffered abuse that drastically shortened its life. “Also, too many mechanics, and some owners, thought the 912 engine was ‘just another Volkswagen’ and this muddled thinking could prove fatal...It was a Porsche design through and through, and needed good care and maintenance by a qualified Porsche mechanic or a knowledgeable owner.” Aware of this situation, Porsche had begun planning in 1966 for a new four-cylinder model to sell for less than the 912. The need to keep price at a reasonable level, coupled with production constraints at Zuffenhausen (owing to strong 911 sales), made it inevitable “that Porsche should seek a partner in the building of such a car,” as Karl Ludvigsen recorded. A mid-engine design was almost inevitable because it would “put Porsche in the position of being able to draw direct marketing parallels between the successes of its mid-engined racing cars...and the attributes of [its] production cars.” Tools and books will also accompany this car. Specifications Chassis: 4329021/L31M Engine: 2.0 Liter Transmission: 5-speed manual Brakes: 4-wheel disc Color: Red/Red Plaid Mileage: 7,525

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