Porsche 914
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Make: Porsche
Model: 914
Porsche 914

The Porsche 914 was a sports car built and sold collaboratively by Volkswagen and Porsche from 1969 through 1976. It appeared to be a wonderful win-win situation having brought these two companies together. On March 1st, 1968 the first 914 sample was presented. Development became very complex after the death of Volkswagen's chairman, Heinz Nordhoff. As it turns out, his successor, Kurt Lotz, was not familiar with the Porsche family and the verbal agreement between Volkswagen and Porsche fell apart immediately. The original arrangement was spawned by the fact that by the late 1960s, both Volkswagen and Porsche needed new models. Porsche for example was looking for a substitute to the 912, and Volkswagen wanted a new sports coupe to replace the Karmann Ghia. Further, the majority of Volkswagens developmental work was handled by Porsche anyhow. Volkswagen, as it turned out, had one more contract to fulfill with Porsche, and they decided to make this that project. Ferdinand Piech, who was the head of research and development at Porsche, was in charge of the 914 project. Things turned sour after the chairman’s death and the two companies started fighting over who actually owned the model. In Lotz's opinion, Volkswagen had all of the rights to the model, and had no incentive to share it with Porsche. This belief was spawned from the fact that Porsche was not sharing in some of the expenses. The 914 had failed before production had even begun. This resulted in the price of the chassis going up considerably, and thus the 914 ended up costing only a bit less than the 911T. This significantly effected sales, and the 914 sold poorly. There was however another model with a very similar model number and that was the 914-4, which was much less expensive. It became Porsche's top seller during its model run, and it even outsold the 911 with over 118,000 units sold worldwide.

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