Why the Porsche 914 2.0 is Collectable
Photography by Rémi Dargegen for Petrolicious
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By whatever fractious means it came to exist, the Porsche 914 represented something very special when it graced American showrooms in 1969. The Detroit horsepower wars were going great guns when this unusual and beautiful Targa-roofed, mid-engined sports car arrived from Germany. It was like a tiny Ferrari or Lamborghini, approximately the kind of thing Lotus had pursued with the Europa, exotic and a bit delicate-looking. Yet fragility was not an inherent part of the equation. After all, the 914 came not from some small workshop in limited numbers but from Porsche, which was part of the great German automotive complex. By 1976, global sales would be impressive for a car of such limited utility, with about 118,000 of the four-cylinder models and another 3351 of the sixes finding buyers.