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914 [1970 à 1976]

Right in the Middle

Fifty years ago Porsche brought the mid-engine from the racetrack to series production with the 914. The latest incarnations of the engine in front of the rear axle include the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and the 718 Boxster Spyder.

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Porsche 914 : un essai routier pas comme les autres

Dans le cadre des célébrations entourant les 50 ans de modèles à moteur central chez Porsche , Le Guide de l’auto a eu l’opportunité de prendre le volant d’un modèle important dans l’histoire du constructeur : la 914. Pourquoi est-ce un modèle important? D’abord parce qu’il s’agit du premier modèle …

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Here’s What It’s Like To Experience A 914-6 For The First Time

Let’s get this out of the way right now- The Straight Pipes got their title wrong. The first mid-engine Porsche was 356-001 from 1948. Indeed, the hosts note that right at the beginning of the video, despite the title. There were also 84 550 Spyders (14 works and 70 customer/road cars), and numerous other race cars prior to the 914. The 914 was the first serial-production, mid-engine Porsche road car, but that makes for a terrible Youtube title, so we’ll have to let that slide.

The 914 is new ground for Yuri and Jakob, as the 1970 914-6 featured in the video is the oldest car they have ever reviewed. It is also a legitimate museum piece belonging to the Porsche museum. To top it off, neither of them has driven a car with a dogleg manual gearbox, and they found some of the 914’s features a bit puzzling. The three-point belts in the silver 914 1.8 featured were especially confusing to the hosts- people our age have all used inertia reel belts and slip-adjust lap belts, but nothing from the last few decades has slip-adjust three point belts. To folks born after about 1970, this sort of restraint is a relative unknown.

The hosts try to stay positive, but it’s clear that the 914 is pretty far out of their comfort zone. The 914’s defining minimalism makes this a tough piece for a pair of reviewers who love to dive in deep. There are almost zero interior features beyond the bare necessities (and you know we like minimalism around here). It’s a sports car, but it doesn’t at all conform to the modern paradigm. It is not particularly fast (even by 1970 standards), the brakes are weak by modern standards, and while they praised the handling and ride, they did mention that the car is quite a bit of work to drive. [Ed. Note: Maybe by comparison to modern cars? I’ve never found 914s to be anything other than a joy.]

To them, it seems that the car is more interesting as a reference point for how far cars have come. It is not an end in and of itself. This is just the beginning of their Porsche experience, however, as the pair are spending some time in Germany driving Porsche cars from Porsche’s private collection. It will be interesting to see what Porsche hands them the keys to next.

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Exposition « 50 ans de la Porsche 914 » au Porsche Museum

Afin de célébrer le cinquantenaire d’un modèle typique et légendaire – la Porsche 914, le Musée Porsche a organisé une exposition temporaire se tenant du 2 juin au 7 juillet 2019 : Typisch Porsche – 50 Jahre Porsche 914″. Pour l’occasion, 12 modèles rares et exceptionnels sont exposés, permettant aux visiteurs et aux passionnés de …

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Porsche 914, les 50 ans de la VW-Porsche

Dimanche prochain, le 2 juin 2019, 120 Porsche 914 vont se réunir au Musée de la marque pour en célébrer les 50 ans. Douze expos dédiées à voir jusqu’au 7 juillet retraceront l’histoire du modèle, couvrant la 914/4 avec son 4 cylindres VW et la 914/6 au flat 6 Porsche, la toute première 914 sera […]

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