The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 114
1976 Porsche 914

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1976 Porsche 914

CHASSIS NO: 4752908043

• Restoration project potential
• Example from final model year
• Renowned for exceptional handling

1,971 cc mid-mounted air-cooled, horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine, Bosch fuel injection, 91 HP, five-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, independent front suspension with MacPherson struts and torsion bars, independent rear suspension with semi-trailing arms and coil springs; wheelbase: 96.5"

Launched in 1964, Porsche’s new six-cylinder 911 marked a revolution that company management initially feared would alienate faithful buyers accustomed to the 356. Sharing its body/chassis with the 911, the 912 companion model was powered by the proven ‘four’ of the outgoing 356. The 912’s eventual successor, the 914, was rooted in sketches by Hans Gugelot and developed under Ferdinand A. ‘Butzi’ Porsche. Featuring taut Karmann-built bodywork by Karmann, a removable Targa roof, and initially a mid-mounted, air-cooled 1.7-litre VW four-cylinder engine, the 914 was aimed squarely at competing sports models from Datsun, Fiat, MG, and Triumph.

Debuted at the 1969 Frankfurt Auto Show as a 1970 model, the 914 was sold as the “VW-Porsche 914” by VW-Porsche GmbH in Europe and as the “Porsche 914” by Volkswagen of America. In addition to its fuel-injected engine and five-speed gearbox, the 914 initially featured a choice of 11 exterior colors with standard painted bumpers. Options included chrome bumpers, a vinyl covering for the built-in Targa-style roll bar, dual horns, fog lamps, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and pile carpeting. Only the driver’s seat included fore-aft adjustment, while the passenger side included an adjustable foot rest.

Boasting near-50/50 weight distribution, outstanding handling, and quickness belying its small-displacement engine, the 914 was a revelation to drive that sold briskly and enjoyed production though 1975. Accolades included selection as Motor Trend magazine’s Import Car of the Year honors in June 1970, with the 914 hailed as “...the first modern sports car for the masses.” The 914’s influence was, and remains, profound with its basic essence echoed since 1997 by Porsche’s own Boxster. In typical Porsche fashion, the 914 was methodically improved throughout production. By 1974, power was boosted with the engine of the 914 enlarged to 2.0 litres.

From the last model year, this 1976 Porsche 914 is accompanied by a spare wheel and tire and rides on a set of four Minilite-style custom wheels. As offered, it presents a number of possibilities for its new owner as a parts car, restoration candidate, or possibly as the basis for a vintage racing car.

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