Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Car Pr0n #69

Had to do it...



Heh.

Keeping with the numerical theme, here's another car introduced in the year of the number...


The Porsche 914 was introduced in 1969. Often derided as a Volksporsche, as it was produced in conjunction with Volkswagen as a replacement for the Karmann Ghia. The VW resulting from the agreement was to have a four-cylinder engine while the Porsche offering (replacing the entry-level 912) would have a six cylinder. Porsche, not wanting to share the platform with VW, decided to keep the little car all to itself.

Which, really, was a bad move, because the affiliation with Volkswagen was well-known, and the 914, even with the six-cylinder, wasn't anything to write home about in the speed department. The best 0-60 time for the 4-banger was 10.5 seconds, and the 6-cylinder not much faster at 8.7 seconds. This is significantly slower than, say, the Chevrolet Chevelle of the same year, which could run 0-60 in 6.5 seconds with the 396 V8 and 5.1 seconds with the 454. Mind you, the Chevelle weighed some 1,500 pounds MORE than the Porsche and sat 4 more people...

It's also the only Porsche I've come close to owning...

That is all.

11 comments:

libertyman said...

That's the car that a woman friend once described as looking like "a tuna fish sandwich".

Brad_in_MA said...

Jay,

I have a college classmate that had one . . . he let me drive it a couple times . . . . and to a person, I was the ONLY ONE who could shift that 914 from 1st into 2nd without having the gears clash. You see, the 914's 1-to-2 shift was very similar in feel to that of my 1977 Honda accord's 2-to-3 shift. And FWIW, we did once wind up the 914 to over 100mph on Interstate 20 outside of Atlanta. Those were the days.

Ted said...

The gearbox in 914's and early 911s have 1st gear " down and to the left " so that 2 thru 5 were in the "H". Once you were underway you never needed 1st again. That meant that 1st was on a different shaft and it was easy to beat the syncro rings if you tried to shift too fast.

I put 100k on my 914-6. They didn't sell well because the six was only $600 less than a base level 911T (No ... At that time the T stood for "touring" and not Targa ) so most buyers opted for the 911 instead of a six. But the six was actually faster and handled better than the T.

...... and everyone who wanted a 911 as a performance car opted for the S ( ... And those are now worth 6 figures if you kept yours from rusting )

Mark Matis said...

You really should aspire to something better than a Porsche:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/kyb6kyr

}:-]

NotClauswitz said...

I had a Karamnn-Ghia...and wanted a 1914 badly. Like the others said 1st was only a rolling gear, more of a pause between forward and reverse really.
So what if a Chevelle could eat it at the stoplights, the Chevelle could never overcome its own piggish weight, and with four extra fat-asses in the bleacher-seats could never catch a 914 with the mid-engine's low polar-moment of inertia on a mountain road.

Joe mama said...

I still have the 1973 914 I got in 1975, but now it has a 350 Chevy in it. It's REAL fun to drive.

Old NFO said...

They were king of the hill for autocross back in the day though... Put four sticky Goodyears on there and hang on!!! :-)

Anonymous said...

Carl Sagan used to drive one of these around the Cornell Campus with a vanity plate that read "Phobos".

Brigid said...

That 911 brings back memories. There was a sales guy at the aviation company I was a flight instructor at as a teen that was just a jerk - to all of us. We filled up his 911 with packing peanuts. If you open the window and use a vacuum with reverse flow you can really fill it to the ceiling.

Anonymous said...

My brother and I drove one to Alaska, before the highway was paved. Must have been around the mid 70's. The mid engine design had great balance, really easy to drift it on the gravel with no oversteer or understeer..
Ground clearance was an issue, on the back roads- we had to give up on some of them.

TimD said...

The 69 Chevelle SS didn't come in a 454. They didn't come out until the 70 model year.