Minichamps Porsche 914/6 Irish Green 1/43 scale Limited Edition of 1,632 pieces world wide. Diecast metal and plastic parts. 400065060
In the second half of the 1960s VW was looking for a sportive model, which was supposed to replace the Karmann Ghia, who was based on the technically outdated Beetle. Porsche was lacking an economic entry model, since the 356 was discontinued in 1965 and the 912, a slim fitted 911, with a four cylinder 66 kw (90 hp) engine from the 356C was inferior to the sports car competition.
Ferry Porsche and VW boss Heinrich Nordhoff, who was close to the Porsche family (his daughter Elisabeth was married to Ferry 2019s nephew Ernst Piech), agreed by handshake on a cooperation of Porsche and VW, in which Porsche would contribute its sports car know how on a collaborative car, which was individually sold as a VW and a Porsche version. VW would make sure that the production costs would be reduced to a minimum by a high sales volume; Porsche was supposed to be rewarded by the low production costs. The bodies were manufactured by Karmann.
It seemed to be the perfect win win situation. However when on March the 1st 1968 the first 914 prototype was presented, Nordhoff was fatally ill. He passed away on April the 12th 1968. His successor at VW was Kurt Lotz, who had no ties with the Porsche dynasty and did not accept the verbal agreement between Nordhoff and Ferry Porsche. In his opinion VW owned all rights to the body and Porsche would only receive it by taking a share in the tooling costs. The price and marketing concept was therefore already doomed before the batch production of the 914 was started.
As a compromise VW and Porsche founded the 201CVW-Porsche Vertriebs G.m.b.H. 201C (in short VG) in the beginning of 1969, a marketing and sales division for the 914, who quickly moved from the Porsche property in Stuttgart to the close by Ludwigsburg. This is the reason, why company cars of the 914/4 mostly have an LB city description on their license plate.
The 914/6 was short lived with only 3360 examples produced between 1970 and 1972. All featured the 2.0 litre flat-six engine. It was raced using different engine configurations. This included the 'T' specification, which was basically a stock 911 engine. Another popular configuration was to use a converted Carrera 6 engine.
In 1970 Porsche entered a 914/6 GT in the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans race. It finished 6th overall and won its class. This was only one chapter in the vehicle's extensive racing career, which continues even to this day.
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