I like Porsches. Always have, always will. I’ve never driven a Porsche I haven’t liked and I’ll go as far as to say that they’ve never made a bad car. Certainly there’ve been a couple which may not have been as well received as the men in Stuttgart may have wanted; the 914 and 924 being prime examples.
Let’s not forget, however, that if it wasn’t for the sales and financial success of the 924, the company wouldn’t have survived the 1970s. And I’m sure that many of the knockers – self-appointed experts – have never sat in one, let alone taken the wheel.
We could go further here. Those who wail “but it’s not a real Porsche” when talking about the 914 or 924 would (and should) never say the same about the original model to wear the prancing horse of Stuttgart, the tiny, exquisite 356. Ferry Porsche had been using a supercharged VW Beetle, learning along the way that “that if you had enough power in a small car, it’s nicer to drive than if you have a big car which is also overpowered”.
And it’s more fun.
With this experience in mind, when he came to thinking of making his own mark on the motoring world, it was based on the appreciation of this up-rated version of his father’s brainchild that he set to work, creating a new chassis and body around modified VW mechanical components.
Not at all dissimilar to the concept and birth of the mid-engined flat-four 914, or the front engine, water-cooled (there’s a concept that’ll never catch on!) 924, both of which were designed from the ground-up by Porsche.
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