Die VoPo. A name with both a negative and a positive vibe to it. Positive for that was how the Germans called the Volkswagen-Porsche 914 (it wasn’t a true Porsche in Europe, it was marketed as a Porsche in the USA). Negative for that was how officers of the Eastern German Volks Polizei were called as well. One of the most famous pictures of such a VoPo must have been this one of a VoPo fleeing his own country.
We probably all know that the handling of the VoPo was great but the engines used were not that powerful. There was a version with the 2.0 flat-six engine of a 911T as well though. And that one was marketed in Europe as “just” a Porsche: The Porsche 914/6. Not to be confused with the 916.
The start of the 914/6 was a tough one though. The death of VW-chairman Heinz Nordhoff in ‘68 caused some differences between VW and Porsche to what was agreed upon verbally. Resulting in a claim by VW that all rights were with VW. And therefor Porsche had to “buy” the chassis’ from VW making it quite costly.
The price of the 914/6 was simply too high: it was almost as expensive as the car it got it’s engine from: the 911T. And yes: the 911 didn’t have it’s engine in the right place but as the 914/6 was the cheapest Porsche it had to get a de-tuned engine: 110hp instead of the 911T’s 125. And the 911 had two “seats” extra.
In the end the 914/6 was produced for only 3 years (the entire 914-series was produced over 7 years) and Porsche only built 3351 of ‘m (while over 110k 914's were produced). And if you’re not shocked by how little of these were manufactured: Over 2600 of these 3351 were sold in the first year of production!
The flat-six was replaced with a 2.0 flat-four after that for the most powerful 914. And that engine you might know for it’s use in the Porsche 912E. It actually only missed 10 hp. But it missed that awesome sound dearly.
There were some other developments for the 914. The track-dedicated 914/6 GT won it’s class and ended 6 overall in the 1970 24 hours of Le Mans. With only 7 cars actually finishing out of 51 started vehicles that year that was quite impressive. Even more impressive to me was the fact Porsche mounted a flat-8 in the 914. Directly from Porsche’s 908. These 914/8's had over 300 hp. Only two were built, one as a gift to Ferry Porsche for his 60th birthday.
The model itself is a High Speed 1/43. And just like the 914 it’s just not the real thing. Main issue I have with it is it’s paint.
Just look at that rear left wing. I don’t have Section38's amazing CSI-zoom skills but let’s focus a little more:
It’s prices certainly are no Minichamps-level but the quality simply isn’t either. I just had no 914 in 1/43 whatsoever so when I saw this one in this awesome Signal Grün I had to get it. Speaking of it’s color: All 914's were essentially built at Karmann’s Osnabrück factory (the 914/6's were transported to Porsche however for being completed with it’s drivetrain). Therefor the colors used could be found on VW’s as well.
Sure the High Speed has it flaws but I kinda like it. I just can’t resist any 1/43 with the classic Fuchs wheels. And it just prepares me for getting another 914 from a more premium brand. Preferably a 914/8. Or that Le Mans winning 914/6 GT. Or the 916 I still have not mentioned.
So, das war es wieder für Heute. Viel spass dieser Woche and zeig uns etwas Teutonisches bitte! Tschüss!