A Century of Cars: 55. Solido 1971 VW Porsche 914
By the late 1960s, both Volkswagen and
Porsche were in need of new models; Porsche was looking for a
replacement for their entry-level 912, and Volkswagen wanted a new
range-topping sports coupé to replace the Karmann Ghia coupé. At the
time, the majority of Volkswagen's developmental work was handled by
Porsche, part of a setup that dated back to Porsche's founding;
Volkswagen needed to contract out one last project to Porsche to
fulfill the contract, and decided to make the 914 that project.
Originally intending to sell the vehicle with a flat four-cylinder engine as a Volkswagen and with a flat six-cylinder engine as a Porsche, Porsche decided during development that having Volkswagen and Porsche models sharing the same body would be risky for business in the American market, and convinced Volkswagen to allow them to sell both versions as Porsches in North America.