Since the demise of the 356 in 1965, Porsche relied on the 912 – essentially a 4-cylinder 911 – as its entry level model. But in spite of the 912 being a very good car, buyers saw it as a poor-man’s 911 rather than a genuinely good junior sports car. What Porsche really needed was an all-new car to attract young buyers to their showrooms. Concurrently, VW’s sporty flagship Karmann-Ghia was very expensive to build and due for replacement. Porsche’s Ferdinand Piech had the idea of a joint venture between the two companies; one sports car could be built and offered with the choice of flat-four or flat-six engines. VW would market and sell the 4-cylinder cars while the 6-cylinder cars would be sold as entry level Porsches. Porsche lacked the money to develop the car, so an old verbal agreement was brought into play that would see VW financing the tooling and manufacturing. As the 914 project was well into its development, the chairman of VW died, paving the way for a new chairman who had no such loyalty to an old handshake agreement. VW pulled the financial plug on the 914 and stuck Porsche with the bill to finish development and tooling of the sports car, causing the price to rise pre
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