This year will see all manner of automotive anniversaries.
Also celebrating a 60th anniversary is the Triumph Herald, while the Rover P4 is 70 and the Ford Capri is 50.
But here’s one anniversary I suspect you will hear little about.
And that’s the VW-Porsche 914. Yep, it’s 50.
The car had its origins as VW’s successor to its Karmann Ghia sports coupe, while Porsche wanted a more affordable sports car positioned below its 911.
So far, so good.
During the development process, however, there was a change of VW management following the sudden death of CEO Heinrich Nordhoff in 1968.
Opinions differed as to who owned the rights to the car and it was a close run thing that it was ever launched.
But it was and has lived in a kind of shadow ever since.
VW fans see it as a VW with Porsche badges.
Despite what the trainspotters thought, and still think, the 914 became a major success, especially in the USA.
During its seven-year production run, 115,631 cars were sold making it one of the best selling sports cars of its time.
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