The 914 resulted from a collaboration between Porsche and Volkswagen, and it took over the 912's spot in the entry level of Porsche's range.

Early examples featured a 1.7-liter, air-cooled flat four with just 79 hp. More powerful 1.8- and 2.0-liter versions arrived later. 

The range-topping 914/6 dumped the four cylinder in favor of a 2.0-liter flat-six.