The moon landing was no doubt the most pioneering event of 1969. But what Volkswagen and Porsche came out with that year also looked to many sports car lovers like something out of this world. The VW-Porsche 914 polarized people -- and still does today. Some consider the car a rotten compromise, others a true maverick. Still the numbers speak for themselves -- some 120-thousand 914s were built, making it the first mid-engine car to rack up six-digit sales figures.
vintage: Mercedes C111 | drive it!
More than forty years ago, car lovers the world over watched as the
Mercedes C 111 rounded the track. Presented in 1969 as a two-seater with a
fiberglass body and Wankel engine under its hood, the C 111 created a real
stir in the motor world. True to the Mercedes motto"only the best is good
enough,"it was developed almost to the point of going into series
production.The C111 was widely praised for its unusual design, but the 1973
oil crisis blocked it from getting onto the road. The Wankel engine was
thirsty, not thrifty, so the car was sent out to the track instead. drive
it! recalls a much-loved model that never made it into the showroom.
examine it! 60 Years of the VW Camper Van | drive it!
In the 1950s and 60s, Germans started flocking to Italy on holiday in their
cars. Back then, Volkswagen introduced a VW Bus complete with camping box
that was ideally suited to the trip.For sixty years, VW's Bulli vans have
been much loved--and are also available as camper vans. drive it! turns
back the clock and takes a trip through the Alps in the original camper van
Vintage! The VW Beetle | drive it
It sounds a bit strange for a popular family car like the Volkswagen Beetle
to be outfitted with a roll bar, bucket seats and a racing harness. But the
first souped-up VW Bugs hit the roads in Germany as early as 1951.Drive it!
got a chance to take a specially-tuned, vintage rallye Beetle out for a
spin - and discovered that roll bars, bucket seats and racing seat belts
are more than welcome in a Bug that can do 170 km/h.
drive it!: The Motor Magazine | drive it!
An SUV with a fuel consumption of just six liters per 100 kilometers?
Mercedes wants to make that possible with the third generation M-Class. We
also compare the Citroën DS4 with the Alfa Romeo Guiletta. And the
driverless car: how driving assistants are taking over.
present it! The Next Generation Mercedes M-Class
Mercedes is introducing the new generation of its M-class series. The
automaker has traditionally been behind the curve when it comes to
eco-friendly technology, but they want to change that now.The new M-class
is expected to consume 25% less fuel than its predecessor and it will meet
European emissions standards too. All the gas and diesel engines have been
redesigned with seven-speed gearboxes - and they, too, consume less fuel,
thanks to the start-stop function. The new M-class resembles both the CL
luxury convertible and the E-Class, but all in all it's kept the
traditional M-Class look. Drive It! takes the new car out for a spin.
Citroën DS4 and Alfa Romeo Giulietta
Italian and French carmakers have style down to a tee, from the cut and
form to the fabrics and colors. But what about the technology?We compare
the Citroën DS4 and the Alfa Romeo Giuletta. Both carmakers want their
designs to be different and eye-catching, but we take a closer look at just
how they drive, and how comfortable they are inside with our seat test.
inside it! Driving Assistance Systems
Just a few years back, driving assistant systems were only reserved for
luxury cars. But now you can find the specialized programs in all sorts of
new cars, in almost every segment and class.These systems can help you
park, pass other cars on the road or even turn night vision into day. Drive
it! tests three cars, from the compact, mid-sized and luxury segments. We
also visit an engineer in the city of Aachen who shows us a car that drives
itself. Are drivers even necessary anymore? We find out.
spot it! Best of British Logos
This time Drive it! takes a closer look at the logos of English automakers.
Bentley, Rolls-Royce and Jaguar are synonymous with luxury, and their
trademark logos are as well-known as the cars they adorn. But what's really
behind Bentley's winged 'B'? Why did Jaguar choose the big cat as its
symbol? And who is the mysterious woman that inspired Rolls Royce's iconic
hood ornament the "Spirit of Ecstasy", also known as the "Flying Lady"?
vintage! The VW-Porsche 914
The moon landing was no doubt the most pioneering event of 1969. But what
Volkswagen and Porsche came out with that year also looked to many sports
car lovers like something out of this world.The VW-Porsche 914 polarized
people -- and still does today. Some consider the car a rotten compromise,
others a true maverick. Still the numbers speak for themselves -- some
120-thousand 914s were built, making it the first mid-engine car to rack up
six-digit sales figures.
1974 Porsche 914 2.0, Car/Owner Profile / Finally Getting the Respect it Deserves
Watch and listen to this excellent Porsche 914 2.0 rip though the
mountains, as this owner talks about his passion for the car. These cars
were the bastards of the Porsche world for the longest time, not accepted
by the Porsche community because of their Volkswagen roots. Over the past
few years things have really changed and now the masses are realizing what
awesome cars they are, as seen by the prices these little cars are fetching
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Basic tuning of my 914 engine
Doing the basic tuning on my Porsche 914 engine:
1 - set timing
2 - sync carbs
3 - set idle mixture
See more at: http://www.ephotomotion.com/914engine
Porsche 914-6 Done Right
One of the prettiest Porsche 914-6s. Done with care and style. While the
914 was once reviled, the 914-6 has always been embraced as a true Porsche.
Still for purists of the day, only a 356 or a 911 would do. However, the
Porsche 914-6 has now taken its place as one of the must-have Porsches for
collectors. They're great for autocrossing, touring, and now even for
First drive on a new engine - Porsche 914
After completely rebuilding my Porsche 914 engine, I finally got it
together enough to take for a drive! A very satisfying moment.
See the full engine rebuild at: http://www.ephotomotion.com/914engine
This Porsche 914-6 Is Forgotten Only by Those Who Don't Know
After expressing an interest in racing, saying it "looked like fun," Mr.
Jack Griffin found himself strapped to a race car contesting the 12 Hours
of Sebring. Sure it was his first time sitting in a proper race car, but he
had four days of training in a Nissan 280ZX at Bondurant a week or so
earlier. In spite of his ample experience he found himself crunched against
one of Sebring's concrete barriers only fifteen laps into his stint.
Fortunately, he's had better luck with this 1970 Porsche 914-6 that he has
now owned for thirty-eight years. Even though he'd been looking for a 911
(and has since owned several), he has completely fall for its light, quick
manner and very predictable, solid handling. And while he doesn't consider
the Porsche beautiful, Jack does think it looks "interesting" and loves the
rarity. It may not be as popular as the 911, but this 914-6 ensures that
the model, far from forgotten, will grow in prestige.