As a present-day classic, although challenging to some, low-slung looks and bright colours make the 1970s 914 period-perfect. Combined with near-ideal weight distribution and a low centre of gravity, its mid-engine layout means the 914 can achieve cornering G-forces comparable to the contemporary 911. The 914 was seen as a car that could inject a shot of glamour into VW's slightly worthy and dependable range of air-cooled cars.
Richard Gooding is a motoring writer with a car and Volkswagen obsession. A contributor to Volkswagen Driver and VW Motoring magazines, Richard has also sub-edited a diverse range of titles including Classic Car Weekly, Classic Cars, Land Rover Owner International and Practical Classics.