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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Ever heard of the Porsche 916?

Everyone may know about the Porsche 911, and many also know the Porsche 914, but have you ever known about the Porsche 916 sports car? Not many people know about this Porsche car model. So in the Porsche cult, the figure of the 916 is among the rarest models and at the same time becomes one of the rarest cars in the world today. 
1972 Porsche 916 is known as one of the world's rarest cars today. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/39xWDZm)
The Porsche 916 takes over the raw body from the Porsche 914/6. The roof is permanently welded to the body. The fenders look widened to make enough room for the 7-inch wide light-alloy wheels. And the car is also fitted with the brakes and 2.4-liter fuel-injected engine that was built on a 915 type trans-axle.
1972 Porsche 916 made in limited number, ie 11 units and all of them were prototypes. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ORgVoU)
When looking at the shape overall, then the car looks rather quirky because it has the sharply-stroke lines at the canopy and front fascia which is certainly different from other Porsche models that are dominantly rounded.
The cabin of 1972 Porsche 916 appeared with a simple design. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2uEeqPU)
In fact that it was the fastest sports car that Porsche had ever built and its engine able to spew power of up to 190 hp at 6,500 rpm, and its top speed could reach 145 mph which was pretty darned impressive back in the mid-1970s.

The Porsche 916 was built in 1972 in a very limited number, namely only 11 units, and all of them were prototypes. And among the 11 cars that were made, apparently, only one unit was sent to the United States and is now on display at the Automobile Atlanta Museum in Marietta, Georgia.
1972 Porsche 916 used a 2.4-liter fuel-injected engine that could be burst power of up to 190 hp at 6,500 rpm. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/38tfl4e)
It is unknown what causes the Porsche 916 not being produced by that German automotive manufacturer. It reported, that in the time, Porsche 916 was planned to have a retail price of $14,000.00, which would have made it the most expensive Porsche built up until that time.

Yes, it sounds like a ridiculously low number today but, when you compare it to the price of the best Porsche 911 of the day at $10,000.00 you quickly see that the 916 was in an expensive price range all by itself.
In other words, this car model was ruined by the price that was expensive so not suitable for its initial expectation, and finally, it was decided not to be mass-produced. In addition that this 916 model also thought would not be able to attract buyers and then the project was canceled shortly after the prototype was made. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SUPERCARS.NET | SPEAKING OF AUTOMOBILE ATLANTA | CARTHROTTLE]
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