1971 Porsche 916

The world was introduced to the Porsche 916 at the 1971 Paris Auto Salon. It had a 914 body (before the 914 had even entered production) with several unique modifications including flared fenders, 7-inch wide Fuch five-spoke wheels, and a steel roof instead of the targa top. They also had body colored fiberglass bumpers. In the front was an air dam which had a large cut-out for the oil cooler, and two smaller cutouts for the fog lights. In the back, there was a small hole for the exhaust and a flat surface for the license plate.

Modifications continued to the interior, with the door panels constructed from lightweight components. The inside was leather and velour. It had a Becker AM/FM Cassette stereo and a special antenna molded into the windshield.

Most of the cars were powered by a 2.4-liter powerplant sourced from the 911S which offered 190 horsepower and 159 pound feet of torque. The engine was mated to a re-worked type 915 transmission.

The Porsche 916 weighed 165 pounds less than the 911S and had a top speed of 145 mph.

Although the company planned to produce 20 examples of the 916, just 11 were built and only one was officially exported to the United States by Porsche. Their low production figures were partly due to their intended sticker price of nearly $14,000, which was considerably more than some of the Porsche products.


by Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2017

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1971 Vehicle Profiles

1971 Porsche 916 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 9141430195

In 1971 the Porsche factory designers had a vision and hand built the first prototype Porsche 916. This unique mid-engine 2-seater body style would eventually lead to the production of the 914 Porsche series. It was affectionately named Brutus and th....[continue reading]

1971 Porsche 916 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 9141430195

This Porsche prototype was sent to Brumos Porsche of Jacksonville, FL and featured on the cover of the February 1972 Road & Track magazine with the caption 'one of a kind for America.' It is one of eleven original 916 prototypes Porsche built to be t....[continue reading]

Coupe
Chassis #: 9141430195 
Coupe
Chassis #: 9141430195 


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Porsche Monthly Sales Volume

December 2019
4,733
November 2019
6,326
October 2019
5,447
September 2019
5,213
August 2019
4,636
July 2019
4,956
June 2019
5,205
May 2019
5,010
April 2019
5,018
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4,779
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4,826
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Model Year Production

#1#2#3Porsche
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)16,224
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)
1972Chevrolet (2,420,564)Ford (2,246,563)Fiat (1,368,216)
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)

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