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The Triumph TR7 had a solid rear axle, coil springs. It may have had a panhard rod (I don't remember). It was twin carbureted I think. Still, it was the TR8, with the aluminum Buick V8, that had adequate power... in exactly the same chassis.
 

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I’ll see your turd and raise you a turd View attachment 146860
Sorry, not a Turd... The Type 4 engine powering it had (in about '70) the aluminum alloy case that the 911 only got in '77 in Europe, '78 in North America. The 2.0 litre version had forged alloy wheels, designed-by-Porsche cylinder heads. It was not lightening quick, and it had its issues, but 'boy did it handle... and it was pretty decent.

There also was a six cylinder powered version, the 914/6...
 

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For '76 only, they took a regular 911 of the day (not sure if it was galvanized by then, btw) and put the 91 hp (914's) engine in it. Not 'real quick, but the 911 of the day was pretty light. Bit cheaper than the 911 as a result. Lot cheaper to build engine.
 

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I’m just saying, bet Porsche would want another try at 914 now, redo
They did a 912 4 cylinder too.
The 914 was austere, very, very plain and simple... in perhaps a way that the Beetle was plain, plain, plain. Certainly distilled the car down to it's basic functions of driving. I 'kinda like that elemental kind of thing. I don't care how many features a car has... if the steering feel and accuracy, the gearshift feel and synchro smoothness, the engine smoothness, the brake smoothness are not all excellent, then I just don't want the car. I'm 'real fussy about those aspects of the car - 'way more so than the outright accelerative performance; the rest is window-dressing to some extent for me.
 
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