Before the Boxster, there was the Porsche 914

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The 914 still has plenty of devout owners.

Anyone familiar with Porsche history will know the Boxster wasn't the automaker's first attempt at building a mainstream mid-engined roadster. While the 550 may be the most famous past inspiration for the Boxster, the 914, which hit the market in 1969, was produced on a far larger scale. The 914 was Porsche's entry-level model and was later available with flat-six engine. It handled beautifully and was affordable. But it was never able to fully escape the shadow of the 911.

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