The Porsche 912 is a sports car manufactured by Porsche of Germany between 1965 and 1969 as their entry-level model. A variant of the 911, one of the most famous and successful sports cars of all time, the 912 is a nimble-handling compact performance 2+2.
Concerned that the considerable price increase of a 911 over the 356 would cost the company sales and narrow brand appeal, in 1963 Porsche executives decided to introduce a new four-cylinder entry-level model.
In production form, the 912 combined a 911 chassis / bodyshell with a 1.6L, four-cylinder, push-rod Type 616/36 engine, based upon the Type 616/16 engine used in the Type 356SC of 1964-1965. Compared to the 911, the resulting production 912 vehicle demonstrated superior weight distribution, handling, and range. To bring 912 pricing close to the 356, Porsche also deleted some features standard on the 911.
As production of the 356 concluded in 1965, on April 5, 1965 Porsche officially began production of the 912 coupé. Styling, performance, quality construction, reliability, and price made the 912 a very attractive buy to both new and old customers, and it substantially outsold the 911 during the first few years of production. Porsche produced nearly 30,000 912 coupés.
This example was built in 1967, and exported to the USA. In 2001 it was brought to the UK, where it was recommissioned:
– Resprayed in red
– 2.0 911 engine fitted (901/14)
– 901 5 speed gearbox fitted
– Re-trimmed in black leather
The current owner of 4 years has recently had the following work carried out:
– Oil service
– Brake callipers serviced
– New headlining
– New drivers seat base
There is a good file of history from when the car has been in the UK, and MOT certificates.
This car presents in good condition, and has been used regularly by the current owner. It starts, drives and brakes without fault, and presents a fantastic opportunity to use such an iconic car as a regular driver.