UPDATE 1/27/11 – Sold for $16,201 with 36 bids.
Much like the 914, there has been much debate over whether the 912 is a true Porsche or not. Even though it was based on the 911, there are those who feel that it needs the flat six to be a thoroughbred. We disagree and the recent skyrocketing values demonstrates that many hold our sentiment. This 1967 Porsche 912 is a one owner car and has been parked in their garage since 1990. It has finally been pulled from the garage, dusted off, and is being offered for sale here on eBay with a current bid of $6,000. The car has spent its whole life in California and is currently located in Los Angeles.
Shortly after Porsche introduced the 911 in 1964 the company decided they needed a budget offering to widen their market and fill the spot that would soon be left by the departing 356. As production of the 356 came to an end in April of 1965, the company began production of the 912. It utilized the 911 shell, but was powered by the 356′s four cylinder to keep costs down. It was also not as well equipped as its big brother, further cutting costs.
This car was obviously well driven. The original owner clocked over 110,000 miles in this car commuting to and from his job at NASA. The car has spent its entire life in the Lancaster and Edwards, California area and rarely saw moisture. Instead it was accustomed to high temperatures and lots of sun, which meant that A/C was a necessity. This car was one of the few 912s to come with A/C, but sadly the original A/C system failed and was removed from the car.
For the most part this car is super solid, but the one area that hasn’t fared so well is the interior. All the original pieces are still there, but some of the major components are damaged. It looks like a rodent decided to eat the dash cap and the handles. The car could still be driven without replacing these parts, but it would want to replace all the chewed up parts as soon as possible.
Even after sitting for 20 years this 912′s original boxer four still starts right up. It is definitely going to need a good cleaning and a complete service though. The 912′s four cylinder displaces 1.6 liters and only produces 90 horsepower, which is considerably less than the 911′s flat six. While the 912 isn’t as fast as the 911, it is lighter and extremely nimble.
This 912 looks amazing and we love the way the Polo red paint has aged. It has a look that would be impossible to recreate and will make for an interesting conversation starter. After a good servicing and some interior repairs, this 912 should be a blast to take out for spirited drives or to show at local events. We just hope that whoever ends up with it keeps it as original as possible.