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1968 Porsche 912 Barn Find

The value of early Porsche 911s has been skyrocketing in the past few months, making them untouchable unless you have money to spare. This has driven up the value of other Porsche models, but thankfully they still aren’t as high as the 911. The 912 might not have the power and speed of the six cylinder 911, but it’s essentially the same car and is a fraction of the cost. This 1968 Porsche 912 has been in storage for the past 33 years and needs work. If you’re interested, it can be found here on eBay.

The owner’s Father purchased the car in ’79 with the intent of restoring it, but as the story goes never got around to it. It appears to be complete, but needs a lot of work. The interior is in usable condition, but needs some attention. Rust is a major issue for most Porsches of this era and this one is no different. It has rust in all the usual places, but repairing it shouldn’t be too challenging.

When Porsche introduced the 911, as the 356’s replacement, the company was concerned that the high cost of the flat six would hurt sales. To offset manufacturing cost, they decided to stick the cheaper 356’s four cylinder into the 911 chassis, and so the 912 was born. The 1.6 L boxer four was rated at 90 hp, and while it’s considerably less power than the 911’s boxer six, it’s also lighter. The 912 also came with fewer features than the 911, which helped with keeping weight down, making the 912 better balanced and more nimble. The engine is going to need work as well, as it currently isn’t running, but does turn over.

We would love to see what else is parked in this barn, but currently the 912 is the only car they have for sale. Given all the work that it’s going to need, we can’t help but wonder if the starting bid is a little high. What do you guys think? Is it priced right or too high?


  1. Europa TC

    You know the saying concerning rust, “what ever you can see…times it by three” Of course the saying doesn’t apply to flash rust.
    Anything wrong in the trunk, longs, floor…………….forget it. You would be so deep in this. A good body and paint is 10K……..not great……good. This car is for the DIY’er.

    Although I will say these handle better than a sixer……….less of the horrible overhang weight.
    For you early 911 guys…….don’t mad at me. I always tell the truth before I give my opinion.

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  2. Gnrdude

    Needs a WHOLE Lotta work for 3900$ you could probbly Find one That’s Rough but still Running. This one is WHOLLY Outta Commission.

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  3. Ron Southan

    4 grand for a vin # and a drive train; where could you go wrong?

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  4. Dolphin Member

    Agreed that this one is a problem car to restore. The hard sell doesn’t inspire confidence—maybe just the opposite. The rust that’s visible shows that the car needs a great deal of metal work that will leave you underwater for years to come since 912s are not worth what 911s are after restoration. This could be a parts car and a VIN number and you could make out OK especially if you have a good body already, but with the engine not turning over that’s a big problem—these are very expensive engines to rebuild despite appearing to be simple. Better to keep looking if you want a 912 to restore..

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  5. Horse Radish

    as with most back-east cars this one gives me the creeps,

    like in creeping rust throughout the body and all mechanical stuff.
    You have to dismantle the whole thing and put it back together.

    I am spoiled here in California, I know it though !

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  6. Shop Rat

    And when you’re finished sinking 1,000s into it, all you have is a glorified VW bug.

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  7. Chris

    Fellow law student received one as a wedding present. If I remember correctly, the 911 interior was available as an upgrade. Nice car, but no a/c and a stick. It ended up being traded for a Buick, auto with a/c and trunk space. Lawyers didn’t drive Porsches back then until they made partner. Maybe a used up Arizona car with a good shell could marry this one.

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  8. Horse Radish

    If you click on 0 bids , you’ll see a bid on 10/08 and some 21hours later the bid retraction: entered wrong amount ??
    Quite honestly , how in the world, at $3,999 minimum bid, do you enter the wrong amount as $4,001 ??
    Looks like the bidder got remorse OR is really bad with decimals (???)

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  9. Horse Radish

    ….then it was pulled as ‘no longer available’
    looks like somebody’s offer stuck…

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