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Entry-Level Fun: 1968 Porsche 912

Well, we have yet another orange entry-level Porsche. This one is a 1968 Porsche 912 though. It is not perfect, but looks to be a solid driver. Claimed to only have 60k well-maintained miles on the clock, this 912 may be the one if you are in the market. This car is located in Aztec, New Mexico and is listed for sale here on eBay with bidding at $5,900 no reserve.

The sheepskin seat covers would have to go, but they are covering some tattered seats so they would need to be recovered. The dry climate of New Mexico may be great for preventing rust, but the sun can dry out interior surfaces and rubber gaskets. We would want too contact the seller just to ask these little details. There is one big detail we would want to check on too and that is whether this car is equipped with the five-speed gearbox. The five speed is highly desirable and will affect the final price of this car.

The seller does not give many details about the condition of the car mechanically other than claiming that it has been well maintained. We would want some documentation to confirm that and may want to have a specialist check everything out. Remember that just because this has two fewer cylinders, it does mean it will be cheaper to rebuild than the 911’s flat-six. If a rebuild is required down the road we would be tempted to throw a big-bore kit and new cam in there for a little more power.

Later 911s may have been galvanized, but rust is the enemy with these early Porsches. Luckily this car has lived its life in New Mexico so it should be solid. It has had one respray which is now flaking in spots. We wouldn’t worry about that too much because we would want to drive this one. The 914 may have been an entry level offering, but that does not mean it wasn’t a good car. Disc brakes and independent torsion bar suspension all around was still standard. They are well balanced, nimble, and provide lots of fun for a whole lot less money than a 911.

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