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Not Going to Finish: 1968 Porsche 912

The premise of a project is one that tempts many of us, especially if the car in question has a decent shot at increasing in value. As projects often do, they fall behind or simply off our list of growing priorities, but remain in our possession so long as we feel there’s a shot at working on them. In the case of this 1968 Porsche 912, the seller is admitting that too many years have passed without any progress, and so the car is listed here on eBay with bids to just under $20,000 and the reserve unmet.

The 912 used to be the cheap option if you wanted an air-cooled Porsche. For years, it was an easy sports car to pick up, and given it wasn’t particularly sporting, it was more seen as a way to access that famous air-cooled experience without the typical price tag. Those days are gone, as even the rattiest 912 will leave a sizable hole in your wallet, so they make good sense to hold onto if you were able to buy one when they were fairly disposable.

Despite looking quite complete inside, the seller admits this 912 will need some floor work as a previous owner apparently didn’t do a great job of repairing the rust-prone areas. The listing simply says there’s evidence of a “…bad patch job” on the front section of the chassis, so you’ll have to inquire for more details if you want a clear idea of what you’re getting into. The good news is that overall, the 912 appears to be quite complete and worthy of rescue.

The engine bay is complete and shows some evidence of some new parts being thrown at it. The seller claims it starts and runs, but that it’s been sitting for two years without much action. I can attest to the slippery slope of buying projects that never see the light of day, but I’m fortunately in a place as of late where my long-termers are close to the finish line. Hopefully, the next caretaker of this 912 can bring the project all the way home.


  1. Steveo

    Me thinks we just saw this one not too long ago.

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    • John

      Pass, rust repair is 25k, engine rebuild is 18k now on these and new parts not available you have to remachine everything!

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      • Greg Moore

        Rust repair is not $25k and rebuild is not $18k and parts are available….. I just had my 67 912 floors done and engine rebuilt at a quality CA shop for less than $16k for both. 912’s are a joy to drive and will likely continue to appreciate.

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  2. Big C

    If you need a reason to believe that people are out of the minds, in the classic car world? Just look at the prices on these 4 banger Porsches. For years, people didn’t want these cars, because the performance wasn’t even close to the 911. And that’s what Porsche enthusiasts supposedly wanted. Now? Over $20k for a 912 project.

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  3. bobhess bobhess Member

    the 912 engine was good enough that me and a whole lot of other 356 owners seeked out the engines for our cars. Built a race car powered by a 912 engine and while in Europe with our ’64 C coupe the factory installed a new 912 engine in it for us. Cost us $1,800, How times have changed.

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