Texas Car: 1969 Porsche 912

Jeff LaveryBy Jeff Lavery

This 1969 Porsche 912 is a claimed dry Texas driver. It comes with a rebuilt, numbers-matching engine and the seller claims it runs well with excellent compression. The biggest issues seem to be cosmetic in nature, but the chassis appears sound with the majority of the exterior covered in dusty, tired paint. The 912 is listed for $23,000 here on craigslist and has been posted longer than most air-cooled examples tend to last for. If it sells in the meantime, go here if the ad disappears.

Given the popularity of survivor-grade 911s/912s that aren’t complete basketcases, it does beg the question as to how this 912 is still listed for sale after a month. The interior looks better than expected, with a cracked dash and some tired door panels its biggest sins. The carpets look surprisingly good, and small original details like the shift knob and glove box door badge point to a relatively tame existence. The radio is aftermarket and a period Blaupunkt is a must-do for the next owner.

No word on whether the motor was pulled for photographic purposes only or if it’s still sitting on a pallet. The engine was supposedly rebuilt in 2003, the car driven for two years and then parked in 2005, apparently only recently being revived. Seems strange, doesn’t it, to rebuild a motor and then park the car a short time later. The matching-numbers mill is a rarity in the air-cooled world, where engine swaps and replacements can occur over the course of a Saturday night for those familiar with this era of Porsche.

The seller further adds that the 912 has spent its entire life in dry, sunny San Antonio. Old-school registration/inspection  stickers on the windshield confirm this, as do the seemingly dry and surface-rust only floorpans. The sellers says the 912’s biggest needs are bodywork-related, but aside from the bumpers that have rotted through, I’m not sure if he means a paintjob or actual metal repair. I can’t see any major areas of corrosion around the exterior, so hopefully he’s just emphasizing the need for fresh paint.

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Comments

  1. Dean

    Comments just so the little “ass-engined Nazi slot car” doesn’t feel neglected…




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  2. redwagon

    has to be the cleanest 911/912 engine i’ve ever seen. seems like there is lots of potential here. not certain why it would not sell? engine not installed? no movement on the price?

    lets face it, 23k for a less desirable model, that still needs a front pan and bumpers and has an interior that is tired seems like a lot of money.




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  3. Crazyhawk

    it’s hard to waste my time commenting on a boring overpriced crappy looking 912 i can’t even waste time using caps or punctuation




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  4. rufous rednack

    another “sheep in wolf’s clothing”; was 2nd owner of a late ’69 (from ”76-’86) and was glad to get rid of it after 10 years–poor handling, poor “heating”; rebuilt the Solex’s twice.
    Let some frickin’ flipper find another sucker for this garbage




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  5. Maestro1

    Barn Finds is an interesting site featuring some unusual finds that has good writers who are obviously enthusiasts. I see no reason for remarks like “Nazi slot cars” on this site.




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  6. PRA4SNW Member

    Seems like they are only interested in selling it to an overseas buyer.

    Maybe “the further away the better” motto is in effect?




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  7. Paul

    If I wasn’t in the middle of rebuilding a 1968 912, I would be interested. Bought mine as a stalled project, pieces are expensive to source. Rebuilt gearbox, motor is next. A complete unmolested car is attractive – surprised the bumpers rusted out on this vehicle, would anticipate some floor plan work. I didn’t know the 1969 had the heater controls on the dash – mine are still down by handbrake.




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  8. ccrvtt

    This era of 911/912 is my favorite from a visual aspect. I have always preferred the chrome slotted-disk wheels to the Fuchs mags, but that’s just a personal preference. I like the chrome trim details and the purity of the “911” shape in the early cars.

    From the pictures it’s hard to fault the asking price given the crazy nature of the market for early P-cars. I wouldn’t buy it even if I had the money, but I wouldn’t shame someone who did. Nice find.




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  9. Maestro1

    I think this is the only year for the long wheelbase car. Depending on how far you want to go with it, there is always Porsche Classiche in Stuttgart, which will deliver you a car you won’t be able to tell from new.For a very large number. Or select a good restorer near you, check his references, and have it done for less money that way, or do it yourself, drive and fix sort of approach. Either way, there’s a strong upside in these cars. You won’t regret spending your money on it but simply be intelligent about it.




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  10. GMoney

    anyone other than me seem to think, being in Spring Hill, that it has possibly been under water. look at the gear shift rod, looks a little rusty, look at the passenger door window roll up where there is supposed to be a knob, looks a little rusty, the numbers plate and around it. is it possible this is a hurricane flooding survivor. just seems to have, in my lay opinion, telltale signs of water. look closely at the carpet fittings, they look a little shriveled at the edges, just saying.




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