Very Special Porsche 912′s

Over the last few months, I have been around a number of Porsche 912′s. Anyone who frequents this website knows that I really like early Porsche 911′s so it seems natural that I’d like 912′s but to be honest, I’ve only worked on a few of them but really don’t remember much about them.

This winter, a local man needed his 912 appraised to help settle his fathers estate. His father bought the car new and kept it in impeccable condition. It wasn’t restored, had a weak re-paint in the original color but everything else was tidy, solid and the car was complete with the books and tools and tons of records. Driving the car was a delight, it doesn’t sound like a racing car the way a 911 does but 4 cylinder 912 feels as fast as the 6 cylinder engine of the same year.

1969 Porsche 912

1969 Porsche 912 in original color, one family ownership history

1969 Porsche 912 interior

Original interior for 1969 Porsche 912

In February I visited a friend who just got another dark red, one owner 912 in his shop that he offered to sell me. He needed a month to clean the car, polish the paint and make sure it ran like new, then he would let me have first chance to buy the car. He sent me photos of the car after the clean up and I had to have the car and immediately sent him a check for his asking price. A few days later a very good customer of mine called and I told him about this 1968 912 and he held his hand high in the air for the car. It turns out that he bought the last “one owner” 911 that I had in 2011, the car I affectionately called ‘ol silver, a ’72 911 T Coupe.

Now Michael has two of my favorite “901″ cars, both of them under fastidious care from new and the tradition continues

1968 912 Coupe Burgendy for sale

'68 912 Porsche

1968 Porsche 912 in the shop

In the shop, next to 911 and Ghibli

1968 912 Porsche engine

Engine in the '68 912, original and immaculate

A few weeks ago I saw a beautiful 1976 Triumph TR-6 on ebay. I bid on the car but the next morning realized that I wasn’t the high bidder, I was off by $750. Fortunately, the seller, Branden in Seattle, called me the next to day to offer me the car because the high bidder needed a loan to buy the car and wanted the title sent before paying for the car! I pulled a muscle in my arm as I raised it so high for the car. Branded asked me if I was looking for other cars and I sent him my “must have” list. Within a few days he sent me photos of this 1968 912 in its original color, Polo Red. This car looked outstanding in the photos because it has a gorgeous interior without holes cut in the door panels for speakers and a perfect dash pad. The front pan, floors and longitudinal sections are absolutely straight and perfect, the bottom of the doors are perfect and other than the thousands of stone pecks on the front hood and old paint, the car is damn near perfect.

The car arrived on May 6th and I was absolutely blown away with the car and equally impressed with the care of ownership since 1968. There is a 3 ring binder in the car with EVERY reciept from new! Every part purchased, every oil change and service job! It has had a few owners but they all continued the tradition of maintaining the car and keeping record of every detail. What is it with these 912′s?

1968 Porsche 912 in Polo Red

Polo Red 1968 Porsche 912

1968 Porsche 912 Original interior

Original interior for the 1968 Porsche 912

Records for the 1969 Porsche 912

912 Porsche records for maintenance

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2 Comments »

  1. Peter P said,

    May 22, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

    912′s are under-appreciated cars. I had a 69 912 when I was young, followed by several later model 911′s. The later 911′s were (a lot) faster, but didn’t have the light feel and simplicity of the early cars. If had the opportunity to drive any of my former Porsches again, I would choose the 912 without even thinking. The burgundy car looks like one I looked at buying around 1980/81, but I couldn’t pull the cash together. If this car was in Florida at that time, this is probably the same car. I still remember how great it drove.

  2. John Waldron said,

    August 4, 2013 @ 3:34 am

    Fascinating blog! A hospital mnt. man by trade, I chased every part , except for the head and short block, for my 1/63 Falcon tudor sedan. Restored her over an 8 year period with mt crazy Iranian mechanics;)
    Always loved Ferrari styling and engineering. A former apt. neighbor with an early 1960′s Alfa Romeo told me how beautiful Italian metallurgy is. That being said, is it true that the pre 308 Ferrari’s were MUCH higher mnt. than the 308 and later Ferrari’s? Just curious. A peon in Texas:)

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