Put into production in July 1964, the 911 presaged the end of 356-production. It was July 1965 before the 911 made it to the US, and customers immediately noticed the differences from its predecessor. In addition to being more modern and more powerful, it was also more expensive: nearly $2,000 more than the comparable 356 model. In Europe, too, this was a problem.
Thus, by April 1965 a “transitional model” entered production. Essentially a 911 with a 356-type flat four, the new car, designated “912,” was not only less expensive, selling at near-356 prices, but enjoyed more even weight distribution and better economy. The combination of the four-cylinder engine and the slipperier 911 design was capable of achieving 30 mpg. More than 30,000 were eventually built. Sold new to a Mr. Gettins on 9th January 1967 by Western Motors Incorporated in the United States, this early short wheel base 912 model was supplied in Irish Green with a black leather/pepita trim and the rare option of sports seats.
Still offered with its original service book, this is a nice straight example with good bodywork and panel fit, and no visible evidence of rust. Lighter and nimbler than the contemporary 911, the 912 model is becoming highly favoured by collectors, and we really feel this nice original example merits further inspection.