The 912 produced 90bhp, some 40 horsepower less than the 911’s six cylinder engine, but this deficit was offset by significantly reduced weight, resulting in a better balanced car with greatly improved road manners. The 911 gearbox was used, offering a choice of four or five speeds. Despite being down on power, the 912 had a respectable top speed of 119mph, while the UK list price of £2,467 undercut the 911 by around 16 percent. A little over 30,000 examples were produced at Karmann’s works (Porsche’s factory was fully occupied with the 911) between 1965 and 1968, and today the 912 is a relative rarity when compared with its better known sibling.
Delivered new in 1967, this delightful 912 has recently been repatriated to European shores. Finished in Polo red, the paintwork is in very good condition throughout. Both body and chassis are described as excellent, as is the delightful interior. The chrome work on the car is in superb order, including the opening front ¼ light windows.
Complete with a large history file, the car changed to its second owner in 1979. Matching numbers, and offered with original Fuchs alloys, its original spare wheel and tool kit, this delightful 912 is certainly a practical classic that could be lovingly used for the occasional summer weekend getaway. Offered with a sensible reserve.