Porsche manufactured over 32,000 912s between 1965 and 1969 as an entry level model. Nimble with sharp handling, and with a better weight distribution compared with its 6 cylinder 911 brother, the compact 2+2 weighed in at just 965kg. Power came from a 1.6l flat 4 boxer engine carried over from the 356.
The 912 actually outsold the 911 by a factor of 2:1, sharing its chassis, bodywork and running gear with the 911. The 912 Porsche model has not been in the limelight, until quite recently that is. Greatly loved by Porsche enthusiasts, who have known all about the excellent qualities of the 912, the model is now much more widely appreciated and gaining a strong and loyal following.
This particular 912 is quite special. It is a well restored car in terms of bodywork and paint, with new suspension, brakes and interior. It is powered by a 2.7 l, 180 bhp, type IV VW engine, built by the leading Californian engine specialist, Fat Performance. Cooled by a 911 fan shroud and rear lid mounted Evans oil coolers, the engine has stainless steel headers and exhausts, twin Webers and electronic ignition. The 901 dog-leg 5 speed gearbox has been recently rebuilt, working in harmony with a short shift changer.
The interior is all new, with ‘salt and pepper’ lightweight RS carpet set, RS type seats, four point race harness, fire extinguisher, refurbished 5 instrument dials (by Hollywood, CA), new Rennsport pedal box and custom door pads and period steering wheel. There is a custom screen heater/blower giving scope for winter driving.
The build commenced in 2010 by the previous owner in Georgia, USA, starting with a rust free and straight 912 shell. The build took a total of 3 years, with receipts for over $40,000 within the file.
The current owner imported the car from the USA, and then refurbished the original Fuchs alloys. The car comes with a valid V5 and MOT, and an assurance from the owner that the engine cracks and pops on over run and will turn heads wherever it goes. Simply stunning.