After years of building their commercial and racing success around the 356 models, Porsche introduced the larger, more powerful Porsche 911 two-liter model in 1965. Maintaining the company’s success with rear engine positioning, the all-new design provided an aerodynamic body over a revised chassis that housed a sophisticated suspension system, a more powerful flat-six engine and a five-speed transmission. The combination was extremely powerful, making the new 911 faster and more stable at high speeds than the 356 Porsche.
Feeling excluded, many Porsche fans yearned for a more affordable alternative to the 911. Buyers did not have to wait long, as in 1966 Porsche introduced the reasonably priced 912 model with virtually the same horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine that was used in the 356 Super 90. Despite a weight penalty of 220 pounds versus the lighter 356 Super 90, the 912 achieved the identical top speed of 115 miles per hour.
Production ran from 1965 through 1969 and accordingly, 912 Porsches of quality are becoming increasingly collectible. Today, excellent examples are few and far between, as not surprisingly they proved popular with many people who never anticipated their future value.
The Polo Red Porsche 912 offered here has been recently restored from a very solid, no rust body example. Approximately $20,000 was spent on the body restoration and repaint and the flat four-cylinder engine was recently rebuilt with $10,000 invested in this process alone. The receipts are included in the sale. The 912 has also received a complete brake system rebuild with upgraded components and the suspension bushings have been replaced. An upgraded original sway bar has also been added. The Porsche runs with its correct drivetrain that includes a five-speed manual transmission. It is also reported to be an early three gauge dashboard car. To top it off, this fine sports car has the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity accompanying it along with the original tool kit and owners manual. This 912 is an exemplary model of a rare breed.