The 912 is one of those Porsches oft forgotten. Introduced in 1965 as an entry level alternative to the more powerful 911, the four cylinder 912 had a production run that spanned five years until the introduction of the 914, the mid-engined Porsche/VW collaboration. The 912 returned briefly to the US market in 1976 as the 912E, only being sold in the United States. This particular example has been well documented and preserved, still retaining the sought after California black plates.
The seller states:
This two owner car has been in sunny Southern California all its life and was in private collection for the last 15 years. Car still retains its original black and yellow California plates. Beautiful color combination that you do not see often. According to service records [can track mileage back from work performed from 99K to present] and previous owner this car has 128K miles. This is a rare 3 gauge with four speed transmission.
Has the proper horn button and steering wheel. Putting leather wrap on the wheel but could use refinishing. All numbers match. Engine #745905. Paint code is 6604. And VIN is 455742. Comes with factory 912 owners manual [not a reproduction]. The pans are all factory original and have no rust. Has 5 steel wheels which I believe have always been on this car. Factory Euro air cleaners with Solex carbs. Trunk has factory installed carpet which has never been changed and is still in good shape considering its age.
This car has a very high quality paint. All windows rubbers, bumpers, door handles, etc. were removed and car was taken down to metal for repaint. Here is a partial list of maintenance and repairs done in the last 18k miles. All work documented with receipts from very reputable shop.
Solex carbs rebuilt
Brakes and calipers
Shocks and struts [Bilstein]
Dash redone to factory specs with speaker holes
Seat reupholstered. Interior was always red [not a color change]
There are other smaller items. Just listed major repairs.
The 912 models obviously sell for less than their contemporary 911 siblings, but these smaller engined variants can regularly money similar to the later 911SC models. NADA is listing high retail at just shy of $20,000. With the history and documentation on this car, it wouldn’t be surprising to see it go in the mid $20k range.