1968 Porsche 912

For those who may be less interested in collectability (though a good 912 may still enjoy collector status) and more interested in having a vintage Porsche to drive on weekends, the 912 still offers a great deal of value relative to many 911s. Intended as Porsche’s entry-level vehicle, the 912 shared the same basic body design and mechanical lay-out of the 911, but rather than the 911’s standard flat-six engine the 912 used a flat-four, initially as a 1.6 liter unit and late displacement was bumped to 2.0 liters. In its early years the 912 sold very well and even provided better handling balance than the 911 due to its lower weight at the rear. These were, in every way, cars intended to provide Porsche’s customers with an experience akin to that of their top-of-the-line sports car, but at a fraction of the cost. Today those same cost savings remain and owners can still appreciate what a ’60s rear-engined Porsche was all about. The example we have featured here is a numbers-matching Sand Beige 1968 Porsche 912 located in Indiana.

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Year: 1968
Model: 912
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 122,270 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1968 Porsche 912

Original California car. Only in mid-west for 2 years-garaged.

Originally purchased new in CaIifornia (always garaged). I have done the following repairs: Installed new headliner, replaced driver seat, installed new interior carpet, new front, quarter and rear glass seals, installed modern Pioneer radio with remote and had what I consider to be minor engine repairs. It has been driven as a daily driver to work in spring & summer. The car’s biggest feature is the condition of the chassis, it truly has NO rust. There have been no oil leaks, engine runs strong. Newer tires, original Fuchs rims. Comes with all the original purchase documentation from original owner as well as original tool kit, owners manual and fully documented repair history.

All gauges & instruments work except for the clock. There is a repaired crack in dashboard at the crease (typical for these cars). I would consider the paint to be in above average condition. Sand beige is the numbers matching original color. I believe it may have had one re-spray earlier in its history. I took two pictures of small scratches: one on the top of the car and one on the edge of the door by the handle. I have proudly shown car in area Porsche events. It truly has been a fun car to drive. It is being sold to make room for a new project car.

International buyers welcome!

** I strongly encourage you to contact Bob Farmer, an expert Porsche mechanic. He performed all the tune up work / minor engine repairs. Bob will personally vouch for the condition of the car as described. Bob has 38+ years of experience, he is very straight-forward & honest in his assessments. Bob’s telephone number is 317-894-8185.

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This is clearly a car in need of some work and it appears the seller has made an effort at providing pictures and descriptions of its obvious flaws. However, if mechanically it is in good shape and the structure is sound, as the seller claims it to be, then these flaws are no more than blemishes that can be repaired. The appearance of the engine bay leaves me slightly skeptical of the overall condition of the car, but perhaps in this case appearances are deceiving. Altogether, this is a 45-year-old 912 that shows some age, but might remain in overall good condition. As with any car such as this, the appeal is in the possible value it may bring. Bidding is currently at $15,300 with reserve still on. To get an idea of where that stands, Hagerty shows a Condition 4 1968 Porsche 912 (considered in fair condition) with an average value of $19,700 and with a Condition 3 car going up to $29,100. I would say this car probably lies somewhere in between those descriptions, which suggests it may be one that is worth investigating further.

-Rob

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