1968 Porsche 912

It is becoming increasingly difficult to find a Porsche 912 that falls into that middle stage of the market: not a pristine collector car, but not a car in need of significant work either. That’s somewhat troubling since much of the appeal of the 912 precisely is the opportunity for getting your hands on a good vintage Porsche driver, but without breaking the bank. Entry-level Porsche at entry-level pricing. But as the market for the 912 has heated up there is more incentive to restore properly those that have been neglected, which also brings out the sellers who are less interested in putting in the time for a quality restoration. Of course, this also tends to mean that owners of the middle-of-the-road cars price them too high – a rising tide raising all boats and whatnot – but ultimately a patient buyer should eventually be able to find one for a reasonable price. The example we see here, a Tangerine 1968 Porsche 912, located in Maryland, I think falls into that latter category. It looks in good running condition and worthy of being a fun weekend cruiser, but the asking price will likely need to come down. That said, excellent examples of the 912 have slipped into $50k-$60K territory so even this asking price is well under where top examples will sell.

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Tuner Tuesday: 1968 Volkswagen Beetle

For all the Alpinas, AMGs and Andials we might feature, there is one German cars that has remained a favorite of automotive customizers for years: the original Volkswagen Beetle. There’s an infinite amount of ways you can go with Beetle modifications, from dune buggy to dragsters. One popular modification is the Cal Look, consisting of a lowered suspension, aftermarket wheels and sometimes removal of the bumpers. This freshly restored 1968 Beetle for sale in Arizona has shades of that style, but retains the original bumpers. Wearing a bold shade, it looks great sitting on Empi style wheels.

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1968 Porsche 911T Coupe

Here we have a Bahama Yellow 1968 Porsche 911T Coupe, located in New York, with 92,401 miles on it. I always find a 911T in an excellent color to make for an interesting auction to watch, especially when the car in question appears in good shape but isn’t a concours-quality restoration. These auctions provide us a nice sense of the current market. Added to that, we do enjoy seeing these rare colors with some patina to them, showing the effects of many years of use though also reflective of the care required to keep a car of this vintage looking sharp. As the last year of the short-wheelbase models this one also gives us a glimpse at the most advanced version of the original layout and specifications.

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1968 Porsche 911L Soft-window Targa Police Car

Here at GCFSB we pride ourselves on featuring many of the most interesting German vehicles available on the second-hand market. The particular car we see here, a 1968 Porsche 911L Soft-window Targa Police Car, surely is the most interesting car I will have featured to date. It won’t be the fastest, or even the prettiest, though it’s certainly the rarest (since we cannot get more rare than 1 of 1) and it’s definitely the most peculiar. This Targa Police car was given the full treatment: double rear-view mirrors, a red police light affixed to the Targa’s roll hoop, illuminated STOP signal in place of the rear license plate, along with the electronics to control those lights and the siren. The look was completed with Dutch-inspired Tangerine over White paint and German “Polizei” script along the doors, hood and rear deck lid. It is, quite frankly, one of the most curious 911s we’re likely to come across and that hardly even includes the fact that it is a ’68 911L Soft-window Targa, an already very rare and interesting 911 in itself. It’s fantastic!

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1968 Glas 1304CL

I’ve slotted this car into the following categories of “never seen one” and “didn’t know existed.” While Glas is a rather obscure marque to some, I was well aware of the microcars and GT series of sports coupes they produced before being taken over by BMW in the 1960s. But this 1304CL for sale near Hanover, Germany left me scratching my head. After doing some research, I found out that the car we see here, the 1304CL, was a derivative of an earlier variant, the 1004 range, with the CL denoting “Combi Limousine.” Liftgates were still rather uncommon in the 1960s, but it wasn’t enough to interest customers. However, this car did survive for a bit after Glas was absorbed by BMW. It was also an inspiration for a later and much more loved variant of the 2002, the Touring.

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1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 3.5

We like to speculate about “what ifs” here at GCFSB when it comes to models a particular manufacturer may have not offered. The Mercedes-Benz SL was in for a large change in the early 1970s with the introduction of the R107 SL. Mercedes’ roadster would be transformed into more of a cruiser than a sporting machine, with a myriad of V8 engines on offer throughout its lifespan. Some lamented the fact that the SL was taking a turn towards luxury and abandoning the “sport light” formula embodied by its predecessors. A V8 was never offered in the W113 SL, but a few intrepid enthusiasts have taken it upon themselves to slot two extra cylinders under the hood of these drop tops, as we see with this restored 1968 280SL sporting a period 3.5 liter V8.

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1968 Porsche 911 – Magnus Walker build

Back in October we featured one of Magnus Walker’s cars, a 1977 Turbo Carrera, that garnered quite a bit of appeal given the mileage and overall condition. That build mostly held true to the original build and character of the car, restoring it to driver-quality shape rather than turning it into something else entirely. On an early 930, that sort of build makes a lot of sense. Here we have another car built by the Urban Outlaw, though in this case it is being sold by the current owner rather than by Magnus himself. This is a 1968 Porsche 911 whose build in 2009 was inspired by the 911R, an ultra-light-weight high power 911 that was intended to help Porsche meet homologation requirements in 1967. With a 2.2 liter flat-six tuned to S specifications, which I assume means it is putting out around 180hp, and less than 2100 lbs to move around this ’68 911 should be a very capable performer and with the short wheel-base it likely will make for some very exciting driving. Oh, and it’s Tangerine so obviously I could not turn away.

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1968 Porsche 912 Soft-window Targa

I’ve chosen to feature this car almost purely out of curiosity. The Soft-window Targa is one of those cars where the design, from an aesthetic perspective, leaves me cold, but from a functional perspective I always find very intriguing. These cars are sort of an engineering peculiarity; only existent for a few years as Porsche’s answer to the need for an open-top vehicle that would also meet safety requirements the Soft-window Targa is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a Targa where the window section behind the roll hoop could be lowered to create an airiness more akin to a cabriolet. These provided a variety of open-top motoring options between fully open and fully closed and with the integrated roll hoop they were sure to meet the increasingly stringent safety standards that Porsche worried would render the cabriolet obsolete. I just hate the look. With the rear window down these have always looked like something jerry-rigged in someone’s garage and no matter how interesting I think the design is I just can’t get past that. C’est la vie. Available for both the 911 and the 912, here we have a Burgundy 1968 Porsche 912 Soft-window Targa, located in California, with a stated 12,703 miles on it.

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1968 Porsche 912 Coupe

I have always had a particular fondness for the 912 and a part of me wishes Porsche would offer such an alternative now: a lower-cost, lighter, no-frills, four-cylinder version of the 911 that could be pushed relatively hard without needing the wider spaces of a track. I recognize that is an unlikely reality given that Porsche’s brand fits much more squarely in the upper tiers of cost and luxury, but I can always hope. Because of this I tend to keep my eye out for a 912, which is becoming increasingly difficult to find. Like any other early Porsche, 912 values have moved up and even though this has been at a much slower rate than we see with the 911 it is in part because of the 911 that the 912 has become much more prized. With a nearly identical appearance, but a 1.6 liter flat-4 rather than the 911’s 2.0 liter flat-6, the 912 provides interested buyers a 911 alternative at a much lower cost, which has always been its purpose. Here we have a Green 1968 Porsche 912 Coupe, located in Maine, with 76,000 miles on it.

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1968 Volkswagen Beetle

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At the beginning of the month, we took a look at a restored 1969 Volkswagen Beetle that almost seemed a bit over restored, given this car’s original intention as basic transportation for the people. Now comes along another restored Beetle of similar vintage, this time a 1968 example in Sahara Beige. If the aforementioned Diamond Blue Beetle was a bit over the top for your tastes and OEM is your thing, you’ll want to scope out this Bug.

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