1966 Porsche 912

A few months ago I took a look an early Porsche 912 that while the price was right, had a bunch of issues known and maybe more than weren’t yet found. As luck would have it, another 912 popped up, this time an even earlier car, that has a little high price tag but perhaps is a much better starting point. Dare I say that this is even a turn-key example? I maybe won’t go that far since it is a 1966 after all, but heavy lifting is not required on this one.

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1968 Porsche 912

Oh Porsche 912. Some look at it as a classic Porsche design minus two cylinders, while others think it’s a Volkswagen Beetle in a 911 shell. They certainly went unloved for some period of time as you’ll hear stories of yesteryear about them being in the local classifieds for $9,999. Now? Triple it. Personally, they are what they are. Yeah, a little down on power, but the long hood cars still have a soft spot in my heart. Unfortunately because they were so cheap, lots of ridden hard, modified, or just straight up used examples come to market today. This 1968 up for sale outside of Salt Lake City, Utah certainly looks to be a survivor, but maybe not the cleanest example out there.

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Golden Green 1967 Porsche 912 Soft-window Targa


Update 11/13/18: This 912 Soft-window Targa sold for $50,217.99.

I began my post on a recent 993 Turbo S by stating, “this is everything.” In a very different way my reaction to this Golden Green 1967 Porsche 912 Soft-window Targa is similar. For pure lust the Turbo S certainly wins the day, but some of the allure of that car was in the details and that is where the overlap lies with this 912. There is enough here to pore over that interested parties could spend hours simply looking through these pictures.

We’ll begin with the color. Golden Green is not a color I’ve seen before. It only was available for a couple years in the ’60s and generally isn’t one that we come across among the many PTS 911s that have been produced since. It is sort of in the vein of Lindgrün (also called Chartreuse) that was produced in the ’70s though Golden Green doesn’t look as bright to me. As the name suggests it possesses a yellow/gold hue to its non-metallic green. That golden hue allows it to change kind of dramatically from sun to shade. The pictures here do a pretty good job of capturing that transformation. This is said to be the only Soft-window Targa produced in 1967 in this color with only 4 others made in 1968. So it’s very rare. I don’t know how many Coupes might also exist, but as I said this is the first I have seen it so I’m guessing there aren’t many.

The other part of this is the Soft-window Targa itself, Porsche’s answer to what they thought would be the death of the open-roofed car. Such tragedies never befell the car industry and the soft rear window eventually was replaced with the glass rear with which we’re all very familiar on 911 Targas even to this day. But the SWT is an interesting design and interesting engineering answer to a potential problem. They make for great historical models and given their short production run are quite rare in themselves. So there’s a good bit going on here and the seller has provided quite a few pictures to document this Targa’s condition. Add to all of that it is up for auction without reserve.

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1969 Porsche 912 Coupe

It feels like forever since I posted a 912 and that’s too bad because I like these a lot. However, they don’t always make as much sense as they once did – as the inexpensive alternative to a long-hood 911 – and frankly I don’t see nice ones all that often. Or, at least, it’s become extremely rare to see those that fulfill both obligations: they look good and they aren’t priced insanely. I think this one does manage to do that even if it still is more expensive than where we were a few years ago. It is cheaper than most of its 911 counterparts though so at least that’s good.

This is a Polo Red 1969 Porsche 912 Coupe, located in California, with black leatherette interior and 67,570 miles on it. Those familiar with the 911/912 from this era will know that 1969 signals the first year of the longer-wheelbase for both models. Since the 912 would be put out of production the following year, except for a one-year return in 1976 with impact bumpers, this is the only model year you can get a long-wheelbase long-hood 912. That makes them a little unique and I think this one looks quite nice!

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Bahama Yellow 1968 Porsche 912 Coupe

I don’t know what my most commonly featured 912 color is, but if you told me it was Bahama Yellow I wouldn’t be surprised. It’s an absolutely wonderful color that possesses tons of character, but it isn’t so bright you have to worry about blinding your friends and neighbors. So let’s look at another one: this one-owner (sort of) 1968 Porsche 912 Coupe, located in California, with a reported 51,545 miles on it. It’s said to be matching numbers and with a full history since new. The paint isn’t original, but the 20+ year-old respray still looks quite good. Just a lovely car!

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1966 Porsche 912

When I read about entry-level 911s these days they never really seem all that entry level. Even the most basic model will run you pretty close to six figures and selecting a few options can quickly move that price well above six figures. There’s always the Cayman and with a starting price below $60K we probably shouldn’t expect any Porsche to go much cheaper than that. As a luxury brand they have certain standards to uphold. But a Cayman isn’t a 911.

I don’t expect it to ever happen again, but I would love another 912. I know technically it’s not a 911 either, but it’s a heck of a lot closer to a 911 than a Cayman so for entry-level purposes it would do nicely. It’s been more than 40 years since the last 912 was produced and even that final one-year run in 1976 wasn’t really intended. For all intents and purposes 1969 marked the end for the 911’s little brother.

Its brief existence was a good one though. With its smaller 1.6 liter flat-4 many thought it a better handling car than the 911 due to its better balance. Sure, the 912 wasn’t as quick, but it could be just as fun. In the present market, relative to the typical high prices we see for a long-hood 911, the 912 still represents a nice value as well. Like many early Porsches that value isn’t quite as good as it once was, but outside of a few very high priced examples most 912s can still be had fairly reasonably.

This one, a Light Ivory 1966 Porsche 912 with Red interior, makes for an interesting example as it looks quite good, but isn’t entirely original. So we’ll have to be careful in fully understanding the details, but I think it makes for a worthwhile investigation.

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1968 Porsche 912 Vintage Rally Car

Here’s something pretty cool: a fully restored former Swedish rally 1968 Porsche 912 wearing its original color scheme and (what looks to be) a replication of its original decals and equipment. We see these sorts of Porsches pop up now and then, but in most cases they aren’t actual former rally cars, but rather builds that owners have put together that were inspired by the Porsche rally cars of the past. To have a chance at the real thing is a pretty nice treat! And the asking price really doesn’t seem too bad either.

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Year: 1968
Model: 912
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 250 mi
Price: $89,900 Buy It Now

Available today is a very unique and rare 1968 Porsche 912 rally car. This is a genuine period competition car that raced as a new Porsche from 1968 in rally events held in Sweden. This is NOT a replica or made up car. VIN # is 12801307. Mileage is approx. 250 since being restored about 5 years ago. Great looking car in it’s original color combination of polo red exterior with black leatherette interior.

Car has a replacement blank case. Engine was likely installed when the restoration was done but exact date is not known. Please note that this is a US street legal car and is currently registered in Georgia. There is no US title included. Car is sold on bill of sale and Georgia registration.

It was imported to the U.S. from Sweden then completely restored to as rallied configuration by the experts at Klub Sport Racing in Florida. This rally car has lots of period rally images and rock solid documentation as well as period magazines with the car featured. A lot of effort was put into the details such as the Halda rally equipment, German studded snow tires, rally lighting, skid plate, European heating system and lights, and perfectly duplicated period livery as well as lots of little details that give the car a great and unique presence.

The quality of the restoration is excellent with a very straight properly painted body, re-anodized window frames, detailed and rebuilt mechanicals and suspension, great interior with blacked out dash (as rallied in period), and houndstooth seat inserts. The car runs and operates beautifully. This great old Porsche rally car can be purchased for a fraction of the cost of a similar competition 911 and for much less than the owner has invested in the car.

Includes pictured chrome wheels along with a set of wheels with studded snow tires. A very unique opportunity to own a very cool vintage Porsche.

In Summary:
– A beautifully restored vintage Swedish Rally 912
– Great documentation and period photos
– Very unique – you won’t see one of these at the next Porsche gathering

– Car has very low mileage since being restored. Drives and presents very well.

Vehicle Condition:
I have not personally inspected this vehicle. I am relying on the pictures and descriptions provided by the seller. I can tell based on pictures and conversations with the owner that this 912 is very well restored with tons of money spent.

Please feel free to ask questions prior to bidding. I will make sure to get every questions answered in a timely basis.

I invite and encourage any interested party to inspect this car in Atlanta, GA.

There are all kinds of inherent difficulties to assessing a car such as this. In this case those difficulties are exacerbated for US buyers – given that the car now resides in the US – by the fact that much of the documentation is in Swedish. But at least we have some documentation, along with some articles from when it was racing, and any resourceful individual can find a translator if you’re in serious pursuit of this 912.

All of this makes for a very interesting Porsche. While it seems somewhat clear that the exterior has been restored to its original spec I’m not sure whether that also applies to the interior. A conversation with the restorer should shed some light on how they went about the project. Even if the interior is more period-correct than original it still looks in nice shape and purpose built. Given that some excellent 912s have begun to sell for prices not far from this asking price – with at least one even selling for higher than this price – that makes this one seem pretty reasonable. It certainly will stand well apart from every other 912 and should serve as a fantastic head turner and conversation starter.

-Rob

1968 Porsche 912 Coupe

I do miss the days when I could come across a Porsche 912 and feel confident its selling price would be reasonable. We seem to have long passed those days as price tags above $50K are very common with some even approaching $100K. Those examples are few and far between, but, of course, it never stops other sellers from attaching similar figures to their cars hoping to capitalize on a few big sales.

In theory, this 912 should be pretty reasonable. It isn’t original or numbers matching. Bidding even is quite reasonable and we could hope that with some time that bidding would be taken into account and the asking price will come down. For that we must wait. Either way, here we have a very pretty 1968 Porsche 912 with a Polo Red exterior over a Tan interior and a reported 58,628 miles on it.

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Year: 1968
Model: 912
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 58,628 mi
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1968 Porsche 912

Karmann bodied 912 with appreciating value
One of only 7,458 912 models sold in the United States in 1968
Polo Red exterior with tan interior
1586cc flat four-cylinder engine from a ’66 Porsche
Dual DeLorto carburators
Five-speed manual transmission period correct for 1968
Koni Shocks, with Weltmiester Adjustable Spring Plates
Nardi steering wheel with engraved signature and Bird’s Eye Maple dash trim insert
VDO gauges, Hella lights and dual Durant sideview mirrors
Optional 15-inch chrome wheels
Documentation includes original owner’s manual and some service records
MotoeXotica Classic Cars is proud to offer this 1968 Porsche 912 for your examination. This is a Porsche you can take out and drive, either as an everyday commuter or on weekend club runs. This 912 is a California car and currently on a California title from San Diego.

Originally delivered to Porsche Cars Northeast in Bedford, Massachusetts on December 18, 1967. This 912 is finished Polo Red with a tan interior. Both the engine and transmission have been changed, with the transmission slightly newer, but still correct for the year. The engine is from a 1966 vehicle but appears to have been rebuilt as it runs extremely well.

Structurally and mechanically the vehicle is very sound, with many newer parts – Koni shock absorbers, Weltmeister adjustable spring plates and bushings, brake lines, rebuilt calipers, brake rotors, master cylinder, shift couplers, transmission linkage, tie-rods, DeLorto carburetors and a 050 Bosch distributor.

The car’s paint and trim are in overall good order, presenting as a nice driver quality 912. The windows are clear, intact and haze-free. The car’s Hella lights are in similar very good order, intact and crack-free. The car rolls on good-looking Michelin radials, 195/65R15, surrounding the original and optional, 15-inch chrome wheels that sparkle. Its spare tire is in place and looks to be in good order and the front and rear bumpers are in great shape, too.

Inside, the tan interior is in overall very good shape, from the reupholstered front bucket seats, to the matching carpet and headliner. Facing the driver is a Nardi wood steering wheel with engraved signature and the instrument panel has a Bird’s Eye Maple trim insert to complement its VDO gauges. The inner door panels and shift lever, topped by a complementing wooden knob, are in very good order. A whimsical touch, the car’s seat belts are red, echoing the exterior. Completing the interior is a Clarion AM/FM stereo with CD player.

The Porsche 912 was manufactured between 1965 and 1969 as its entry-level model. The 912 is a nimble-handling compact performance four-seat vehicle, capable of up to 30 miles per gallon fuel. This is possible because of a high-efficiency engine, low weight, and low drag. A variant of the Type 911, one of the most famous and successful sports cars of all time, the Type 912 initially outsold the 911, boosting the manufacturer’s total production until success of the six-cylinder 911 was assured. As production of the 356 model concluded on April 5, 1965, Porsche officially began production of the 912 coupe. Overall, Porsche produced nearly 30,000 912 coupes. This is one of 7,458 912s sold in the United States in 1968.

In 1968, the United States Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) imposed mandates that would significantly change the Porsche 912. No longer permitted were glass lenses that had enclosed the headlights, and in their place were large chrome bezels that housed the lenses directly. Windshields were made of composite glass for increased strength. Instead of silver, windshield wipers were painted matte black to reduce unwanted reflections. And to increase wanted reflections, Durant side mirrors were enlarged considerably. Door buttons were more recessed. For U.S. cars, colored reflectors were also fitted to the sides of the car. Inside the car, the 1968-only the rear-view mirror was attached to a spring-loaded release attachment located on metal window frame, between the sun visors instead of the chrome plated metal type bolted to the roof of the car. Easier to read white lettering replaced the green Porsche had historically used on all its gauges. All interior fittings, from window cranks to ashtray pull, were now encased in soft rubber plastic, which was deemed to be less damaging to occupants in the unfortunate instance of a collision. In addition to safety concerns, the U.S. D.O.T. also imposed environmental regulations for 1968, which Porsche was able to comply with by introducing a vacuum advance 050 Bosch distributor, split-shaft Solex carburetors and an air pump that pushed more air through the tail pipe thus lowering emissions but only as assessed expressed in terms of parts per million, and not overall.

For 1968, 912 door panels were a unique one-year only design and doorframes in were now aluminum instead of chrome-plated brass. For added stability, wheel width was increased from 4.5 to five inches. For more reliable braking, a dual circuit master cylinder was introduced. A larger 420-watt generator charged the battery faster.

Looking for a German sports car you can drive regularly versus one with a “look but don’t touch” vibe and that will still appreciate in value? Then visit MotoeXotica Classic Cars to check out this late 60s Porsche 912 before someone else takes it home.

This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 58,628 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, exempt mileage California title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!

VIN: 12802427
EIN: 747006

The big points we need to take into account with this 912 is that neither its engine nor its transmission are original to the car. The engine is an earlier unit from 1966. The seller says it appears to have been rebuilt, but it’s clear that this seller did not install the engine and may not know much about who did and when. The transmission is said to be period correct and slightly newer. Again, there’s little information. A PPI should tell us if each unit is in proper working condition and well maintained. Obviously, being non-numbers matching is not ideal, but if your goal were to get a driveable 912 for lower cost, then this would less of an issue.

The interior, which looks quite nice though obviously refurbished, also has some non-original additions. These would be my biggest quibble, though I will admit the wood additions fit the general character of the car. I just think the wood is all wrong. Why not attempt to replicate the look of the wood dash in a ’65 or ’66 911? Those are beautiful and possess wonderful vintage character. This wood looks too modern. Some may enjoy it though for that extra dash of modern luxury.

As I said above, this 912 should come in at a reasonable cost due to all of these issues. And it is a really nice looking example both inside and out. Bidding is following suit sitting at only $17,300. That in itself would be a very attractive price if everything is in good mechanical condition. Alas, the seller’s asking price is a good bit higher. Something will have to give and we’ll have to see if bidding eventually comes up to the seller’s ask. I don’t expect it to so with patience a buyer may still get a pretty nice price in the end.

-Rob

1968 Porsche 912 Soft-window Targa

I shall now return to my favorite quirky Porsche model with this 1968 Porsche 912 Soft-window Targa, located in California, with a reported 60,082 miles on it. I suppose to be totally accurate the 911 Soft-window would be my favorite, but the 912 is close enough. While it might be a strange looking design there’s a ton of versatility to these Targas as the removable rear window allows for a variety of open-cockpit driving conditions. If you want a fully open experience you can remove the roof and unzip the rear window. Or perhaps it’s a hot sunny day and you just want some extra airflow? Then leave the roof in place, but keep the rear window down. And, of course, the standard Targa configuration with which we’re very familiar: remove the roof and keep the rear window in place.

The Soft-window Targa was intended to allow Porsche to continue to provide their customers with as open a cockpit as possible, while meeting what they expected would be increasingly stringent safety requirements that would necessitate the fixed roll hoop. Those requirements never materialized, yet it did take Porsche another 15 years before a 911 Cabriolet would come into existence. That leaves us with the Targa and these interesting pieces of engineering as Porsche first developed a model for the 911 and 912.

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Year: 1968
Model: 912 Soft-window Targa
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 60,082 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1968 Original Soft Window Targa
new black paint with charcoal German carpet and black leather seats and interior by Auto International of Escondido
5 Speed
rebuilt engine / Big Bore / # 752983
rebuilt carbs
new rubber, seals, and bushings,heater hoses
no rust
original floor pans
original rubber floor mats
Fuch alloy wheels
jack and lug wrench
removable hard top excellent original
New soft window and tonneau boot and bag by Autos International of Escondido

appointment available
Del Mar, CA

The SWT we see here we wouldn’t really consider a special version of the breed, but rather a pretty standard example in a standard black on black color combination. The condition looks pretty good, but we must admit that the pictures don’t tell us a whole lot, especially with regard to the interior. We do know that a certain degree of restoration has been undertaken as this SWT has new paint and interior along with a rebuilt engine. The engine raises a quick question as it’s said to be “big bore” so we’ll want to see documentation of the engine work so as to fully understand its current state. Documentation verifying the mileage, assuming it exists, also would be a huge help.

Unsurprisingly, these questions currently seem to be suppressing bidding – or perhaps an optimistic bidder will view it as a chance at better value – the auction sits at only $35,100 with reserve unmet. The 912 in general can show pretty significant value differences between excellent examples and more run-of-the-mill examples with the SWT always tending to drift a little higher within those scales given its relative rarity. So we’ll have to see where this one ends up, but right now the price remains low.

-Rob

1967 Porsche 912 Soft-window Targa

Honestly, I don’t really like to feature modified Porsches all that often. Some are really attractive and well executed, but the reality is that from a distance it’s always hard to truly gauge them and there is so much subjectivity built into modified cars in general that the market can be extremely narrow. Then there are the asking prices, which in many cases tend to be…let’s just say they’re very optimistic.

That bit of preamble leads me to the modified Porsche we see here: originally a 1967 Porsche 912 Soft-window Targa, but now sporting a 3.2 liter flat-six. It is intended to mirror the ethos of the outlaw and R-Gruppe 911s popular in California and in that regard it serves as an interesting example. I also find it a very interesting use of a 912 Soft-window Targa platform, something which in itself possesses a good deal of quirkiness and which rarely serves this purpose. And that’s why I’m featuring it: among the many modified Porsche 911s and 912s I see this one stands apart quite a bit. It still won’t be for everyone, but there is something very cool about this car that I could see really attracting a lot of attention and conversation.

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Year: 1967
Model: 912 Targa
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: not listed
Price: Reserve Auction

This is a 911 hotrod (or “Outlaw” or “R Gruppe”) made from a 1967 912. It was built by TLG Porsche of N. Hollywood, CA. It was built to imagine what a Soft Window Targa (SWT) R Gruppe 911 would have been. It was an expensive build at the time and built to a high standard of quality. The car started as a stripped 1967 SWT tub. Steel ’73 911 fenders, RS flares and bumpers, RS torsion bars, 930 brakes, and a 915 tranny were added. The wheels are 15″ 7’s and 8’s. A new 3.2 block was built to 285 HP using a mild cam, bigger valves, and a Haltech engine management system. An RS oil cooler was added in the front wheel well. The easily torqued SWT tub was stiffened using a full roll cage that isn’t too visible. It has a heater and a radio.

When I bought this car in 2012, it was running very rough. But without the Haltech software or expertise to tune it, we just couldn’t get it to run properly. So we replaced the EMS with a new PMO carb set. The transmission was also rebuilt. It is now the best shifting 915 I’ve driven. New GTS Classics seats were added, as well as new Schroth Profi II 6-point harnesses. Recently, a MSD 6A ignition unit was added.

The paint is still very nice with only some minor imperfections. The targa top and back window are believed to be original and all in very good shape.

You can’t help but smile when you drive this car. It is stiffer than a coupe. It is a different kind of sleeper that will frustrate the car ahead of or beside you.

Message for more high resolution photos.

Here is a recent cold start video. https://youtu.be/oJGkUmJEesQ Note for some reason, the car shows up as more red than orange in the video. The photos do a better job showing the real color.

We don’t see many short-wheelbase 911/912 with a widened rear like this one, but it makes for a neat design. It’s a bit more squat and rounded looking than the typical 911 of this period. It reminds me a little of the 964 in that regard. The Soft-window Targa completes the aesthetic and this is about as unique a Porsche as you’re likely to see. The strangeness of the SWT rounds out this car’s personality well. I got a bit of a chuckle out of the seller’s comment that the added roll cage “isn’t too visible.” I mean, I’m not really sure how you’d miss it! I suppose from a distance outside the car the point stands, but close up and certainly inside it’s pretty apparent. It doesn’t bother me at all, but I did think it was funny.

Naturally, assuming a buyer’s particular desire for a build like this, you’ll want to give it a full mechanical appraisal. It sounds like the current owner has a decent knowledge of the build and its current operation, but he wasn’t the owner that instigated the original work so there may be issues unknown to this point, or just general points of troubleshooting that it’d be worthwhile to know. If the power is as advertised I imagine it’s a hell of a lot of fun to drive and the added stiffness of the roll cage probably much appreciated. And really that’s just what you’re after with a car like this. Get in and enjoy the drive!

-Rob