1967 Porsche 912 Soft-window Targa

I wouldn’t say it’s all that easy to tell from the pictures, but this appears to be a pretty nice looking and very interesting Porsche 912. Of particular interest is that it is one of the early Targas with the removable rear window, otherwise known as the Soft-window Targa. There aren’t a lot of these because Porsche only kept the design around for a few years before introducing the glass window with which we’re all quite familiar and which became the mainstay of the design until the 993. Of course, contrary to my claim of it being “interesting” the glass window replaced the soft window mostly because buyers preferred it. That does make them rare though and as a window into one of Porsche’s engineering ideas they do make for a nice piece of history.

This particular example is a Black 1967 Porsche 912 Soft-window Targa, located in New York, with Red interior and 70,400 miles on it. The owner claims this color combination is the only one of its kind on this model. I don’t know if that can be verified with certainty, but I feel pretty assured of its rarity regardless of whether it’s the only one.

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Year: 1967
Model: 912 Targa
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 70,400 mi
Price: $71,999 Buy It Now

Personal circumstances are forcing me to sell my beloved 1967 Porsche 912 soft window Targa, black on red. 100% matching numbers and color codes, confirmed by certificate of authenticity. Both cosmetically and mechanically, the car has been well-maintained during my ownership in order to keep the car in top running condition.

Excellent mechanical condition with original engine and original smooth shifting manual optional 5-speed gearbox. Solid undercarriage and a very straight body. A great investment that is an absolute pleasure to drive while it continues to appreciate.

In total, Porsche produced nearly 30,000 912 coupe units versus only 2500 912 Targas, of which only about 200 soft-windows remain in the registry. This car is the only original black on red 1967 Targa known to exist. (According to the Oct. 1967 Christophorus magazine, only 3% of the 912 production run was black, making any originally black Targa extremely rare, even more so a first year Targa). The 1967, first year Targas with the short wheelbase, green gauges, no side-markers, no smog pump, batwing horn, chrome bumperettes, etc. remain the most elegant and desirable.

70,XXX original miles, confirmed by continuous service records. Never hit or damaged.
Desirable 5 speed transmission and 5 gauge dash. Original dated ventilated chrome wheels, with dated spare (all 2-67). All body panels are original.

High quality, glass out repaint in the original black. The body panels were stripped down to the metal and hand dollied. The remaining undercoating was prepped and sprayed with a catalyzed undercoating product not only on the bottom of the car, but also on the interior floor pan and rear seat area. The entire body was coated with epoxy primer and hand blocked prior to painting, then wet sanded and polished. The entire hood, bumper and headlight area was then professionally covered with Xpel film so there are no rock chips ($1050). The paint has a beautiful, deep gloss shine, and all the brightwork is in good shape.

The body rubber and seals were replaced upon re-assembly.

The car has always been stored indoors and with a high quality custom made cover (Covercraft), which I will include in the sale.

The motor, transmission, and other mechanicals are strong and ready for years of enjoyment by the next owner. The car starts, runs, shifts, brakes, etc. without issue. A stack of receipts and records are included in the sale.

Here is a partial list of new parts/improvements: New soft window, new soft window boot cover, Targa top refinished in correct German Vinyl ($710), new weather stripping all around (over $1500), new screws, gas filler flap & cap, new interior mirror, new Coco Mats, new matching black Porsche center caps. (original center caps also included in sale), custom-made Covercraft cover, custom made velour velcro removable dash cover (to protect the dash on hot days), custom Car Jacket for winter storage, new mounted halide fire extinguisher, new OEM Hella fog lights ($620), new Pirelli tires, new (mechanical) fuel pump, new WEVO shifter, gas tank cleaned, re-sealed and repainted in correct grey, carbs rebuilt and tuned, etc. etc. etc.

The car won Best Porsche at the 2014 Scarsdale Concours (second oldest concours on the East Coast). Personally would not call it a concours car (it is an excellent condition driver) but the judges went for the rarity, great color combo, and highly original presentation.

I can assist in shipping anywhere in the Continental U.S.

We’ve seen some 912s sell for pretty high prices lately when presented in excellent condition and in rare colors so I’ll be pretty curious if this one sells. The price certainly is high for a 912, but it’s not the highest price I’ve seen and the soft-window tends to command a premium. While black never seems like it should be a rare color, as I mentioned in an earlier post this week it doesn’t seem all that common on long-hood Porsches. Combined with the Red interior we certainly have something that should garner plenty of interest.

Again, the pictures aren’t terribly helpful here, but this 912 does look in nice condition all around. It’s said to have its original engine and transmission and that the mileage is fully documented. It’s been repainted though retains all of its original panels. The seats look like they’ve probably been redone, but that isn’t stated. The seller also has provided a list of recently replaced/refurbished items. Given the thorough documentation and originality this Targa should fetch a pretty good price. $72K is a lot for a 912 though so we’ll have to see if it can reach this price.

-Rob

1966 Porsche 912

Slate Grey over Red: a color combination that forever will grab my attention and hold it. It is both elegant and exciting as the interior and exterior colors are juxtaposed with one another. It also looks particularly good on early Porsches, whether the 356 or on the 912 we see here. The chrome accents show well with the Slate Grey paint and the Red seating has enough contrasting elements surrounding it that it doesn’t overwhelm you. It’s a combination I simply do not grow tired of.

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Year: 1966
Model: 912
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 17,793 mi
Price: Auction

The Porsche 912 is a sports car manufactured by Porsche of Germany between 1965 and 1969 as their entry-level model. A variant of the Type 911, one of the most famous and successful sports cars of all time, the 912 is a nimble-handling compact performance 2+2, delivering 90 SAE horsepower at 5800 rpm.[2] It is capable of up to 30 miles per US gallon (7.8 L/100 km; 36 mpg‑imp) fuel economy. This combination is possible because of a high-efficiency flat-4 petrol engine, low weight, and low drag. The Type 912 initially outsold the 911, boosting the manufacturer’s total production until success of the 911 was assured. THE CAR LOOKS GREAT DOES HAVE RE BUILT CARBURETOR AND INTERIOR WAS RESTORE TO RED LEATHER WITH SALDE EXTERIOR PAINT ,ITS ONLY BEEN OWNED BY ONE PERSON AS BEST OF OUR KNOWLEDGE , LOOKS GREAT DRIVE AWESOME ANY QUESTIONS 480 8942369

Strictly on appearance this 912 is fantastic. Both exterior and interior look in very good condition even if neither is the original paint or seating material. However, the history and originality of the car are less certain. We aren’t provided with any documentation to verify that these are this 912’s original colors and while the seller thinks this is a one-owner car, he isn’t sure. That’s not the type of uncertainty that inspires confidence. The very low mileage also raises questions. I’m assuming the odometer has rolled over, but we don’t know for sure.

Nonetheless, bidding here has been strong. It sits at $46,012 and since it’s up for auction with no reserve we know someone will be going home with it. As I’ve mentioned previously, excellent examples of the 912 have shown some very high values of late. If the documentation of this 912 is available we may see another high price.

-Rob

Bahama Yellow 1966 Porsche 912

Yesterday’s 930 brought with it a good deal of vintage flair with its golden-hued Platinum Metallic exterior over a Cork leather interior. It’s a combination that we almost never see on any modern automobile. Here we’ll turn the clock back just a little further for one of Porsche’s best vintage colors, and while the interior is a much more standard black, the beauty of the exterior provides all the charm we might need. Here we have a restored Bahama Yellow 1966 Porsche 912, located in New York, with a reported 36,687 miles on it. There isn’t much here to verify that mileage figure for us, but the rest looks fantastic!

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Year: 1966
Model: 912
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 36,687 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1966 Porsche 912 Coupe finished in it’s original color combination of Bahama Yellow with a Black interior. The C of A confirms it left the factory on 07/14/1966 with a rarely optioned electric sun roof, Talbot drivers side mirror, tinted glass, Butterfly style wood steering wheel and bumper horns.

Recently totally restored, this rust free Short Wheel Base California Coupe, is also fitted with a 3 Gauge instrument cluster, blemish free dashboard, properly restored and correctly anodized 15 inch factory Fuchs alloy wheels, period correct Blaupunkt radio with i Pod adaptor, fully rebuilt matching numbers five speed manual transmission, fully rebuilt and totally sorted 912 engine, color coordinated Coco mats, Euro H4 headlamps with yellow lenses, Euro rear tail lamps and front signal lenses, new Koni shocks all around, new exhaust system and on and on.

This 912 Sun Roof Coupe has been totally restored to exacting standards and drives incredibly well. There are no needs at all and it is ready to be enjoyed. The beauty of a restoration as detailed and sorted as this one is that the last 10% which is the hardest to complete, has been done.

Serious inquiries should contact Mark Starr @ 914 217-4817.

Back in January a similar Bahama Yellow ’67 912 sold for just over $114K at Gooding and Co.’s Amelia Island auctions. It was a pretty stunning example that sold for an equally stunning price. It certainly showed better than this Bahama Yellow 912 so I wouldn’t expect a similar sort of price here. That said I am curious just where the line will be for this one as it’s currently bidding at a much lower $34,012.

But let’s not let the level of bidding detract from this one because it does look really nice. I can’t say I’m a huge fan of yellow lenses on a Bahama Yellow car, but that’s hardly a significant issue for those who want to make the change. And overall it sounds to be well sorted and, while not totally original, in possession of most of its original items. For a 912 it looks to be a really nice example of these early younger siblings to the 911. Bidding certainly will have to rise and we’ll have an eye on it to see ultimately where things end.

-Rob

Hammertime Updates

Interesting and diverse additions to our Hammertime value guide for this week include some head scratchers, some values and some breathtaking numbers. Leading the charge was the recent sale of the 2016 911R at RM Auctions at nearly $550,000. Yet there was value to be found in the Volkswagen world, as two VR6 modded VW hatches hit $5,200 (1977) and $10,600 (1991). The salvage title Corrado SLC VR6 was presumably cheap at only $3,601, making for a good driver candidate. Bidders failed to show up for the 2003 RS6, and the no reserve auction fell silent at only $8,000 – perhaps a great value, while the 300SEL 4.5 nearly tripped $5,000 despite major concerns. At the higher end of the collector market for each was the W126 560SEL at $21,000 and the B2 Audi 4000S quattro at nearly $8,000. Finally, a 912 tipped the scales at $28,100, leaving us wondering where the 912 market is heading.

Link to the page HERE!

2016 Porsche 911R – E.515,200 ($547,521)
1977 Volkswagen Rabbit VR6 24V – $5,200
1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL – $21,000
2003 Audi RS6 – $8,000
1972 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 4.5 – $4,950
1968 Porsche 912 Targa – $28,100
1993 Volkswagen Corrado SLC – $3,601
1985 Audi 4000S quattro – $7,999
1991 Volkswagen GTi 3.2 VR6 – $10,600

Ossi Blue 1969 Porsche 912 Targa

I have somewhat dueling interests in this Ossi Blue 1969 Porsche 912 Targa. I’m hoping we can return to some sanity in the 912 market; to find those examples that remain reflective of the nice values for which the 912 previously had been known. In their day these were great cars to drive capable of even rivaling their more prestigious bigger brother, the 911. Early reports actually suggested they were better handling given their more balanced weight distribution. Among modern machinery a 912 isn’t likely to knock your socks off, but their no-frills light weight still should be capable of providing hands-on joy. My other interest is in how the 912 market is about to shake out and whether we are suddenly going to see more interesting examples come up for auction. The reason? Last weekend this Bahama Yellow 912 sold for over $114K. It was a somewhat stunning sale.

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Year: 1969
Model: 912 Targa
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 85,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

Hello and thank you for viewing my auction I’m selling my 1969 Porsche 912 Targa rust free restored in its original color ossi blue with upgraded tan ricardo racing seats it is powered by its original motor engine code 4095164 1600cc 86k miles that was rebuilt 2years ago dual carburetors K&n filters runs and handles great with no problems at all upgraded 4wheel power disk brakes it is a 4speed manual transmission that shifts smooth also fresh tune up 500miles ago very nice exterior and interior very straight body all the way around could use headlight rings re chromed also have original car jack and tools and owners manual and original maintenance record book form 1969 it is a very nice driver gets thumbs up and looks wherever you go so bid with confidence for your chance to own a true piece of european history please do not bid if your are not planning to buy serious inquires only thanks hate to sell but making room in collection ….. Buyer is responsible for shipping vehicle after purchase $500 nonrefundable deposit after auction ends Vehicle is being sold as is

Perhaps each of my dueling interests could work out here? This 912 seems far from pristine and should come in at a fairly reasonable value. If its documentation can verify that it is indeed matching numbers and wearing its original color, even if not original paint, then perhaps it could make a fine candidate for restoration and a return to its full glory. The engine recently has been rebuilt and there are enough miles on it that additional miles will not be a worry. Meaning: this 912 strikes me as a very pretty example that could be enjoyed and slowly refreshed over time. There’s a good bit of work needed, but we’ve certainly come across others in rougher shape.

Much of this will depend on the final selling price of this auction, but with bidding only sitting at $20,100 (granted with reserve unmet) the price may not be bad and there could be plenty of room for growth in its value. Obviously, I do not expect every nice 912 to start selling in the six figures, but if the market is going to move up then it might be a nice time to pounce.

-Rob

1966 Porsche 912 Coupe

If this sells, then it likely will be the most expensive Porsche 912 we have featured. That in itself makes it a tough feature as I’ve stated before. Much of the appeal of the 912 comes because of its typical lower cost of entry coupled with its many similarities between its bigger, and much more famous, brother the 911. Granted, relative to a 911 even an expensive 912 might still be a good bit cheaper, but when we begin to reach the dollar figures presumably asked for here (the starting bid of this reserve auction is set at $75K), then inexpensive no longer applies.

THAT SAID: it’s so pretty:

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Year: 1966
Model: 912
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 123,095 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1966 Porsche 912 3 Gauge Coupe

2016 P.C.A. WERKS REUNION CLASS WINNER !

WE ARE OFFERING ON CONSIGNMENT THIS CONCOURS RESTORED 1966 912 3 GAUGE COUPE IN PERIOD CORRECT “POLO RED” – INCLUDES C.O.A.

WITH CORRECT MATCHING # 1600cc ENGINE AND MATCHING # 902 4 SPD. TRANSAXLE CONFIGURATION.

THIS EXAMPLE WAS PURCHASED IN 2009 AT THE GERMAN AUTO FEST AND ENTRUSTED TO PATRICK MOTORSPORTS TO PERFORM A FULL RESTORATION.

AFTER A THOROUGH INSPECTION, THE 912 WAS COMPLETELY DISASSEMBLED TO A BARE CHASSIS. OUR BODY AND PAINT EXPERTS DETERMINED THAT

ATTENTION WAS NEEDED IN CERTAIN AREAS TO BRING THIS EXAMPLE TO THE LEVEL OF DETAIL SEEN TODAY.

ATTENTION TO DETAIL CONTINUES IN THE ENGINE BAY WITH CORRECT FASTENERS AND BOLTS, AS WELL AS THROUGH OUT THE ENTIRE CHASSIS.

THE INTERIOR IS FINISHED IN BLACK LEATHERETTE SEATS AND TRIM ALONG WITH CHARCOAL GREY SQUARE WEAVE CARPET.

THE AWARDS SPEAK FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL 912 IN EVERY AREA OF THE CAR PRESENTED TODAY.

FULL BUILD DOCUMENTATION, WITH HIGHLY DETAILED PHOTOGRAPHS AVAILABLE TO INTERESTED INDIVIDUALS.

THIS ICONIC 1966 912 IS READY TO DRIVE OR SHOW, AND IT GET’S ATTENTION !

The car is currently located at PATRICK MOTORSPORTS – 4114 East Washington Street, Phoenix, Az. 85034

Please contact us if you have any questions, or if you need any other details on this car – Thank you – PATRICK MOTORSPORTS

Of course, just because we’re looking at a 912 doesn’t mean it’s supposed to be cheap. After all, these are 50-year-old cars from a prestigious manufacturer and which, befitting their entry-level status, mostly were well used and have since fallen into disrepair. A restored example like the one here can, and should, command a good deal of money because of its rarity on the current market. Given that they sold quite well upon first release we might also expect some interest even today whether that be from previous owners searching for a renewal of the joy they once experienced as owners or from collectors who hope to own a more complete piece of Porsche history from this time. The demand exists, but like any top-market car from the period, and especially when we aren’t looking at the most technologically innovative, the audience is limited.

But enough about markets and desirability. This 912’s Polo Red exterior contrasts really well its Black interior. Everything looks clean and polished and correct. Here we really see just how similar the 912 was to the 911. The lines are identical and from a distance few will be able to tell the difference. In that regard we can really see where their desirability grew from in those early years. The 912 wasn’t around for very long. After a mere 5 years its production was ended after 1969 as Porsche shifted to the 914. In North America it then would reemerge in 1976 for one year only as the 912E.

And like that, it’s gone.

-Rob

1976 Porsche 912E

With the air-cooled 911 market backing off a bit, especially for classic 911s of the late-70s and ’80s, the hope, or at least my hope, is that this will help return the 912 to its typical place as an inexpensive alternative. After all, if the 912 is commanding high dollars then it’s tough to rationalize one as a driver when a little effort almost surely could turn up a decent 911. One caveat is that the original long-hood 912 produced from 1965-1969 may remain a more expensive option. We haven’t seen the long-hood 911s come down in value much (though they aren’t really going up in value either) and I suspect the 912 will follow suit. That leaves us with the one-year-only 1976 Porsche 912E that we see here. Like the 911 of its era the 912E is most distinguished from its predecessor by its impact bumpers, but it also featured a larger 2.0 liter flat-4 replacing the 1.6 liter of the original 912. Unfortunately, that increased displacement did not bring with it additional power as the 912E actually offered fewer horses on tap than when equipped with the 1.6. It’s also heavier. This wasn’t an atypical problem for Porsches of the time as the mid-year 911 suffered a similar fate and these points help explain why they remain some of the lower priced options on the air-cooled market.

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1976 Porsche 912E

An enduring myth in the car world is the old lady. You know, the car whose current owner – and ideally this is long-term ownership – is an older woman who has only used the car sparingly for shopping trips and other weekly tasks. These cars will be low mileage and have been very well maintained. Many times they are also well documented. The car will have seen almost no inclement weather during her ownership. To be clear, this is not myth in the since that such cars don’t exist – they most certainly do – and seeking them out can lead to some truly good bargains and fantastic cars. Why bring this up here? Because it’s exactly the case we have with this 1976 Porsche 912E located in Oregon. All of the basic typologies are present: 33 years of ownership, driven lightly on the weekends, excellent cosmetic condition, a huge stack of receipts. Perhaps even better? It’s a no reserve auction and bidding remains quite reasonable.

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1967 Porsche 912

If I’m honest, an expensive 912 is always a tough feature. Because the cost runs counter to how many of us tend to approach the 912 from the start, i.e. an inexpensive 911 alternative, then raising that price firmly into 911 territory raises a lot of questions. But this 912 seemed so pretty that it was impossible to pass up. The eye-catching color that is drawing so much of my attention is Bahama Yellow, one of the earliest bright yellows Porsche offered that possesses a slight burnt orange hue that distinguishes it from some of the lighter and more lemoney yellows. I think for many that shift in the spectrum makes Bahama Yellow a more attractive option and gives the color more depth. The particular 912 wearing it here is a 1967 Coupe meaning it is one of the original short-wheelbase models.

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1968 Porsche 912 Soft-Window Targa

Here we have one of Porsche’s more interesting design ideas: the Soft-Window Targa. Most are quite familiar with its hard windowed cousin, which has been available on the 911 for most of its life. But far fewer may be familiar with the precursor to the 911 Targa. With the Soft-Window Targa Porsche sought an engineering solution that would allow for maximum openness in the cockpit while retaining a measure of structural integrity they thought would be necessary to meet impending safety regulations. Those safety regulations never became manifest, but their design did. It’s somewhat simple: use a fixed roll-hoop and make the top and window removable. The look is somewhat strange and the window section was quickly converted to a fixed window, but the soft window provided a great deal of versatility and choice for drivers depending on just how much of the external environment they wanted to experience. The Soft-Window Targa is quite rare on both the 911 and 912 and as such will command higher values, with the 911S being far and away the most expensive. The one we see here is from the earlier short-wheelbase model years as well: an Irish Green 1968 Porsche 912 Soft-Window Targa, located in California, with 113,000 miles on it. It should be noted, this 912 does not possess its original engine, but the rest of the car is said to be original.

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