Market Finds: Snag An Almost-911 Experience with a 912

Snag An Almost-911 Experience with a 912

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
July 16, 2013
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Entry-level is an ugly term in the automotive world. It implies cheapness, or a lightness of content relative to higher-market versions. While in many cases this can be true, it was far removed from the reality of the Porsche 912. Yes, it had a four cylinder in place of a six, so the soundtrack and power weren’t quite as exciting as in the 911, but it had all the style, build quality, and according to some, superior handling to its more expensive, faster brother. Cheap and cheerful, like they say—that’s the 912.

Unlike a lot of eBay sellers, this one actually takes the time to compose a thorough and informative listing. The car is described as an excellent driver, with a large amount of reliability fixes and upgrades carried out during the owner’s stewardship. The paint is non-original, as is the engine block, and there are a few cosmetic imperfections—“nothing is non-functional, and nothing is so great it would prevent you from enjoying the car”, however.

Classic Guards Red over black and houndstooth, there’s something very appealing about the minimal lines of these early 901 series machines, a theme which carries over to their interiors. The dash architecture is timeless and functional, and those green-on-black gauges are among the prettiest and most distinctive ever fit to a road car. A wood-rimmed Nardi helm and Fuchs are great additions.

With a BIN a hair over $20,000 and nearly five days left to bid, we guess the reserve is set somewhere near the asking price—roughly median territory for 912s of similar vintage and condition. If we’re right, it’d be difficult to lose money on, at least over the mid-term. If you don’t mind a VW soundtrack and leisurely acceleration, this could be a great introduction to that early Porsche magic.

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Steely
Steely

The 912 does it for me, as much as I would like one I couldn’t afford a 911 of this vintage.

Mark Petry
Mark Petry

A well sorted 912 is a great driver with wonderful handling, absolutely delightful and you can run it flat out without alarming your neighbors or the local constabulary. Check under the battery box and rockers for rust, very few of these early cars are truly rust-free. Look at those skinny Fuchs wheels !

felix
felix

we got one at home a 1969 912 coupe, is the best investment next to the karmann ghia

Ae Neuman
Ae Neuman

the only people who consider “entry-level” to be dirty talk are car snobs and car salesmen.
:p
for the buyer, entry-level is often the best value in a model range.

JB21
JB21

Agreed, completely. However, 912 just doesn’t sit right with me, and will never do it for me. I don’t know why, because on the other hand, I always thought Alfa GT Junior being a more enjoyable car than full fledged GTV. The same just doesn’t work for me with 911/912.

Stephen Fitzgerald
Stephen Fitzgerald

Possibly more accurate than a “VW sountrack” this car probably has a 356 soundtrack. The 912E has a VW soundtrack, but the 912 engine is all Porsche, but minus two cylinders. As an owner of an E, I can say that the ownership experience of these almost-911s is terrific. Slightly less speed, but for me no fewer smiles.