Snag An Almost-911 Experience with a 912
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.