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1967 Porsche 912


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From The Rockhound Collection

• Highly original, top-quality example
• Numbers matching engine
• Desirable “SWB” Model
• Performed flawlessly on The 2022 Enthusiast Tour

1,582 cc air-cooled horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine, 102 HP, dual Solex twin-choke carburetors, five-speed manual gearbox, independent MacPherson strut front suspension with torsion bars, independent rear suspension, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 87”

After many years of success dating back to 1948 with the groundbreaking 356, Porsche’s successor model, the long-awaited 911 debuted in 1964. Since the six-cylinder 911, originally designated ‘901’, was considerably more costly than the outgoing 356, many Porsche enthusiasts and dealers were concerned they would suddenly be left without an affordable model. In response, Porsche engineers developed a 356 four-cylinder powered ‘Type 902’ Versuchswagen (test car) during the winter of 1964, with the series-production 912 introduced soon after the 911 in April 1965. Using the same four-cylinder engine as the prior 356 SC (Super 90), the more aerodynamic 912 could achieve an identical top speed of 115 mph despite a weight penalty of 220 pounds. In addition, the 912 provided immense efficiency with 64 SAE-rated horsepower per litre of engine displacement and excellent fuel economy nearing 30 mpg. With its lighter ‘four’ at the rear, weight distribution and handling were enhanced.

While a strong seller in Europe as intended, the 912 outsold the 911 in America by a factor of nearly two to one. In 1967, it earned Car and Driver magazine’s Reader’s Choice award and while never intended for competition, a 912 won the Rally Poland and its class that year in the European Rally Championship – both achievements scored by independent driver Sobieslaw Zasada. Eventually, as the 911 was accepted and sales grew, the 912 was gradually phased out in favor of the new 914 near the close of 1969. In that same year, the 912 sales remained brisk, particularly in the United States. The 912 was included in a four-car Porsche comparison test featured that year in the pages of Car and Driver, with none other than reigning SCCA Trans-Am champion Mark Donahue at the wheel. While the lone 912 was the sole car of the group fitted with Porsche’s standard, but highly effective torsion-bar front suspension and it had a horsepower disadvantage, it nonetheless felt quite like the 911 on the track. Donahue continued, “…you’ve got to admire them (Porsche) for getting so much out of a relatively small engine, even the 912.”

While the Porsche 912 has become increasingly collectible today, precious few excellent examples remain. This low mileage 1967 “Short Wheelbase” Porsche 912 is the exception to the rule. Originally finished a darker shade of green, possibly Irish Green, this 912 now sports an extremely striking Conda Green paint finish. Otherwise exceptionally original and well-preserved, this stellar 912 is a highly desirable car that benefits from a limited roster of owners throughout its lifetime. Adding to its road value, this example took part in The 2022 Enthusiast Tour in the spring and performed remarkably well on the country roads of Indiana. Renowned since new by Porsche drivers for their excellent dynamics, top-quality examples of the 912 are few and far between in today’s collector car marketplace. However, with this 1967 Porsche 912, you can purchase one of the best and savor its incomparable experience for yourself.

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