1966 Porsche 912

*** THIS AUCTION HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN FROM SALE BY THE SELLER. WE SINCERELY APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED. ***


*** THIS AUCTION HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN FROM SALE BY THE SELLER. WE SINCERELY APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED. ***


*** THIS AUCTION HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN FROM SALE BY THE SELLER. WE SINCERELY APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED. ***


*** THIS AUCTION HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN FROM SALE BY THE SELLER. WE SINCERELY APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED. ***


*** THIS AUCTION HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN FROM SALE BY THE SELLER. WE SINCERELY APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED. ***









Highlights


・Matching-numbers example, with documentation to prove
・Very rare right-hand-drive model
・Very smooth and reliable runner
・Finished in its original colour: Arga blue
・Desirable late 5-speed gearbox version


The Background


Given that it shares the 911’s body shell, the 912 leads an intriguingly parallel existence. While much of it is shared with the bigger-brother icon, there’s a strong argument that it’s not a 911 at all; in fact, the bloodline of four-cylinder Porsches began with the 356, continued to the 912, and was then taken up by the 914. So the connection is more incidental than anything.

At least, that’s one way of looking at it. Another is to say that the 912 offers much of the wonder of a full-fat 911 with a slightly different focus. Whichever way you view it, the time of considering such cars to be a watered-down 911 is long behind us. The number of cylinders in a Porsche has always been a polarising issue; this model was Porsche’s attempt to fill a perceived slot in the market left between the traditional four-cylinder 356s and the new six-pot 911. It was more affordable and more accessible, so naturally the 912 was a bit of a hit, especially in the States – and crucially, weighing around 120kg less than its sibling, the 912 offered a certain no-frills tactility. That weight was lost outside of the wheelbase, so it was agile and grippy and offered plenty of thrills. And while it was markedly cheaper than the 911, it still had all-round disc brakes, all-independent suspension, and playfulness in spades. So allow us to reassure you: this is a different kind of 911, trading off swept-volume deficit with weight loss to refocus what the car represents. And as values of this model climb, you’ll find a lot of collectors and aficionados in agreement.

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The History


There were essentially two generations of 912: the 1965-69 cars carried over the 356-derived engine, while the 912E that revived the name in 1976 used the fuel-injected Volkswagen engine from the 914 it replaced (which, circuitously, had replaced the 912 in the first place). Being a 1966 model, the car we have here is a purist original – and, very importantly, there’s written confirmation from Porsche Club GB that this is a bona fide matching-numbers car. And being a rare right-hand-drive example, it’s one of only around 100 such models built.

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The Paperwork


The bulk of the paperwork for this car has been mislaid through the mists of time, but the most important piece of documentation is front and centre in the file: a letter from Porsche Club GB which confirms that this 912 is a matching-numbers car, built at Stuttgart in December 1966.
The car has a current MOT, which it passed with no advisories in early July.

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The Interior


This 912 wears its original Magnolia interior, which has weathered the years extremely well. The front seats are in very good condition, with no notable marks or undue wear, and they both tilt forward correctly to allow access to the rear seats – which are also in very good order, and fold down to create extra luggage space. The door cards and rear quarter trim panels are clean and undamaged, and the carpets are tidy. The headlining looks to be the original item, with a little gentle patination but no damage or sagging. Seat Belts are fitted front and rear.

The dash is complete with all dials seemingly working as they should, and the car is fitted with a period-correct Blaupunkt push-button radio. The steering wheel is excellent with no excess wear. And while these cars are notorious for the dash-tops cracking with sun damage, there’s no evidence of that with this one – indeed, it all looks so tidy inside, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a far younger car.
It’s all dry and tidy inside the front boot, with a spare steel wheel beneath the carpet.

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The Exterior


With its tasteful mid-blue paintwork, this sylph-like and elegant form cuts quite a dash. The paintwork, while not perfect, presents very nicely indeed. It’s evidently a car that’s been looked after throughout its life, and from what we can see of the underside it appears to be reassuringly solid beneath.

All of the correct chrome trim is in place, all in good condition, complete with the right badges throughout, and the light lenses are in good undamaged and functional condition.

The 912 wears pretty 14” Fuchs wheels which are lovely and straight (what may look like kerbing in the photos is actually just a couple of dirty smudges which will easily wipe off); the tyres are a mix of brands but they all have good tread.

It’s important to note that the car is solid around the window frames, as this is a known trouble spot with Porsches of this era: the windows seals are effective and un-perished, and the pop-out rear windows open and close easily.

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The Mechanicals


The 356-sourced engines are robust and forgiving, and this one really does purr like a kitten. It fires up easily, happily maintaining a smooth idle, and pulls with the eagerness you’d expect of such a motor in such a lightweight car. There’s no smoke, no troubling noises, it has all the hallmarks of a solid and reliable motor.

The transmission is a quirky characteristic of these cars, being a dogleg ’box with a relatively long throw; it’s all in good working order here, and the powertrain is friendly enough that it doesn’t mind if you forget it’s a dogleg and find yourself pulling away in seconds!

There are no issues to report with the brakes, steering or suspension – this is a smooth and pleasant car to drive, equally amenable pottering around town as it is out on the open road.

Recently fitted with new wishbones and bushes and ready for its new owner.

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The Appeal


These early-era 912s have so much going for them. Taking the timeless silhouette of the slender 911 and distilling the formula down to its very essence, it offers a 911-like driving experience with a character all of its own, thanks to being that much lighter and more nimble.

Being a right-hand-drive example, this particular 912 is a true rarity. Proof if it being a matching-numbers car adds to the desirability, and the lovely condition throughout means that it will be a valuable and cherished addition to any collection. The crux of this car, however, is that it isn’t just collector-fodder – this could also very well serve as a treat for high days and holidays, or even be pressed into more regular service; an eminently driveable and enjoyable Porsche, this is the intelligent counterpoint to the swelling 911 market, with fun and charm in spades.


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1966
  • Make Porsche
  • Model 912
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 69,530 Miles
  • Engine size 1582
  • Location London
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
22 bids
  • Rahul 1•••• £52,000 29/07/21
  • william•••• £51,250 28/07/21
  • 5595mat•••• £50,250 28/07/21
  • william•••• £48,000 28/07/21
  • 5595mat•••• £46,000 27/07/21
  • william•••• £44,000 27/07/21
  • 5595mat•••• £42,000 26/07/21
  • william•••• £40,000 26/07/21
  • toby-so•••• £39,000 25/07/21
  • william•••• £38,000 24/07/21

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