1967 Porsche 912
Year of manufacture1967
1967 Porsche 912 'SWB' Coupé
Registration no. not UK registered
Chassis no. 12802007
A 'modern classic' if ever there was one, Porsche's long-running 911 arrived in 1964, replacing the 356 and providing the Stuttgart manufacturer with a product worthy of comparison with the finest sports cars from Britain and Italy. The 356's rear-engined layout was retained, but the 911 switched to unitary construction for the bodyshell and dropped the 356's VW-based suspension in favour of a more modern McPherson strut and trailing arm arrangement. In its first incarnation, the 911's single-overhead-camshaft, air-cooled flat six displaced 1,991cc and produced 130bhp; progressively enlarged and developed, it would eventually grow to more than 3 litres and, in turbo-charged form, put out well over 300 horsepower. Although widely acclaimed, the 911 was necessarily expensive, a shortcoming that Porsche addressed by offering the 912 which, though outwardly identical, was powered by the 356's 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine. As installed in the 912 the latter produced 90bhp, some 40 horsepower less than the 911's six, but this deficit was offset by significantly reduced weight, resulting in a better balanced car with greatly improved road manners.
The 911 gearbox was used, offering a choice of four or five speeds. Despite being down on power, the 912 had a respectable top speed of 191kkm/h (119mph). A little over 30,000 were produced at Karmann's works (all on the original short-wheelbase chassis) between 1965 and 1968, and today the 912 is a relative rarity when compared with its better known sibling.
A desirable five-speed model, this left-hand drive 912 has belonged to the current vendor since 1993. Since then it has participated in Porsche Parades around Europe and in various regularity rallies including the Monte Carlo Historic (2009); Rally Costa Brava Historic (2008 and 2009); and others. Since 2010 the Porsche has been kept in storage and used only infrequently. It was re-commissioned at the end of 2019 and passed the technical inspection, but has not been used since then. The re-commissioning included a re-spray, new body rubbers, and a major engine service (new gaskets, seals, etc). Maintained by one of the best Porsche workshops in Barcelona, the Porsche has a valid technical control and is described by the private vendor as in good condition throughout. A period-correct rally light and a fire extinguisher are the only notified deviations from factory specification.