The Porsche 912 (1965-1969) was an entry level version of the iconic 911; using an aircooled flat-four (similar to the 356) it delivered better fuel economy in exchange for a cacophonous exhaust note and mild performance. The 912 was unloved for many years, the red-headed step child of the Porsche family, cheap examples were parted out for interior/panel/misc parts to keep 911s running and looking good, but recently the 912 has come into its own, and like an ugly duckling turning into a swan, its spawned its own enthusiast sites and prices for nice examples have appreciated to nearly that of the flat-6 powered 911. Therefore, it is surprising to see this numbers matching 1966 Porsche 912, located in Phoenix, AZ bidding on ebay for as little as $12,200 with 11 hours to go.
Overall this 912 looks in decent shape – its even in a nice color, which unfortunately doesn’t look to be one of the 9 colors offered on a 912 in 1966. No word from the seller on the originality of the paint, but judging from some signs of filler in the hood it is likely a respray.
The engine is the original 1.6 liter flat-4 bored out to 1.8 liters with a ‘big-bore kit’, probably putting some above the 90 stock horsepower – 110ish? At least the 912 is a light car, at just under 2200 lbs it doesn’t need much power to get moving.
The interior looks in ok shape for a daily driver – not sure why such a large and conspicuous fire extinguisher would be needed, perhaps a full replacement of all flexible fuel lines would be in order.
Bottom line: This isn’t a bad way to step into the classic Porsche 911/912 short wheel base chassis.
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