Sales Spotlight: 1967 Porsche 912
Pre-impact bumpers Porsche 911s may have shot up in price in recent years but there are still affordable ways into long bonnet ownership, namely in the shape of the 911’s flat four brother, the Porsche 912.
Originally built between 1965 and 1969, the Porsche 912 used 1.6-litre flat four to offer an entry point into the Porsche sports car range. Replacing the 356, the original pre-impact bumper 912 proved so popular in America that it actually outsold the 911 when it was launched stateside in 1966.
While it may not have the flat six soundtrack of its bigger Neunelfer brother, the Porsche 912 still offers the cheapest way of getting yourself into a classic 911 shell, though we use that phrase in its loosest possible sense with this particular 912 from the Beverly Hills Car Club (renowned for their wealth of project cars).
It’s priced at just $3,950 (just over £3,000 at today’s exchange rate) though we can’t really say that you get much car for your money, even at such a low asking price, because, as you can see, there’s not much left.
Originally built in 1967, it appears that this particular Porsche 912 started to rot away soon after, leaving behind a rather sorry (and saggy) heap of Zuffenhausen metal. It probably represents the most difficult project in the history of restorations.
Joking aside, this 912 is probably beyond saving now; the driver’s side floor has vanished entirely and the sills seem to have pulled of a similarly comprehensive disappearing act.
On the bright side, BHCC optimistically claim that the Type-616 engine (complete with its twin carburettors and matching numbers transmission) is still intact, although we’d hazard a guess that the flat four pistons are well and truly seized in their barrels.
For such a low asking price though – good, solid Porsche 912 examples sell for upwards of $40,000 – Beverly Hill’s car may prove useful for spares; those rare green-numbered dials are surely salvageable and, according to BHCC’s blurb, 912 engines alone currently sell on eBay for $3,500.