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The Benton-Built Bahammer Is A Daily Driver 912 That Delivers

You can drive something unique and not have to put a mint into it. That’s what Kevin Lynch says of his awesome Bahama Yellow 1968 Porsche 912 he affectionately calls « The Bahammer ». The stock 90-ish horsepower 1.6-liter flat four has been pumped up quite a bit by Benton Performance in Anaheim, and now features a set of twin-plug cylinder heads, beefed up internals, and a slight bump in displacement – now 1.7-liters. Kevin claims the car now puts down about 150 horsepower, making it not only lighter and more balanced than its contemporary 911 counterpart, but about 15% more powerful.

Matt Farah had previously driven a mostly stock 912 Targa in an episode of his One Take show, but didn’t really fall for it like some Porsche enthusiasts have. 912 owners are a tight knit community, and they felt that Matt simply hadn’t driven a properly turned-out 912. A ‘spokesperson’ for the 912 community, and friend of Matt’s, reached out to find a ‘better’ example that Matt would appreciate. As great 912s go, representative of the club and well assembled, there are pretty much only two choices; John Benton’s ‘Mein12’ and Kevin’s Bahammer. As it turns out, Matt loved the increase in power, the better chassis setup, and a properly worked-out 901 shifter.

Matt has recently purchased his own 911, a 1980s 911 Carrera 3.2 that he’s planning to hand over to Leh Keen for Safari-izing, as he should. This video was filmed before the purchase of his Porsche, but you can tell that he’s cementing the idea of buying one simply by driving this one. One of the comenters on YouTube mentioned « I have always believed all sports cars eventually lead to Porsche« , and Matt Farah seems to prove that theory in spades. I have never heard that sentiment before, but it has now been added to my repertoire. If you’re a sports car fanatic, chances are you’ll eventually end up with a Porsche, and you’ll love every second of it.

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The Good Son Always Returns Home: Pille And His Porsche 912 

At the beginning of the summer, I went to Leipzig. My friend from there, David, kindly introduced me to Pille, a super kind guy and car lover who shared his beautiful mint condition Irish-Green 1966 Porsche 912 with me for a photo shoot in a super cool scenario located in the countryside. I asked him some questions about the story behind it and all the process of restoring this wonderful car.

Tell me about you.

People call me Pille and I’m a 34-year-old car nut who lives in the beautiful city of Leipzig. Cars have always been a big part of my life.

What was your first car?

When I was 17, I purchased a 1957 VW Bug “Oval” with a large sunroof and a Klaus type 4 engine, lowered of course. It became my funny daily driver car for the following two years, summer and winter.

How did you first become interested in classic cars and why especially this 912?

In the mid-90s my family moved to a small village not far from Leipzig where I met an older guy who was into classic motorcycles from the pre- and post-war times. He taught me how to fix them. Later on, it changed to classic cars. When I bought my 1953 Porsche 356 pre-A some months ago I became addicted to Porsches. So here we are.

How did you come across the 912?

I always loved California! We made plenty of road trips all through the country. We have travelled around the USA in more than forty states, of course with classics cars always in mind. Most of my cars come from the US, so does the 912. I found it in Los Angeles while having a good time. I wasn’t especially looking for it, she was too nice to let her go, so I decided to take her home to the fatherland.

           

What was the condition of the car when you bought it?

I bought it in 2015, it was a little worn-out, repainted once, and there was no one taking care of it. The 912 came with the original engine still under the hood and covered in a beautiful 6606 Irish-green.

Did you restore it or was it already restored when you got the car? 

I got it out of circulation for a while and made it look great again and there it was, as beautiful as the 912 deserves! That sounds easy but it took quite some time to realize my dream to have a cool-looking 912. The car still has a story to tell which some may call a “patina”. If you are into classic cars you definitely need those garage times – that’s for sure!

Do you know your Porsche’s entire history from the previous owner/owners and do you have any particular story to tell?

The car originally was delivered to Rome, Italy in 1966 to a diplomatic agent. Years later he moved to California and took the 912 with him. 

The best thing about this car is its European specs, furthermore, that it’s a rare three-gauge Irish-green 912 with a wooden steering wheel and a beige interior on top. It’s the best combo if you ask me. People love that!

What’s the story behind the California plate?

I have a big collection of black plates because for me they are the most beautiful number plates ever made. So I have a period-correct license plate for each of my cars.

 

What about this dream catcher inside the car, does it have any special meaning to you?

I bought it from American Natives while travelling through Colorado. I’m a dream-catcher, you know! I love the theory of “go out and catch your dream”… and those look good on mirrors!

So talking about dreams, which is your dream car? 

It’s a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, or Pablo Picasso’s black 300SL Roadster. This will never happen…

Do you have a nickname for the 912?

I call her #Neunzwölf, which is the hashtag I use on Instagram. Neunzwölf sounds as German as it is, so that’s a good name.

What’s your favourite detail or what do you love most about your car?

 I added anodized Fuchs wheels in 5,5 & 6 x 15. Oh Lord, I love those!

 Do you like taking long journeys with the 912? Which was the longest trip you ever took with it? 

That’s what the 912 was made for, to drive long distances. We’ve made it to the South of Lake Garda, Italy, already which is quite a long trip.

 

That is what the classic car hobby is about nowadays – buy yourself an old car and make something out of it that you’re happy with, hit the road, be cool and use it as often as you can!

Follow Pille on Instagram and his outstanding 912: @__pillepalle__

The article and photos were created in collaboration with Carphiles

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Video: A history of the Porsche 911 Targa

 

In 2017, the Porsche 911 Targa – the original open top Neunelfer – will reach its 50th birthday, a remarkable milestone for a model that was originally devised to meet safety regulations that were, ultimately, never implemented.

To celebrate the upcoming anniversary, we’ve decided to look back over the Targa’s half a century of history in our latest video, taking you through the evolution of the model from 1967 right through to the latest 991.2 Targa 4S.

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Our five-minute flick also stars a 1974 Porsche 911 Targa from esteemed specialist, Canford Classics, the original impact bumper iteration showing how the latest open-top Neunelfers has both changed and been inspired by Zuffenhausen’s iconic roll hoop design.

We’ve put the two idiosyncratic roof systems to the test too and, if you missed our road trip with the 991.2 version in Total 911 issue 142, Features Editor, Josh gives you his opinion from behind the wheel of the new 911 Targa to see if turbocharging has improved the alfresco driving experience.

For more of the latest and best Porsche 911 videos, check out our dedicated film section now.

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Sales Spotlight: 1968 Porsche 912/6

The years of booming Porsche 911 prices have hit the pre-impact bumper market especially hard. Three years ago, Porsche 911Ts (of any engine capacity) could be found for around £35,000 whereas, now, the same cars are changing hands for upwards of £70,000.

That’s a lot of money for what was an entry-level Porsche 911 built in reasonably high numbers, putting it out of reach of many who want the experience of a pre-impact bumper Neunelfer.

However, there are still some more affordable ways to get behind the wheel of a long hood Porsche 911, you just have to think outside the box, as this short-wheelbase car from classic Porsche experts, Canford Classics proves.

911T 2.2 engine

Starting life as a four-cylinder Porsche 912, this left-hand drive car was built in 1968, the last year of the original short wheelbase chassis and imported into the UK from California in 1998.

Between 2000 and 2005, its owner obviously realised the 912 is very much a sheep in wolf’s clothes though, choosing to convert it to Porsche 911 specification at some point in the car’s life.

Now fitted with a 2.2-litre Porsche 911T flat six, the owner spent £18,000 on the engine upgrade as well as improvements to the brakes and suspension (all of which are well documented in the car’s extensive history file).

Canford 912/6 interior

The car – resprayed in Stone Grey by Aston Martin Car Care – looks immaculately presented (we wouldn’t expect anything less of Canford Classics) and, inside, the only reminder of its previous life as a 912 is the metal dashboard trim.

To the purists, it may be neither fish nor fowl but, for anyone looking for a way into the classic Porsche 911 experience with the performance and beautiful styling of an early Neunelfer, this 912/6 looks simply perfect priced at £50,000.

For more information on this Porsche 912/6 or the any of the other classic Porsche 911s in stock at Canford Classics, check out the independent specialist’s website now.

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Actualité : Un des prototype de Porsche 912 aux enchères

A l’instar des maisons de ventes aux enchères internationales les plus importantes, Mecum Auctions sera présent à Monterey du 18 au 20 août prochains…

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