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912 1.6 – 90 ch [1965 à 1969]

1967 912 Rat Rod: Raw at Reasonable Speeds

It’s an acquired taste, but the shoddy paint does suggest a car focused exclusively on thrills.

There’s something special about an old 912 Rat Rod. While the ragged interior might dissuade some from giving it a chance, this special 6-cylinder swapped 912 brings plenty to the table. Relatively little grip and an immensely tactile interface make it more demanding and enjoyable at slower speeds, which is why its a perfect little car for the driver who wants involvement.

The aim, intially, was to make it a corner-carving machine; fun at forty miles per hour. After sorting the suspension with an Elephant Racing kit, the engine blew and he rebuilt the motor to a 2.5-liter short-stroke 911-sourced unit. Decent torque and power were complimented with Plexiglas windows, absent door cards, and a very spartan interior. People searching for a plush driving experience should look elsewhere.

But that’s why it’s so engaging at legal speeds. Even below sixty, the car hops and dances, and the light weight of the car makes it so quick and responsive that irresponsible speeds aren’t needed to facilitate a good time. For a visceral experience on real-world, pockmarked roads, especially those of New York where frost heaves aren’t uncommon, there aren’t many cars available that can compete.

[Editor’s note: While I’m partial to the light weight and balance of a proper four-cylinder 912, and usually argue against swapping in a six, this car is rough and tumble which is exactly the kind of car I love. – Bradley Brownell]

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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).

1967 Porsche 912 interior

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.

1967 Porsche 912 rear

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. 

It all depends if you’re feeling brave enough. For more information on this particular Porsche 912 and Beverly Hills Car Club’s large selection of other Porsches, visit their website now.

1967 Porsche 912 engine

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1965/66 Porsche 912 Restoration

This 1965/1966 Porsche 912 (VIN #451924) was the subject of a 3 1/2 year nut and bolt restoration by it’s owner, “DarrylD”. He created the dedicated website (linked at the bottom of this page) to document each step of the renovation, along with coinciding detailed text and photographs to go along with each step of the process. It didn’t come as any surprise to find out that DarrylD was an engineer because we have always found that they are some of the most diligent and comprehensive people that we have ever personally met. Now retired, he has since found that restoring cars is very rewarding and therapeutic work for himself. He points out that all of the software that he had created in his past professional career is now obsolete or deleted, whereas all the cars he has restored are still around and will be for many more years. Interesting stuff that really puts his life’s work into perspective. We often find that a bit of professional background information about a car owner and restorer is as important information about their motivation and decision making as it is about actually learning about the car itself. It certainly explained why this particular 912 was given such a tasteful and precise renovation back to it’s stock configuration rather […]

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Picturesque 1966 Porsche 912 Stuns in Poland!

The Porsche 912 was manufactured by the German automaker from 1965 to 1969 as its entry-level car. It succeeded the Porsche 356 and borrowed design from the 911. After its launch in 1965, the 912 quickly became popular among the …

Picturesque 1966 Porsche 912 Stuns in Poland!

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Prized Porsche 912 Coupe Stolen in Rotterdam

A rare and prized Porsche 912 Coupe fitted with a host of recognisable unique features has been stolen in Rotterdam. Because of its rarity and quite decorated history, an original Porsche 912 Coupe is quite a sought-after sports car around … Prized Porsche 912 Coupe Stolen in Rotterdam More news at
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