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With 911 looks and a four-cylinder engine, the 912 is perhaps the ideal fusion of Porsche’s engineering genius with economic practicality. Buyers certainly liked the combination – in 1966, the 912 outsold the 911 two to one.
Under its current ownership, as part of a major private collection of postwar sports cars, this fortunate 912 has been treated to a sympathetic refurbishment, both mechanical and cosmetic. In late 2014, the consignor retained the noted Classic Showcase in Southern California to address various components of the 912. New floors and carpets were installed, the dash top was replaced, and the seats were restuffed. Additionally, shoulder belts were added, as was a complete air-conditioning system; with all parts and labor, the work totaled nearly $30,000, as shown by receipts accompanying the sale. In 2017, Ralph’s Auto Service in Maryland performed an extensive mechanical service and a rebuild of the Kardex-matching engine, which included a new crankshaft, pistons, and clutch. The 912 also received a new fuel tank as well as MSD ignition at that time.
Appreciated by driving enthusiasts for its nimble handling, predictable road manners, and advantageous power-to-weight ratio, the early, short-wheelbase 912 has rightfully taken its place among the most successful of all classic Porsche models. Resplendent in its as-delivered color combination of Irish Green over black, this 912 has been enjoyed on the rural back roads of the Mid-Atlantic and now awaits its next caretaker.