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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.
This 912, chassis 353326, was sold new to a US serviceman and optioned with a five-speed transmission, a special finish in Gulf Blue, dual Durant mirrors, and a five-gauge dash layout.
By 1972, the 912 was acquired by its second owner and spent the following 38 years garaged in Southern California’s mild climate. In 1990, a show-quality restoration was undertaken by Ray Stephens Automotive in Costa Mesa, California, including a full repaint. The seats, dash pad, and door panels were re-trimmed in leather. Koni suspension and Cibie headlights were also added. 353326 retains the inviting hallmarks of originality, including original chrome, keys, steering wheel, and functioning Blaupunkt radio. The 912 is registered on California black plates, and its five wheels are date coded 1966.
Setting of for a test drive from the desert locale it has called home since 2010, this outstanding 912 performed very well, making good power through the gears, and exhibited very competent road manners. A superb example of Porsche’s prolific and capable 912, any enthusiast would be privileged to add this Gulf Blue jewel to their stable.