Displacement: 1,750 cc (originally 1,582 cc)
Horsepower: 120 bhp @ 6,000 rpm (originally 89 bhp @ 5,800 rpm)
Engine Torque: 140 ft lb @ 3,800 rpm (originally 114 ft lb @ 3,800 rpm)
Top Speed: 128 mph (originally 119 mph)
0 - 60 mph: 9.2 seconds (originally 11.9 seconds)
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When Porsche were considering a replacement for the venerable 356, they realized that the significant price increase the new six cylinder car (the 901, later re-designated the 911) would have to command over the existing 356 models, might be seen as a bit too much to chew and that consequently sales and company perception could suffer as a result. They therefore decided to create a ‘bridge’ model that would be built and sold alongside the 911 but at a price point similar to the outgoing 356.
It proved to be a perfect amalgam of the two. The new body from the 911 coupled with the well-proven four-cylinder engine from the 356. The 912 therefore combined sensational new styling with tremendous handling, good performance and simple, low cost maintenance. It was an instant success and significantly outsold the 911 for the first few years of production.
This particular car was delivered new to the US in 1966. It was loaded from the factory with the most sought after options including the ‘five gauge’ dashboard with ambient temperature gauge, wooden steering wheel and factory power sunroof. This last option is probably the most desireable of all, offering wind-in-the-hair motoring without the slightly awkward look of the Targa (which wasn’t available until 1967 anyway). Finished in silver with red leather it is an awesome combination. It was completely overhauled by a marque specialist last year. This included new paint, complete interior, rebuilt engine (with 86mm pistons and Weber carburettors), rebuilt transmission (with tallest optional top gear) and new uprated brakes and suspension. Consequently it looks, runs & drives better than new. The increased power from the larger displacement and the Weber carburettors is instantly noticeable whilst the ‘901-Z’ ratio top gear provides effortless high speed cruising. The handling is phenomenal, which coupled with the performance makes it a really great ‘canyon missile’ and more than capable of showing off its sports exhaust system to some of its six-cylinder brothers as it screams past them!