Displacement: 1,582 cc
Horsepower: 89 bhp @ 5,800 rpm
Engine Torque: 114 ft lb @ 3,800 rpm
Top Speed: 119 mph
0 - 60 mph: 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 car was delivered new to Los Angeles on April 25th, 1969 and has remained with its original purchaser ever since. Finished in a most unusual factory colour, Olive (believed to be one of only five cars ever completed in this shade), the exceptional body still wears its original, first paint and is in excellent condition, except for one very small spot of corrosion at the bottom of the drivers front fender. The undercarriage is totally rust free and exemplary. The interior was redone some years ago, but presents well. Mechanically, the car runs and drives superbly, the original, matching numbers engine having been recently serviced at a cost of some $1,600.
Complete with its original black, California licence plate, handbook and pouch, this car has irreplicable originality that makes it perfect for any collector.