Lot 268 - 1967 Porsche 912
|Odometer reading||18,751 miles|
|Estimate||£28,000 - £34,000|
|Result||Sold - £31,360|
Manufactured from July 1964, the Porsche 911 marked the end of the much loved 356. It was July 1965 before the 911 made it to the U.S. and customers immediately noticed the differences from its predecessor. In addition to being more modern and more powerful, it was also more expensive: nearly $2,000 more than the comparable 356 model. In Europe too, this was a problem and by April 1965 a 'transitional model' entered production. Essentially a 911 with a 356-type flat four, the new car, designated '912', was not only less expensive, selling at near-356 prices, but enjoyed more even weight distribution and better economy. The 912 won Car and Driver's 1967 'Readers Choice' Poll for its class. Its nimble handling combined with good reliability made it a popular choice for motorsport teams and a rally prepared 912 won its class in the 1967 European Rally Championship. From the start of production in 1965, the 912 was available with an electric sunroof, a rare option which is now making these particular cars sought after.
This Porsche 912 has been owned by the current vendor for the last five years and the car has been improved significantly under his stewardship. The red coachwork is complemented by contrasting black trim. Mechanically this is a very well sorted example with the 2.7 litre, six-cylinder engine having just had a total rebuild, carried out by recognised marque specialist, Lakeside Engineering, in Surrey at a documented cost of over £16,000. We are advised by the fastidious vendor that PYY 447D drives with no known faults; taking into account his extensive knowledge of the car we would expect that to be the case. Supplied with a V5C registration document and a full years' MoT test certificate, it is hard to believe this stylish lefthand drive Porsche 912 is now 50 years old. The Porsche market continues to rise and currently shows no signs of slowing.