2018 Shannons Melbourne Spring Classic Auction
1967 Porsche 912 'Soft Window' Targa Coupe (LHD)
Result: PASSED IN
|Engine||1.6 litre four-cylinder|
This lot is no longer available
The 912 was introduced in 1965- one year after the first 911- as the logical replacement for the legendary four-cylinder 356 model that put Porsche on the map. Designed as a more fuel-efficient and cheaper alternative to the six-cylinder 911, the 912 used the proven 1600cc air-cooled flat-four as seen in the last 356s and proved a useful 250 pounds lighter overall than an equivalent 911 from the same year, even if it lacked the power of its larger-engined stable-mate (90bhp played 130bhp). Both coupe and Targa options became available with a standard four-speed manual transmission (a five-speed was optional). Because of its keener price and increased efficiency, the 912 actually outsold the 911 in 1966, but it was more than a cut-price 911; with four-wheel discs and fully independent suspension it was a capable sportscar and won its class in the European Rally Championship in 1967. Today the 912 has emerged from the shadows of its more illustrious stablemate, with plenty of club support and global spare parts networks able to keep the cars in fine fettle. Prices have firmed but haven't yet mimicked the large price growth of the early 911s, so if you fancy a 912 now is the time to buy.