*** UPDATE: Sold for £27,560 on 18th May 2018***
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Here at Trade Classics we’re big fans of the Porsche 912. What’s not to love about these cars, they have the same fantastic looks as the early 911 long hood, and why, well that’s because they have the same body! They are fitted with the revvy, super robust and reliable flat four engine.
Also, they hold massive investment opportunity right now. Whilst we’ve all been focused on the 911 over the last few years, this little car has gone under the radar and covertly been growing in popularity and price. The last year has seen the most growth and industry experts predict it to continue. We all know the rarer the car the more valuable it can be, well this little car is quite rare, much rarer than its bigger brother. Let’s look at the stats, only 32,000 were made in just 5 years (1964 to 1969), so when you compare that against 443,00 air-cooled 911’s produced from 1963 to 1997, then you’re actually buying something a little bit rarer; 92.8% rarer in fact!
I wrote an article on the 912 a few weeks ago and the investment opportunity it presents to us at the moment – click here to read.
Prices at the moment are around early £30k’s for a rolling restoration, then circa £40k for a good examples, excellent ones in the £50k mark and concours beyond that. When you compare the rarity, the fact it’s an early Porsche and it has the same gorgeous looks as an early 911, then is it just me or do these figures sound ridiculously cheap.
This 912 belongs to a friend of us here at Trade Classics, his name is Gary Turner and he’s a proper car guy. Gary has owned and enjoyed many cars over the years, including some very beautiful and rare 911’s.
Last year Gary and his wife made a decision to sell up in the UK and move to Canada for work opportunities. They sold everything from their house to his entire car collection including Porsche 911’s, Porsche 912, Honda NSX, Datsun 250Z and various others.
It wasn’t long until Gary scratched his itch for more cars in Canada, he has since bought a beautiful and early VW campervan, Porsche 911 ST, concours MGA (we sold this for him too) and this little 912. Gary has decided to sell this 912 with us and it was shipped back last month. The car has just been MOT’d and is now ready for the V5 application in the new owner’s name. Don’t worry as we will help you with the V5 application in your name, this is a good thing as you will show as the first registrant on the log book. The car is stored in Kenilworth and available for viewings.
It’s a really honest and original example, however, it could benefit from a small amount of bodywork correction should the new owner desire. In our opinion it’s in good condition and should be driven and enjoyed.
The exterior of the car is in good condition (scale of: poor / good / excellent / concours). The car has had work over the years in the form of welding and paintwork. From a rust perspective it looks good on our visual inspection and in terms of paint there are panels that have been sprayed independently over the years, showing a slight colour difference on close inspection.
Wheels & Tyres
The car has a beautiful set of fuchs wheels wrapped with new Pirelli P500 tyres. They are in excellent condition and look fantastic against the silver bodywork.
From our visual inspection the bodywork looks to be rot free and Gary has recently commissioned a small bit of welding work on the driver’s foot well. There are a few small chips over the car with a couple that need attention to keep rust at bay, including the leading edge of engine lid and leading edges of the doors. These have been picked out in the images / videos. We have been told by Gary that the underside is rot free and this has been confirmed by passing a recent MOT that did require some welding on the driver’s foot well. The car has been patch welded in places. Visually it looks like the skuttle has had some work done in the past and there are visible signs of the repair. The panel gaps look visibly correct over the car with the exception of the engine lid that would benefit from some fettling to even up the gaps. The OS passenger door has been subject to some dent correction at some point as there are very slight imperfections towards the front upper section.
The car has been painted at various points during its life and some panels more recently have been resprayed individually. On our visual inspection in sunshine we saw slight differences in the skuttle and bonnet compared to the wings and the rest of the car. The car is good to be run and enjoyed as it is, however, the new owner could, if they wanted to, spend some money on a full glass-out respray and this would increase the value of the car.
Glass and Trim
All glass looked in good visible condition. The chrome / brightwork has the patina you’d expect with the age and original state of the car. There is some very light pitting on the chrome and the plastic air intake under the front bonnet. There looks to be a missing interior lining to the OS headlight.
The interior is a lovely place to be. The gauges and steering wheel are simply beautiful and show patina in line with the age of the car.
Seats and Carpets
The front and rear seats are all in lovely condition with no rips or tears. The same too is said for the carpets.
The gauges are in original condition and worked during our test drive. The dashboard is in good condition too with no splits.
Steering Wheel / Gear Stick
The steering wheel looks original and is in lovely condition matching the patina of the rest of the interior.
The car was driven back from the MOT and drives as you’d expect for a 50 year old car.
Engine and Gearbox
Please see the video to see the cold start. During our visit the car was running slightly rough and may be due to the fact it hasn’t been used that much recently. Gary has since asked an engine specialist to take a look and it’s now running nicely, revs fine, by adjusting carbs with only a small occasional spit. This is most likely a small air leak on one of the carburettors.
Suspension and Brakes
The car handled as you’d expect on our short run without any issue, i.e. the ride was smooth and upon release of the wheel the car slowly moved to the left in line with the camber of the road. The brakes pulled the car up straight. There were no suspension knocks or rattles to be heard from the car on our run.
On our drive the car was slightly rough running and didn’t idle. As mentioned above, this is now fixed and was due to be a simple case of tuning.
Electrics and Other
No issues found during our inspection and has just passed an MOT so all the lights will be working.
There is history with the vehicle and Gary is just scanning it and will be made available here soon with full details.
HPi Check Results
– No HPi check has been actioned as the car is currently awaiting its V5.
– No previous MOTs are included due to the car being imported recently.
This is a fresh-to-market and original Porsche 912 that is ready to be driven, enjoyed and improved.
If you are looking for an investment car that you can also use and enjoy then this is just what you’ve been looking for.
Please get in touch with me to discuss this opportunity further. You can also ask Gary any questions about the car in the comments section below.
In terms of value, this car is considered ‘good’ condition and priced accordingly during the Pre-Auction process, so a real opportunity to grab a great and desirable car.
This auction listing was written by Adam from information gained from Gary (owner and seller of the vehicle) and having visited and photographed the vehicle.
If you have any specific questions about the vehicle then please use the comments section below. Gary will receive a notification and will reply as soon as he can.
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