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1965 - 1969 Porsche 912

1965 - 1969 Porsche 912
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Porsche produced the 912 between 1965 and 1969 as their entry-level model. It is known as the transition between the 356 and the future 911, compared to which it had fewer amenities, less power, and weighed about 250 lbs less. The 912 was offered in both coupe and targa version, and during its life time Porsche produced 34,959 units.

1965 - 1969 Porsche 912
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As it replaced the 356, inevitable the 912 carried over the 356-based flat four-cylinder engine slightly detuned to 102 hp (SAE) at 5,800 rpm and 91 pound-feet of peak torque at 3,500 rpm. The engine was mounted in the rear and powered the rear transaxle. It was mated to a 5-speed gearbox.

The 912 could make the 0 to 60 mph in 11,5-12 seconds, and the top speed was announced at 116 mph, however, Road & Track magazine managed a top speed of 119 mph.

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Petrolicious Pays Tribute to the Porsche 912: Video

Petrolicious Pays Tribute to the Porsche 912: Video

We’re all smitten when it comes to the original Porsche 911, the coupe Stuttgart referred to as "the benchmark for all sports cars," but we often forget about the 912. Launched in 1965, two years after the 911 was announced, following concerns that the considerable price increase of the 911 with the flat-six engine over the 356 would impact sales and the narrow brand appeal, the 912 became Porsche’s entry-level sports car. Unlike the 911, the 912 used flat-four units based on those offered in the 356.

Given that it had only 89 horsepower at its disposal, compared to the 128 horses of the original 911, it’s not exactly surprising that the 912 doesn’t get the attention it deserves. But, what many car enthusiasts might not be aware of is that the 912 was actually quite the nimble sports car on top of returning an impressive 30 U.S. mpg on the highway. For reference, the 2015 911 Carrera is good for 28 mpg on the highway.

On top of that, the 912 initially outsold the 911, boosting Porsche’s production until the latter became a successful product. The 912 was retired in 1969 and revived in 1975 for the U.S. market as the 912E, featuring the bodywork of the 911S.

Some might not like the 912, simply because it doesn’t feature the iconic flat-six, but that won’t stop owners from enjoying their four-cylinder 911s. One such owner is Antoine Gaslair, who drives a mint-condition 912 painted in Bahama Yellow. Check it out in Petrolicious’ latest video.

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1965 - 1969 Porsche 912

1965 - 1969 Porsche 912

Porsche produced the 912 between 1965 and 1969 as their entry-level model. It is known as the transition between the 356 and the future 911, compared to which it had fewer amenities, less power, and weighed about 250 lbs less. The 912 was offered in both coupe and targa version, and during its life time Porsche produced 34,959 units.

As it replaced the 356, inevitable the 912 carried over the 356-based flat four-cylinder engine slightly detuned to 102 hp (SAE) at 5,800 rpm and 91 pound-feet of peak torque at 3,500 rpm. The engine was mounted in the rear and powered the rear transaxle. It was mated to a 5-speed gearbox.

The 912 could make the 0 to 60 mph in 11,5-12 seconds, and the top speed was announced at 116 mph, however, Road & Track magazine managed a top speed of 119 mph.

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