29th Nov, 2023 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

 
Lot 92
 

1966 Porsche 912
No Reserve

Sold for £28,125

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: PUA 519D
Chassis No: 460259
MOT: Exempt

  • Five Dial, Short Wheelbase Car
  • Reputedly supplied new to Texas and then briefly resident in California prior to being imported to the UK
  • All major welding work completed including new front flitches and crossmember
  • Comes registered in the UK with V5C

First appearing in July 1964, the birth of the 911 marked the end of 356-production. Customers immediately noticed the differences from its predecessor - but with many improvements came a large price increase - the 911 was around $2,000 more than the comparable 356 model. Thus, by April 1965 a "middle ground" was achieved. The new 912 (essentially a 911 with a four cylinder 356 engine) was less expensive and customers quickly noticed better weight distribution and better economy. Eventually outselling the 911 in the years it was current, more than 30,000 had left the Stuttgart factory by the time production ceased in 1969. One particular change during 912 manufacture came in its final year, 1969, when the wheelbase was increased from 2211mm (SWB) to 2268mm (LWB). The engine and rear suspension stayed in the same position but the suspension trailing arms were lengthened. This necessitated the rear wheelarches being moved rearward too.

According to a letter in the history file from Porsche Club GB, Chassis number 460259 was built in December 1966 as a 1967 model year car in Stuttgart. The car is believed to have been first delivered to Texas, USA and lived most of its life in Texas until it was bought and sold by Kurt Tanner Motorcars in California to the vendor in 2020 as a restoration project, arriving on UK shores in 2021 and registered with the DVLA in 2022. It was understood to have originally been Irish Green over Black, but had been repainted twice, first into Bahamas Yellow and then into the Red it presents in today. It is also understood that a previous owner had fitted a 911T front bumper and rear badge as the car was at some point professionally fitted with a 911 engine, although this is no longer with the car and a correct 912 engine and matching four speed gearbox is supplied and fitted as per original specification. The car is a very clean, dry-state car that did not require extensive welding, although some rust had appeared around the sills, front crossmember, flitches and front wings. The vendor had intended to run the car as a preserved patina car and very carefully had the rust professionally repaired to a very high standard that blends with the patina very well. Now facing an imminent move overseas, the vendor is reluctantly letting this 912 go to a new home.

The vendor advises that the bodywork condition is excellent, although a prospective new owner will have to decide between refurbishing or keeping the paintwork as is. The engine has been simply put back together as it was bought as a stripped unit but is not plumbed in and running. The interior appears to be in good, original condition with some minor signs of aging.

This car presents a great opportunity to take a step into 1960s Porsche ownership and thankfully the hard work has been done already on this particular car. The prospective purchaser now only faces the dilemna of how they will spec this car during what should be a very rewarding build!

For more information, please contact:
Lucas Gomersall
lucas.gomersall@handh.co.uk
07484 082430

 

Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 29th Nov, 2023

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