Moto Roster was founded on the idea that enthusiasts have a running list of cars in their heads that they someday want to own. A direct corollary to that idea is that (for most people) limitations of time, money, and space mean that they can only own one of the cars on their list at any given time. We have all of those constraints here at Moto Roster along with an always-present itch for the next car on our roster. Add all of that up and it means that after a fun summer fling, our 912 is for sale.
It's the circle of life here at Moto Roster. We're sure that one day we will find THE car that we'll never sell, but right now the desire to own and experience lots of cars is overpowering, no matter how much we do love our 912. If space and money were no object we'd love to hold on to the 912 but that's not how things work so here we go.
We've always wanted an air cooled, pre-74 Porsche and we started looking in earnest for one last year. The P-car bubble is insane so we didn't even bother looking at 911's and even most original 912's were out of our price range unless they had basically rusted out entirely. We did look at a few of those original cars and talked to a some shops with experience in what it takes to get them back on the road and quickly realized it wasn't for us.
Reality dictated that we focus on finding a driver -- something that sacrifices originality and perhaps cosmetics for structural soundness and functionality. After a few months of trolling The Samba, eBay, and Craigslist (and after having a bargain in our own backyard snatched up by a large player out West) - we found our 912. A California car by way of Wisconsin was soon in our garage.
The seller was technically correct if perhaps a bit creative in his description of "running and driving" but he was 100% on the structural soundness of the car. After looking at many cars described as "pristine" only to find that they had basketball sized holes in the floor and rusted out torsion tubes, we were happy to find our little Porsche was as solid as promised.
Though they may give some purists the vapors, the Volkswagen 1600 out back was fine with us and the "paint job" got more thumbs up than any car we've ever had. Those are tradeoffs that we were ok with to get a nice-driving 912 in our garage at our modest budget. Besides, it fits perfectly into our VW owning family heritage.
The boys at B&W Autosport helped us get everything back to stock with the electrical system, got the motor dialed in, and gave her a clean bill of health (or as clean as a 47 year old can hope for).
We sourced some genuine Porsche wheels in place of the Empi “Fuchs” and put about 1,000 miles on the car during our ownership without issue. We know it's not a Porsche motor back there but it still gives a pretty great driving experience and we're satisfied enough that we can check this one off of our roster.
We had plans for a quick respray and some motor work (dual carb setup) over the summer to really up the fun factor, but anyone who identifies with Moto Roster's core tenants knows what happens. Other cars start catching your eye, you start thinking about that next project, you're ready to start the hunt again.
We have detailed records of every dollar that we spent on our project 912 that we're happy to share with any interested party. The 912 is not and will not be a show winner or ever be original again but it’s a great way to get 9/10ths of the pure Porsche driving experience at ½ the price.
We're asking $23,000 publicly but we're happy to move the 912 onto any Moto Roster member for what we've got into it. Email us for details -- the car has current PA inspection and is located at Moto Roster HQ in Pittsburgh, PA.
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