Porsche's decision-makers in Zuffenhausen initiated the design for a
successor to the Type 356, expectations were high from the onset of
design; Porsche needed a state-of-the-art car, even better, one
ahead of its time. The design of the car was given to Ferdinand
Alexander Porsche, the eldest son of Ferry Porsche, at the time the
President and Chief Executive Officer of what was then Porsche KG.
Porsche planned a six-cylinder version Type 901 [later 911], and a
subsequent four-cylinder Type 902 [later 912].
More: Origins of the 901 and
production commenced April 5, 1965, Porsche had blended the 356 with
the 901 to create the 912.
Installing a 356 Super 90-based flat-four 1.6L boxer engine in a 901 chassis reduced weigh
about 250 pounds while improving front/rear weight distribution
and handling. It accelerated faster and obtained a top speed
higher than a 356 SC. This combination of
fuel efficiency, low weight, plus excellent aerodynamics made the 912 an
"intelligent performance" vehicle. About
32,000 were constructed over a five year period.
In Autumn 1975, Porsche introduced the 912E as a 1976
model for the USA market. Powered by an updated version of the 914 2.0L fuel-injected
engine that the factory noted "took Porsche engineers two
years to develop and refine", this second-generation 912
shared the updated G-model chassis and body styling with the 911S coupe.
Slightly more than 2000 were constructed.
The best testimony for 912s are the owners' stories.
Many 912s are still on the road and on the racetrack as they were
intended, with more and more restored to concours-winning levels,
some in families for generations, and a number still belonging to
original owners. These Porsches are also a great value as an
classic car investment.
is also a racing champion, taking its place in Porsche rennsport history by capturing the 1967 European Rally Championship for
series Touring Cars. Read
Imagine a 1967 soft-window Targa, a police car, AND the 100,000th
Porsche made, all in one 912. Read
One percent of 912s delivered in special order paint colors? View our Paint Color pages to
reveal the codes.
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About the Register
The overall goal of the Porsche Club of America (PCA)
912/912E Register is to involve as many 912 and 912E enthusiasts as
possible in the many activities offered in PCA regions and
zones. If you don’t currently own a 912 or 912E or are not a PCA
member, you’re equally welcome to participate. A non-profit
volunteer administered forum, we're working to facilitate
We encourage 912 and 912E owners to participate in the
wide variety of PCA year-round events. For
example, entering the PCA Parade (annual meeting), Escape (relaxed get-away), regional and zone
(multi-regional) events including concours, autocross, tours, tech sessions, drivers education,
meetings. If you have not yet joined, a PCA membership will open up
many new opportunities (click the "Join PCA" link above for more
upcoming PCA activities for 912/912E >>
General PCA News, & Calendar >>
Our new PCA 912 & 912E
Register license frame will look great on your car! >>
PCA established the Register Special Interest Group (SIG)
program to encourage closer relationships for enthusiasts of
individual Porsche models. We encourage you to access
our PCA website,
PCA 912 & 912E Register Facebook page on the internet (and with a
smartphone using the Facebook app, type 912 & 912E in the
search box), and follow on
Twitter, where you
can network, obtain, and exchange information for restoration and maintenance.
Please consider writing an article for publication in Porsche Panorama
magazine to promote the restoration and enjoyment of our Porsches.
PCA National Technical Committee:
912/912E Questions and Answers >>
Acquiring a 1966 Porsche 912 in my twenties in 1977, I've worked
since 1997 to promote the 912 and 912E by keeping owners in contact.
I still own that 912 today (plus another), and believe in the
significance of these classic Porsche models. We would like to
hear about your 912 experiences (current and previous owners); please click on
the link below to send an email, and include yourself to our enthusiast
list. Tell us about your Porsche, announce upcoming events, ask questions, make comments, etc. (please include your
state/province, PCA Region if a member, and any additional info you would like
to include such as attaching a photo of your car). Thanks, and
hope to see you at an upcoming activity.
Pacific Northwest Region
Thanks to our previous 912 Advocates, first Jerry Ringer, and second
Official Porsche 1969 Parts Catalog (PET) 912/911
Official Porsche 1977 Parts Catalog (PET) 912E/911
Porsche factory website 912/912E History (select model and year) >
Porsche Certificate of Authenticity Program
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