Really Cool – Restored 1969 Porsche 912 5-Speed

By BRING A TRAILER / Posted on September 14, 2017

This 1969 Porsche 912 is a 5-speed example that was discovered by the selling dealer in a Southern Oregon barn after 18 years of storage. It has benefited from a restoration in the three and a half years since, including a bare metal repaint and new interior, as well as extensive engine and mechanical work. The previous owner purchased the car in the early 1970s and was an active PCA member. He participated in the Portland Porsche Parade in 1980 and drove the car regularly until 1999, when health issues prevented him from getting behind the wheel. The matching-numbers 1.6L flat-four was rebuilt during the restoration and is fitted with new pistons, cylinders, valves, and springs. The heads were machined, and the engine was also balanced and blueprinted. A repaint in the original color was performed, and a Tartan plaid interior has been fitted in place of the stock black leatherette. This 912 is now being offered with the original owner’s manual, a Porsche CoA, records from the restoration process, and a clean Oregon title.

The car was stripped to bare metal and repainted in the original Irish Green (6806). The body and suspension were thoroughly gone over, and many of the nuts and bolts were re-zinced. Corrosion issues were addressed before the paintwork, with new floors and front pan being installed on a factory jig.

Most of the rubber seals were replaced, and all of the bright work is said to be in good shape. The side windows operate as they should, including the pop-out rear quarter windows. Optional 15x 5.5″ ventilated steel wheels wear chrome hubcaps and are currently shod in Falken Ziex tires that have 1,500 miles of use on them. The surfboards are not included in the sale, though the aluminum rack comes with the car.

Several photos taken after purchase show the condition of the car prior to restoration when it was first pulled from the previous owner’s barn. The cosmetic and mechanical restoration took three years to complete. The interior was completely refurbished by Tony Garcia at Autobahn Interiors. Work included fitting tan leather, Scottish Tartan fabric, and square weave wool carpet. The leather-wrapped steering wheel was refinished, and all of the VDO gauges were restored by Seattle Speedometer. The odometer shows 36,501 miles and is not believed to be accurate.

The 1,582cc flat-four pushrod engine was balanced and blueprinted during the restoration. It features a counter-weighted, steel crankshaft with a matching set of balanced rods, as well as new pistons and cylinders. The heads were machined with a competition valve job, and they feature all new valves and springs. Web Cam Inc. refurbished the original camshaft, and a Porsche engine specialist assembled the motor. All of the engine tin was stripped and re-powder coated in the factory finish. A new clutch, rebuilt generator, and Bursch exhaust system were fitted, and a new set of Weber carburetors sourced from Redline have been tuned for the car.