1965 Porsche 912 Coupe 5-Speed

Introduced alongside the Porsche 911 in 1965, the 912 served as an entry-level sports car with a 1,600cc flat-four engine derived from the outgoing 356SC model. Among the very first of the 912s, this inaugural year example is the 421st Reutter Coupe built out of only 700 in total for 1965. This painted-dash 912 came factory-finished in Light Ivory over a black leatherette interior and equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission. Accompanied by a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity showing a number’s matching engine, this 1965 Porsche 912 is now being offered for auction by its seller out of New York.

This Coupe came factory-finished in Light Ivory and rides on a set of 15” slotted wheels with chrome Porsche-crested hubcaps. Equipment includes pop-out rear quarter windows, front window vents, chrome brightwork, chrome bumperettes with rubber overriders, and a driver’s side mirror. The car is said to have been previously refinished and rides on a set of period-style Vredestein Sprint Classic tires.

Inside, this 912 is trimmed in black leatherette with a Light Ivory painted dashboard and basketweave pattern seat centers. The cabin is lined with grey carpeting and rubber over mats. Other equipment includes a four-spoke steering wheel, a Porsche crested gear knob, and vintage Blaupunkt AM/FM radio. The seller reports all gauges and accessories to be fully functional.

Rated at 90 HP, an air-cooled 1,600cc flat-four engine drives the rear wheels by way of a 5-speed manual transmission. The seller states a full service and tune-up were recently completed along with the installation of new Weber carburetors. Images of the undercarriage can be found in the gallery.

This sale will include a clean title and a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. 


Auction Results

  • Highest Bid: $40,912
  • Auction End: 2022-12-12 20:50:00+00:00
  • Number of Bids: 7
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Comments (36)

  • Dude356 (registered bidder) 1 month, 3 weeksago

    @cooperclassics, you should ask the "reputable" California broker about the paint and the work that they did. It looks to be the same shade of white that I sold it with. I turned over all of the files and records to the buyer, so I don't have any info on the engine rebuild. The belly pan looks to me like it definitely has been painted, because there was corrosion there as well. The interior seats I know were done roughly at the same time as when it was painted. I had the covers removed and had the stuffing re-done because it was all dried out.

  • cooperclassics (seller) 1 month, 3 weeksago

    Good luck to everyone in the last few hours of bidding, just to let everyone know our reserve on this auction is well below our initial asking price, so get your bids in now. Thank you!

  • cooperclassics (seller) 1 month, 3 weeksago

    @ianbsears Hi there, our mechanic wont be back in time, so we performed a compression test just a while ago, as you can see the car has good and consistent compression. See results here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pwpp27kkqbfgokg/AAAStw4bVZ3IGTIADQIee-eGa?dl=0

  • cooperclassics (seller) 1 month, 3 weeksago

    @Dude356 Hi @Dude356, Thanks again for your insightful comment into the history of this wonderful 912. We appreciate it, and we have learned some new things about this unique car. We wanted to ask some additional follow up questions based upon the current condition of the car.
    1. It appears that the paint is in close to as-new as condition as possible. The car must have been recently painted after you sold it. Do you have any records for your original paint work performed during your ownership?
    2. Do you have any details, records, or invoices for the big bore kit/ engine upgrade? Does your brother in law? We now understand why Webers were added to handle the additional power from the engine upgrade! As you know, we replaced those Webers with new ones a month or two ago. The car certainly feels very peppy.
    Thanks for taking care of this car over all those years, your care and love for this car is clear through your servicing records, however, it seems that a lot of additional upgraded work has been done after you sold it including the work that you noticed towards the front of the floors where you mentioned it had corrosion in the past. If you look at the photos carefully, it looks spotless underneath. Do you recall when the new interior was installed and who was it supplied by? We feel confident that the new owner will be very happy and proud to have this car in their collection.

  • corofucci 1 month, 3 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $40,912

  • Marmadukie 1 month, 3 weeksago

    It is a very nice car. I also have a 1965 912 chassis #55. One item I notice is the rear seats have 6 pleats and the front seats have 5. I'm guessing the front seat covers were replaced at some time. Painted dash, 3 gauge, 5spd, early car in first year of production for 911/912 is very desirable. GLWS.

  • pwncpa 1 month, 3 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $29,000

  • cooperclassics (seller) 1 month, 3 weeksago

    @highwatersound Since you live so close please come down and look at the car. After receiving the information from the previous owner that we never knew I will reduce my price. I can assure you it is a great car. Did you look at the photos underneath? Thanks, Elliot

  • cooperclassics (seller) 1 month, 3 weeksago

    @Dude356 Thank you so much for replying. We purchased the car from a highly respected dealer of classic Porsche cars in California. In our records we have no invoice of any paint or body work in the past and appreciate your explanation of work done. We did not see any evidence of the rear being damaged but appreciate your explanation of why the rear lid was changed. We did feel the car to drive much faster than most 65 911s and are happy to hear it had an engine upgrade with the original engine. We sent the car to a well known porsche shop in The area and had him go through the entire car to make sure it did not need anything. We would be grateful if you could call us to discuss your special car that you owned for so many years. Very best, Elliot

  • Flatsicks 1 month, 3 weeksago

    Can someone explain why a 65 would have 2 screw horn grills?

  • highwatersound (registered bidder) 1 month, 4 weeksago

    @Dude356 Thank you so much for explaining the history of this beauty. I have been looking at this car since Cooper Classics first listed it. Cooper is a half hour walk from my home which made this car even more enticing. Problem for me was I knew their description of the car was not accurate, the deck lid gave that away and the asking price way over what this car should be valued even in this hyper inflated market.

  • docluth81 1 month, 4 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $28,000

  • Dude356 (registered bidder) 1 month, 4 weeksago

    Hello @cooperclassics, I sold this 912 in 2020. The history of this 912 is as follows: My sister and brother in law went to Germany in 1968. They were going to buy a Volkswagen to tour Europe but my uncle told them that they could buy a used Porsche for the same amount of money or maybe even less. Sure enough, they found this 912 and bought it right away. During their tour of Germany, they had an accident and were hit from behind. They took it to the Porsche factory to have it repaired. This was 1968 and they were all out of the 1965 engine lids, so, that's why the lid is what it is. They brought the car to the States in 1969. My brother in law was the one that did all of the service, with help from his friends. He rebuilt the engine with some larger cylinders (I don't know what size) and as a result, it has little more giddy up than a standard engine. The car was repainted approximately 20 years ago with a non matching numbers white color, not the #6404. The car sat for about 10 years without running and I had a whole laundry list of items replaced, the big one being the fuel tank. When I sold it, there was some pretty good corrosion in the very front end of the pan sheet metal. It looks like the buyer has replaced that area. This is an original German market car and the car has spent most of it's life in California.

  • carterjcp 1 month, 4 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $20,000

  • docluth81 1 month, 4 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $18,000

  • carterjcp 1 month, 4 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $9,500

  • richjs43 (registered bidder) 1 month, 4 weeksago

    @cooperclassics: hello….in picture 109, there are stains noted on the inside of the tires, may be lubricant from installing the tire….could you please comment…thanks
    NOTE: my first Porsche was a new 1968 912E, white with tan interior. MSRP $11,800. Sold it the next year for my first 911.

  • cooperclassics (seller) 1 month, 4 weeksago

    @ianbsears Hi there, We’ve reached out to our mechanic shop and will have him send us another copy of the results in writing. Thank you.

  • ianbsears (registered bidder) 2 monthsago

    @cooperclassics - Thanks for the prompt response. re: the carfax I actually didnt know that, thanks (never owned anything prior to 81). Do you happen to have the report from the mechanic who did the inspection?

  • cooperclassics (seller) 2 monthsago

    @Drive-em Hey there, we unfortunately do not. Let me know if you have any further questions.

  • cooperclassics (seller) 2 monthsago

    @ianbsears Hello, Thanks for your interest in our Painted Dash 912. Since we’re all Classic Car Enthusiasts here, it should hopefully be common knowledge that CarFax does not exist for cars built prior to 1981. Therefore, this well kept 912 does not have a Carfax. With that being said, we’ve had the car thoroughly inspected by a leading Porsche technician, who also performed a compression test that was consistent across all cylinders. We are confident this car has not been involved in any accident, and we, as Porsche experts well known for selling some of the finest Classic Cars since 1976 are very satisfied with the condition of the car. The next owner no doubt will be as well, as are all of the buyers of our cars. The underbody photos of the car show the chassis is in exceptional condition. If you have further questions about the car, don’t hesitate to give us a call directly.

  • ianbsears (registered bidder) 2 monthsago

    @cooperclassics - didn’t see a CARFAX. given the apparent age of the paint and new fenders and hood I’m curious if there are any entries in the CARFAX that would add color here.

  • ianbsears (registered bidder) 2 monthsago

    @cooperclassics do you have records from that visit? would like to see the compression test results.

  • Drive-em (registered bidder) 2 monthsago

    Ill have the "old tired worn out fenders" please.
    Any pre paint/reconditioning pics?

  • cooperclassics (seller) 2 monthsago

    @Maui928 Hi Maui928, Yes, we checked they appear to be brand new fenders that were put on the car, and they appear exactly as a factory fender would, however we cannot find the date code for them. You are correct about the engine cover. The car looks great thanks to these new panels, as opposed to old tired worn out fenders.

    Thank you for your interest and comments!

  • cooperclassics (seller) 2 monthsago

    @Autorama Hi @Autorama , thank you for your interest and questions. Just last month we sent the car to a renowned Porsche mechanic, who looked the car over, serviced it, and reported it had good compression, ran very well, and that there was no need to do a leak down test after all that.
    Yes we do have receipts from the long term owner in California dating from the Early 80’s to 2020.
    Thank you and good luck.

  • Maui928 (registered bidder) 2 monthsago

    @cooperclassics It’s not just the deck lid lettering that was converted as the hood itself is from a later model. The ‘65-67 hood had a central spine in the lid grill cavity. I’m also wondering if the front fenders have been replaced as the horn grilles are the 2 screw version; they would have been 4 screw originally in 1965. Some pictures with the horn grilles removed and inside the gas cap might help solve that mystery. Also, wondering why the bumper guards have been swapped for a later version with the rubber? Looks to be in very nice condition; GLWTA!

  • Bruce914 2 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $9,112

  • Autorama (registered bidder) 2 monthsago

    Great looking 912. Did your shop perform a leak down test as yet ?
    Also do you have receipts from the long term owner in California?
    Thanks very much

  • cooperclassics (seller) 2 monthsago

    Hello bidders, welcome to our auction for our very early 1965 (421st ever built), Painted Dash, 3 Gauge 912. Only the earliest 912s had body color painted dashes (like a 356), and the distinctive three gauges. To our knowledge, this is the earliest 912 available for sale on the market today retaining its matching numbers engine.

    Please let us know if we may be of assistance during the auction. Thank you!

  • cooperclassics (seller) 2 monthsago

    @larrygk Our understanding is that the car was in California from 65-2022. The car had one single owner from 1969-2020. The car is absolutely rust free.

  • cooperclassics (seller) 2 monthsago

    @Damaho912 We don’t have any records for the repaint, but the paint looks great and presents as at most 5-7 years old. It appears at that time, the decklid lettering was converted to the later style.

  • cooperclassics (seller) 2 monthsago

    @928GTS Thank you! We appreciate that.

  • larrygk (registered bidder) 2 monthsago

    When and for how long was it in CA? GLWA

  • Damaho912 2 monthsago

    Gorgeous! Any details on what all was involved in it being “previously refinished?” Seeing some signs of a later 912 here. Rear deck lid lettering most obvious.

  • 928GTS (registered bidder) 2 monthsago

    Well done, very nice. Would compliment my ivory, late produced, 69. Book ends.

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