1965 Porsche 912 Karmann Coupe

We are pleased to present this 1965 Porsche 912 Karmann Coupe finished in Sky Blue.  Introduced to the public in April of 1965, the Porsche 912 was offered as an entry-level alternative to the 911, powered by a 1600cc flat-four engine derived from the 356 SC.  This rare first-year example is one of the very few to have been designated for the U.S. market and is believed to have been ordered by VW Pacific executives during their trip to Germany for the debut of the 912.  It was subsequently imported by VW Pacific of Culver City, California before eventually being acquired by the current owner in 2012. Having undergone a complete restoration, this remarkable 1965 912 is now being offered for auction by its seller out of Florida accompanied by the original Kardex, owner’s manuals, restoration records, and a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity.

Shortly before the current owner's purchase, this 912 was completely stripped and refinished in its original color of Sky Blue.  Repairs were made to the bodywork as necessary and all new rubber seals and moldings were installed along with a new rear decklid grille.  New HID headlights were also installed in 2015 along with new H4 lenses and widened 15" chrome wheels dated from 1965. These wheels come fitted with new chrome hubcaps along with Michelin Grand Touring Premier all-season tires.  Detailed images are provided in the photo gallery along with corresponding invoices from Realistic Auto Restorations.

The cabin was restored prior to the current ownership with new grey leatherette upholstery and square weave carpeting.  It features a rare 3-gauge 356-style painted dashboard as well as an original wood-rimmed steering wheel, new Coco floormats, lap belts, and a fire extinguisher mounted beneath the passenger seat.  The seller reports all gauges and lights to be functioning properly at this time.

In 2018, the air-cooled flat-four engine was rebuilt, blueprinted, dyno-tuned, and upgraded to a 1739cc displacement by Heritage Motorcar Research Inc. at a cost of over $25k.  The 5-speed manual gearbox was also paired with a new Sachs clutch kit.  The engine work was completed in October of 2018 with 5,380 miles showing on the odometer. Corresponding invoices are provided for reference in the photo gallery.

This sale will include restoration records, original owner's manuals, a Kardex, a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, and a clean title.  This is a very special opportunity to own one of the rarest and most sought-after Porsche 912s of all time.

Auction Results

  • Highest Bid: $74,912
  • Auction End: 2021-08-11 20:10:00+00:00
  • Number of Bids: 10
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Comments (29)

  • spagosss 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $74,912

  • f4050wpgs 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $72,000

  • spagosss 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $69,912

  • f4050wpgs 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $60,000

  • samdbrown 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $49,912

  • tampabaysportscars (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @Clint930 there are a few posted in the photo section of this listing.

  • Clint930 (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    It would be great if we could get photos of the undercarriage.

  • tampabaysportscars (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @roblee touch-up paint in not included in the sale.

  • roblee 1 month, 1 weekago

    Does the sell include touch-up paint

  • skip1825 (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @tampabaysportscars Thanks for the quick response! no need for the GO- PRO pictures as they won't give me the detail I'M looking for.

    Thanks

  • tampabaysportscars (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @skip1825 please refer to the last page of the 12.19.2018 invoice #5412, it states that they are Weber Carbs. As far as additional pictures, I do not have access to a lift today. I will attempt to take more photos with the Go-Pro if you tell me exactly what you want to see.

  • skip1825 (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    Good morning! do you have detail photos of the undercarriage and suspension. Can you confirm which carburetors they are.

    Thanks

  • amack 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $48,000

  • greateye (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    I would put a new single post lift in my garage for this beauty. What a wonderful example. LOVE it!! GLWTA

  • tampabaysportscars (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @stupendous none taken. The current owner had the hydraulic lift removed several years ago and has not replaced it as of yet. It would not be difficult to install a new one.

  • stupendous (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    Great looking car and love that blue! There seems to be a wooden stick holding up the frunk. No disrespect eant, but is there a reason for this?

  • skip1825 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $43,000

  • Amnaj05 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $42,500

  • PCARMARKET 1 month, 1 weekago

    Additional content has been added to the listing gallery.

  • tampabaysportscars (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @Ringmeister @Ringmeister, the lid was not closed all the way in the photos. It does close tightly, but can be a little stubborn. I sent photos to PCarMarket of the lid closed tightly, those should be posted in the photo gallery soon.

  • Ringmeister (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    Seller, it appears that the front hood is not sitting properly flush with the fenders as shown in photo 17 and others. Has it been left open for the photos or is there a fitment issue there? Thanks.

  • amack 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $38,000

  • moezilla 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $34,000

  • RJW 1 month, 2 weeksago

    I second that, great looking car and color

  • TyStav (registered bidder) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Great looking 912.....

  • tampabaysportscars (seller) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    @jres - please see our reply above.

  • tampabaysportscars (seller) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    @LiveFromNY - That is correct – this is not a matching numbers car.
    - To our knowledge a dyno was never performed. However, if you look at the service records located in the photo section of this listing you will find the invoices for the engine rebuild. Hopefully this helps a bit.

    By the way, the set of four wheels on the car are date-stamped 1965.

    Thank you for the questions and joining the auction! We invite any interested party to schedule an appointment to inspect our vehicles. Do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to do so. GLWTA!

  • LiveFromNY (registered bidder) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    My understanding is that this car does *not* retain it's original, numbers matching engine. Can the seller please confirm?

  • jres (registered bidder) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Lovely '65. Can you provide results of the Dyno?

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1965 Porsche 912 Karmann Coupe
Final bid: $74,912 This auction has ended.