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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale August 13th – 15th, 2015 at Russo and Steele’s 15th Annual Monterey California Auction. Please contact us for more information.
Delivery Date: Oct. 16, 1968
Manhattan Auto Inc.
First Owner: Gerald Anton Zionic
Current Odometer Reading: 71,963 miles
102bhp 1,582cc horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine with twin Weber carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 87″
After years of building their commercial and racing success around the 356 models, Porsche introduced the larger, more powerful Porsche 911 two-liter model in 1965. Maintaining the company’s success with rear engine positioning, the all-new design provided an aerodynamic body over a revised chassis that housed a sophisticated suspension system, a more powerful flat-six engine and a five-speed transmission. The combination was extremely powerful, making the new 911 faster and more stable at high speeds than the 356 Porsche.
Feeling excluded, many Porsche fans yearned for a more affordable alternative to the 911. Buyers did not have to wait long, as in 1966 Porsche introduced the affordable 912 model with virtually the same horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine that was used in the 356 Super 90. Despite a weight penalty of 220 pounds versus the lighter 356 Super 90, the 912 achieved the identical top speed of 115 miles per hour.
Production ran from 1965 through 1969 and accordingly, 912 Porsches of quality are becoming increasingly collectible. Today, excellent examples are few and far between, as not surprisingly they proved popular with many people who never anticipated their future value.
The beautiful 1968 Porsche 912 on offer was sold new on October 16th 1968 to Mr. Gerald A. Zionic of Glenburnie, Maryland. The selling dealership was Manhattan Auto Inc. of Fairfax, Virginia and later of Bethesda, Maryland. The booklet has service stamps up to 16,000 miles in 1969. All services performed at selling dealer at the suggested service intervals.
During the second owner’s tenure, this 912 was taken down to bare metal and painted in black. At the time the engine and drivetrain were rebuilt, but not completed. The third owner, a resident of Washington state, bought the car and finished the restoration many years after it had begun.
He had receipts documenting over $20,000 worth of work to complete the restoration including $13,000 for the beautiful red interior, $5,000 to correctly finish repairing floors and inner fenders, $1,500 for new Weber carburetors, which included modifying the air cleaners to fit the bigger carbs and several thousand dollars spent on miscellaneous parts. He also installed new Bilstein shocks, a new battery and numerous other parts to make this car an excellent driver.
Cosmetically, the paint does show some patina from age, but appears to have been a very high quality job and paint. The type of paint used looks like the older single stage type, which is harder and harder to come by these days. It makes the 912 look very original and correct. This car runs andrives better than any other 912 we’ve encountered and is far more like an early 911 than a late 356.
Receipts and original manual and warranty/service booklet are with the car in the original vinyl pouch along with the jack and tire iron.