Petrolicious Showcases a Screenprinter’s 1967 Porsche 912
The true budget 911.
On this week's episode of Petrolicious, the team visits with a French screenprinter's Bahama Yellow Porsche 912.
For those who aren't necessarily diehard Porsche enthusiasts, it might not be widely known that Porsche created the idea behind today's Cayman with Porsche 912. Essentially, the Porsche 912 was a lower-priced 911, with a carryover flat-four engine pulled straight from the discontinued Porsche 356. This kept costs down, allowing the 912 to serve as the automaker's entry-level model.
The owner of this car, Antoine Gaslais, searched for quite a long time for what he considered his "perfect" 912. After browsing the classifieds for nearly five years, he ran across a non-running 912 that called out to him, and he purchased it.
After Gaslais picked the 912 up and woke the engine from its slumber, he drove only briefly before the car broke down 25 miles outside Paris. The car languished for six months without a functioning engine, until his friend, who was in the process of restoring his own 912 gave Antoine his older engine, which has powered his beloved 912 for the past year and a half.
Many are critics of the 912's low power and slow performance, but not Antoine. "It's a very modern drive," he says. "If you don't lock it up, it can stop on a dime from 85 mph. It also has plenty of torque. It accelerates well, passes easily." Even a rally among the Swiss Alps in Sion couldn't slow the 912 down.
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