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Lot 226: Porsche 912 'SWB' Coupé

Exceptional Motor Cars and Motorcycles, Bonhams (2 February 2012)

Powered by the superseded 356's 1.6-litre, four-cylinder engine, the Porsche 912 was a more affordable alternative to the 911. A little over 30,000 were built by Karmann, all on the original short-wheelbase (2,211mm) chassis between 1965 and 1968, and today the 912 is a relative rarity when compared with its better known sibling. A desirable five-speed model, this left-hand drive 912 spent the major part of its life in Southern California before returning to Europe some years ago. Sound and rust-less, it benefited from a full restoration carried out between late 2009 and early 2011 in Norfolk by the scrupulously careful and talented Kim Cairns, assisted by Roger Bray, well known in UK Porsche circles. This outstanding 'matching numbers' car has been faithfully restored to 'near concours' original condition and is elegantly finished in light beige with black upholstery. A notable feature is the dashboard's cluster of five instruments (a period option) and the wooden steering wheel giving the interior a special character. Marque enthusiasts will no doubt appreciate the well-finished details. The Porsche is said to drive well, inviting fast cruising thanks to its reliability and superb handling. Potential purchasers are encouraged to examine the accompanying file of invoices and photographs documenting the restoration. Currently displaying a total of 65,900 miles on the odometer, the car is offered with the aforementioned restoration records, technical inspection (MoT) and UK V5C document for the registration mark 'NEG 265E'.

Lot Details
Auction Exceptional Motor Cars and Motorcycles
Bonhams, La Halle Freyssinet, Paris
TypeCar
Lot Number226
Estimate€25000-€35000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€25000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€28750
Year1967
Condition rating
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number355546
Engine number755990
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2