The Porsche 912 is a sports car that was manufactured by Porsche of Germany between 1965 and 1969. The 912 was an entry level car sharing the same body with a 911 but with equipped with a 4 cylinder engine delivering 90 hp. During its production run from 1966 to 1969 over 32,000 cars were manufactured.
Concerned that sharp price increase that would come from the move from a 4 cylinder 356 to a 6 cylinder 911, Porsche decided to introduce a cheaper alternative – the 912. The 912 used the same body as the 911 and was powered by a 1.6 liter, four-cylinder engine used in the 356SC of 1964-1965.
The 912 quickly found favor with sports car enthusiasts. Attractive features of the car included a lightweight aluminum body, fully synchronized four-speed transmission, a single dry clutch, and electrical system upgrade to a 12-volt.
The smaller engine resulted in a 250 pounds lighter weight and the car produced 102hp with a top speed of 116 mph. The rear wheel drive with semi trailing rear suspension, torsion bars and swing axles gave the car better control and balance around curves and bends.