This 1967 Porsche 912 Targa #550396 is a soft-window example in largely original condition with Sand Beige paint and a five-speed manual transmission. The car retains its original engine #837032. After purchasing it two years ago from the son of its longtime Berkeley owner, its seller has driven the car around the Bay Area just enough to keep it exercised and describes it as an honest driver. Recent work has been performed on the valves, rockers and fuel pump as detailed below along with a tuneup, brake flush and new ball joint. The sale includes a Porsche COA, a good stack of service records back to 1995 and a clean California title. An extensive gallery below captures the condition of the car well.
Sand Beige code 6607 is the car’s original color and retains a good shine – it has not been gauged but its overall patina and lack of overspray or evidence of repair seem to be good indications of originality according to the seller.
Dents and scrapes are visible in the nose area along with a smattering of small dings, and detailed photos show bubbling in a handful of areas including the front fenders and rear apron.
Trim is all present including a reproduction sideview mirror fitted in 2015 – other bright pieces show moderate pitting. Glass appears undamaged, while one front signal lens is faded, both taillights are crazed, and weatherstripping shows its age throughout. Factory optioned 15″ chrome wheels are oxidized and wear matching hubcaps and older Michelin tires.
The rear folding cover appears in good shape here with a clear plastic window, while the targa top insert appears to fit well but has a torn vinyl cover.
Up front, a carpeted trunk cover is included, though underneath corrosion can be seen on the fuel tank and smuggler’s box lid. The trunk area shows a matching chassis number, and a factory tool kit is included in the sale.
Inside, black leatherette seats are in good condition for a driver but show piping and cushion wear commensurate with age. Some carpet sections are missing, revealing sound deadening underneath. The padded vinyl dash is apparently free of splits or damage, though a bit warped from age.
The speedometer was repaired in 2004 and now indicates just under 96k miles. Other instruments, controls and trim pieces have a general patina from use but appear complete minus a single dash knob. A 1970s Blaupunkt cassette player resides in the dash, while a more modern head unit is mounted underneath and supplies speakers cut into the door panels.
Out back, the 912’s 1.6-liter flat four made for better distribution of less weight over the six-cylinder 911. The original, numbers-matching mill was pulled in 1999 at 72k miles for a partial overhaul, resurfacing and balancing – a 2009 compression test 22k miles later showed cold numbers at an even 150psi. Weber 40 carburetors have replaced the stock Solex units.
Here is the engine number stamping which matches the included COA and service paperwork. A February 2015 service included resurfacing of the rocker arms, valve shimming, new valve cover gaskets and fan belt, a tuneup and oil change and fuel pump seals. New decklid supports were also fitted.
Underneath, the optional 902 five-speed manual transaxle is functional but makes an unspecified noise according to the car’s long-term mechanic. Jack points look solid though superficial corrosion can be seen on the floor pan and the exhaust system, which also has a suspected leak at a manifold. A new ball joint has been installed and the brake system flushed, but the right front shock is in need of replacement as noted in recent service records.