The production of the Porsche 912 commenced in 1965 to fulfil the need for an entry level variant of the new 911. Porsche’s aim for the 912 was to place the pushrod four-cylinder engine of the 356 in the body of the 911. After months of testing, the 912 was officially released to the public.
The 912 was released with a 1.6 litre flat four engine but with a minor detune to 90 BHP from the original 95 BHP plus the option of either a four or five speed manual gearbox. The appeal of the modern suspension set up and the improved streamlined body meant that despite the detuned engine, it would outperform its predecessor on performance as well as fuel economy.
The combination of improved build quality, styling, reliability, and pricing meant that the 912 outsold the 911 in it’s first years of production, making it a successful and affordable Porsche at the time.