Offered for sale is a rare, charming and exceptionally solid 1968 Porsche 912 Soft Window Targa finished in factory correct special order Champagne (code 16153) over a black interior. One of only 66 912 Soft Windows produced in 1968, the car has always been well looked after and maintained, presenting beautifully in its wonderfully era-specific livery. It has all the right things going for it: rust-free original undercarriage, exceptionally straight body, clean original interior and a strong-running, numbers-matching engine.
Uncommon era-specific colors are extremely desirable on 1960s Porsches and Champagne (a carry over from the 356) certainly fits the bill, beautifully accentuating the 912’s already appealing lines. Repainted in the original special order color by the prior owner, the paint is in great shape, deep and lustrous and marred only by minimal imperfections, none of which are significant enough to show up in any of the pictures. The car appears to have never been in any accidents, with completely solid sheet metal and exceptionally consistent and factory correct gaps and panel fits. The chrome and glass are all in excellent original condition, as are both the targa top and soft window, which retains clear rear plastic. The original chrome steel wheels present beautifully and are wrapped in nearly new tires.
The car’s interior is equally as clean, with the seats showing only negligible wear, the carpets in great original condition and the door panels and pockets are excellent, noteworthy considering that they generally get quite tatty after this many years. The car retains its gorgeous original wood steering wheel as well as its correct Blaupunkt radio. This isn’t a show-car (and it’s priced accordingly), but as the pictures exhibit, it’s exceedingly presentable and its next owner will undoubtedly be proud to enjoy the car as a clean weekend driver or even taking it to Porsche Club events.
The car’s been recently gone through mechanically and it’s a joy to drive, starting without any smoke or hesitation, idling consistently and pulling strongly and smoothly through each of the original 5 speed transmission’s gears. The car’s brakes have just been done and its road manners are superb, stopping riding straight and handling with commensurate Porsche precision. It’ a joy to drive, whether just tooling around town or cruising up the coast for a weekend jaunt, evidenced by a recent trip up to Monterey and back. The undercarriage is completely original, free of rust or evidence of rust-repair, a testament to the car’s cared for California ownership history.
We’ve watched Porsches outperform a vast majority of the market over the last few years and with rare and desirable cars breaking sales price records nearly every quarter, there appears to be no ceiling. In terms of classic car collecting, this car occupies an increasingly rare part of the market: still accessibly priced but possessing all the benchmarks of a true investment grade car. Low production numbers and an off-beat 1960s design have made the 912 Soft Window an appreciating rarity, and the honest originality of this car makes it an exceptional opportunity for any buyer, be it a serious collector or weekend enthusiast looking for an alternative (and incredibly fun) investment.