Believed one of only 26 built,1969  Porsche  912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB   Chassis no. 129010445 Engine no. 4095152

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Lot 36
1969 Porsche 912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB

Sold for € 92,000 (US$ 106,996) inc. premium
Believed one of only 26 built
1969 Porsche 912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB
Chassis no. 129010445
Engine no. 4095152
•Single family ownership from new until 2014
•Ultra rare 'soft window' model on the long-wheelbase chassis
•Never restored or repainted
•Highly original

Although widely acclaimed, Porsche's 911 sports car was necessarily expensive, a shortcoming that the factory addressed by offering the 912 which, though outwardly identical, was powered by the preceding Type 356's 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine.

A 'modern classic' if ever there was one, Porsche's long-running 911 had arrived in 1964, replacing the 356 and providing the Stuttgart manufacturer with a product worthy of comparison with the finest sports cars from Britain and Italy. The 356's rear-engined layout was retained, but the 911 switched to unitary construction for the body/chassis and dropped the 356's VW-based suspension in favour of a more modern McPherson strut and trailing arm arrangement.

In its first incarnation, the 911's single-overhead-camshaft, air-cooled, 'flat six' displaced 1,991cc and produced 130bhp. As installed in the 912, the 356's 1.6-litre engine produced 90bhp, some 40 horsepower less than the 911's six, but this deficit was offset by significantly reduced weight, resulting in a better balanced car with greatly improved road manners. The 911 gearbox was used, offering a choice of four or five speeds. Despite being down on power, the 912 had a respectable top speed of 119mph, while the UK list price of £2,467 undercut the 911's by around 16 percent. A little over 30,000 examples were produced at Karmann's works (Porsche's was fully occupied with the 911) between 1965 and 1968, and today the 912 is a relative rarity when compared with its better known sibling.

This rare Porsche 912 Targa Coupé sold new in August 1969 by Century Motors in Alhambra, California, the famous local Porsche and Volkswagen dealer. Its first owner was Arthur Acevedo, who was the proprietor of A&M Sash & Doors in El Monte, California. Registered in the name of his company, A&M - 'A' standing for Arthur and 'M' for his wife, Mary - the Porsche was their Sunday driver.

Registration and insurance files show that the car stayed in Arthur Acevedo's ownership from 1969 until 1991. In 1991 Arthur died, and the car was registered in the name of Randall Acevedo, another family member, who was a dentist resident in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. From 1991, the Porsche was registered in Nevada; again used only as a Sunday driver, it remained with Randall Acevedo until his death in 2014.

Monique Acevedo, Randall's widow, is Dutch and had connections with Geevers Classic Cars in the Netherlands. Bought by Geevers and brought to Europe, the Porsche was acquired for the vendor's private collection towards the end of 2014. Never restored or repainted, it is believed 100% original apart from the EU headlamps. The original US headlamps are included in the sale together with the original tool kit; original set of seven keys and Porsche key wallet; original owner's manual; original service booklet (stamped by Century Motors); original dealer locator; original Blaupunkt certificate and manual; and a set of two keys for the Hirschmann aerial. Accompanying documentation consists of a State of Nevada Certificate of Title; Porsche Certificate of Authenticity; sundry invoices and service records; Car Approval Report by Gert Beets; Stace Porsche invoice (2016); and all insurance and registration documents from 1969 to 2013.

It is believed that only 26 Porsche 912s on the long wheelbase chassis were delivered with the Targa's original 'soft' (plastic) rear window. For the 1969 model year, when the LWB chassis was introduced, a glass window was standard, the soft window being available only to special order.
Believed one of only 26 built,1969  Porsche  912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB   Chassis no. 129010445 Engine no. 4095152
Believed one of only 26 built,1969  Porsche  912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB   Chassis no. 129010445 Engine no. 4095152
Believed one of only 26 built,1969  Porsche  912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB   Chassis no. 129010445 Engine no. 4095152
Believed one of only 26 built,1969  Porsche  912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB   Chassis no. 129010445 Engine no. 4095152
Believed one of only 26 built,1969  Porsche  912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB   Chassis no. 129010445 Engine no. 4095152
Believed one of only 26 built,1969  Porsche  912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB   Chassis no. 129010445 Engine no. 4095152
Believed one of only 26 built,1969  Porsche  912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB   Chassis no. 129010445 Engine no. 4095152
Believed one of only 26 built,1969  Porsche  912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB   Chassis no. 129010445 Engine no. 4095152
Believed one of only 26 built,1969  Porsche  912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB   Chassis no. 129010445 Engine no. 4095152
Believed one of only 26 built,1969  Porsche  912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB   Chassis no. 129010445 Engine no. 4095152
Believed one of only 26 built,1969  Porsche  912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB   Chassis no. 129010445 Engine no. 4095152
Believed one of only 26 built,1969  Porsche  912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB   Chassis no. 129010445 Engine no. 4095152
Believed one of only 26 built,1969  Porsche  912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB   Chassis no. 129010445 Engine no. 4095152
Believed one of only 26 built,1969  Porsche  912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB   Chassis no. 129010445 Engine no. 4095152
Believed one of only 26 built,1969  Porsche  912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB   Chassis no. 129010445 Engine no. 4095152
Believed one of only 26 built,1969  Porsche  912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB   Chassis no. 129010445 Engine no. 4095152
Believed one of only 26 built,1969  Porsche  912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB   Chassis no. 129010445 Engine no. 4095152
Believed one of only 26 built,1969  Porsche  912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB   Chassis no. 129010445 Engine no. 4095152
Believed one of only 26 built,1969  Porsche  912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB   Chassis no. 129010445 Engine no. 4095152
Believed one of only 26 built,1969  Porsche  912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB   Chassis no. 129010445 Engine no. 4095152
Believed one of only 26 built,1969  Porsche  912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB   Chassis no. 129010445 Engine no. 4095152
Believed one of only 26 built,1969  Porsche  912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB   Chassis no. 129010445 Engine no. 4095152
Believed one of only 26 built,1969  Porsche  912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB   Chassis no. 129010445 Engine no. 4095152
Believed one of only 26 built,1969  Porsche  912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB   Chassis no. 129010445 Engine no. 4095152
Believed one of only 26 built,1969  Porsche  912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB   Chassis no. 129010445 Engine no. 4095152
Believed one of only 26 built,1969  Porsche  912 Targa 'Soft Window' LWB   Chassis no. 129010445 Engine no. 4095152
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