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Sell my '68 912 for a 1980's 911 ?

Been tossing this idea around and wanted to bounce it off the other 912 owners.

I absolutely love my 912 and better yet a long hood SWB 901 bodied car.

However my wife doesn't like to ride in it considering the quirks a 1960's era car can bring. (loud, harsh ride, spartan interior, etc.)

My 7 year old on the other hand loves it as do I!

However, I've been looking at the early 1980's 911's (the 15 year newer difference goes a long way on the amenities)

Would I be a fool to sell my '68 SWB 912 and buy an 80's 911?

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all numbers match
Original motor
Original interior
repaint in the early 1980's (same color)
no accidents
5 speed
5 gauge dash

Where do people see the early 912's as investments vs the 1980's 911's?

964's are out of the question now...

I know I may be opening a can of worms here, but let me have your feedback as fellow SWB 912 owners.

We're adding a later model Porsche to mix in a few months as well, but would like to keep a vintage Porsche in the garage to scratch that itch when the moment arises.

Opinions welcomed...

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Well that is a tough question that you can likely only answer for yourself. I will provide my take on the topic since I just added a 912 to my P Club. I have a very nice 95 993 that I have completed with every mod that I want. The 993 is in phoenomial condition and needs nothing else to complete it. I just purchased a 67 912 ( it is posted on this forum as well as Rennlist). I bought a mechanically sound vehicle and have dressed it out to my liking but saved all the original equipment. I actually bought the car to fill the void of a longhood that I have wanted for a long time. I now have a set of old school and really old school Porsches.
I would suggest you try and buy a second car so you do not regret selling your 912. If after you add the second car you think it fits all of your needs then consider selling the 912. Since your wife wants a newer type car you might just buy an inexpensive Boxter or something that has the creature comforts she wants but does not eliminate your 912. An 80s Carrera May not satisfy your wife’s idea of comfort either. Be careful selling for someone else rather than because you are ready to get rid of a car. I regret selling a 3.2 that I wish I kept. Your 912 is going up in value right now. They seem to be the next P cars on the move in my opinion. Good luck
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Keep that gorgeous 912 - you mentioned that you're already adding a later model Porsche to the mix, so that should suffice the comfort aspect. There is something about an early model long-hood that is just too nice to let go of...just my 2 cents
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Thanks guys!

Just the perfect insight I was after.

I realize that my question is more of a personal choice, but I have been trying to think rationally and not emotionally.

Porsche is in my blood - since birth, so I have been thinking long and hard about it.

I've heard too many stories from friends who instantly regretted selling their 356's (or 3.2L) back in the day. I don't want to make that same mistake.

Not really a Boxster kind of guy, but I think you're right Dmitry, the later model will meet the comfort needs (insert patience here) and I can still get my fix with the spartan 912 AND perhaps add an 80's 911 a few years down the road.

Oh and RRC715 - I was admiring your blue 912 before I knew it was yours. Beautiful! I vote to keep the stripe for a bit, makes it more unique and "yours". I may have to add something to mine for fun. =)

Thanks for the reality check!
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NO '80's P-car is going to give you the 'feel' you get from an early car such as your 912 does now.
I went from a 912 sunroof coupe to a '78 SC, and yes, it is two different worlds.
If you can keep the 912 and still satisfy the wife with something else while doing so, I'd recommend you do that.
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+1 Scott. We've had a similar experience: we recently purchased a 1986 951 (944 Turbo; the price was too good to pass up). My wife and I took both the 912 and 951 to a HPDE at Roebling Road; the 912 was a 'lumbering hulk' (top speed 105 mph, rocking like a small boat in rough seas, turns felt to happen on just two/three wheels: 912 video) with the 951 being an absolute blast (understeer overcome with turbo boost; top speed 132). On the twisty mountain roads, I'll take the 912 any day with its absolutely neutral characteristics.

The decision comes down to what you really want and how you want to drive it. It is a lot more fun to drive a slow car fast and the 912 has the visceral feel and feedback that make it a 'more pure' driving experience...

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Easy!

1. Keep your 912 & your 7 year old.
2. Sell your wife.
3. Done. Now go have a beer.
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I sold my 1966 912 after 12 years of ownership.
This is my old car: (1966 Porsche 912 SWB – LBI Limited)
Fun car, great looking, but old and slow.

I bought a 1985 Carrera.

Absolutely no regrets at all - the 911 is a better car in all respects.
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I sold my 1966 912 after 12 years of ownership.
This is my old car: (1966 Porsche 912 SWB LBI Limited)
Fun car, great looking, but old and slow.

I bought a 1985 Carrera.

Absolutely no regrets at all - the 911 is a better car in all respects.
Funny, I went the opposite way! I had a 85 Carrera and a 68 912 and ended up selling the Carrera and keeping the 912. As many have said, there is nothing like the light feel of an early longhood. The 85 was superior to the 912 in every measurable performance aspect, yet the 912 was way more fun to toss around.
The only thing I wished for was for a little more power.
One day, while perusing the 914 forum, I was able to buy a FAT type 4 for a reasonable price. It's a built 2056 that dynoed at 160hp!
Needless to say, now that the swap is done, my 912 is an absolute blast to drive!
Same lightness and tossability but with way more growl!
To the OP: I'm not sure your wife will find a 3.2 "modern" enough, they are still pretty raw imo. Maybe a 2009+ Cayman? That's what I would get if I were to go to a modern P car.
Good luck in your search.
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......or polo....

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Keep the 912 if at all possible. My brother and I co-own my fathers 68 912. I'm not sure we could ever sell it as it was purchased from Vasek Polak in 1971 and been in the family ever since. Full restoration about 10 yrs ago. The old air cooled cars are amazing.

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