In the Beginning

This blog is my record of renovation of a 65000 mile 3 dial, Silver 1965 Porsche 912.  Manufactured in October 1965 and sold in California in February 1966 through P.C Pacific, Burlingame, USA. I purchased the car in September 2011 from Max at Revival Cars,after a long search  and extensive investigations about good and bad cars, and viewing a couple of others.

Silver 912 pictures copyright Max at  Revival Cars

I wanted as early a car as possible. In an ideal world I would have liked a 356- however not having 30K+ to spare limited that dream….. for the moment at least. The car was to be a long term restoration project, to tinker, drive and slowly restore. However after  driving it for a couple of weeks, trying to schedule in the scuttle repair, and other bits, partial respray and the winter nights drawing in, salt coming on the roads etc, I decided to get started with the renovation  but with the car off the road rather than trying to carry it out piece by piece.



Although from a distance it looks good, there are a couple of areas that require a look at from my purchase inspection are:

  • Scuttle:- complete replacement needed, I purchased the panel from Max at revival .
  • Front Latch: Lip gone completely , so new lip or full panel.
  • Heating: Bursch exhaust fitted with heater bypass. Brrrrrr in the British climate, so  heat exchangers need installing (None fitted) Heater Flaps need refurbinishing.
  • Paintwork: Average respray done at some point, needs a full paint job, roof very spotty . Paint original Slate Greyy 6601 and paint dash same colour.
  • Remove Aluminium trim from dash.
  • Fit Motolita Steering wheel and Porsche boss.
  • Seats: Source age appropriate seats with chrome side stays, and re-cover in black or red vinyl with basket weave inlay. All new door, parcel side panels.
  • Headliner: replace
  • Carpets: replace
  • Engine Bay: Paint engine tin, oil canister, oil filters.
  • New air and heater hoses all round.
  • Wheels: Repaint
  • Full engine service, oil, tappets, timing, balance carbs.
  • Brakes install dual circuit, new reservoir, new lines, new pads, refurbed callipers, line flush and new fluid.
  • Remove the immobiliser
  • Refurb instruments, new light coloured filters, clean chrome / replace chrome rings
  • Add in on a separate console Ammeter, Voltmeter, Cylinder Head temperature gauge  and clock.
  • install 3 Point rear seat belts
  • Fit a new Modern Radio, ideally DAB Blaupunkt Woodstock 53
  • Waxoyl or the like
  • New under-seal
I will no doubt find more as I proceed. Ha 🙂

The original specification for the car is pretty standard, Its a matching numbers car with a 4 speed box.

Model/ Year: 1965 /912                                               

Production Completion Date: 19.10.1965

Date of registration: 27.02.1966                               

Exterior Paint Colour / Code: Slate Grey / 6601

Optional Equipment: None Listed

Interior Material / Colours: Black Leatherette

So I am to take the car back to a rolling chassis, to bare metal wherever possible, and get a number of panels replaced professionally plus of course have a  paint job back to its original Slate Grey colour. If I could afford a new set of Fuchs with black centres I would get these as well, but I think I will have to wait for them at close to £1500-2000 a set.

This is going to be an expoloration, an adventure and a huge learning process over the next year or more, full of trials and tribulations but so far I am enjoying it, the research and the dismantling. As well as a record for me I hope the photos and experiences are of some help to fellow 912 owners. My thanks and appreciation goes to members of the fantastic 912UK Register , the US based, DDk, Porsche 912 Register and of course Dave Hillmans Restoration website and the fantastic resource of Der Whites Porsche Records. This is my first major renovation so I am sure there will be a few mistakes along the way. It will not be concourse, but will be as good as I can afford and achieve, with a few changes for modern life and my own desires.

My target………  well something like this, including red seats and trim, the images are from a couple of different cars, but you get the intention:-


Slate Grey (6604  or 6601)  red interior but with  black panel caps, probably a black dash too.



This is another car with the expensive steering wheel, nice peperpot carpets, dash should be black as should door caps , someone reliable told me that the red dash looks fantastic, but produces too much reflection and glare on the screen when you are driving.  I have an old dash pad which could be rejuvenated, I may cover this in red and the good one in black and just pop them on and see.  Seats look a little per stuffed………

Exceptionally well done seats. I would kill to know where they got the red basket weave from for the inserts.


Pepperpot carpet on the left and red on the right. I kind of like the pepper pot or black as a contrast, but not fully sure.



This picture Copyright European Collectibles      I have already purchased a Moto-Lita Thin Slot with Polished Porsche Billet Horn…….

Think these may be seat covers rather than custom upholstered, still look very nice though with the chrome brackets and the seat belt mount on the seat.

This shows the black caps to the door panels and “Upper Black” vinyl for the top half of the car. Headliner probably white / ivory. Later door pockets and of course 5 dial.

I hope you enjoy the site, contact me if I can help, or if you know of anything that can help me. I am for this to be a resource for anyone who works on Porsche 912’s , not to be a definitive website, but a useful reference point for those hard to find photographs which help you to say “aahhh so thats what it looks like- where it goes- should be- even shouldn’t be”
I humbly follow on documenting my experience with my 912 along the lines of Darryl.

David Bell