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    The League of Distinguished 912 Admirers

     Wonderbar brought up his memories of his first Porsche, a green 912 he bought in 1966 and how it began his obsession.

    My story is similar. It was September of 1967 and I was a week away from starting college. My Dad suggested I make myself useful by taking his 1959 190SL and finding a good trade-in deal on a new 912. He handed me the keys and off I went. Buying a new car when you're 18 is an eye-opening experience, even when it's for someone else, but I think I got my Dad a pretty good deal on a grey 912 that looked very much like this one.

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    My folks were out of town on a vacation in Big Sur when the car was ready, so I took delivery of it and drove it down the coast from San Francisco. I was amazed by the handling and by little details I found inside and the crispness of everything from steering to switches. 

    I was doing about 100 or so north of Santa Cruz, barreling down a tunnel of cypress trees that lined Highway 1, when out between two trees came a farm tractor pulling a flatbed trailer piled with green-grey artichokes. I'd done enough fast driving by that age (the family's other car was a '65 Buick Gran Sport with a 401 under the hood) so I pretty much knew I was a dead man. No way, I thought as I stood on the brakes, no way.

    And then a funny thing happened. I stopped halfway to the tractor. Didn't lock up any wheels, just came to a nice neat stop.

    And that was the moment I had my epiphany of what great engineering and great design could be, what it could feel like and what it could let you do.

    The car stayed in the family for years and became mine 20 years later. And even after I moved on to much more powerful, more modern 911's I never forgot the surgical precision of that knife edge steering in such a light car.

    A great car and great memories.

     


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    Re: The League of Distinguished 912 Admirers

      I've always loved the 912 for all the reasons you mention.  Nice memories and nostalgia,  thanks for sharing with us.  


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    Re: The League of Distinguished 912 Admirers

    What a wonderful story. It's how every lifelong love affair should begin. Unforgettable moments in youth that shape the rest of one's life. Porsche - there is no substitute.
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    Re: The League of Distinguished 912 Admirers

    Great story. Smiley 


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     Thanks guys.

    Years later, I got to take the car to a DE with Brian Redman. In that 22 year old 912, I took second in the little autocross event and then did a few laps with Redman in the passenger seat. He said I had a nice smooth driving style and then, as we were getting out he patted the dashboard and said, "Cool car!"

    I wouldn't trade my current Carrera for one now and if I wanted it vintage car I'd find an early 911, but man it was fun to drive.


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    "When you design a car around the customer's wishes, you get cup holders. When you design a car around innovative thinking, you get a Porsche."


    Re: The League of Distinguished 912 Admirers

    Great story and hats off to your father having so much confidence in you.


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    Ferdie:

    Great story and hats off to your father having so much confidence in you.

     I hadn't yet grown my hair long at that point, so that may have helped. Smiley

     


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    "When you design a car around the customer's wishes, you get cup holders. When you design a car around innovative thinking, you get a Porsche."


     
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