Thursday, August 21, 2014

10k: Camorshe: 1969 Porsche 912 Chevy V6 Swap

The Porsche 912 was introduced in 1965 as an entry level companion to the Porsche 911.  To save costs,  it used an updated version of the pushrod flat-4 type 616 engine from the Porsche 356 SC.  For years the little brother of the 911 was very affordable, but in the past decade the prices have shot up as saving fuel and driving slow has become cool.  If you prefer to not experience the thrill of trying to merge into modern traffic with 102 aircooled horsepower, perhaps you might consider this 1969 Porsche 912 Chevy V6 Swap currently bidding for $8,251 with a few hours to go on eBay, located in Las Vegas, NV.

Thankfully the builder of this car has left the exterior cosmetics alone and hasn't plastered some Chevy logo on the side or bolted on a giant whale tail.   The only clue that something strange might be going on is the remarkable noise that emanates from the twin tailpipes (the stock 912 only had a single exhaust outlet) and the large air scoop under the front bumper.

Pop the frunk and it is immediately clear that something major has been done to this 912 -- a large radiator is mounted at a jaunty angle and thick pipes run back to the rear of the vehicle under the chassis frame rails.

What at first glance might be mistaken for a Chevrolet V8 is, in fact, a V6 from an undisclosed donor vehicle putting out an unknown amount of horsepower.  Strange that the seller does not disclose the engine size or vintage, but this forces any serious bidders to pickup the phone and ask a few questions.  That is probably a good idea on any eBay motors auction you'd ever consider about bidding on.

See a better way to drive a 60s 911 for cheap?


  1. I would never chose a chevy v6. That has more to do with me being weird with odd taste than anything else. The Roadkill guys had a lot of fun with a v6 in a Datsun with a big turbo. I don't see how this could possibly be worse than a VW engine. 912s will never be as collectable as 911s, so there's no provenance to ruin. I'd drive the pants off it. Don't lift.

  2. "Done right and well put together.." Hummmm, that radiator hose looks well put together. I guess if it is a DD in Vegas, that radiator must be able to get some air through it.

    1. I was thinking a similar thought, I see where they have air coming into the frunk, but where does it go? Wouldn't there be a ton of lift on the front from that air rusing in low then pressing against the top of the frunk lid? I don't see anything on top of the rad to keep the air from going above it. These cars never had the most glued to the ground front ends to begin with I can't imagine this helps.

    2. Seems like the spare well would have to have been severely altered to create an airflow path, but you're right there's still a lot of flow that can go over/rather than through that radiator.

    3. It appears that the radiator vents under the car, so one can assume there's a fan on the bottom side of that radiator pulling air down.

      The problem, I think, is that all that hot airflow directly under the nose is going to make the front end lighter, and that big mass of Chevy out back is going to make the rear heavier, so if you're whipping down the road into a bend an 60, 70, 80 the nose is going to be really light and it's going to understeer right up until the polar moment of all that iron in the butt makes its presence known then...whoops!

  3. I'm sorry, but this is one car I'd stay the hell away from.

    A light early Porsche 901-body with a 400lb iron suppository?

    The airflow through the radiator's got nowhere to go up, I'm assuming he's got something in the pan for it to vent down.

    If that's the case, then I'm going to bet money this thing runs beautifully down to the supermarket and back, and that it's effin' dangerous as hell if you bend it into a corner at any kind of speed.

  4. I know it's too late, baby, now it's too late, but all that additional wiring is nasty, crappy, sloppy, and likely effed up. It makes me wonder what else has been screwed on this car.


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