Saturday, December 12, 2015

Porschev: 1966 Porsche 912 V8 Custom

The Porsche 912 was the skinny kid in high school, you know, the one who was ridiculed for being powered by a flat-4 and not a 911?  Imagine a world in which that skinny kid joined a gym, got addicted to anabolic steroids, and hit the gym everyday for a decade.  Now he is back and looking for a fight with all the cool kids.  Find this 1966 Porsche 912 V8 Custom here on eBay bidding for $18,200 with 1 day to go, located in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.

The story of the Porschev is long and complicated, but the seller explains it in detail in his ad here:  
This Porsche 912 was manufactured in 1966 where it was bought new a local-well-to-do.  The car however was stolen when near new in 1967 and stripped of its engine and a few other parts.  The car was purchased, less the engine, by famed endurance racer Dennis Aase.  Dennis was a very competitive driver in the 24 Hour of LeMans, IMSA, 24 Hour of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, Can-Am and many other series, as well as being a Toyota factory race car driver.  (Bruce Canepa, purveyor of all things important in racing and cars now looks after and actively races Aase's #98 Celica IMSA GTO car.)  After Dennis bought the car, he replaced the engine with a 911 motor, added 911S brakes and tranaxle components and took it racing with SCCA.  He placed 2nd overall in B-Production that year.  After the good season, Dennis was ready for a new ride.  Enter Rod Simpson.  Rod, a smart, savy car nut and racer, knew of the car and its race history and bought the car from Dennis.  Dennis decided he would like to keep his 911 motor though and sold it as a roller.  Being a young guy though who didn't quite have the funds to put (at the time) a brand new 911 or 912 motor back in the car, Rod decided that it made much more sense if he engineered a way to put a Chevy V8 in the back.  Rod spent the rest of the year designing, fabbing, testing and applying his one off parts to Chevy V8 motor.  After less than a year in 1968, the first "Porschev" was tearing up the streets and track.  What Rod unintentionally started though was a Porsche hot rodding revolution.  While the Porsche purists weeped softly at night, Rod was out running circles around them and starting a massive following.  So much of a following, that Rod found he had a business in creating kits for others to follow in his footsteps.


The TL;DR version is that a racer takes a Porsche 912 with a missing engine, turns it into a  911 powered racer, sells the car but pulls and engine to another racer who shoehorns a giant-slaying Chevy small block V8 into the back.  It is your standard Disney story of the kid who eats his Wheaties and becomes an Olympic athlete. 


Power the Porchev (is it Porsche-Chevy, or Poor-Chevy?) is a "Dart" 400 cubic inch small block that has been ported/polish/cammed/compressed to produce 600 horsepower, but only on a special fuel blend that is 10% tears of Porsche purists by volume. 


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14 comments:

  1. I was searching through the Thesaurus function trying to come up with a more socially appropriate way to say "fucking hideous" and failed. My apology for the crude language. I don't imagine the owner will be issuing an apology any time soon for this hideous eyesore?

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  2. So this is the original prototype of the Rod Simpson conversions?

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  3. Yup, that is the first RS deal...............SCARY cool

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  4. Would the SCCA really let you take a 912 and put a 911 engine in it and race it in B-Production?

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    1. No, but he hasn't tried to race it in B-production that I'm aware of. The guy he bought it from did, but no mention of the current owner doing it. (I've found that it sometimes helps to read an article twice when you think you've read something that makes no sense. But that's just me.)

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  5. Love it, totally outrageous and has to be just a blast to hoon around in! obviously not everybody's cup of tea based on the first comment but for this reason alone I would surely want to own this.

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    1. agreed. I'd tone down some of the outside, no need for the vanity plate and side panel letters, drive the hell out of it and probably figure out a less-deathly-to=knees cage setup.

      I can dig it.

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  6. That's a face only mama could love. No thought to make it even the slightest bit good.

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  7. A fool and his monet soon go their separate ways.

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  8. A fool and his monet soon go their separate ways.

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    1. You mean like this?

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/tukFnZj.jpg?1[/img]

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