Porsche 912 ~ 1965-1969
This was essentially a 911 bodyshell fitted with the simpler four-cylinder, 1.6-litre engine from the last-of-the-line 356SC, which produced a modest 90bhp. As you’d expect the performance was reduced but still respectable for the period – 0-60mph took 11.6 seconds and the top speed was 115mph.
However, a happy side-effect of the smaller engine was that the 912 was some 130kg lighter than the 911, and because the weight-saving was at the back, the car was actually more balanced, thus making it handle better than the often tail-happy 911.
The 912 made a brief reappear in 1976 in the North American market, where it was known as the 912E.