As of this writing, you have 15 hours to win a 1969 Porsche 912 valued at around $150,000. However, it’s not just any 912. This one is all-electric. The 912’s platform is perfect for electric conversion, especially considering it doesn’t need a driveshaft to connect the motor with the wheels. This is modern hot rodding at its finest. Here’s what you’ll be getting for free. Hurry up, as the contest closes by midnight on Sept. 30.
1969 Porsche 912: then vs. now
The 912 was bred in 1965 as a replacement for the 356’s imminent departure. It shared the same body and chassis as the 911 but used a pushrod flat-four with low compression. In original trim, the 1969 Porsche 912 made 102 horsepower, had torsion suspension, and got to 60 mph in 11.4 seconds. However, the flat-four was obsolete by then. Otherwise he 912 exhibited vague instrumentation but handled as well or better than the 911.
The electric 1969 Porsche 912 hails from the Petersen collection. Modifications were done by a team at the Petersen Museum. The electrical work, however, was done by Zelectric, which specializes in converting VWs and Porsches into electric vehicles, based in San Diego, California.
The electric 912 gets to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, thanks to a 300-hp Tesla motor. It’s still rear-wheel-drive and has a range of 120 miles. The car has original paint and comes with Recaro seats, new lights, a USB charge port, and a Bluetooth stereo. It also has a MOMO steering wheel, Bilstein shocks, restored suspension and steering pieces, and new brakes. The interior keeps the classic style with modern accents, like the lightning bolt-pattern dashboard decoration. The seats blend in perfectly, as do the gauges.
Why give away this electric 1969 Porsche 912?
Although entering this competition requires no money, the hosting site Omaze allows contributions that multiply your number of entries. Those donations help fund Charities Aid Foundation America (CAF America). That grants some of the money back to the Petersen Automotive Museum. Donating will help the Petersen Automotive Museum conduct education programs for underserved communities, and develop new exhibitions.
Registering an electric swapped vehicle
California makes a lot of things difficult, but registering an electric vehicle is not one of them. The Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) must inspect it to be street legal, but it should be relatively straightforward. Since this Porsche has no emissions on it, the BAR will look for things like functioning turn indicators, brakes, headlights, and mirrors. All taxes and fees for this Porsche are covered.
Will it be a future classic?
The 1969 Porsche 912 is already a classic, sans electric drivetrain, and we all know how well Porsches appreciate. However, this will become a collector’s item especially considering its Petersen/Zelectric pedigree. It might get some flack for being an electric-powered classic Porsche. However, considering the low power rating that came in the original 912, the Tesla motor should be a welcome addition.