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The Porsche Book Your Coffee Table Deserves

The book your coffee table deserves.

It's been quite a while since the Porsche 912 was considered merely a poor cousin to the 911. 

Built by the legendary German marque between 1965 and 1969 on the 911 chassis, it was designed to be their entry level model, with a four cylinder engine derived from the 365 good for 90 SAE horsepower at 5800 rpm.

A new book from Germany's Delius Klasing finally sets the record straight and shows the 912 to be an iconic sports coupé in its own right. 

Porsche 912: 50 Years by Jürgen Lewandowski looks at what became one of Porsche's most successful models, outselling the faster and more expensive 911.

About 32,000 vehicles were built in all, with the added benefit for collectors of preserving so many beautiful first generation 911 bodies. 

Apart from the Porsche 912 Coupé (1965 to 1969) the stunning book also examines the Porsche 912 Targa, built from 1966 to 1969.

Less well-known, but all the more intriguing, is the story of the Porsche 912E, built in 1976 for the U.S. market, and of which only 2,099 examples exist.

A lot of the classic 911s you spot on the road or at shows are in fact 912s, and with the model now being embraced by the likes of Magnus Walker, values are starting to climb.

So buy the book by all means – but only to tide you over until you've saved up enough for a 912.