The 1976 Porsche 912E was a one-year-only vehicle produced to be an alternative to the 911 enthusiast that wanted a cheaper and more simple vehicle. There are many stories of why Porsche did this, and basically, I don’t care why they did it! The minute I saw a 911 body with my most favorite engine from the factory, the type 4- I wanted one!
I have been a Porsche lover all my life, I got my first one at age 12 and from every perspective, I can honestly say that I feel the 912E is the best all around, daily driver Porsche that was ever built! The 912E is the perfect mix of vintage characteristics and modern styling. Even after 35 years, the 912E can cruise at modern speeds, just as any Porsche it was years ahead of its time in 1976.
After a 10 year
Jake’s 1976 912e
When I took possession of the car it needed engine
Shortly after I received the 912 I ripped the engine out and found a cylinder head to be melted from a serious combustion leak that the previous owner had mistaken as an exhaust leak. I ripped the engine apart and performed a bit of mechanical magic. It is my nature to attempt the most with the least so I ended up building my personal engine with all used parts except cam, lifters, gaskets
This engine turned out exceptionally and was used as a
The 912, being such an awesome driver is hard to stay out of, and soon I found my bus, and beetle parked for weeks while miles racked up on the 912! The car never required a single bit of unscheduled maintenance or a single repair during those 59,000 miles! Over the years the engine continued to gather miles, finally reaching 8 years of service and 160,000 miles with zero repairs needing to be made over that time.This is a true testament to the Type 4 engine, its reliability and the 912 in general. Follow the link below to the “High Mileage” post-mortem inspection of the 912E engine in my car. As of this web
These specs are for the “original” Raby Special engine that saw service from 2002-2010 and 160,000 miles. The “generation 2 engine” is in service now in 2012
- Engine- 2056cc “E” Type IV
- HP- 123@ 6000 rpm
- Tq- 135@ 3850 rpm
- Compression Ratio- 9.1:1
- Camshaft- RAT Custom, split duration and lift
- Lifters- Johnson
- Heads- 2.0 914, 44×36 valves, no port work
- Induction- SDS EFI
- Ignition- Direct fire, SDS EFI
- Cooling system- Stock Type 4, modified
- Exhaust- RAT Stainless steel
- Transaxle- Stock 923 5 speed
- Tires- 185/60/14
Special mods- None, 100% stock other than full instrumentation for the engine.
* Customer core engines are a requirement for all 912E applications, as the core parts for these engines simply do not exist! *
Read more here to see what a 160,000 mile Raby engine looks like after 8 years of pure abuse and neglect.