1961 Porsche RS 61 Sports Racing Spyder / 718-070 Chassis Information

1961 Porsche RS 61 photograph

1961 Porsche RS 61 photograph

1961 Porsche RS 61 photograph

1961 Porsche RS 61 photograph

1961 Porsche RS 61 photograph

1961 Porsche RS 61 photograph

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Sports Racing Spyder
Coachwork: Wendler
Chassis #: 718-070
Engine # P90505
Sold for $1,705,000 at 2010 Gooding and Company : The Amelia Island Auction.
Sold for $2,976,391 (£1,905,500) at 2015 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale.
This RS61 Spyder was one of the last four-cam Spyders produced. It has an extensive racing pedigree and an impressive list of previous owners. The car was constructed by Porsche in the winter of 1960 and first appeared in the hands of Bob Holbert of Pennsylvania. His business, Holbert's Garage, became one of the first authorized Porsche dealerships in the country and his racing career with the company, which began in 1957, saw him capture four SCCA National Championships and a podium finish at Le Mans. Holbert's racing efforts, along with the financial support of Bernie Weil, helped establish the Porsche mystique in North America.

The first recorded race for 718-070 was the Daytona SCCA National that took place in February. Holbert drove the car to a 1st in class in the 2000cc category. The next race for the car was the Governor's Cup that April. It would finish First in Class, repeating its success at Daytona. The result at the President's Cup three-hour race was impressive, with Holbert finishing First in Class and 4th overall.

By May of 1961, Holbert was driving 718-044, the factory-prepared RS61 that Stirling Moss had raced at the Targa Florio in Sicily earlier that year. This led him to sell 718-070 to East Coast driver, 'Gentleman Tom' Payne. Payne continued to race the car in many East Coast events like the Wisconsin Grand Prix, Thompson Nationals, 500 Sprints in Atlanta, and the Cumberland Nationals.

At the close of the 1961 season, the car was sold to Millard Ripley who won 1st overall at Watkins Glen in June of that year.

The car would have a tremendous racing career, earning 13 wins and 20 podium finishes in SCCA National Competition.

After the conclusion of the 1963 season, the car was retired for just a few years. Near the close of the 1960s, the car was given a restoration and prepared for vintage racing.

In 2010, this Porsche RS61 was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company Auction held in Amelia Island, Florida. The car was expected to sell for $1,200,000 - $1,500,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $1,705,000, inclusive of buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2010

2015 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale

Sale Price :
$2,976,391 (£1,905,500.00)

2010 Gooding and Company : The Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$1,200,000-$1,500,000 
Sale Price :
$1,705,000

2015 1
2014 1
2010 1
2007 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2015$2,976,391$2,976,3911
2014$2,750,000$2,750,0001
2010$1,705,000$1,705,0001
2007$880,000$880,0001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1961 sales)
1961 Porsche RS-61 Spyder Sports-Racing Two-Seater
Chassis#: 718-070
Sold for $2,976,391
  2015 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
1961 Porsche RS 61 image  1961 Porsche RS 61 image  
1961 Porsche 718 RS 61 Spyder
Chassis#: 718-066
Sold for $2,750,000
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1961 Porsche RS 61 image  1961 Porsche RS 61 image  
1961 Porsche RS61
Chassis#: 718-070
Sold for $1,705,000
  2010 Gooding and Company : The Amelia Island Auction
1961 Porsche RS 61 image  1961 Porsche RS 61 image  
1961 Porsche RS 61 Sports Racing Spyder
Chassis#: 718-076
Sold for $880,000
  2007 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
1961 Porsche RS 61 image  1961 Porsche RS 61 image  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Porsche RS 611961 Sports Racing Spyder
Coachbuilder: Wendler
Chassis Num: 718-070
Engine Num: P90505


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