1959 Porsche 718 RSKThe Porsche 718 was raced by Porsche between 1957 and 1962. It was a development of the successful 550A with improvements to the bodywork and suspension. It earned the nickname 'RSK' due to its front frame resembling the letter K. It was initially a two-seater 1.5-liter sports car that was later adapted to compete in a number of different formulas. Due to regulation changes throughout the years, the car was updated and changed to comply with the new rules.
In 1957, Formula Two was reinstated as the Junior Formula to Formula One. The rules called for un-supercharged 1500cc engines with full envelope or open-wheeled cars eligible. Porsche achieved success with both G50s and RSKs. In 1959, at the request of several customers, Porsche built rear RSKs that could be switched from left-hand drive to center-steer.
The car had a mid-engine design and was powered by the Type 547/3 1.5-liter quad-cam engine developing 142 horsepower which was first introduced in the 550A. The 570 kg vehicle had a five-speed manual gearbox and a space-frame chassis.
The racing debut for the Porsche 718 was in 1957 at the 24 Hours of LeMans where it was piloted by Umberto Maglioli and Edgar Barth. Unfortunately, the car failed to finish the race due to an accident. It returned to LeMan a year later where it finished third overall and first in class. At the Targa Florio, jean Behra finished second and a year later, it was the overall winner at the race. A 718 also won the European Hill Climb Championship in 1958 and 1959.
By Daniel Vaughan | May 2011
It is rare to find, or even think of, a more evocative spyder design than that which would be produced by Porsche in the late 1950s. Many would consider the 356 and 550 striking, compact spyder designs. However, the 718, which would come online mid-w....[continue reading]
Chassis Num: 718-030
This rare Porsche represents one of only six RSK center-seat racing cars ever built. Based on input from factory race car drivers, Porsche made a decision to develop the RSK to compete in both Sports Car and Formula Two racing. To accomplish this, ....[continue reading]
Chassis Num: 718.007
718.007 was one of the two factory-built center-seat cars. It raced at Spa, the Targa, Nurburgring, Le Mans, Rheims, and Goodwood in 1959. The Type 718 RSK first appeared in 1957 as an extension of the 550. It featured the same form and wheelbase ....[continue reading]
Chassis Num: 718-028
In 1957, Formula Two was reinstated as the Junior Formula to Formula One. The rules called for unsupercharged 1500cc engines with full envelope or open-wheeled cars eligible. Porsche achieved success with both G50s and RSKs. In 1959, at the request o....[continue reading]
Chassis Num: 718/032
The Porsche 718 RSK was introduced in 1958 and soon became known as a giant killer often beating much larger engined Ferraris and Aston Martins. Its best result was at LeMans in 1958 with a 4th place finish. This car was especially built as a hill cl....[continue reading]
The Porsche RSK, with internal designation Type 718, replaced the 550A. They had streamlined Wendler coachwork which was more modern than its predecessor, with faired-in headlamps, and lower aerodynamic drag. Additionally, they had more power, an imp....[continue reading]
The RSK, was an updated version of Porsche's first true racecar, the 550A, which had repeatedly won its class at LeMans. While the RSK still used the 550's 1.5-liter engine from the 550A. It employed a revised suspension, which lowered the car's aero....[continue reading]
The original owner was Ed Hugus a race car driver of the 1950s. In the 1959 Le Mans race, Ed and co-driver Ray 'Ernie' Erikson were running first in class but retired after 20 hours with a broken crankshaft.....[continue reading]
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