An incredibly rare 1959 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder sold for a whopping $2,232,500 on Friday 14 August at Bonhams Quail Motorcar Auction.
Porsche’s 718 RSK Spyder was the culmination of years of competition spyders by Porsche. Each step along the way was more successful than the one before as Porsche refined its approach to small displacement performance.
This was the Typ 114 with a mid-mounted 1,493cc dual overhead camshaft 72-degree V10 with shaft drive to the overhead cams and 4-wheel torsion bar sprung independent suspension with parallel trailing arms at the front and swing axles at the rear.
A Typ 114 prototype was never built but the concept lingered in the Porsche design bureau’s library of promising technical ideas.
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It was succeeded by the 1948 Typ 356, numbered according to the succession of Porsche design projects – which had been only 60 barely a decade earlier when it was the design number for the KdF-Wagen – which brought the Porsche sports car into reality.
VW-based, it took some inspiration from Piero Dusio’s success with his production racing cars, the D46, and sports cars, the brilliantly styled 202, based on production FIAT components.
The champion racer is one of only 34 examples ever built and was ordered new by noted New Jersey motorsport enthusiast, Bernie Vihl.
Porsche 718 RSK – Giant Killer
It was extensively campaigned by legendary Porsche driver Bob Holbert at numerous SCCA and international events, securing multiple wins, including the 1959 Bahamas Speed Week, where the ‘Giant Killer’ – as it was known – stormed to first place in the debut Governors Trophy race.
After nearly half a century under the ownership of its third keeper, the Spyder will remain in the US following an intense bidding session at the Bonhams sale on Friday 14 August.