1959 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder
This little 718 RSK is the ultimate in 1950s racing roadster chic. That is part of the reason this 1,270-pound flyweight earned $2,600-per-pound.
The 550 is perhaps better-known, and certainly easier to build yourself via replica kits, but this 718 RSK is perhaps Porsche’s first real track-ready road car.
Just looking at its five-speed manual and 148-horsepower top-line specs shows how advanced this car was in 1959.
Tech Specs c/o Gooding & Company
Twin Weber 46 IDM Carburetors
148 BHP at 8,000 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Finned Alloy Drum Brakes
Independent Trailing-Arm Front Suspension with Coil-Over Shock Absorbers
Independent Double-Wishbone Rear Suspension with Coil-Over Shock Absorbers
Car Highlights c/o Gooding & Company
One of Only 35 Porsche 718 RSKs Built
Widely Considered to Be the Most Beautiful Spyder Model
Period Racing History at Courtland, Cuba, Nassau, and Riverside
Matching-Numbers, Original-Bodied Example
Outstanding History with Impressive Provenance
Exceptional Show-Quality Restoration
Documented by Noted Porsche Historian Jürgen Barth
Eligible for Premier Historic Races, Driving Events, and Concours
One of the Most Correct and Original RSKs in Existence
The car is delicate and amazing in person, with so few angles and panel gaps that my Nikon had great difficulty finding a line to auto-focus onto while snapping these images!
— This exact car actually sold by Gooding in 2013 as well, but for about $150,000 less.
— Could the 718 RSK look any more flawless? Only a few racing number stickers might enhance this exquisite car.
— But then again, the purity of the alloy panels is hard to beat in this light silver.