The 908 was an adapted version of the 907 – but altered to fit an all-new 3.0-liter boxer eight-cylinder engine.
We believe this is chassis 908-019 (or perhaps 908-011) – which is thought to be one of two surviving short-tail 908 Coupes outside the Porsche Museum. The 908K stands for short-tail, which was ideal for tighter tracks versus the long-tail for the Le Sarthe LeMans track itself.
This machine was a transition phase for the Porsche race crew. A rule change for 1969’s LeMans series led the Porsche factory works race team to develop the flat-12 and the 917, which then dominated LeMans until the mid-1970s after knocking the GT40 from its four-peat of race wins in 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969.
The 908 was still quite a promising machine, however, and continued to evolve into the 908/2 and 908/3 Spider — with early teething issues on the flat-8 being ironed out fully for impressive racing glory nearly every time it took to the track.
1968 Porsche 908 – Tech Specs
Mid, longitudinally mounted
alloy block and head
2,996 cc / 182.8 cu in
Bore / Stroke
85.0 mm (3.3 in) / 66.0 mm (2.6 in)
2 valves / cylinder, SOHC
Bosch Fuel Injection
350 bhp / 261 KW @ 8,500 rpm
117 bhp / liter
double wishbones, coil springs, hydraulic shock absorbers
upper and lower links, radius arms, coil springs, hydraulic shock absorbers
Dunlop-ATE discs, all-round
5 speed Manual
Rear wheel drive
600 kilo / 1,323 lbs
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r)
2,300 mm (90.6 in) / 1,486 mm (58.5 in) / 1,453 mm (57.2 in)
Power to weight
0.58 bhp / kg