1959 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder in 59 High-Res Photos

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!

Final thoughts:

— 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.

Tom Burkart is the founder and managing editor of Car-Revs-Daily.com, an innovative and rapidly-expanding automotive news magazine.

He holds a Journalism JBA degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Tom currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina with his two amazing dogs, Drake and Tank.

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