Left-hand drive 1966 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder Replica Coachwork by GP Spyders Registration no. FRL 771D Engine no. P89978
Porsche's first successful competition cars were lightweight developments of its first road car, the 356, one of which took class honours at Le Mans in 1951. A succession of purpose-built sports-racers followed. Introduced in 1958, the 718 RSK featured a lightened and stiffened version of the preceding 550A's spaceframe chassis and completely redesigned front suspension. Lower and more aerodynamically efficient than its predecessor, the 718 RSK was updated with double wishbone rear suspension for 1959 before evolving into the closely related RS60 and RS61 models. In an illustrious career, the 718 RSK and its derivatives took countless class victories in international sports car racing and won the European Hill Climb Championship and the 1963 Targa Florio outright.
As is often the case with rare and exotic racing sports cars, ownership of genuine examples of the Porsche 718 RSK Spyder is restricted to only a handful of the wealthiest enthusiasts, a situation that - inevitably - has resulted in demand being satisfied by the replica-building industry. Construction of this RSK replica began with the previous owner's purchase of a left-hand drive 1966 Volkswagen Beetle in 1984 but was not completed until earlier this year by the vendor, an enthusiastic and experienced VW technician and restorer. The previous owner had had the floor pan professionally shortened, and then fitted the GP Spyders RSK glassfibre bodyshell before abandoning the project, which remained in his garage for the next 24 years.
Most importantly, this RSK is fitted with a 1961 Porsche 356B 1600S engine producing 75bhp, while other noteworthy features include period-correct drum brakes and wheels, RSK 4-into-1 performance exhaust, new wiring loom, tonneau cover, alloy fuel tank and racing-style fuel filler. The interior is fully trimmed and carpeted, boasting period-correct seats with 5-point harnesses, white-on-black VDO gauges (as per the original), wood-rim steering wheel, vinyl trimmed luggage area and period 'Globetrotters' luggage. Professionally executed, the re-spray included six coats of lacquer to produce an impressively deep shine. Only 150 miles have been covered since the rebuild's completion in July 2013 and this professionally constructed RSK replica is presented in commensurately good condition. Ready to use and enjoy, the car is offered with sundry build invoices, current road fund licence, Mot to July 2014 and Swansea V5.