2003 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder Replica  Chassis no. 1122529715 Engine no. AB813670
Lot 573
2003 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder Replica
Registration no. SNO 422K Chassis no. 1122529715 Engine no. AB813670
£ 16,000 - 18,000
US$ 21,000 - 23,000

Lot Details
2003 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder Replica  Chassis no. 1122529715 Engine no. AB813670 2003 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder Replica  Chassis no. 1122529715 Engine no. AB813670 2003 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder Replica  Chassis no. 1122529715 Engine no. AB813670 2003 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder Replica  Chassis no. 1122529715 Engine no. AB813670 2003 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder Replica  Chassis no. 1122529715 Engine no. AB813670 2003 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder Replica  Chassis no. 1122529715 Engine no. AB813670
2003 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder Replica
Registration no. SNO 422K
Chassis no. 1122529715
Engine no. AB813670

Footnotes

  • 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. The firm's first purpose-built sports-racer arrived two years later in the form of the 500 Spyder, which had been inspired by the 356-based, mid-engined prototype built and campaigned successfully by Porsche's Frankfurt distributor, Walter Glöckler. In 1954 the 550 Spyder gained the Ernst Führmann-designed Type 547 quad-cam, racing engine, which was carried over to the successor Type 550A (spaceframe) model and then the replacement 718 RSK Spyder. Introduced in 1958, the 718 RSK featured a lightened and stiffened version of the 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 718RSK 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. Built by Porsche Spyder specialist Rob Lindsay, this 718 RSK replica is powered by an air-cooled 2.2-litre Volkswagen engine incorporating a counterweighted long-stroke crankshaft; 'I'-beam con-rods; lightened and balanced flywheel with heavy-duty clutch plate; and a high-performance camshaft and followers. The engine breathes via twin carburettors and drives via an up-rated gearbox incorporating side pressure plates. Other noteworthy features include a front disc brake conversion (retaining the traditional 5-stud slotted steel wheels and hubs); large-bore full stainless-steel exhaust system with central single exit pipe; alloy fuel filler cap; luggage box under rear body section; and low Perspex screens as per the original racers. Boasting original Porsche badging including 'Wendler' coachbuilder's badges and 'Nürburgring' plaque on the driver's side, the car is appropriately finished in silver with red leather interior, the latter featuring a MotoLita wood-rim steering wheel; 4-point harnesses; mint green instrument dials; billet aluminium knobs/switches; and push button starter. Described as in generally excellent condition, this convincing 718 RSK replica is offered with sundry build invoices, current road fund licence, Mot to December 2010 and Swansea V5.
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