The 718 Spyder was the natural evolution of the more famous 550, being built by Porsche between 1957 and 1962 in small numbers. It was moderately successful in its racing career and was quite advanced for its day, with fully-independent suspension on all corners, four disk brakes and a low-mounted 1.5-liter flat-four engine that at first pushed out under 150hp, but was gradually improved over the years.
RM Auction has announced that an RS version of the 718 (with 178 hp), built in 1961, will be going under the hammer close to the middle of this month. It’s one of just fourteen RS models built that year and it has been expertly restored using only original parts – they say it’s even “ready for track action…”
However, since the car itself is so rare, and a Porsche racer and restored the proper way, it is pretty darn expensive and is expected to fetch between $2.8 - $3.2 (€2 - €2.4) million.
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By Andrei Nedelea