The RSK (Type 718) was the
successor to the famous "James Dean" 550A 1500RS Spyder.
Only 33 were built in 1958/9. Its internal name is RSK
718/1500. The "RS" meaning "RennSport", the "K" denoting the
suspension, the "718" is the chassis type, and "1500" is the
engine size in cc. It was prepared for Formula 2 racing.
This particular car could
reach 155 mph on the track. Also produced was a 718
Bergspyder, a special version made to compete (and win)
hillclimbs (hence the name "Bergspyder"). Other developments
- 1959 -- The 1.5 L engine
was increased in size to 1.6 liters, and produced 148hp.
- 1960 -- RS60. The car
was heavily redesigned and badged RS60. Its wheelbase
was now 100mm longer and it carried larger wheels and
tires. 12 of these were built, 4 of which stayed with
From Le Mans to Sebring, the
Porsche 718 dominated the racing world throughout the
fifties and early sixties. This legendary car was driven by
the heroes of the day; Sterling Moss, Jean Behra, Von Trips,
Ken Miles, Dan Gurney, to name a few. These cars were
winning races throughout their years, even when up against
the larger 3-liter Ferraris! RSK/RS60 racers won the Targa
Almost looking like a
streamliner ready to conquer the Bonneville salt flats,
there are few cars of such dramatic proportions, even fewer
outside a race track. Drive a polished-aluminum Lotus 11, a
Lola T70 or Porsche 917 Longtail on the highway, the
impression couldn't be more striking!