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RSK 718 Spyder

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 include:

  • 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 the factory.

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 Florio 1959-60

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!

 

 
 

Technical Information (Space frame)

Chassis Fully triangulated Tubular space frame
Bodywork ISO fiberglass panels
Suspension Front dual wishbone
Suspension Rear Dual Wishbone
Brakes  
Dampers Quantum
Engine Subaru Boxer or VW boxer engine
Engine Location Mid , longitudinally mounted
Aspiration Naturally Aspirated
Cooling  
Gearbox 5 sped Audi Casing or Beetle Box
Drive Rear wheel drive
 
 

Technical Information (Beetle Based)

Chassis  VW based
Bodywork ISO fiberglass panels
Suspension Front  VW suspension
Suspension Rear  VW rear
Brakes  
Dampers Quantum
Engine VW Air Cooled engine
Engine Location Mid , longitudinally mounted
Aspiration Naturally Aspirated
Cooling  
Gearbox Beetle Box
Drive Rear wheel drive
 
 

 

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