1960 Porsche 718 RS 60 Werks
Porsche’s competition spyders are an iconic form of exceptionally sophisticated engineering, with racing pedigree originating from legendary Type 550 of 1953 through to the Type 718 RSK.
The 550 introduced the world to the Type 547 dual overhead-cam flat-four engine - renamed to Carrera after dominating the Under 1,500 cc Class at the 1953 Carrera Panamericana road race.
In January 1960 Porsche introduced the final evolution of its Carrera-based racing spyder, the RS 60. Despite being officially classified as a Type 718, the RS 60 improved upon its direct predecessor with a wider cockpit, independent wishbone rear suspension, uprated brakes, and 15-inch wheels.
Eighteen RS 60 examples were built, 14 of which were sold to privateering customers. Porsche retained four cars for its works team. As Works-prepared cars, these four RS 60s were built with features unavailable on the customer cars including; separate left and right front torsion bars, integrated driving lamps and a flat-black dashboard mounted with an exposed fuse box.
The 718 pictured here has been piloted by legendary drivers such as Sir Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Dan Gurney, Jo Bonnier, Bob Holbert, and Hans Hermann. It’s raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 12 Hours of Sebring, Targa Florio, Nürburgring 1000 KM, and the Bahamas Speed Week
With such technical advances, the RS 60 proved to be the first Porsche capable of competing for outright wins against larger displacement classes.
Being offered for sale by RM Sotheby’s, its unlikely that another one will resurface for sale anytime soon. Of the other 3 original works cars; one resides in the Porsche Museum, another in the JSL Motorsport Collection, and the other Miles Collier Collections.
Read its detailed racing history hereon RM Sotheby’s site.
Images by Robin Adams ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's