Racing heritage at its finest.
In the 1950s and ‘60s, Porsche was making quite a name for itself on the track and that was translating into success in dealerships with their sports cars. Two of the more successful models were the RS 61, and the RS 60 – the pinnacle of performance for the Spyder platform that focused on weight, fuel efficiency, and acceleration.
This 1961 Porsche 718 RS 61 Spyder (Chassis no. 718-066) was one of just 14 that was built by Porsche for privateer racing and competed in the U.S. at the hands of the famous Bob Donner and Don Weste. The car had undergone a few modifications, received a new 1,700 Homer Worth engine, and even paint during its racing days. It accumulated 7th place overall finish and 2nd in-class at the 1961 12 Hours of Sebring, as well as numerous podium finishes at SCCA and USRRC events. After its racing career, it was purchased and restored to original factory condition. All of the non-RS parts were removed and replaced with factory-correct parts.
This 1961 Porsche 718 RS 61 Spyder was auctioned at RM Auctions Arizona in early 2014 and sold for an astonishing $2,750,000 due to its rarity and pedigree.