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The Porsche 718 was developed from the very successful Porsche 550A. Porsche were able to improve the bodywork and suspension and used the 142 horsepower quad-cam engine that was introduced in the 550A. The 718 made its racing debut at the 1957 24 Hour Le Mans, driven by Umberto Maglioli and Edgar Barth. In 1958 the Porsche finished first in class and third overall at Le Mans and in 1959 claimed overall victory at the Targa Florio. The 718 also won the European Hill Climb Championship in both 1958 and 1960. To add to the honours list, a 718/4 RS Spyder also took a class win at the 1961 Le Mans. The Spyder was notoriously successful and was able to compete with the likes of Jaguar, Aston Martin and Ferrari. The Porsche was a force in the racing world and became a legendary car driven by many of the great racing drivers. As a result of the strong racing heritage, the beautiful shape and fine lines, these very rare, low production built cars have been reproduced.
This stunning GP Spyder is based on a tax exempt VW Beetle chassis, running a 1600cc air-cooled VW engine. GP's RSK Spyder was only available in very limited numbers and the RSK features an advanced semi-space frame chassis designed for mid-mounted power. GP Spyder claims few other cars are so painstakingly crafted to reproduce the splendour of a golden age of racing. The GP RSK Spyder; classical beauty, performance engineering and impeccable quality in a package that represents exceptional value.
The car is an absolute delight to drive and has clearly had limited use since build. The running gear is in excellent order; the car is fantastic fun to drive and offers superb value for money. The bodywork and paintwork are of a superb standard, the interior tidy and well-presented. NTD 331C will be supplied with a full 12 months MOT, service and function check.