The Porsche 718 is a series of one- or two-seat sports-racing cars built
by Porsche from 1957 to 1962. An open-wheel single-seat model was
developed for Formula racing.
The 718 was a development of the successful Porsche 550A with
improvements made to the body work and suspension. The car's full name
is 718 RSK, where "RS" stands for RennSport (sports-racing) and the "K"
reflects the shape of the car's revised torsion-bar suspension. It had a
mid-engined layout and used the 142 horsepower (106 kW) 1.5-litre Type
547/3 quad-cam engine introduced in the 550A.
The 718 made its racing debut at the 1957 24 Hours of Le Mans driven by
Umberto Maglioli and Edgar Barth. The car failed to finish the race due
to an accident. In 1958,
the car finished first in class and third overall at Le Mans guided by
Jean Behra and Hans Herrmann. Jean Behra also brought one of the cars
home second at the Targa Florio. In 1959, the car, driven by Edgar Barth
and Wolfgang Seidel, claimed overall victory at the Targa Florio. A 718
also won the European Hill Climb Championship in both 1958 and 1959.
In 1961 Masten Gregory and Bob Holbert piloted a 718/4 RS Spyder
to a class win at Le Mans
This diecast model is from deAgostini, it was sourced from Warwick &
Warwick auctioneers in January 2020