One of Porsche’s most significant and beautifully-designed, open race cars, the RSK evolved from the marque’s highly-successful 550 Spyder series. The RSK racing program served Porsche well in the late 1950s, repeatedly seizing class wins at Le Mans, Targa Florio, and the European Hill Climb Championship.
One of 37 built, this RSK was delivered new to the Miami-based sports car enthusiast Roy Schechter, who first raced the car that same year in Cuba at the 4 Hours of Alamar where it finished in fourth place. From that point on, this extraordinary, privateer racer was positioned for greatness. At the Courtland Sports Car Races, Schechter and his RSK took home a significant overall win, beating both Jim Hall’s Maserati 450 S and E.D. Martin’s Ferrari Monza.
Soon after, the RSK participated in the Nassau Speed Week in the Bahamas, racing in the Governor’s Trophy, Porsche Trophy and the Nassau Trophy. Since its retirement in 1960, it has been restored and inspected by Porsche Historian Jürgen Barth, who appreciated its rare, overall originality, early racing history, and matching-numbers engine. A rarity indeed, the RSK’s estimate is $2,800,000 - $3,200,000.
Part of the Gooding & Company Auction in Scottsdale in January, 2013
Source: Gooding & Company
Photo Credit: All images copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company. Photos by Mike Maez.