1959 Porsche 718 RSK Race Car

Looking to improve on the massively successful 550, Porsche developed the 718 to follow the winning formula laid down by the previous car. The 718 RSK was an immediate success, and just like the 550, was a winner from the beginning, taking its class at the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans. Chassis 718-024, the example shown here, is "Lucybelle III", driven in the 1959 Le Mans by American driver Ed Hugus. The traditional American racing colors of white and blue along with the name of Hugus' business partner's wife make this 718 RSK special. The was sold on and raced in SCCA and USAC events during the 1960s before eventually receiving a top-shelf restoration by Mark Allins' Rare Drive, Inc. The car goes to auction at Gooding & Co.'s Pebble Beach event this summer.

Photos: Gooding & Co.

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