Porsche 718 GTR (1962)

1963 Targa Florio winner


Premiere: 1962 May 6, Targa Florio

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Porsche 718 GTR for 1962 Targa Florio
© Porsche

The 718-046 chassis number of a 1961 718 RS 61 Coupé was used for a new car called 718 GTR in 1962. The 718-046 got a new front end with completely different front lid design, a wheelbase extension and was fitted with an 8-cylinder engine.

Porsche 718 GTR 8-cylinder flat engine
Flat 2-litre 8-cylinder engine © Porsche

The first race for it - the 1962 Targa Florio, the race with the longest course in the world! At that time the course was 72 km (45 miles) and it was lapped 10 times. There's a rumour that the car was painted red for 1962 Targa Florio in order to mislead the spectators. After the war, Germans were not in favour for every Italian citizen and this trick helped to minimize the risk that someone would throw a stone at a car in the race. Driven by Nino Vaccarella and Jo Bonnier, the GTR scored 3rd after two Ferrari Dinos.

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Porsche 718 GTR for 1962 Targa Florio
1962 Targa Florio 3rd place 718 GTR #108 of Bonnier/Vaccarella© Porsche

A few weeks later the car raced at the Nürburgring 1000 km race, but retired due to a transmission problem. The car was also registered for the 1962 Le Mans 24 race, but didn't participate. It stayed unused until the 1963 Targa Florio, which it won driven by Jo Bonnier and Carlo Maria Abate.

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1963 Targa Florio winner: 718 GTR, Jo Bonnier/Carlo Maria Abate. Note the black horns installed in the nose instead of the additional lamps. They were used to "clean" the road ahead. Also, note the completely different front lid design of the 8-cylinder 718-046 compared to the 4-cylinder 718-046© Porsche

Following the success at the 1963 Targa Florio, the car was raced at the 1963 Nürburgring 1000 km and the 1963 Le Mans 24h races, but retired both because of accidents. Later history of the 718-046 is unknown.


© James Herne / Stuttcars.com


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