Porsche 718 RS 61 LM Coupé (1961)

Premiere: 1961 April 9, Le Mans test

1961 Porsche 718 RS 61 Le Mans Coupé
This photo shows the first version which has less openings for cooling than the finished race cars© Porsche

For the Le Mans 24h race in June 1961, Porsche created two 718 RS 61 with coupé bodies:

Chassis #  Engine
#32  718-0451.6-litre flat-4 Fuhrmann 4-cam
#30  718-0461.7-litre flat-4 Fuhrmann 4-cam

Porsche 718 RS 61 coupe at 1961 Le Mans
1961 Le Mans, 718 RS 61 Coupé #32 (chassis 718-045) of Hans Herrmann/Edgar Barth before the start © unknown (please inform us if you know)
1961 Le Mans, Porsche 718 RS 61 Coupé #30
1961 Le Mans, 718 RS 61 Coupé #30 (chassis 718-046) of Jo Bonnier/Dan Gurney with headlamps covered up in order to keep them clean until the night arrives. Note the front lid design completely different to the regular 718 RSK/RS60/RS61. © unknown (please inform us if you know)
Porsche 718 RS 61 coupe #30 at 1961 Le Mans
1961 Le Mans 24h race, 718 RS 61 Coupé #30 in the pits© Triumph

While the #30 car of Jo Bonnier and Dan Gurney had to retire due to an engine problem, the #32 car of Hans Herrmann and Edgar Barth scored 7th overall. With a small 1.6-litre engine it was a result on its own after 3-litre Ferraris, a 3-litre Maserati and a 2-litre Porsche.

What happened to the 718-045 is unknown, but the 718-046 chassis number was used for a new car called 718 GTR in 1962.


© James Herne / Stuttcars.com


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