Porsche 718 RS 61 LM Coupé (1961)
Premiere: 1961 April 9, Le Mans test
The story of the 718 coupé began in 1960 when a customer ordered a one-off design from Karosserie Wendler, the same company that built the 550 and 718 bodies for Porsche. The car was built on the Porsche 550 chassis. Front-end design came from the 718 Spyder. The roof and the rear end were unique creations by Wendler.
For the Le Mans 24h race in June 1961, Porsche created two 718 RS 61 Coupés. They shared the side view silhouette of the Wendler coupé and the rear end of the 718 Spyder, but the front design was original to the car.
|#32||718-045||1.6-litre flat-4 Fuhrmann 4-cam|
|#30||718-046||1.7-litre flat-4 Fuhrmann 4-cam|
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.
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