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  Article 718-046 Specifications  
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Country of origin:Germany
Produced in:1962
Numbers built:1
Internal name:718
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:January 24, 2016
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Chassis: 718-046
One of the works 718 RS racers, this example was fitted with a slippery Coupe body specifically for the 1961 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Fitted with a 1.7-litre of the flat four engine, it was raced by works drivers Jo Bonnier and Dan Gurney. It retired with engine issues in the closing stages of the race. For the 1962 season, it was fitted with a two-litre, flat eight, based on Porsche's new F1 engine. In this guise, the newly renamed 718 GTR was loaned to Count Volpi's Serenissima racing team for the Targa Florio. For this occasion, Bonnier was joined by local specialist Nino Vaccarella and they finished third overall and first in class. The unique 718 GTR was then entered for the Nürburgring 1000 km where Gurney and Bonnier started third on the grid. Their charge ended early due to gearbox issues. Now partenering with Carlo Mario Abate, Bonnier took an overall victory with the car in the 1963 Targa Florio. Later that year, the seasoned machine was raced at the Nürburgring and Le Mans. On both occasions, an accident brought about an early retirement. Retained by Porsche, the one-off 718 GTR is today part of the museum collection.

Chassis details
Manufactured in 1961
First owner Porsche System
Major wins
1963 Targa Florio (Jo Bonnier / Carlo Mario Abate)
Last known location Porsche Museum

Porsche 718 GTR

  Article 718-046 Specifications