Innovation to meet ever changing rules and regulations, as well as technology put Porsche in a position of domination in racing during the early 70's. The racing tradition at Porsche began a couple decades earlier and Porsche domination continued through much of the 80's. Porsche continues its racing tradition today, with new innovations and exciting cars built for one thing, speed.

To view other parts of our Porsche Racing collection take these links to the Porsche Racing & Prototype Cars of the 1950's & 60's, 1970's, 1980's to Present

Porsche Racing 1950's-1960's

1953 Porsche 550 Coupe: Jaroslav Juhan and Asturia Hall both of Chille drove Juhan's entry in the 1953 La Carrera Panamericana, which was the 7th Round of World Sportscar Championship. They failed to finish due to mechanical problems on the seventh stage of the race. Powered by 1.5L flat-four, producing 78 bhp. This car was ther first 550 Coupe built and was raced by Porsche at Le Mans in '53 where it finished 16th.
Model by TRUESCALE 1/43
1953 Porsche 550 Spyder: Perhaps one of the most significant Porsche racing cars and not just because it was the first time a Porsche appeared with racing sponsorship. Hans Herrmann drove this car to an astounding 3rd place and first in class at the 1954 Carrera Panamericana against stiff Ferrari competition. From this race the Carrera name was used on Porsche cars to this day.
1953 Porsche 550 Spyder: This car (#04) was raced by Porsche at the Carrera in 1953 by Hans Herrmann, but did not finish. It was subsequently raced at Sebring (10th) and the Mille Miglia (6th) before the '54 Carrera. It was raced for the next three years (including Sebring again - 11th) with success by various owners including Carl Hass, who raced it last. One of Hass' drivers to win with the car was Denise McCluggage.
Model by BRUMM 1/43

1953 Porsche 356 Super 1500: Driven by Guatemalan driver/owner Manffedo Lippmann in the 1953 Carrera Pan Americana, this 356 Super 1500 is powered by a 1.5L Flat-4 engine. The 356 in the early 50's became a favorite due to its superior aerodynamics, handling, and excellent build quality, a factor which made the 356 a solid choice for tough endurance events such as the Mille Miglia, Targa Florio and Carrera Pan Americana. Its durability was further hightened by a class win at Le Mans in 1951. Unfortunately, mechanical gremlins claimed Lippmann's chance to win the Carrera and he failed to finish.
Model by TSM Model 1/43
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster: It didn't take long for Porsche's first production vehicle to end up on race tracks. This is a typical period SCCA F production car. These cars are abundant today in vintage racing, although with "cheater" motors and much more than the 76 hp they left the factory with. This is James Dean's car from his first race at Palm Springs in 1955.
Model by DE AGOSTINI 1/43
1955 Porsche 550-1500RS: Zora Arcus-Duntov and Auguste Veuillet finished 13th at the 1955 Le Mans in this car (1st in Class). Powered by a 1498 cc, DOHC flat-4, 110 bhp, good for 124 mph, the car featured an aluminum body on tubular steel ladder frame.
Model by BRUMM 1/43

1956 Porsche 550A/4 RS Coupe: Entered by Porsche for the 1956 Le Mans and driven by Richard von Frankenberg and Wolfgang von Trips, this 550A/4 RS Coupe finished in 5th place behind the much larger engined Jaguars, Aston Martin and Ferrari in the first four positions.
Model by BRUMM 1/43
1956 Porsche 550A/1500 RS Spyder: From its debut at the Nurburgring 1,000km race where it took a class win, the 550A was a winning race car. Its most important victory was probably at the Targa Florio in 1956, where it dominated its Italian competition in the hands of driver Umberto Maglioli. Redesigned in 1956, the 550A was given a tubular space frame and a stronger 130 hp engine.
Model by MAISTO 1/18
1957 Porsche 550A/1500 RS Spyder: Before he went on to fame driving for the Cobra Team, Ken Miles was one of the most successful Porsche 550A drivers, winning numerous SCCA races in this car. It was a regualr feature on California tracks, sponsored by Precision Motor Cars of Beverly Hills. With its Fuhrmann four-cam 547 engine, these cars are capable of a top speed of 140 mph.

1957 Porsche 550 RS: Umberto Maglioli drove this 550 RS to 5th place overall and first in class at the 1957 Mille Miglia. Maglioli also drove the same car to a fourth place finish overall and another class win for Porsche in the Nurburgring 1000 Km race in 1957. The car also appeared at Le Mans that year, but failed to finish.
Model by METRO 1/43

1958 Porsche 718 RSK: Porsche entered three cars at Le Mans in 1958. Two of them, including this car, had engines bored out to 1.6L to contest the 2.0L class. They were successful with Jean Behra and Hans Hermann driving this car to a 3rd place finish and 1st in Class. They were as high as 2nd place until brake problems near the finish let the Aston Martin claim the position by two laps.
Model by METRO 1/43

1958 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder: Edgar Barth and Paul Frère drove this Porsche entry at Le Mans in 1958, finishing 4th overall and 1st in class. Powered by a 1.5L four-cylinder producing 142 bhp, mated to a 5-speed transmission, the aluminium bodied, space framed car was also available in 1.6L & 1.7L engine variants. These nimble racing cars lifted Porsche up from a class victory contender to a serious rival to racing greats.

1959 Porsche 718 RS 60 Spyder (SEBRING WINNER): Hans Herrmann and Olivier Gendebien drove this RS 60 (Chassis #042) entered by Jo Bonnier to victory at Sebring in 1960. The Brumos RS60 finished 2nd, making a 1-2 sweep for the smaller engined (1.6L) Porsche's ahead of the Ferrari 250's which occupied the next six places. Herrmann, Bonnier and Graham Hill drove this car to victory at the Targa Florio in 1960.

The 1960's: Porsche Steps Up!

1960 Porsche-Abarth Carerra GTL: Herbert Linge and Heini (Hans-Joachim) Walter drove this car to 10th place overall and 1st in class at Le Mans in 1960. The Le Mans race at the start of the decade would be the catalyst for Porsche to move out of the small displacement classes and to take its place of prominence at the top of the racing grid and the first outright Le Mans win a decade later. Zagato designed and produced the lightweight bodies for the Porsche-Abarth Carerra GTL, one of the loveliest GT's of the era.
Model by STARTER 1/43
1960 Porsche 718 RS 60: S. Gregor won the Gaisberg Hill Climb in Austria to help Porsche win the 1960 European Hill Climb Championship. The RS60 was built to the new regulations for sports cars and has a 1.6L engine that produces 160 hp. RS60's finished 1-2 at Sebring and first on the Targa Florio. These nimble racing cars lifted Porsche up from a class victory contender to a serious rival to racing greats.
Model by MINICHAMPS 1/43
1960 Porsche-Abarth Carerra GTL: This car (Chassis #1016) was driven by Edgar Barth and Paul Strale at Sebring to a 9th place finish and second in class at Sebring in 1962. They finished behind team mates Bob Holbert and Dan Gurney. Introduced in 1960, the aluminum bodied Carrera-Abarth GTL utilized a flat-four 1.6L engine, which produced 165 bhp and a top speed of 144 mph. The lightweight bodied were developed by Abarth, with a total of twenty cars being built between 1960-62. Strale bought the second prototype GTL and won his class twice at the Targa Florio.
Model by BEST 1/43
1960 Porsche 718/2 F2: Porsche developed the 718/2 from its 718 sportscar as Porsche eyed the 1.5 liter limit in F1 coming in 1961. They built five of the four-cylinder boxer engined 718/2 cars and with Stirling Moss, Jo Bonnier, Graham Hill, John Surtees and Hans Herrmann driving, had great success and won the F2 Constructors Championship. Moss won at Aintree and Zeltweg driving for Rob Walker, the only privateer sold a 718/2. For 1961, Porsche developed a eight-cylinder 1.5L engine for F1 and put it in the 718/2 chassis, named the 787. It was marginally faster than the 718/2 and not as successful.
Model by TRUESCALE 1/43

1962 Porsche 804: Porsche introduced the 804 for the '62 F1 season. An new car with a 1.5L flat-eight cylinder air-cooled engine capable of 180 bhp, Dan Gurney and Jo Bonnier drove for the team and Gurney won the French GP in its first race, the car's only F1 championship victory. The car did not handle as well, or have the power of the competition. Porsche with drew from F1 at the end of the season.
Model by TRUESCALE 1/43
1963 Porsche 718/8 W-RS: Edgar Barth and Herbert Linge drove to 8th place overall and 3rd in class at Le Mans in 1963. Powered by the same flat-eight cylinder engine of 2.0L, which produced 240 hp and Porsche used in F1, the 718/8 had a top speed of 161.5 mph. It was a contemporary of the Ferrari 250P and was primarily intended for endurance racing. This car also finished 3rd at the Nurburgring 1000 km race in 1963, with Graham Hill and Linge as pilots.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1964 Porsche 904 GTS: After his run at Le Mans with Jaguar was over and before he quit racing, Briggs Cuunningham campaigned this Porsche 904 GTS (Ch. #018) at Sebring in 1964, 1965 and 1966. He drove the 1965 in this livery with the great John Fitch and Bill Beckner, finishing in 20th place (4th in GT 2.0 Class) in a hotly contested class among other 904's. Brigg's drove the 904 in USRRC events at Laguna Seca, Riverside and Watkins Glen in 1965, always placing in the top ten. Cunningham finished 9th and 1st in class the year prior at Sebring, but failed to finish the 1966 race at Sebring , which according to my recrds was his final race as a driver.
Model by MINICHAMPS (modified) 1/43
1964 Porsche 904 GTS: Entered by Racing Team Holland for the 1964 Le Mans, where it finished 8th with Ben Pon and Henk van Zalinge. The 904 had a 1967 cc four-cam, flat four, rated at 180 bhp, and a 160 mph top speed. Produced 1965-65 it was the first Porsche to use a fibreglass body. The 904 marks also the beginning of a series of sports cars that culminated in the mighty Porsche 917.
Model by VITESSE 1/43

1964 Porsche 904 GTS: In my hometown, the Eyerly's were the first family of racing. Harry with his unbeatable Eyerly Special and Mike and his brother Larry who raced Porsche's (they were the local VW/Porsche dealer). This is a replica of the 904 Mike raced on West Coast tracks in 1964, before he went on to formula cars (Mike would race in the Tasman series in New Zealand with some success.) A local icon and hero, sadly now gone due to cancer. I need to change the number to 64, 54 was Harry's number.
Model by DEAUGUSTINI (modified) 1/43
1965 Porsche 911: Herbert Linge, Porsche factory director and test driver teamed up with Petere Falk to give Porsche its first major rally win on the 1965 Rallye Automobile de Monte Carlo, or the Monte. They finished 5th overall and 1st in class. Porsche would conquer the Monte, with 911 wins in 1968, 1969, 1970 & 1978.
Model by VITESSE 1/43
1966 Porsche 906/6 Carrera 6: Porsche entered their 2.0L 906/6 at Le Mans in 1966 into the midst of the Ford and Ferrari war. They came out ahead of Ferrari by claiming the four spots behind the Ford GT40's in the first three places. Three of the 906's were Langheck versions entered in the prototype class and finished 4th-6th. This car, driven by Günther Klass and Rolf Stommelen finished 7th overall and first in class.
Model by HIGH SPEED 1/43
1966 Porsche 906: Targa Florio winners in 1966 Willy Mairesse and Herbert Müller drove this semi-works entry by Scuderia Filipinetti. The Porsche 906 or Carrera 6 was the last street-legal racing car from Porsche. 65 were produced in 1966. This allowed the model to be homologated for racing in the FIA's new Group 4. The engine regularly fitted was the 2.0L 6-cylinder lightweight racing engine with 220 hp and capable of 170 mph. At the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 906's placed 4-5-6-7 behind three Ford GT40 Mk II's.
Model by EBBRO 1/43

1966 Porsche 906: Hans Herrmann and Herbert Linge drove the Porsche factory entry (Ch.#017) at Daytona in 1966. They finished 6th overall and 1st in the 2.0 Class in the 24 Hour race. Ford GT40 Mk II's dominated this race, with five GT40's occupying the top five positions, a lone Ferrari 365 P2 in 4th. Porsche reliability allowed the out-horse powered 906 to finish in the top ten at the first 24 hour race at Daytona. By 1968, Porsche would begin its endurance racing domination.
Model by KDW (modified) 1/43
1967 Porsche 910K: Porsche entered this 910 for Driven by Rolf Stommelen and Jochen Neerpasch at Le Mans in 1967, they finished 6th overall and 2nd in class behind the Porsche entered 907LH. The Porsche 910 was based on the Porsche 906, with the 910 being lighter and shorter. The cars used either the 2.0L 6-cylinder with 200 hp, or the 2.2L 8-cylinder with up to 270 hp. At Le Mans in 1967, the car used the six-cylinder engine which was the most reliiable of the two engines. The 910's did well on twisty circuits and won the Targa Florio , finishing 1-2-3 in 1967. The 910 was replaced by the larger engined 907.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1968 Porsche 907 (SEBRING WINNER): Using a larger 2.2L eight-cylinder engine producing 270hp, the 907 expanded on the success it had with a class win (2.0L) at Le Mans in 1967, following with success at Daytona (1-2-3) and Sebring (1-2), winning the Targa Florio and 2nd at Le Mans in 1968. Jo Siffert and Hans Hermann drove this car (Ch. #024) to victory at Sebring in 1968. The 907 was the first Porsche race car to be right-hand drive, as well as feature NASA developed cooling suits for the drivers. Replaced by the larger engined 908, the 907 continued to be raced by privateers in endurance races up until the early 70's, including a class win at Le Mans in 1972.
Model by MINICHAMPS 1/43
1968 Porsche 907 (TARGA FLORIO WINNER): Vic Elford and Umberto Maglioli teamed up to drive this Porsche entry to victory on the 1968 Targa Florio. Elford drove both the fastest practice and the fastest race lap during the event. The veteran Maglioli was a very capable team mate, holding onto the teams lead, despite a lenghty pit stop for a damaged tire. The pair won by 3 minutes in the 2.0L six-cylinder 907, which produced 220 bhp and helped Porsche secure the 1968 International Cup for GT Cars.
Model by SCHUCO 1/43

1968 Porsche 907 LH (DAYTONA WINNER): Vic Elford and Jochen Neerpasch were paired to co-drive the Daytona 24 hours. Neerspasch became ill and was replaced by Rolf Stommelen. Later, Jo Siffert and Hans Herrmann also drove a few laps so they could be a part of the winning entry as well. This 907 (Chassis #005) had the 2.2L flat-eight engine.
Model by SCHUCO 1/43
1968 Porsche 908 LH: Introduced in 1968, the 908 was originally a closed coupe body providing low drag for competiton in Group 6 Prototype-Sports Cars. The 908 was powered by a 3.0L Flat-8 engine, which produced 350 hp. From the beginning, the 908 proved to be very fast, and reliable. Jochen Neerpasch and Rolf Stommelen drove this car to 3rd place at Le Mans in 1968.
Model by SOLIDO 1/43
1968 Porsche 908 LH: Vic Elford and Gerhard Mitter drove this 908 (Chassis # 016) at Le Mans in 1968. They were disqualified in the 9th hour for changing an alternator, the pair being classified in 51st position at the finish. Elford had qualified the car 3rd on the grid and had the Le Mans official not discovered the Porsche mechanics secretive attempt at changing the part, they may have won.
Model by EBBRO 1/43
1968 Porsche 908 LH: With the 917 banned for FIA races, Porsche had no official entry at Le Mans in 1972. Reinhold Joest persuaded the factory to enter the 908 that was being restored in honor of the late Jo Siffert for the Porsche Museum, under the Siffert ATE Racing banner. Driven by Joest, Michel Weber and Mario Casoni at Le Mans in 1972, the trio brought the 908 (Ch. #013) home in third place. The 3.0L flat-eight powered car started out life as a factory race car, competing at Le Mans in 1968 with Stommelen and Neerspasch driving to a similar 3rd place finish.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1969 Porsche 908 LH: Hans Herrmann & Gérard Larrousse drove this Porsche 908 to second place at Le Mans in 1969, in the closest Le Mans finish, just losing to Jacky Ickx in a GT40 by about 394 feet. Both cars swapped the lead several times in the final hours, with the 908 developing brake problems. The 908 maintained Porsche's honor as the new 917's had all retired.
Model by EBBRO 1/43
1969 Porsche 908 LH: Vic Elford and Brian Redman drove this entry at the Daytona 24 Hours in 1969. They retired at half distance with oil pressure problems. Porsche could not repeat its previous year victory with the 907. All three 908's retired from the race, leaving the victory to Lola.
Model by SOLIDO 1/43
1969 Porsche 917 Salon: At the end of the 60's, the F.I.A. modified the regulations allowing 5-litre powered prototypes in Group 5. Porsche, which had been competing with it´s 904, 907, 908 and 910 models, decided to design and build a new prototype that would make the most of the new regulations. It would be called the 917.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1969 Porsche 917: Vic Elford & Richard Attwood failed to finish at Le Mans in 1969 driving the 917 in its first Le Mans. Retiring in the 22nd hour due to gearbox trouble, the 917 had led the race up until that point. Elford set fastest lap during the race, with an average of 145.4 mph. This race was a sign of good things to come for Porsche at Le Mans.
Model by EBBRO 1/43

1969 Porsche 911S: Gerrard Larrousse & Claude Perramond started at Reims for the 1969 Monte Carlo Rally - Rallye Monte Carlo. The finished second to the Porsche 911S of Björn Waldegård and Lars Helmer. This was a time when Porsche was fully involved in rallying and dominated Monte Carlo in the late 60's and early 70's.
Model by IXO 1/43
1969 Porsche 911S: In 1968, Peter Gregg entered the SCCA Trans Am series in the under 2.0 liter division. In 1969, he won six races during the series driving this car, to give Porsche the manufactures title in U2.0. He also won the SCCA's B Sedan National Championship.
Model by EBBRO (modified) 1/43
1969 Porsche 911R: Wolf in sheep's clothing? Looking much like a production car, but it weighed 500 lbs. less! Most R's had the 2.0L flat-six 901/22 engine from the Carrera 906, but a few of this very limited production car had the four-cam Type 901/21 engine, which produced 230 bhp, 20 bhp more than the 901/22 engined cars. The most important victory for the Porsche 911R was the win at the 1969 Tour de France .
Model by SPARK 1/43
1969 Porsche 909 Bergspyder: While Porsche had great success with the 910, 907 & 908, Ferrari's announcement of an all new race lightweight car, the 212E ( a car which never materialized), prompted Porsche to develop the 909. Powered by a 2.0L flat-eight engine producing 275 hp, the car was very light at 850 lbs. Raced twice in hillclimbs, Rolf Stommelen took 3rd at Gaisberg. The 909 was the basis for the 908/2.
Model by FDS

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