1957 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder Wall Art by Alfred Newbury
Victories in motorsport are critical to the commercial success of many manufacturers.
During the late 1950s and early 1960s, the saying "race on Sunday, sell on Monday" was never more accurate than for Porsche.
The mid-engined Porsche Spyders were still striving to establish a foothold in the United States, and they went to the track in the hands of factory-supported racers and privateers alike, vying for the coveted top spot on the podium with Ferrari, Aston Martin, Jaguar, and Maserati.
Triumph was the objective for many a weekend, and victory would only add to the brand's attractiveness among spectators, resulting in more sales and greater exposure of the Porsche brand.
Porsche required victory in order to develop a footing in the United States.
Unlike other manufacturers of highly tuned racing cars, Porsche's engineers used a lightweight chassis and powertrain with a streamlined aluminium body to deliver excellent handling, braking, fuel efficiency, and tire wear, as well as faster acceleration.
The 550 swiftly racked up overall victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Mille Miglia, and the Nürburgring 1000 thanks to this formula.
Porsche's dominance on race circuits throughout the world would only grow with the introduction of the 550A, 550/1500 RS, and RSK in 1957.
The RS 61, like the RS 60 before it, proved to be the pinnacle of the Spyder platform's evolution.
These cars, which were still known as the Type 718, used a tubular space frame similar to the 1959 RSK, but they had a four-inch longer wheelbase.
Due to tighter FIA standards, these cars were substantially different from earlier Porsche Spyders, the most noticeable of which were the installation of a larger windscreen, an increase in cockpit size, and capacity for the FIA-required bag.
Nonetheless, Porsche's Spyders and those who raced them were able to make the most of the FIA's rules, winning the 1960 12 Hours of Sebring and the Targa Florio.
The upper brass at Porsche clearly saw no reason to change what worked, so manufacture of the Type 718 cars continued until 1961, although they were renamed RS 61.
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1957 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder Wall Art
Printed on Museum Grade Velvet Fine Art Paper.
Size: 13" x 19"
Signed by Alfred Newbury.