On winding roads a nimble car is needed. The 908 with its 3-liter engine is the subject of successive variants that follow both the critical need of lightening for maintaining the lead over its competitors and the unceasing changes in the regulations.
The first 908's are coupes. In 1969 with the 908/02 Porsche gives up the closed cockpit. This very low spyder opens the period of extreme minimalism in the shape of the cars : the optimization of the aerodynamics leaves no place for an aesthetic initiative. These flat cars are even more spectacular with garish colors.
With a shorter chassis the 908/03 introduced in 1970 weighs no more than 500 Kg. It includes the ultimate subtlety of decentering the weights to the right side for a greater efficiency in the closed circuits of Nürburgring and Targa Florio. Vertical fins are added to the rear in 1971.
The 908 wins the 1000 Km Nürburgring every year from 1968 to 1971, breaking the record of 6H 54 obtained in the previous year by a Porsche 910. The progression rewards the efforts of the designers : 6H 34 by a 908 in 1968, 6H 11 by a 908/02 in 1969, 6H 05 by a 908/03 in 1970 and 5H 51 in 1971 by a 908/03 piloted by a private team.
Built as a prototype in January 1970, a 908/03 finished second in the same year at the 1000 Km Nürburgring. It then came back to the factory as a development car and received the rear fins. Restored in its configuration and pale yellow livery of the 1970 Nürburgring, it is estimated $ 3.5M for sale by RM Sotheby's in Monterey on August 19, lot 256. Please watch the video shared by the auction house.
SOLD for $ 3.6M including premium