Porsche 718 & 804 – An Adventure into Formula One During the 1.5 Liter Era


Fodisch, Nesshover, Behrndt


An Adventure into Formula One During the 1.5 Liter Era

The 1961 season was the first year of the new 1.5 liter regulations in Formula 1. Out of all the German car manufacturers, only Porsche had the determination and the capability to enter this new class.
In the beginning, a Porsche Spyder was converted to a monoposto, called a Type 718, which was relatively successful. By 1962 Porsche had constructed four examples of its 804, racing three of them. The engine, chassis, and brakes were all individually crafted making the car perhaps the last real Silver Arrow. Dan Gurney gave the car its only wins, at the French Grand Prix at Reims and the non-championship Solitude Grand Prix, in Germany.

Wonderful, previously unpublished photographs, vivid recollections from the people who built and raced the cars, and complete statistics all combine to deliver a comprehensive overview of Porsche’s short but successful history in Formula 1. This book will surely fill a major gap in any Porsche collection. It is written by the same author team responsible for the hugely popular and equally in-depth Porsche 917—The Heroes, the Victories, the Myth.