Porsche 908 Spyder
Posted 27 February 2007 - 15:22
I have one question
Wich is te real denomination of this Porsche Spyder, 908/1 or 908/2?
Last week I was eating with the pilot Juan Fernandez, s of the photo, and he was saying to myself that his car was bought in Brands Hacth of 1969, and the denomination was a 908/1. Since this way it consists in his historical files.
But I see that it appears in many lists as 908/2. Some consulted sources, they say that 908/2 is the Flunder.
Can someone help me to identify correctly to this car?
Pic. 6 H Jarama 1970 / Juan Fernandez - Jo Siffert
Thanks a lot
Posted 27 February 2007 - 16:11
Posted 27 February 2007 - 16:28
Flunder was 908/2
and 908/3 is the squarer/cut off tail version.
At least that is how we described the Fly car (slot car) models of them (which included both cars in your photo)!
Posted 27 February 2007 - 16:54
I think that this car ("Tergal") was sold to a Brazilian in 1971, the same car of the Hollywod Team.
Can anyone confirm that ?
Posted 27 February 2007 - 19:29
Posted 27 February 2007 - 19:40
The 1969 car was 908.
The 1970 car was 908-2. It had smoother bodywork from fender to fender, which is the easiest way to tell them apart visually. Since it was 908-2, that retroactively made the original series 908-1. It also was nicknamed "Flounder" (not Flunder) but this was, I do not think, ever an official designation.
Also in 1970 there were a number of 908-3 cars made. These were the very small, minimal bodywork cars with the driver's feet ahead of the front wheel line. They were designed specifically for use at the Nurburgring and the Targa Florio.
Porsche experts, please elaborate and/or correct!
Posted 27 February 2007 - 20:12
The 908/3's were never designed for night time racing but your man Juan Fernandez was entered in the 1973 Le Mans race in a /3 neatly converted by Scuderia Montjuich and sponsored by Toblerone (don't ask...). The car was very effective finishing 5th O/A .
Fernandez returned to La Sarthe in 1974 with the same car under the "Ecurie Tibidabo" banner, devoid of chocolate sponsorship it succumbed to a broken gearbox. That same year Jean Rondeau had a low-key Le Mans finishing 19th in a five year old 908, greater things were to come...
Posted 27 February 2007 - 20:56
Posted 27 February 2007 - 21:51
"The 908/01 refers to the 908 coupes mentioned above, whereas the first 908 spyder was the 908/02. The confusion may be caused by two reasons. First, early prototypes of the 908/02 spyder were named "908/01 Sebring". These prototypes can be recognized by the kurzheck coupe-like air intakes on both sides, which disappaired from the final 908/02. Second, some 908 coupes (908/01's) were converted to spyders by the factory, and so became 908/02's."
This is my understanding of this matter.