Porsche 908/03 (1971 Targa Florio) | 1:43 Scale Model Car by Spark
- 1:43 scale (approximately four inches in length)
- Resin body, features no opening parts
- Fixed-position steering
- Comes with acrylic dust cover and display base
The Porsche 908/03 was a miracle of lightweight engineering. Purpose-built to win on the relentlessly twisty circuits of the Nurburgring and the Targa Florio, the 908/03 featured a plastic body that weighed less than 27 pounds, draped over a space frame weighing only 48 pounds. Though dominant in its two intended races during the 1970 World Sportscar Championship season, 1971 would prove more challenging, with the factory-backed entries of JW Automotive and Martini Racing all experiencing mechanical failures or serious crashes. Among them was the #8 908/03 of Vic Elford and Gerard Larrousse, which qualified fourth and was at times fastest car on course during the race, but would retire on the seventh lap with a broken suspension. Such is the grueling nature of old-fashioned open-road racing: even a team with the resources and experience of Porsche was not immune to sporadic calamity.
Fans of Porsche racing history will be intrigued by Spark's new 1:43-scale resin replica of the #8 Martini Racing 908/03. Presented in its clean silver finish with Martini's familiar red-and-blue livery, the model features a remarkably detailed racing cockpit, as well as accurate wheels, roll cage and numerous other intricate components. For model collectors who are not content to merely accumulate race-winning cars, the #8 Martini Racing Porsche 908/03 by Spark merits consideration.