I mentioned Porsche’s giant-killing 908 in yesterday’s post on the Alfa Romeo T33/3, so I figured this would make a good follow-up. This isn’t quite the 908/3 version that became the road-race killer, but its forebear the 908/2, the one that really started to cement the cars’ reputation.

The 908 came to be because the FIA changed the maximum allowable engine size for Group 6 cars to 3.0L for the 1968 season, partially due to the dominance of the stomping Fords. The joke was on them, as it turned out, because they neglected to close a GT40, Lola T70, and 917 sized loophole. In any case, it gave Porsche an excuse to give the 907 a bigger engine and compete for overall wins, so that’s more or less what they did at first, developing the car along the way. The engine was good for around 350hp initially. The 1968 season was largely unsuccessful for the 908/1, though it did eke out a win at the Nurburgring 1000k. The /2 variant as shown here came about in 1969, losing an amazing 220lbs over the original longtail coupe. Despite some DNFs and losses in the opening rounds, all came good at the BOAC 500 at Brands Hatch, with 908s sweeping the podium. This car, in fact, was the 3rd place finisher in the hands of Gerhard Mitter and Udo Schutz. 908s would also win Monza, the Targa Florio, Spa, and the Nurburgring 1000 (again), clinching the Championship for Makes for Porsche, doing the work the 917 was meant for. The 908LH also very nearly won Le Mans that year, with the epic battle between Porsche’s Hans Hermann and Jacky Ickx in the Gulf GT40 being one for the ages.

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As the 917 was unleashed in 1969, the 908 was thought to be obsolete rather quickly, but with the 917's well known handling issues at first, most Porsche pilots preferred the proven little 908 until the 917K came along. Its career would run well into the 70's, lent new life with the 934 and 935's turbo flat sixes fitted.

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This model is 1:43 in metal by Italian company Best, an older casting but a great one. It’s part of an amazing haul courtesy of Jobjoris, and was not the only 908 in that box...

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Damn, it’s hard to shoot white cars! The background book is Porsche Racing Cars by Bill Oursler. That’s it for Car Week Day 2 for me, looking forward to tomorrow’s mind blowing content!