Most observers considered the 1960 12 Hours of Sebring race a foregone conclusion for Stirling Moss and his “Birdcage” Maserati Tipo 61.

And Porsche came out of nowhere to prove them wrong.

The German marque had never managed to take home first overall at the endurance grand prix, with the likes of Jaguar, Ferrari and Maserati beating them in crucial races.

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However, the new Porsche RS-60, a version of the 718 open-cockpit racer first introduced in 1957, was ready to change racing history—though it was initially dismissed as a “pygmy car” compared to the long, languid Italians.

Porsche stunned the world by taking home the trophy at Sebring—and then doing it again at the Targa Florio the same year.

They sure racked some champagne in Stuttgart that day…

[via Sports Car Digest]