Friday, August 11, 2017

Porsche 550 Spyder

The Porsche 550 was a racing sports car produced by Porsche from 1953-1956. The first three hand built prototypes came in a coupé with a removable hardtop. The first raced as a roadster at the Nurburgring Eifel Race in May 1953 winning its first race.
Perhaps the most famous of the first 90 Porsche 550's built was James Dean's "Little Bastard", numbered 130 (VIN 550-0055), which Dean fatally crashed on September 30, 1955.
The 550 Spyder enjoyed a storied career, with 90 examples being built. Of those 90 cars, 43 of them were built as non-race, “customer cars".

The 550 Spyder was powered by a flat-4 producing 110hp sent through a four-speed manual transmission.
The Porsche team raced the 550 with outstanding success.
In 2012 a 1955 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder sold for $3.685 million at Amelia Island setting a new record price. Advertised as "one of the most genuine 550s in existence" at least two bidders agreed. Pre-auction estimate for the 550 Spyder was $2.2-$2.6 million.
The 550 is among the most frequently reproduced classic automobiles.
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