The 550 Spyder was Porsche’s first car designed and intended specifically for racing, inspired by the 356 Spyder. Introduced at the 1953 Paris Motor Show, the 550 would go on to compete in international races such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, La Carrera Panamericana, and the Targa Florio, where it gave Porsche its first overall win in a major race in 1956.
For a purpose-built race car, the 550 proved quite formidable with its lightweight chassis, low center of gravity, and keen handling courtesy of its mid-engine layout. Porsche would later do a limited production run of 90 units for its customers, one of which would land into the hands of James Dean, who infamously died in a car crash in his 550 in 1955.
With a wicked combination of sports-car good looks, power, handling, and trademark Porsche solidity, the 550 will always be one of Porsche’s greatest cars ever produced. This is demonstrated in the collector market where rare original examples are sold for almost $4 million today. For the plebians among us who cannot afford an original, a replica will have to do, and one built by Vintage Spyders is currently on offer on Ebay. With only 1,400 miles on this recreation and a built 2.1L engine producing 140 hp, this little beast will run like a scalded cat…but look good doing it. It’s finished in classic silver with red leather interior and period-correct tires and racing numbers. It can be had for a Buy It Now price of $36,000.
Model: 550 Spyder replica
Engine: 2.1L flat 4-cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 1,400 miles
Price: $36,000 Buy it now
THIS IS IT, THE BEST OF THE BEST! TRULY THE BEST BUILT SPYDER IN EXISTENCE! BUILT NEW BY VINTAGE SPYDER WITH EVERY PERIOD CORRECT OPTION AVAILABLE.
ONLY 1400 MILES ON THE FASTEST MOTOR (2109 CC) EVER PUT IN A 550 RE-CREATION.
WITHOUT SPENDING OVER $2,000,000 THIS IS THE CLOSET YOU CAN GET TO OWNING A BEAUTIFUL PORSCHE 550 SPYDER.
PLEASE COMPARE THIS VEHICLE TO OTHERS ON THE MARKET AND YOU WILL IMMEDIATELY NOTICE THE DIFFERENCE. THE 2109 CC MOTOR MAKES THIS VEHICLE EXTREMELY FAST AND IT HANDLES PERFECTLY AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS. YOU WILL BE THE STAR OF THE SHOW WHEREVER YOU GO AND PEOPLE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TELL IF IT REAL OR A RE-CREATION.
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 into Donald Turnupseed’s 1950 Ford Custom at the CA Rt. 46/41 Cholame Junction on September 30, 1955.
As Dean was finishing up Giant’s filming in September, 1955, he suddenly traded in his 356 Porsche Super Speedster at Competition Motors for a new 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder on September 21st and immediately entered the upcoming Salinas Road Race event scheduled for October 1 and 2.
THIS VEHICLE WAS BUILT BY THE WORLD FAMOUS VINTAGE SPYDER!
DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE NUMEROUS SPYDER RECREATORS IN THE MARKET, IF YOU WANT THE BEST LOOK NO FURTHER. IN OUR PROFESSIONAL OPINION THERE ARE ONLY 2 “REAL” MAKERS OF A CORRECT REPLICA OF THE 550 SPYDER (VINTAGE AND BECK). THIS VINTAGE SPYDER HAS IT ALL AND IN BUILT TO FACTORY SPECS.
ENGINE SPECS: UNDER 1400 MILES!
2109CC (TURN KEY) ENGINE (140 HORSEPOWER)
BLUE PRINTED- DYNO TESTED!
76X94 UNIVERSAL SUPER CASE, WELDED #3
76MM FORGED CHROMOLY CRANKSHAFT
FORGED CHROMOLY UNI-TECH CONNECTING RODS
FORGED CHROMOLY LIGHT WEIGHT FLYWHEEL
MANTON CHROMOLY PUSH RODS .035 WALL THICKNESS
94MM MAHLE PISTON/CYLINDER KIT
#2246 CAMSHAFT 308 DURATION X 410 LIFT AT CAM
RATIO ROCKER ARMSW/SWIVEL FEET ADJUSTERS
HARDENED ROCKER SHAFTS
BILLET DISTRIBUTOR CLAMP
044 HEADS 40X35.5 STAINLESS STEEL VALVES
SINGLE HI-REV SPRINGS, CHROMOLY RETAINERS
STAGE 1 KENNEDY PRESSURE PLATE W/200MM DAYCON DISC
BOSCH 009 DISTRIBUTOR W/BOSCH BLUE COIL
DUAL 44 IDF WEBBER CARB KIT WITH CB HEXBAR LINKAGE
DOGHOUSE FAN SHROUD W/ BOSCH ALTERNATOR
26MM KEYED OIL PUMP
DEGREED CRANK PULLY
CHROMOLY 8MM HEAD STUDS
94MM TEFLON WRIST PIN BUTTONS
STANDARD FUEL PUMP
CORRECT GUAGES (ALL WORKING)
FLAT 4 BANJO STEERING WHEEL (IVORY) W/ WORKING HORN
PERIOD CORRECT PREFESSIONAL PAINTED WHEELS
BRAND NEW P1RELLI P400 TOURING TIRES
PERIOD CORRECT WINDSHIELD (NEW) WIPERS INCLUDED
CORRECT FONT RACING NUMBERS
PERIOD CORRECT DUAL MIRRORS (PAINTED) $130 EACH
LEATHER ENGINE STRAPS $100 EACH
REAR HEAD REST $175
RACING EMBLEM $75
PLUS MUCH MUCH MORE.
THERE ARE NO SURPRISES WITH THIS VEHICLE WHATSOEVER, IF YOU WANT THE BEST LOOK NO FURTHER. THIS VEHICLE IS PERFECT FOR ANY COLLECTOR OR ANYONE NEEDED EXTRA ATTENTION.