"I couldn't find the sports car of my dreams, so I built it myself"

- Ferdinand Porsche

Porsche 550 Facts

Manufacturer Porsche
Production 1953 – 1956
Predecessor 356
Successor 718
Class Sports car
Body style(s) Roadster
Layout RR layout
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Produced from 1953-1956, the Porsche 550 was designed for racing.

 

 

History

Inspired by the Porsche 356 which was created by Ferry Porsche, and some spyder prototypes built and raced by Walter Glöckler starting in 1951, the factory decided to build a car designed for use in auto racing.[1] In 1953 the Porsche 550 was introduced in the Paris Auto Show.[2] In order to be efficient for racing, the 550 was very low to the ground. In fact, former German Formula One racer, Hans Herrmann, drove it under closed railroad crossing gates during the 1954 Mille Miglia.

The Porsche 550 "Little Bastard", serial number 550-0055 is best known for being the car in which James Dean was killed on September 30, 1955.[3]

 

Motorsport

The Spyder or 550 / 1500RS became known as the "Giant Killer". The 550A, the later 1956 evolution version of the model, which had a more rigid and lighter spaceframe chassis, gave Porsche its first overall win in a major sports car racing event, the 1956 Targa Florio.

From 1957 onwards, Its successor the Porsche 718, was even more successful, scoring points in Formula One as late as 1963. The Porsche Boxster S 550 Spyder, is generally considered a descendant of the Porsche 550 ; the Spyder name was effectively resurrected with the RS Spyder Le Mans Prototype.

 

References

  1. Leffingwell, Randy (2002). Porsche Legends (Motorbooks Classic) . Osceola, WI: MBI Pub. Co. pp. 35. ISBN 0-7603-1364-4.
  2. "Porsche History - Milestones". Retrieved 2009-05-05.
  3. St. Antoine, Arthur. - "Interview: Dean Jeffries, Hollywood legend". - Motor Trend Magazine

 

 

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