Thursday, August 10, 2006

1953 Porsche 550 Spyder

This must be the most original Porsche 550 in existence.

Notice the convertible top. The first thing any new owner would do is throw this away. And it still has the canvas bag for the spare tyre.

In the first photo you can see the lever jack on the right side of the passengers seat. The car weights only 1213lb and the 'cup' of the jack lifts the car from a 'nub' under each corner of the car.

In the second photo you can see why this is probably the only 550 with an original folding top.

The third photo shows some chassis tubing to the drivers left, so this might be the 550A model that used a spaceframe.

The final photo shows the engine compartment.

Thank you Malcolm for giving me a personal tour today of all the cars (and bicycles) in the collection. It was thrill!

Readers: stay tuned for more historic cars.



Peter Reynolds said...

Paul Foreman, from Rochester England, identifies the car as:
"non spaceframe 550rs"
Thanks Paul

Anonymous said...

This is probably 550-090
It is a high rail chassis, in fact a ladder type chassis with some additionnal reinforcement tubes, very different from the A spaceframe.
Greg Caron