The 550 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.
The Porsche 550 Spyder became an active
participant around the European and US
circuit between 1953 and as late as 1965
starting in over 370 races. With
approximately 95 overall wins along with
an additional 75 class wins, the Spyder
dominated against more powerful cars not
even in its class.
Perhaps the most famous of the first 90
Porsche 550's built was
James Dean's "Little Bastard"
numbered 130 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
The 550 Replica
Our 550 replica took over a year to
complete prior to going into production.
From the start of the project the idea
"to keep it simple" was strictly
followed yet to try and maintain the
original cars feel and sporting
The 550 recreation is a tubular chassis
with a mid mounted air cooled engine
folloing the footsteps of the original