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  Porsche 550 Spyder
1953 - 1956
Porsche 550 Spyder
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Specs
Metric   Imperial
 
General
Class Sports Car
Body 2 Door 2 Seat
Convertible
Layout Mid Engine
Rear Drive
Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Number Built 90 
Engine
Type Conventional
Details 4 cyl
Capacity
91 in3 
Max Power
110 bhp @rpm 
Max Torque
235 lb/ft @rpm 
Power to Weight
203 bhp/ton 
Torque to Weight
434 lbft/ton 
Specific Output 73 bhp/litre 
Compression 9.5:1 
Bore x Stroke
 
Fuel Cons
 
Emissions  
Performance
Top Speed
140 mph 
0 - 30 mph
 
0 - 60 mph
9.5 sec 
0 - 100 mph
 
0 - 124 mph
 
0 - 186 mph
 
30 - 70 mph
 
Standing qtr Mile
 
60 - 0 mph
 
0 - 100 - 0 mph
 
Ring Lap Time  
Lateral Accn  
Drag Cd  
Dimensions
Length
145.7 in 
Width
63.4 in 
Height
38.6 in 
Weight
1212 lbs 
Wheels (F/R)
 
Tyres (F/R)
 
Fuel Capacity
 
Pricing
New Price £n/a
Used Price £3000000 - £4000000

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Although designed primarily as a race car, the 550 Spyder was road legal, as was the case with many sports racers of the era. Racing versions successfully competed in the Mille Miglia and Nuburgring races of the 1950s.

The mid mounted, air cooled 4 cylinder engine output a mere 110hp, but weighed in at just 550kg, and so had a decent 200hp/ton power to weight ratio (for the time). Top speed was a modest 140mph.

The ultra low aluminium body stood under 1 metre high, and was sparsely trimmed, even for a race car.

Just 90 were built in total, the most famous being the 'Little Bastard' liveried 550 in which movie star James Dean was killed in 1955. Auction prices are astronomical, with the most original examples fetching well over 4million!


Ratings
 
Performance4/10
Handling7/10
Looks8/10
Features4/10
Quality8/10
Costs2/10
Desire10/10
Eco5/10
Practicality3/10
Sound6/10
Overall Rating
57%
Ranks 935 of 1123
Money No Object
61%
Ranks 881 of 1123
Bargain Rating
14%
Ranks 926 of 1123

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Maserati A6 GCS

(1953 - 1955)


Mercedes 300SL Gullwing

(1954 - 1957)


Jaguar XKSS

(1957 - 1957)
 


Ferrari 375 MM Sport Spec...

(1955 - )

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