Award-winning Porsche 550RS Spyder Under the Hammer
Bonhams, one of the foremost purveyors of classic cars at auction, has a bit of a treat coming up for sale at the Goodwood Revival Sale which takes place on September 10th in Chichester. With an estimated price of £4.7 million to £6.2 million, this 1956 Porsche 55RS Spyder is not only utterly original, it is also beautifully preserved and in stunning condition.
Bonhams states that this 550RS Spyder is so original, that you could travel back in time 60 years and find it in much the same condition. It’s exactly how a 550 would have looked, smelt and felt like when James Dean famously purchased his back in 1955. Dean’s was perhaps the most famous of the 550s; he called his car the ‘Little Bastard’.
Chassis number 550 0090 has been well looked after throughout its life. It has even won the FIVA award for originality at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2010 – the perfect Porsche. It’s likely to be one of a handful of the remaining 550s (of which just 90 were produced) remaining in original condition.
Back in the 1950s the 550RS Spyder competed in a range of motorsport events, including rallies and international sports car races. In the 1954 Mille Miglia, Hans Herrmann won his class and took sixth overall, and subsequently came third overall in the 1954 Carrera Pan America. He beat 73 cars with bigger engines to achieve this. The 550RS didn’t qualify as a production sportscar in America, however, owing to the tiny production run according to the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA).
Allegedly, the governing body subsequently admitted to keeping to the Porsche out to give other marques a chance – such was the 550’s ability. In a straight line it could hit 137mph and hit 60 in under 10 seconds, whilst the handling was widely praised.
Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale takes place in Chichester, West Sussex, on 10 September 2016. If your pockets are deep enough, visit www.bonhams.com/departments/MOT-CAR/ for more information.