One of the most impressive showings by the little Porsches occurred later that year at the Reims 12-hour event in France. For such a limited number of 90 prototype and customer builds, the 550 Spyder was always in a winning position, usually finishing in the top three results in its class. It was campaigned as a works entry by Porsche in 1958 in four world championship races. Most of the 550As were sold from new to privateer racers. To extract every ounce of power, the forged crank spun on roller bearings. The Porsche 550 was a very successful car that showcased the capabilities and creativity of Porsche. It had a large bore and a small stroke.
Since it's been fully restored, the car has seen just 600 more miles added to its odometer. This is an opportunity not to be missed. It incorporated a series of significant changes, including a tubular space frame to replace the ladder frame for increased structural rigidity, a 5-speed transmission to replace the previous 4-speed unit, and 15-inch wheels with wider offset that stood in place of the 16-inch wheels, thus providing both a lower center of gravity as well as an increased contact patch area. Each Spyder was individually designed and customised to be raced and although from the pits it was difficult to identify the sometimes six 550s in the race, the aid of colouring tail spears along the rear wheel fenders, enabled the teams to see their cars. Once Vogel moved on from the 550A Spyder, it wound up being shipped to a Connecticut Porsche dealer and racer. So when I tell you that I am very impressed by the contents of your website, it is just not English politeness. Porsche turned his sights onto the grueling but prestigious 24 Hours of LeMans endurance race.
Unofficially, the same rule makers would cheerfully confess they kept the Porsche 550s out to give other makes a chance The 550a that came about in 1956 was not just a mere evolution of the preceding model, but more a revolution. A lone entry was painted white and sent down to Sicily, accompanied by two mechanics, to be driven by Huschke von Hanstein. The original two 550's were prepared for the Carrera Panamerica race in 1953. Compact and intricate, this Dr. This in turn made the suspension, complete with a newly designed low pivot swing axle in back, work much more efficiently now that the mounting points were rock solid.
The show car had a few luxurious that were void on the other racers, such as a full windshield with wipers, seating for two, convertible top, and the convenience of a lockable glove-box. One of the most impressive showings by the little Porsches occurred later that year at the Reims 12-hour event in France. The legendary Wolfgang Von Trips and Umberto Maglioli attained a class win, crossing the line 4th overall. The Targa Florio in 1956 would see the first outright victory for the 550a. All the while rigidity was massively increased compared to the ladder frame of old.
The Porsche 550 was a very successful car that showcased the capabilities and creativity of Porsche. Afterword's the vehicle was retried from contemporary racing, with Muzzin taking ownership. The rear suspension was now comprised of trailing arms instead of the 550's swing axles. Throughout the years to come, new Porsches were created that were bigger, better, and faster, and continued the tradition on the racing circuits of this historic pedigree. Early Spyders employed a ladder frame for its proven design and rugged simplicity, but with Porsche opening its new dedicated competition shop, limited resources were no longer a concern. It would remain in California, including a period of ownership of Warren Eads around 1989 , until being exported to Europe in 1991. Piecing the whole unit together was said to have taken at least 120 hours with 8 of those spent just perfecting the timing.
He was known to drive his racecar without shoes, and at his last race in Germany was seen running practice sessions in a Beatles wig instead of a race helmet. The same two cars then went on to victory at the Carrera Panamericana in Mexico! Competition records indicate that Muzzin would continue to compete in 550A-0145 through 1962 under the Willies Downtown Porsche Service banner before the car was eventually sold to an owner in California, circa 1967. The following year 550-04, outfitted with the Fuhrmann quad-cam engine, was entered into the Carrera Panamerica race where it finished third overall and first in class. Chassis 550A-0145 is the second-to-last 550A built. But when launched at the 1953 Paris Salon, the model had much about it than being a mere weapons-grade on-track warrior. Once Vogel moved on from the 550A Spyder, it wound up being shipped to a Connecticut Porsche dealer and racer. The most easily spotted of which is the rear engine cover, which lost its rear hinges and instead was simply lifted off the frame all in an attempt to save weight.
Ready for the absolute top vintage racing and road rallies or race events across the world, 550A-0145 is one of the finest Spyders in existence owing to on track success and preservation of the original factory specification. It was designated the 550A. Chassis: 550A-0145 Believed to be the penultimate 550A produced, this example was a works car used for four events during the 1958 season. It achieved a class win at the Nürburgring and at Goodwood. He recorded an average speed of 218. The 550 was very low to the ground, in order to be efficient for racing.
As a result of its later 1958 production, the Porsche benefits from all of the upgrades received by the final cars. The combination was enough to gain Glockler the 1100 cc Sports Car Championship. Ernest Fuhrmann-designed air-cooled flat four that combined gear and shaft driven double overhead cams, roller bearing crankshaft, twin ignition, dry sump lubrication — and which, to the cognoscenti, was already approaching legendary status. This one will be no exception. About a decade and a half later, Werkman sold 550A-0145 to Warren Eads of California. Congratulations on an excellent website.
To make it viable for mass production, and a commercial success, this design was changed to a rear-engine configuration with a monocoque chassis. Cars with high numbers assigned such as 351, raced in the 1000 mile Mille Miglia, where the number represented the start time of 3. Instead of using the overhead valve configuration of the 356's, he went with an overhead camshaft design where each set of two cylinders had two overhead camshafts driven by shafts. This proved to be a good move, for the car won a 1,000-kilometer endurance race at Nurburgring and finishing first at the Targa Florio! Near the close of 1954, the vehicles were ready. Originally driven by Austrian Ernst Vogel no, not the Ernst Vogel who Indiana Jones punched out of a Zeppelin for lack of a ticket , this very 550A Spyder achieved three racing wins during its first year of operation. Eads sold the car to German collector Burkhad von Schenk, who would keep the car for more than 10 years, before selling it to Italian collector, Bruno Ferracin. These improvements, along with countless other modifications, kept the Spyder at the head of the ' small sports car class ' up to 1500 cc throughout the fifties.
Most importantly, however, dual overhead cams sit atop both sides of the 4-cylinder boxer block. The first Porsche 550, outfitted with a Roadster body, had its racing debut at the Eiffel Races at Nurburging. Also original to the car is gearbox 690035. Most of his successes occurred within non-championship events, with the highlight being a 2nd place finish at the 1963 Rome Grand Prix. It is currently finished i nits number 32 livery from the 1958 24 Hours of LeMans. The Targa Florio in 1956 would see the first outright victory for the 550a. Quite possibly the mightiest achievement was a 5th overall, 2nd in class placement at the Le Mans 24 hours.