The trilogy of 550s

July 22nd, 2015


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I have spent a number of years researching the relationship between three Porsche 550 Spyders, consisting of two prototypes 550-05 and 550-07 plus one Wendler built car 550-0043. The provenance of these cars have been under a lot of scrutiny and debate due to some conflicting information regarding the location of 550-05. It is not

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Two peas in a pod

July 14th, 2015

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A large part of researching and developing the provenance of a 550 is the ability to recognise the most minute details that differentiate one spyder from another. It might be as simple as the configuration of knobs on the dashboard of the cockpit, to the more challenging such as how far the fuel cap protrudes from the

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The end of a dynasty

July 6th, 2015

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There are not many Porsche collectors who have a fleet of 550 Spyders under their garage roof. Besides Jerry Seinfeld who also at one point owned three 550s including 550-03, the only other owner to date is Albert Westerman, founder of State of Art Clothing in the Netherlands. Mr Westerman owns 550-0045, 550-0076 and 550-0089,

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A wolf in sheep’s clothing

June 28th, 2015


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One of the early prototypes, 550-06, made its debut at the 1954 Brussels Auto Show. Compared to the earlier five 550s, Porsche had redesigned the body which would set a precedence for all future Spyder builds. Originally thought to be 550-07, 550-06 was the first of the Buckelwagens which had the wide, high rear deck

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Engine bay body pan

June 22nd, 2015


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I have seen a number of original 550s in the flesh and also studied thousands of photos of others, finding something new each time I look. I am always drawn to the detail of the cars and find them most fascinating, even down to the welds on the chassis which seem remarkably consistent. One body

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Rudge wheels on a 550

June 15th, 2015


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The Rudge Whitworth hub spinners originated back in the early 1900s when Whitworth Cycle Co rescued the ailing Rudge Cycle Co to form Rudge Whitworth Ltd. Rudge wheels were originally sold as an aftermarket fitment to quickly deal with frequent punctures due to tyre unreliability, and in the emerging sport of motor racing, it was

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