The end of a dynasty

July 6th, 2015

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550 events, 550 originals, 550 wish list

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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Porsche ABC GT Website

June 7th, 2015

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Well as you can see, my ambitious project of posting every day failed miserably, but not through lack of motivation or content, but purely lack of time! There is just not enough spare time in a day to do everything and unfortunately something had to give. My focus over the last week or so has

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The buck stops here

May 28th, 2015

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Recently I have heard of many people building their own alloy Spyders. Some are just hacks like me and others see themselves as true artisans when it comes to car building and fabrication. There are very few builders who I have the upmost respect for and I had the opportunity to meet one at the

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