Painting time at the Mille Miglia

May 27th, 2015

1954MM - no351 copy

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The Mille Miglia was an annual race that took place between 1927 and 1957. It wasn’t until 1949 when the organizing committee developed a system to ensure the increased amount of entrants, now over 450, left the start line in an orderly manner. Each car was allocated a race number which corresponded to the time

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Parts under the hammer

May 26th, 2015

Quad cam fan shroud - 8600E

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Every now and then at automotive memorabilia auctions, there is a collection of car parts going under the hammer. Recently in Germany at Automobilia Auktion Ladenburg, there was a number of rare original Spyder parts up for auction. For some unknown reason, this auction house achieves great results with everything they sell. For instance, the

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Pimp my Spyder…

May 25th, 2015


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In the early racing days of the Porsche 550 prototypes, many of these cars ended up in South America for races like the Carrera Panamericana and the 1000km Buenos Aires race. Some of them made their way back to North America and some were lost down there like 550-02 which hasn’t been ‘officially’ seen after

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Autopulse manifolds – rare as hen’s teeth

May 24th, 2015


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A great cosmetic accessory to any Porsche 550 spyder is a pair of Autopulse fuel pumps. Every few weeks they appear on ebay as single pumps and once you get a couple and clean them up, you then have the problem of sourcing the extra parts like brackets and manifolds to join them together. The

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A new life for 550-0020

May 23rd, 2015


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In late 2014, I was contacted by a collector who was interested in buying a Porsche 550 Spyder and heard that 550-0020 was currently on the market for sale. I helped him as much as I could regarding the provenance I had on the car and a couple of weeks later he emailed me to

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Alloy Spyder buck to die for…

May 22nd, 2015


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A new addition to my model collection arrived today, a 1:6 scale model of a 550 Spyder buck laser cut out of aluminium to go with my 1:18 scale model buck of the same. It is a mother of a model measuring over half a metre long. The model comes as a flat pack where

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