One of the most iconic cars ever produced, the Porsche 550A Spyder came to be nicknamed the Giant Killer during its racing heyday. Well, having placed on the podium at Le Mans, won its class at the Nurburgring 1000, and won various races across Europe, a super rare example of the 550 is set to go up for auction with Bonhams in the new year.
Very few cars in history have the pedigree of the Porsche 550A Spyder. With its highly tuned 1.5-liter twin-cam, flat-four engine and exceptionally nimble handling, the Giant Killer was a leading competitor in a variety of racing venues, including the world’s most-iconic endurance races, regularly beating Ferraris and Mercedes with motors twice as large.
With only 40 ever made, the 550A example on offer is not only incredibly rare, it’s also in nearly-original condition, having had little in repairs or replacements over the last 59 years. It’s in such good nick, Bonhams say ‘it’s one of the best original examples extant,’ adding; ‘Simply put, it’s among the most important cars of its kind in the world.’
The 550 Spyder’s aesthetic is well-known even among the most-casual sports-car fans. A first-generation model was famously driven by James Dean, and the famed actor died in his following a crash in California in 1955. The 550A was the second generation of Porsche’s mid-engine racer, and boasts a space-frame chassis instead of the previous ladder frame, as well as trailing-arm rear suspension instead of swing axles.
The 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder is set to go up for auction at Bonhams’ seventh annual Scottsdale auction at the Westin Kierland Resort in Arizona, USA on 18th January 2018, with bids expected to go well into seven figures. Head over to the Bonhams Website for more details.