1955-type Porsche 550RS Spyder replica  Chassis no. 0A655260
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1955-type Porsche 550RS Spyder replica Chassis no. 0A655260
Sold for CHF 43,650 (US$ 49,540) inc. premium
Lot Details
1955-type Porsche 550RS Spyder replica
Chassis no. 0A655260


  • The Porsche 550RS Spyder was a legend in its own lifetime. Outright victories on the Targa Florio, plus class wins on the Carrera Panamericana and at Le Mans, sealed the iconic status of the Stuttgart firm's first bespoke racing car, as did the fact that only 90 were built between October 1952 and June 1956.

    This isn't one of them. Instead this is a replica and therefore isn't expected to fetch somewhere north of £1 million, which has to be good news. However, it's a very tidy and well executed copy of the classic Spyder and is believed to originate from the USA, where there are a number of highly respected firms that build 'blueprinted' versions of the 550 Rennsport.

    This one sticks closely to historical accuracy, using a VW-sourced flat-four believed to displace 2,000cc– similar to the original Porsche, which initially featured a modified Volkswagen pushrod 1500 that developed 70bhp. This was soon replaced by a bespoke quad cam engine – the famous Ernst Fuhrmann-designed powerplant – that developed 110bhp at 6,200rpm. A dry weight of 590kg enabled it to hit 137mph. Later versions had up to 180bhp...

    This car shows 28,875km and although it has 911-style dials the rest of the minimalist cabin has a genuine period ambience, with a Nardi wood-rimmed steering wheel and delicate speedster-type bucket seats. Twin Weber carbs and braided engine hoses highlight the underbody attention to detail, while the accurately detailed GRP bodywork (rather than aluminium) is in superb condition, featuring the same front-mounted fuel filler and rear engine ventilation slats as the original.

    Ferry Porsche's philosophy of light weight, agile handling and good aerodynamics influenced the whole car, which was engineered by Wilhelm Hild with independent suspension and drum brakes all round, while the Spyder's four-speed manual was shared with the 356. Peter Baumberger had previously owned an exceptional original Porsche 550RS Spyder (acquired at our 2001 Monte Carlo auction) and felt this car offered an equally entertaining driving experience. It sticks closely to the original formula and is worthy of closer inspection.

    Although we understand the Baumberger Collection 550 Spyder was previously Swiss road registered, at the time of cataloguing no such document was available: bidders should check with us closer to the auction date.

Saleroom notices

  • We have not found the Swiss registration document for this motor car. We do have a copy of the old US title and have confirmed the car came to Switzerland in 1992, but no import proof is available. Bidders are advised that any import/export/registration formalities are their sole responsibility.