Lot 286 - 1995 Porsche 550 Spyder Recreation by Beck
|Odometer reading||15,880 km|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £24,000|
|Result||Sold - £19,600|
The Porsche 550 Spyder was one of Porsche's first dedicated racing cars (since the 356 was first and foremost a street car), the 550 Spyder removed all doubt about what the small new German sports car company was all about. The success of the 550 in competition included a win at the 1956 Targa Florio which proved that the new company, which was just five years old when the 550 first appeared, was serious about motorsport. If that wasn't enough, it was catapulted to stardom when James Dean died at the wheel of his own 550 Spyder in September 1955. Consequently, the 550 is often replicated, and as is often the case, the quality varies widely from manufacturer to manufacturer.
We are delighted to offer one of the Porsche 550's produced by the highly respected Chuck Beck. The Beck recreations are considered the finest within the industry and capture the essence of the original 550 and combining it with robust modern mechanicals. It is a light and agile mid-engine racing car that can be best described as a four wheeled motorcycle with a no frills exciting ride. Built for a wealthy Japanese client, it has only covered 9,900 miles since it was completed in 1995. It is fitted with a standard VW (Brazilian) 1,910cc engine which certainly gives the car enough power to excite. This 550 was imported from Japan in 2014 and, importantly, it is correctly UK registered as a Beck 550 Spyder.
This exceptional recreation is finished in the colours of the James Dean car, in fact; the current meticulous owner was not happy with the interior scheme when he acquired the car and, although the leather was perfect, the colour was not so a re-trim in red now accurately replicates the Dean car. With the originals currently fetching into the millions, this 550 represents exceptional value, especially given the estimate.
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