1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder Spyder / 550-04 Vehicle Information

1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder photograph

1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder photograph

1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder photograph

1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder photograph

1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder
Spyder
Chassis #: 550-04
The 550 Spyder, which took its name because it was the 550th design project undertaken by the Porsche company, made its international debut in October 1953 at the Paris Motor Show. The 550 Spyder was the first sports car specially designed by Porsche with racing in mind, and its successes through the years provided a foundation on which the frame of the Porsche marque spread around the world.

The frame of the 550 Spyder was assured in 1954 when, making its debut in the final year of the Carrera Panamericana, Hans Hermann drove the 550 Spyder to a class victory and a dramatic third-place overall finish directly behind Ferraris, cars with substantially larger and more powerful engines.

The car that Hans Hermann drove in the Mexican race was chassis 550-04 and was sold by the Porsche racing team to Robert H. Davis of Bloomington, Illinois for $6,000. Because racing team budgets were far from generous, it was common practice for them to sell their car after racing them. And just to get to the race, the Porsche Racing Department had enlisted the support of several sponsor companies, including Telefunken, a German electronics equipment maker, Castrol, the oil company, and Fletcher Aviation, a California company that acquired a license to develop the Porsche engines for use in aircraft and small, off-road vehicles. The car wore these corporate logos as it raced.

The 550-004 would go through several owners but eventually was re-acquired by Porsche and was completely restored for the Porsche Museum, which chose not only to show the car in its collection but wanted to register the car for participation in historical racing events so fans could see it again in action, not just as a static display.


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1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1955 sales)
1955 PORSCHE 550 SPIDER EVOCATION
Sold for USD$58,020
  2019 Coy's - London Classic
 
1955 Porsche 550 Spyder
Chassis#: 550-0053
Sold for USD$4,455,000
  2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
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1955 Porsche 550 Spyder
Chassis#: 550-0060
Sold for USD$5,335,000
  2016 Gooding & Company : The Amelia Island Auction
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1955 Porsche 550 Spyder by Wendler
Chassis#: 550-0068
Sold for USD$3,004,653
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Paris
 
1955 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder
Chassis#: 550-0077
Sold for USD$3,750,000
  2013 Mecum Auctions - Monterey
 
1955 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder
Chassis#: 550-0062
Sold for USD$3,685,000
  2012 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, Fl
 
1955 Porsche 550 Spyder Replica
Sold for USD$21,600
  2007 The Florida Collector Car Auction
 
1955 PORSCHE BECK 550 SPYDER
Chassis#: 121
Sold for USD$26,950
  2004 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2004
 
1955 PORSCHE 550 SPYDER RE-CREATION
Sold for USD$31,350
  2004 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2004
 
1955 Porsche 550 Spyder Replica
Chassis#: 550
Sold for USD$33,750
  2003 Russo and Steele - Scottsdale 2003
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1955 Porsche Spyder 2016 Russo & Steele : Arizona   
1955 Porsche 550 Spyder 2008 Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction$18,250  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Porsche 550 RS Spyder1955 Spyder
Chassis Num: 550-0053
Engine Num: P-90049
Chassis information for the Porsche 550 RS Spyder1955 Spyder
Chassis Num: 550-0060
Engine Num: 90063
Chassis information for the Porsche 550 RS Spyder1955 Spyder
Chassis Num: 550-0075
Chassis information for the Porsche 550 RS Spyder1955 Spyder
Chassis Num: 550-018
Chassis information for the Porsche 550 RS Spyder1955 Spyder
Chassis Num: 550-04
Chassis information for the Porsche 550 RS Spyder1955 Spyder
Chassis Num: 550-041
Chassis information for the Porsche 550 RS Spyder1955 Spyder
Chassis Num: 550-048
Chassis information for the Porsche 550 RS Spyder1955 Spyder
Chassis Num: 550.073
Chassis information for the Porsche 550 RS Spyder1955 Spyder
Chassis Num: 718-034
Engine Num: 032


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