1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder Spyder / 550A-0139 Vehicle Information

1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder photograph

1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder photograph

1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder photograph

1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder photograph

1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder photograph

1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder photograph

1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder photograph

1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder photograph

1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder photograph

1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder photograph

1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder photograph

1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder
Spyder
Chassis #: 550A-0139
The Porsche 550 was a purpose-built race car manufactured from 1953 through 1956. The lighter 550A was built starting in 1956. While it utilized the same flat four-cylinder air-cooled engine designed by Dr. Ernest Fuhrmann, it incorporated several changes that contributed to its racing success. The 550 was built on a ladder chassis while the 550A used a space frame reducing weight by 90 pounds and also adding needed rigidity. This permitted another 60 pounds to be taken off the all-aluminum body which made the 550A a much faster race car with improved handling.

The new 550 won the first race it entered, the Nurburgring Eifel Race in 1953 and continued to be a successful club-racer for many years. The 550A established the model as an international winner. Porsche took just one 550A, driver Umberto Maglioli and two mechanics to Sicily for the 1956 Targa Florio and the 1.5 liter Spyder finished first overall. In 1957, Maglioli's 88.31 mph average, 5th overall and 1st in class finish in the Mille Miglia was Porsche's best ever in the Italian classic.

The 550 design became known as 'The Giant Killer' for routinely beating more powerful race cars. Champion driver Ken Miles described the improvements of the 550A as 'almost unbelievable' and proclaimed it to be the 'greatest long-distance racer in the world'.


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1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1956 sales)
1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder by Wendler
Chassis#: 550-0082
Sold for USD$3,462,071
  2019 RM Sothebys : Paris
 
1956 Porsche 1.5-litre TYP 550/1500 Rennsport Spyder
Chassis#: 550-0090
Sold for USD$6,104,353
  2016 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1956 Porsche 550A/1500 RS Spyder
Chassis#: 0101
Sold for USD$726,000
  2004 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 

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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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