March 25, 2016

1956 Porsche 550 Spyder 1500 RS

LeMans Tribute, 1956 Porsche 550 Spyder 1500 RS

LeMans Tribute, 1956 Porsche 550 Spyder 1500 RS

We found this car on Craigslist. It appears to be a replica of the final model of the Porsche 550, which was built by Porsche and released in 1956. It is a racing sports car with a 2-door spyder body and a removable hardtop. Despite its small size and low profile compared to its competitors at the time, the 550 Spyder was known as the "giant killer" and is considered a legend in motorsport.

This car is a high-quality replica of the Porsche 550 Spyder 1500 RS LeMans tribute. It has been featured in The Robb Report and the Orange County Register, and has been displayed at several concours events. It was also invited by Porsche North America to run fan laps at Laguna Seca at Rennsport Reunion IV in 2011. We acquired the car from its previous owner, Russ Rodriguez, a renowned 550 replica builder from Azusa, California. It has been in our collection for the past 5 years, but as we are transitioning into building our own Spyder recreations in aluminum alloy, we believe it's time for this car to find a new owner who can enjoy driving it.

We have used the car frequently for the past 5 years, and it has performed flawlessly on driving tours and events. This car is suitable for driving in traffic or around town, as well as for spirited drives down country lanes, canyon roads, or track days. The car has covered approximately 1,571 miles since its construction, ensuring that it is well-maintained and ready to go. It provides a rewarding driving experience and is often mistaken for the real thing.

We are not a dealer; we are selling this car from our collection. If needed, we have contacts for both national and international shippers. Inspections are encouraged and welcomed by appointment at our location in Louisville 40299. It has been a pleasure to own and drive this car, and we thank you for looking!

The car that this replica is based on is 550-0104, which competed in the 1956 Le Mans race in the 1500cc class. It placed first in its class and 5th overall, finishing only 28 laps behind the 4th place finisher, which was in a 3.0-liter and over class.

Details by owner
1956 Porsche 550 1500RS Le Mans Coupe -- Tribute car
  • Constructed in 2006 to represent 550-0104 which was destroyed and re-bodied in 1958.
  • 2.2 Liter Rascon Motorsports Type 1 motor with big valve heads
  • Porsche cast valve covers
  • 2 Weber IDF carburetors
  • Rancho HD 4 speed transaxle with freeway flyer gearing
  • Four wheel disc brakes
  • Torsion bar front and coil spring rear suspension with swing axle transaxle
  • De dion links in rear have spherical bushings
  • Mangel stamped 15 x 4.5" wheels with polished outer lip
  • Dunlop RS5 period correct tires
  • Roundels are decals and can be removed if desired; car is equipped with the proper "mushroom" light on the rear roundel. Also has roof mounted pit light.
  • Correct gauges from VDO and converted by North Hollywood Speedometer
  • Correct switches
  • Wood rim Moto-Lita steering wheel with quick release hub
  • Correct floor-mounted pedal s
  • Correct turn and taillight lenses
  • Fluted headlight lenses
  • Functional front-mounted oil cooler
  • Correct fuel filler cap
  • Proper barber-pole vinyl on seats and interior surfaces
  • We were told this car started out as a BECK fiberglass 550 Spyder replica. The car retains the steel chassis with added kidney bars and foot boxes. The Body is fiberglass with several alloy panels overlays. All the glass is Plexiglass and still in good condition.
  • The paint has been dulled to look more authentic than over finished.
  • The Interior, gauges and panels are all in great condition. It Has Running lights, Headlights w High/Low beam, brake and turn signals all function well. A horn was never installed and the wipers are faux, they do not have a motor-switch.

Clean and clear KY title. Titled as a 1956 Porsche 550 VIN#JS133

$69,000.00 USD

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