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A million-dollar Porsche 550 Spyder found in an old container

by:Yisheng      2021-06-05

Do you know which model of the Porsche family was the original ancestor of the popular Porsche 718 Boxster?

The original classic Porsche 356 raced on the field and won many races, but Porsche feels that if you compete in higher-level races The entire vehicle needs to be upgraded, so it plans to develop a new model.

In this way, at the Paris Motor Show in 1953, the Porsche 550 Spyder, specially designed for the track, made its debut. This is a A car specially built for motorsports is recognized as one of the most classic Porsches, and it is also considered the originator of the Porsche Boxster model.

Porsche 550 Spyder is designed with a mid-mounted fuel tank and a horizontally opposed four-cylinder 547 engine used for power. The 502 pushrod type horizontally opposed engine is improved, using a large number of aluminum alloy materials: the crankcase, cylinder, cylinder head, piston and other components have been successfully reduced in weight. The horizontally opposed engine with double overhead camshafts is in 9.5 :1 Compression ratio can burst out 110 horsepower at 6200 rpm, the transmission system uses a 4-speed manual gearbox, and also uses a lock differential from ZF (ZF), in the fourth gear 25:24 teeth It can reach a speed of 220 km/h.

The whole vehicle uses a steel pipe trapezoidal frame, the body is very low, the weight of the whole vehicle is only 635kg, and the aluminum body It weighs only 550kg, which is the origin of 550 in its name 550 Spyder.

This is a sporty sports car with a sexy and fashionable appearance. In addition to being driven by those rich and powerful who love racing, as a factory team, Contests include famous events such as Le Mans, Carrera Grand Prix and Targa Florio.

Hundreds of victories have been won in all competitions. From its birth in 1953 to the discontinuation of production in 1957, the Porsche 550 Spyder created unprecedented success on the track, and let everyone firmly remember the new face on the racing stage. Starting from the 550, Porsche opened the prelude to the global competition. .

From its birth in 1953 to the discontinuation of production in 1957, Porsche produced a total of 90 550 Spyders, 15 of which were factory cars. , And the remaining 75 units are customer racing cars. Subsequently, 40 units of the 550A, a modified model, were produced.

Recently a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder was discovered in California, USA. This classic racing car was placed in a sealed More than 35 years in the container. After the car owner bought the boarding license in the 1980s, it is unknown why this car and several motorcycles were put into this closed container. In addition, this car has never been reported to be lost, so there is no fraudulent insurance payment.

Recently the owner of the car passed away. The owner's son invited his friends to visit the motorcycles his father had collected during his lifetime. These collections The products are stored on the top of a remote mountain in Orange County, California, USA.

After the tour, the owner’s son introduced that some of his father’s collections were locked in an old container because of the keys. Lost, so unable to punch the card. u200bFinally, they tried their best to open the container. After opening the dust-sealed container for many years, everyone present was stunned. In addition to the motorcycle, there was a red sports car. This was a Porsche 550 Spyder. The car saw the light for the first time. Despite being dusty for many years, the red Porsche 550 Spyder still impressed everyone present. In addition, the car did not show signs of rust, and the overall condition of the car was very good.

After that, everyone did some research on this car. It is understood that this car was purchased from Loretta Turnbull in 1963 It was repaired in 1980. After the repair was completed, the owner put the car in storage. Recently, the owner's son stated that he has found a new owner for the car. And hope that this Porsche 550 Spyder will bring him good luck. Regarding the transfer price of the car, he did not disclose it publicly.

It is understood that this car was produced in 1955 and is a later product of the Porsche 550 Spyder. It is powered by 1.5 liters. The horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine has a maximum power of 110 horsepower and a maximum torque of 121N·m. The transmission system is matched with a four-speed manual gearbox. The Porsche 550 Spyder after 1956 used a five-speed manual gearbox.

Due to the scarcity of this car and its pure racing pedigree, the Porsche 550 Spyder is a precious collection that collectors dream of. Although the degree of repair and routine maintenance have an important impact on the price of classic cars, generally speaking, a Porsche 550 Spyder in good condition will usually be sold for between 3.5 million and 5 million US dollars in the auction market, of course. There are some cars in very good condition, such as those in containers, so the price may be higher. I have to say that this is really a huge 'legacy'.

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