The Porsche 550 Spyder is one of the most iconic sports racing cars of all time. Its impossibly pretty lines and diminuitive stature took the world by storm at its 1953 release and its perfect mid-engined balance and lightweight construction made it a brilliant sports car for the road and a giant killing racer on track. It took its final bow just three years later with a stunning victory at the 40th Targa Florio where the 1500cc Spyder of Umberto Maglioli demolished a field of Ferraris, Jaguars and Maseratis all with twice the engine capacity. The 550 infamously also holds the rather more sad status as the car in which James Dean met his end. The few remaining genuine 550s are very valuable cars indeed and well beyond the reach of most enthusiasts. There are numerous replicas in the market place today, but we would be surprised if any is better than this stunning little machine. It is a Chamonix car, built by Special Edition Inc. in the USA in 2009 and initially supplied to F1 Assistant Race Director Herbie Blash (he's the chap usually seen in the driver's weighing room after a Grand Prix). The firm has built similar cars for some very big motoring names including collector Jay Len
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