1955 Porsche 550 Spyder
THE PORSCHE TYPE 550
The 550 Spyder was Porsche’s first genuine racing car design. But when launched at the 1953 Paris Salon, the model had much about it than being a mere weapons-grade on-track warrior. As a June 1971 Road & Track article emphasized: “The 550 had full road equipment, with lights and so forth, and a top, and enough stamina and ground clearance to compete in rallies – which it did. The bodywork and weather gear qualified the 550 for international sports car races – and Hans Herrmann took first in class and sixth overall in the 550’s first race, the 1954 Mille Miglia. Herrmann was third overall in that year’s Carrera PanAmericana.