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July 31st, 2018

The Porsche 550 A came out in 1956 as a successor to Porsche’s first racing car, the 550 Spyder. Differing in construction, the 550 A had a full tube spaceframe which made it lighter than the 550 Spyder, while boasting the same 1.5-litre, four cylinder boxer “Fuhrmann Engine” that was used in the Spyder. The combination of a lightweight body that weighed just over 540kg and a 135 horsepower engine, the Porsche 550 A was capable of a factory claimed 150mph, back in 1956. This lightweight construction, power to weight ratio and a beautifully setup chassis meant that the 550 A would go against much bigger machines and still come out victorious on the other side, earning it the title of “Giant Killer”.

This particular example with chassis no. 550A-0116 is one of the very few race cars that were ever made, and one of the even fewer that has enjoyed a illustrious racing career in the United States. The 1957 Porsche 550 A Chassis no. 0116 is going on sale at the upcoming RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction on August 25, 2018. To know more, head over to RM Sotheby’s. Photos by Karissa Hosek courtesy RM Sotheby’s.

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