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Way back when Porsche was making the 356, they already knew that rear engine cars weren’t the best for racing and in the early ‘50s started making the 550 Spyder. They mostly ran it as a spyder but there were coupes as well. Unfortunately actor James Dean got killed in a road accident in one and got the car a bad image it is still recovering from.
Nevertheless there are some kit versions out now, and you can’t blame me for thinking that this one at the Art Center College of Design concours was a kit. Well it wasn’t. It was a hand made car built by some Frenchmen who run a company in Culver City,CA that makes prototypes for automakers. So basically it is a four wheel tribute to their skills.
Would there be a demand for a coupe like this? Well, since the real 550s have gone up so much in value, I kind of wonder. I read somewhere that the first one built sold for $3.7 million.
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