Porsche 550 A Spyder 1957 – SPRZEDANE

Porsche 550 Spyder wyniosło markę na nowy poziom sportów motorowych i było kamieniem milowym, który w pełni zasłużył na przydomek “Giant Killer”. Przedstawione po raz pierwszy na salonie w Paryżu w 1953 roku, było pierwszym samochodem Porsche stworzonym z myślą o sporcie i zapoczątkowało pasmo sukcesów marki w tej dziedzinie. W 1956 roku Porsche 550 zgarnęło wygraną w słynnym Targa Florio, wkrótce sięgając po miejsce pierwsze w klasie i szóste w klasyfikacji generalnej w morderczym Mille Miglia oraz trzecie w generalce wyścigu Carrera PanAmericana. Już sama konstrukcja samochodu to wyraz filozofii marki: lekkie nadwozie, niski środek ciężkości, centralnie umieszczony sinik i idealne rozłożenie masy. Model 550A, który pojawił się w 1956 roku, był w zestawieniu z poprzedzającym go 550 prawdziwą rewolucją. Prosta rama samochodu została zastąpiona przez ramę przestrzenną, co pozwoliło obniżyć masę i zwiększyć sztywność nadwozia, a także udoskonalić zawieszenie. Kompaktowa i misterna konstrukcja silnika typu 547 to dzieło Ernesta Fuhrmana, wyposażone w suchą miskę olejową, dwie świece zapłonowe na każdy cylinder i po dwa wałki rozrządu nad głowicą po obu stronach 4-cylindrowego boksera. Pomimo ogromnej złożoności silnik okazał się niezawodny i dobrze służył w wyścigach długodystansowych na całym świecie. Porsche 550 A wystawione na aukcji dostarczone zostało jako nowe do Caribbean Motors Co w Gwatemali. Amator wyścigów, który zakupił samochód, wystartował nim w kilku imprezach, w tym Buenos Aires 1000 km. W 1959 roku 550A trafiło do Francji, gdzie przez 4 dekady zmieniało właścicieli trzykrotnie. W 2000 roku rozpoczęto poważną renowację, nadzorowaną przez znanego specjalistę. Silnik i skrzynia biegów zostały całkowicie przebudowane, a aluminiowe nadwozie zostało zbudowane od nowa przez rzemieślnika z Turynu. To jeden z zaledwie około 40 egzemplarzy modelu 550 A Spyder wyprodukowanych w latach 1957-59. Samochód wraz z obszerną dokumentacją sprzedany został za 3,3 miliona euro, czyli około 14 milionów złotych, podczas Rétromobile w Paryżu.

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Lot 65
1957 Porsche 550 A Spyder
Estimation 3,800,000 – 4,800,000 € [$]

Sale: 3888
Location: Salon Rétromobile Hall 2.1 Paris Expo – Porte de Versailles 75015 Paris
Date: 08 feb. 2019 14:00
Auctioneer: Hervé Poulain

French title
Chassis n°550A-0126
Engine n° 90 120
Gearbox n°690016

– Key milestone in Porsche competition history
– Just five known owners
– Superb presentation, high quality restoration
– Eligible for the most prestigious events

This Porsche 550 A had an exotic initial destination, delivered new to Hubert Wiese, through the intermediary Caribbean Motors Co, in Guatemala. An amateur racing driver, Wiese successfully entered the car in several South American events, winning the Carrera Amatitlan and the Buen Corazon (in Salvador) at the end of 1957. He also finished tenth in the Buenos Aires 1000km, sharing the drive with Jaroslav Juhan and Huschke von Hanstein, racing director at Porsche at that time. During the 1958 season, Wiese won two more races in this car, at the Circuito Santa Anna and the Circuito San Benito (Salvador). He was crowned Champion of Central America following these latest victories, and appeared in a Porsche advertisement promoting the marque’s success in competition. In 1958, the original engine was replaced with another one of the same type, n°90101.

The car then went to France in 1959, having been sold to Robert Buchet, a name known to all Porsche enthusiasts. After a modest start running a garage in Poitiers, Buchet made a name for himself in motor racing, and went on to establish his garage as a Porsche dealership. A colourful character and ex-Rugby player, he won the Rallye des Routes du Nord, driving a Porsche 356 with Claude Storez, followed by the Armagnac as well as the formidable Liège-Rome-Liège. He was seen throughout the 1960s behind the wheel of various competition Porsche, starting with a 904 in which he won the under 2-litre GT class with Guy Ligier in the 1964 Le Mans 24 Hours (a race he took part in six times), followed by victory in the Tour de France Automobile with Herbert Linge (first in class). In 1967, he was crowned Champion de France des circuits. It appears, however, that he didn’t use his 550 A to compete in.

Robert Buchet died in 1974 in a road accident, his 550 A was sold to another well-known Porsche enthusiast, Raymond Touroul. A versatile driver, originally from St-Lô, Tourol competed in a variety of cars in all types of competition, from hillclimbs and rallies to endurance events such as Le Mans 24 Hours (in which he took part 16 times, 11 of these in a Porsche). In terms of his achievements, he won a Rallycross French Championship title in a Porsche 911 and even appeared on the big screen, as a stunt man.
In 1985, after almost ten years, Raymond Tourol sold the car to Mr G. Bochand, from Compiègne, another Porsche enthusiast. Tourol was the mechanic for Bochard’s father and the two men had known each other for a long time. The Porsche was then partially dismantled and fitted with the rear axle from an RSK. The current owner bought the car in 2010, on the advice of Jean-Philippe Grand. A demanding Porschiste, who has taken part several times in the Carrera Cup, he embarked on a major restoration supervised by a well-known Monegasque specialist. The frame was checked on a flat floor and showed no major sign of deformation. The body was dipped in acid to strip the paintwork and was thought to be too badly damaged to be re-used. A new aluminium body was built by a craftsman in Turin.

For the mechanical work, it made sense to turn to Freisinger, who kept a large supply of period parts. The original case for the magnesium gearbox was bought for the sum of 55 000 €. Its number 690016 appears on a handwritten factory production record dated 15 April 1957 which refers to job n°8607. The engine case n°90120 from bought from the same source, and corresponds to the Type 547/2 conforming to the model. It has a capacity of 1 498 cm3 and produces 135 bhp at 7 200 rpm. The engine and gearbox were completely rebuilt by the German four-cam engine specialist, Karl Lorh, and the owner has confirmed to us that it revs vigorously!

Today, the presentation of this spyder respects the original configuration of the car almost perfectly. The passenger compartment has fabric-covered bucket seats, a complete dashboard and wood-rimmed steering wheel all conforming to the original. The car still has its “Karrosserie Wendler” plaque, from Reutlingen, with the number 550 A 0126 and the date 1957. There is a large capacity fuel tank under the bonnet, and the body displays the sleek and elegant form of the model that was the first Porsche designed exclusively for racing.

It is worth remembering that the 550 A was a more developed version of the 550, the first mid-engined competition Porsche. Designed with a tubular frame instead of a ladder chassis, the 550 A had greater rigidity and was lighter. It was fitted with a more powerful version of the flat-four four-cam and twin-spark engine. The suspension was modified which improved its road-holding significantly. Some 40 examples of this 550 A version were produced between 1957 and 1959 and given chassis numbers 0101 to 0146.
This car comes with a history file containing various expert reports and recent invoices relating to the restoration. The first milestone model in the history of Porsche’s involvement in racing, this 550 A will open doors to the most prestigious historic events, in addition to providing the pleasure inherent in a lightweight, agile machine that is a thing of beauty.

Participating in the auction on this lot is subject to a special registration process. If you would like to bid on this lot, please get in touch with the bidding office or the motorcars department at least 48 hours before the sale.

Photos © Loïc Kernen

Estimation 3 800 000 – 4 800 000 €