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The Porsche 550 was a racing sports car produced by Porsche from 1953 to 1956. In that time only 90 Porsche 550s were produced, but it quickly established dominance in the 1.1- and 1.5- liter classes. The Porsche 550 is a mid-engine car with an air-cooled four-cylinder engine, following the precedent of the 1948 Porsche 356/1 prototype designed by Ferry Porsche. The mid-engine racing design was further developed with Porsche's 718 model; its advantages led to it becoming the dominant design for top-level racing cars by the mid-1960s.

Inspired by the Porsche 356 which was created by Ferry Porsche, as well as spyder prototypes built and raced by Walter Glöckler starting in 1951, the factory decided to build a car designed for use in auto racing. The Porsche 550 Spyder was introduced at the 1953 Paris Auto Show. The 550 was very low to the ground, in order to be efficient for racing. In fact, former German Formula One racer Hans Herrmann drove it under closed railroad crossing gates during the 1954 Mille Miglia.

 

 
Minichamps 940 066030; 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder; Metallic Silver Minichamps 940 066030; 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder; Metallic Silver Minichamps 940 066030; 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder; Metallic Silver
Minichamps 940 066030; 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder; Metallic Silver Minichamps 940 066030; 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder; Metallic Silver Minichamps 940 066030; 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder; Metallic Silver
Minichamps 940 066030; 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder; Metallic Silver Minichamps 940 066030; 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder; Metallic Silver Minichamps 940 066030; 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder; Metallic Silver
     

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