Anyone with money can afford themselves a race car, but sometimes even with all the money in the world, not everyday you get a chance to own a piece of motoring history. Granted, not everyone is a fan of Porsche but if you are, the good news is, this is the “not the everyday,” this is the Ex-Factory Works Team Le Mans 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder. Besides the obvious freaking dope aesthetic, evergreen aesthetic, this beautiful classic race car was a Le Mans and Nürburgring podium finisher and perhaps more importantly, it is the most original examples in existence.
Little is known about this race car assigned with chassis number 550A-0145 and equipped with engine no. P90127, but if our research serves us correctly, it is driven by a 1,498cc (1.5L) DOHC flat-four engine featuring a twin Solex 40 PII-4 carburetors. Yep, the good’ol Carbs which I was taught to repair before injection came around. Ah, those where the days… Clearly, carbbies aren’t the most efficient lot in terms of fuel economy, but for this little guy from the late 50s, it gets a pretty decent 135 horses (for its time) which is put to good use at the rear wheels through a four-speed transmission and there is a set of hydraulic drum brakes to haul it to a stop.
The Ex-Factory Works Team Le Mans 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder is destined to go under the hammer at the Bonhams The Scottsdale Auction on the January 18 2018, at Scottsdale, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Arizona. alongside a handful of Pininfarina-designed Ferraris and the first US-market Mercedes-Benz Roadster, a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster. If you are keen, you can watch a video of it HERE. Before you go, feast your eyes with a few more images.