Motorsport Monday: Buy Voigt-Nielsen’s 1956 Porsche 550A!
Danish track champion Julius Voigt-Nielsen’s 1956 Porsche 550A Spyder is up for sale – and it’s been fully restored to factory specifications!
Be still my beating heart. Inspired by the Porsche 356 and infamous for dispatching James Dean off to an early grave, the Porsche 550 remains one of the 20th century’s greatest automotive icons. Only 90 were officially manufactured, making any genuine article an exercise in remaining dignified as your heart melts.
Offering the road-going stance most modern supercars would kill for, alongside more racing heritage than you could shake a spindly gear lever at, collectors and enthusiasts fall over themselves to grasp custody of such a legendary beast. That is, if you can find one…
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Well, lucky for you AutoClassics happen to have one in our classifieds. And, boy, is she special. Raced by Voigt-Nielsen, the Porsche was also owned by African rally driver Lucille Cardwell, apparently tanking down various Mille Miglia events throughout the 1960s.
Worse for wear after decades of proper use, a full body-off restoration was undertaken in 2012, ensuring that the engine and drivetrain were sympathetically refurbished to keep performance and handling as originally intended – completely inimitable.
Those of an iPod generation may struggle to see the merit in something more rudimentary than a Bernard Manning stand-up routine, but the raw extract of man and machine working in harmony for top result is more than any gaming console can provide. This is like piloting a legitimate time machine, propelling you through nearly six decades of edifying Porsche legacy.
The 550A is far from the fastest car on the planet, but even the current Bugatti can’t match the charisma on offer during a 0-60mph sprint.
Besides the rarity factor and cultural impact, the Porsche 550A is damn handsome and welcomed to any concours, classic car rally or show event on the calendar with riotous appreciation. Unlike most classic supercars, the 550A Spyder doesn’t scream ‘Look at me!’ either, instead appearing with all the clout, intensity and charisma of Clint Eastwood’s on-screen persona. You certainly wouldn’t mess with it, but you can't help but love it.
Presented without so much as a blemish on the paintwork, this 1956 Porsche 550A Spyder comes with full racing provenance, making it the ideal investment for those who fancy giving some period-classic rallies a go.
Get a closer look with the AutoClassics classified advert.
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PROVENANCE Eldon C. Beagle, Sacramento, California (acquired new via Oxford Motors in June 1955) Oakland Diesel Distributors Inc., Emeryville, California (acquired by 1967) Jim and Mary Richeimer, Columbus, Ohio (acquired circa 1971) Jim Meehan, Columbus, Ohio (acquired circa 1977) Chris Swatta, Annapolis, Maryland (acquired from the above in 1977) Lewis Markoff, Bethesda, Maryland (acquired fro