1956 Porsche Type 550/1500RS Spyder

1956 Porsche Type 550/1500RS Spyder
Courtesy of Bonhams

In offering this original, unmolested and intricate “time machine” 550 RS Spyder, Bonhams is privileged to present what is considered to be the world’s best-preserved, never-restored example of this seminal Porsche model surviving today.

There are inevitably some panel ripples, minor paint cracks, and scuffs and discoloration in places on chassis 0090, but these fall squarely into the category of utterly compelling fine patina.

In 2010, under the special awards category of the pinnacle-level international Pebble Beach Concours, s/n 0090 was recognized by the Pebble Beach Judging Committee with the FIVA Post-War award. One of the most highly respected members of the car collecting community has remarked that “people were all agog just to see the car.”

Porsche 5500090 has never been offered publicly for sale, and it has been very rarely seen. Its presentation at Goodwood offers a superb opportunity for Porsche aficionados to examine and appreciate this historically important and iconic piece of Porsche lore. 

Prescott Kelly

SCM Contributor

Prescott bought his first Porsche, a 1964 356SC coupe, in early July 1967, just before starting his first job. The next weekend he bought a refrigerator — thereby establishing priorities for life. He has owned many Porsches and is a Contributing Editor for Porsche Panorama, where he concentrates on arcane corners of Porsche history, writes the regular “356 Collectibles” and “MarketWatch” columns for the 356 Registry Magazine, and contributes to Excellence and the Journal of the Society of Automotive Historians.

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