Up for auction is this 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder replica finished in silver over a red leather interior. Built by Chuck Beck Motorsports in 2003 as chassis #776, this replica was styled after James Dean’s famous “Little Bastard” 550 Spyder and features a 2100cc CB Performance engine, oil cooler system, electronic fuel injection, four-wheel disc brakes, and adjustable shocks. Cared for by two prior owners, this nicely executed 550 Spyder replica is now being offered for auction by its seller out of Tennessee with approximately 15k miles showing on the odometer.
The fiberglass bodywork is laid over a tubular steel chassis and comes finished in a classic silver metallic color sporting the iconic livery of James Dean’s 550 Spyder, including red stripes over the rear fenders, #130 racing numbers, and “Little Bastard” script across the rear end. The factory-installed windshield has been replaced in favor of a period-correct 550 Spyder Plexiglass windscreen, although the original windshield is said to accompany the sale as well. Other details include a driver-side aero mirror, leather bonnet straps, and a red tonneau cover. Some signs of road-going wear are noted as well as a few minor scrapes and scratches throughout the exterior, additional images are provided in the gallery. The car currently rides on a set of period-correct 16”x 3.25” wheels dressed in vintage-style Coker tires, while the original set of 15”x 4.5” and 15” 5.5” wheels fitted by Beck are also said to accompany the sale.
Inside, the cabin is trimmed in red leather with matching carpeting and features a banjo-style white-rimmed steering wheel, classic gauges with green markings, and a rearview mirror mounted on the body-colored dashboard. The seller notes some wear on the carpeting in the driver’s footwell as well as a few scrapes and scuff marks on the painted interior panels. The tonneau cover is also missing one snap on the driver’s side. The seller confirms all gauges and electrical components to be working properly.
Power comes from an air-cooled CB Performance 2100cc flat-four engine equipped with electronic fuel injection, crank fire electronic ignition, a CB Performance oil cooler system, and a period-style four-to-one Magnaflow exhaust. Approximately 150 HP is sent to the rear wheels by way of a 4-speed manual Volkswagen transmission. This Spyder also features four-wheel disc brakes as well as adjustable shock absorbers. Recent service includes an oil and filter change as well as all-new spark plugs.
This sale will include an additional set of wheels and a clean title. A faithful recreation of one of the most legendary Porsches of all time, this James Dean inspired 550 Spyder replica is just waiting to be driven and displayed by a new owner.
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