We are pleased to offer this custom 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder-style replica. Handcrafted by renowned coachbuilder Darrell Zipp, this 550 replica incorporates the front end of a Porsche 914 with a custom fabricated tubular steel frame, custom bodywork, Porsche disc brakes, a 901 5-speed manual gearbox, and a Porsche 914 1.9L flat-four motor rebuilt by Allen Johnsen Racing Engines. The car weighs in at approximately 1,600 lbs. while generating a claimed output of over 120 HP. Acquired by the second and current owner about 7 years ago, this one-of-a-kind 550 Spyder custom is now being offered for auction out of Massachusetts with just over 2,500 miles showing on the odometer.
Inspired by the original 550 Spyder, the fiberglass body panels were hand-shaped and customized for a more modern and unique appearance. The builder, Darrell Zipp, boasts over 40 years of experience and is known for creating Dave Emory's 1932 Ford "Revolver" which was the recipient of the Ridler Award, Boise Award, and title of America’s Most Beautiful Roadster. The bodywork on this 550 is finished in Silver and features double fairings over the rear section, air intakes on top of the rear fenders, and air scoops on each rocker panel to feed the oil coolers. A removable top is included consisting of an aluminum frame covered with Hartz Stayfast canvas upholstery. The top is said to weigh approximately 20 lbs. and can be easily removed or installed within two minutes using four bolts. This Spyder rides on custom 16" chrome ventilated wheels dressed in BF Goodrich Touring T/A tires.
The minimalist righthand-drive cockpit is appointed with grey Ultrasuede bucket seats, a custom dashboard, removable three-spoke racing steering wheel, Haneline instrumentation, and suicide-style doors with internal handles. A RaceQuip driver’s safety harness is installed along with a passenger lap belt, chrome roll hoops, and a fire extinguisher mounted on the chassis support between the seats. All the gauges are said to be fully functional, and there is no radio or electric windshield wiper. A manual windshield wiper is said to be included, although the car is reported to have never been driven in the rain.
Power comes from an air-cooled Porsche 914 1.9L flat-four engine which was completely rebuilt by Allen Johnson Racing Engines. It features stainless steel 40/34mm valves, moly retainers, 911 cups, dual valve springs, Keith Black 96mm pistons, 24mm pins, dual Weber 40mm downdraft carburetors, electronic ignition, an electric fuel pump, three oil coolers, and a custom made dual-fan shroud. The rear wheels are driven through a 5-speed Porsche 901 manual gearbox. The front end and steering box were derived from a Porsche 914, while the custom rear end is fully adjustable with double trailing arms. Porsche disc brakes are also equipped along with a Wilwood brake and clutch master cylinder. Routine fluid and filter services have been observed and there are no outstanding maintenance items reported at this time.
This sale will include a clean Massachusetts title for a 1973 custom vehicle. Unlike any other 550 Spyder replica on the road, this incredibly unique Darrell Zipp custom is ready to be enjoyed by a new owner.