Up for auction is this professionally built Beck 550 Spyder replica. After selling his genuine 1956 Porsche 550 Rennsport Spyder, renowned Porsche technician Fred Sebald set out to create this faithful reproduction of his beloved 550RS in 1991. Built using a fiberglass Beck body, this replica is powered by a genuine air-cooled 1600cc engine sourced from a Porsche 356C. With over $4k in recent service to bring the car up to excellent driving standards, this remarkable 550 Spyder replica is now being offered out of the original owner’s estate in Nevada.
Finished in Silver Metallic upon its initial build in 1991, the paint on this Spyder is said to be in excellent condition with only minor road-going wear (detailed images are provided in the photo gallery). The fiberglass bodywork is noted to be in great shape and the front air dam insert has been cut-out for improved cooling. This 550 rides on period-style wheels with older tires, although an extra set of chrome wheels will accompany the sale as well. Competition headlight covers are also included along with a retractable soft top and removable plexiglass side curtains.
The cabin is noted to be in good overall condition with all gauges and accessories remaining fully functional, although the seller has reported intermittent issues with the speedometer. Floormats have been added along with a cassette radio and speakers which are currently mounted loosely in the footwells. Highlights include period-correct instrumentation, a wood-rimmed Porsche steering wheel, and vintage-style bucket seats in beige leather. The seller reports that some genuine 550 Spyder parts may have been installed under Fred Sebald's ownership.
This 550 is equipped with a 1600cc air-cooled engine sourced from a 1964 Porsche 356C. The rear wheels are driven by way of a Volkswagen 4-speed manual transmission. Dual Zenith NDIX carburetors have been installed along with a custom-fabricated exhaust, and the seller reports that the cam has been likely upgraded as well. Images of the drivetrain stampings are provided in the photo gallery. Over $4k was recently invested in this 550 which included the restoration of the gas tank, fuel system, the rebuilding of the carburetors, rebuilt braking system, and a rebuilt master cylinder. Service invoices are included and this Spyder is said to be in strong running order.
This sale will include an extra set of chrome wheels, Competition headlight covers, documentation from Beck, historical records, a cloth top with plexiglass side windows, 1 key, and a car cover. If you have always admired Porsche's iconic 550 Spyder, this professionally built replica is not to be missed.