A fully restored 1957 Porsche 550A Spyder has arrived on the classic car market but, in an interesting move, it won't be offered at auction.
Located in Monaco, chassis number 550A-0121 was the fifteenth assembled, and is one of just forty produced. It's a matching numbers car, and after a four-year body-off restoration, is in full concours condition.
"These cars usually end up with one of the leading car auction houses, but this one is seeking a new owner through the classic car community who has a strong appreciation for the design and provenance of this model," said Melbourne Porsche 550 historian and seller, Andrew Hosking.
The car was raced in Denmark by Preben Andersenand, who owned the country's first established racing team. It was then transported to Africa where female rally driver, Lucille Cardwell, won a 1960 championship.
From there, the car fell into the hands of numerous owners and maintained a presence at race meets, before being bought by its current owner in 2011.
After years of racing, the panels on the Spyder were fatigued and it was deemed unsafe for racing, forcing a full restoration to original condition using Porsche factory standards and specifications. Since its rebuild, only 100 kilometres have been added to the odometer.
"With the recent celebration of Porsche’s 70th anniversary of producing a pedigree of great sports cars, it would be timely to pay homage to one of their early models that set a benchmark in Porsche’s development of iconic race cars," Hosking said.
The 550A weighs 530 kilograms, and hits 100km/h in 7.2 seconds. With a maximum speed of 240km/h and the ability to chase more powerful cars on the track, it was known as the 'giant killer'.
Another 550A was sold at auction earlier this year for almost AU$7 million at Bonhams.
If you have a spare AU$6.2m, this piece of Porsche racing history could be all yours. You can contact Andrew Hosking here for details.