Consider this Porsche . . .

Here is a brilliant little story about the first Porsche 550 Spyder–one of the cars Bridget was raced against back in 1953. (There’s a picture of it near the bottom of this page).

What I love about this story is that, like BCW 110, Porsche 550-01 apparently lived a tough and exciting life, was fitted with updated mechanicals and a fiberglass body at some point. But that did not diminish its authenticity:

. . .  even the fiberglass body told a story.
“You could see the rivets where the mold had been lifted off the original body,” remembers Gerry [McCarthy, a Porsche fatory-trained four-cam expert]. “What happened was the body was cracking up and Mr. Lopez knew no one in Mexico who worked with aluminum, but he had a friend who built boats, fiberglass boats. They made a fiberglass duplicate of the aluminum body.”

Just goes to show, you never know what you’re looking at until you really look, and really know your history.

Fiberglass rebody of 550-01

Bridget . . . her fiberglass body stays. For now.


About stuntmidget

I'm a poor mechanic and general wisenheimer. I love old cars and the stories behind them, true or not.
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