HISTORY OF A LEGEND: Constructed with a curvaceous aluminum body wrapped around a tubular steel ladder chassis that has a 1.5-liter air-cooled mid engine, an original Porsche 550 Spyder weighed 550 kilograms (1,213 pounds). With its 135hp engine in such a lightweight, superb handling machine, the 550 beat every other vehicle within its own class and could run with much higher-powered (but heavier) machines. This car is considered one of the most desirable and legendary sport cars of all time.
Spectators of the 1954 Mille Miglia witnessed driver Hans Hermann and navigator Herbert Linge race the low slung Porsche under a railroad gate milliseconds before an approaching train. At the 1954 Le Mans, a 550 won its class. Also known as a Spyder or RS, the 550-placed first overall at the ’56 Targa Florio contest in Palermo, Sicily, giving Porsche its first overall victory ever.
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Our cars are being fabricated using original materials like aluminum in different alloys and steel. The Alloycars Spyder main configuration comes with a high rail chassis setup, a complete aluminum body and identical reproduction parts, all handcrafted and machined in house by fabricators of Alloycars. Rare genuine Porsche parts can be added as well like a 1950's period 356 engine, suspension, drum brakes and steering assembly. Most of our customers are using their own original Fuhrman 4- cam engines but any suitable engine can be installed.
Aluminum ALLOYCARS SPYDER®
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THE RESULTS OF FOUR YEARS EXTENSIVE DEVELOPMENT:
In 2008 Alloycars has taken the initiative to re-create this race legend using 3-D scan data as well as over 800 drawings and hundreds of photos taken from each component of the original dismantled car. Each of those components was re-cast and re-created. These intricate components (most hidden under the body) make it impossible for even a seasoned expert to tell it apart from an original one. Alloycars is the only firm dedicated to re-create race car legends in the most accurate way possible.
The development of this project has simple roots. We started by producing a polished aluminum version from a digitized scan of car number 90. After a 3D digitizing process of all parts we had everything necessary to produce the ideal/perfect re-creation of this iconic race car.
After approximately four months of tedious, labor intensive, manual corrections to the scan data it was ready to be converted to a language that a modern CNC mill could read. Over the span of four months over 30 molds/bucks were cut and readied to begin production. At about the same time the chassis scan were translated into CAD language which yielded a jig that would later produce the High Rail chassis. Six months after the initial pieces were shaped over the buck, we had enough sections to start assembling/welding the one unit body.
Once the major sections of the body were grafted together, they were aligned on a jig to ensure symmetry and attached to the chassis which was now waiting on a rotisserie. After we had something that simulated a car, we began producing the small bits that completed the car. All of the first parts were one offs interpreted from the drawings and made by hand to fit. Every piece was fitted, verified and digitized for easy re-production. The process above has an estimated time investment of over 8,000 man hours.