2011 Concours of America: Porsche 550 Spyder S3D Video

Start the YouTube 3D video player, then pause. Click on the red 3D icon that appears to select 2D or your choice of stereographic 3D formats.

Not being a Porschephile, I wasn’t sure which model this was. I knew it was close to an 550 Spyder, but wasn’t sure so I asked Jack Baruth, our house expert on “ass engine Nazi slot cars” (P.J. O’Rourke) and after I described it on the phone (I hadn’t processed the photos yet) Jack told me it sounded like a  RS60, the 550’s successor. After I got some photos processed, I sent an email the Denise McClugage (her site is in our links), who drove both of those cars back in the late ’50s and early ’60s.

Denise replied:

The car’s fat sides would lead me to say it was an early 550. Maybe the head fairing was an addition. I’m no expert but I will pass this on to some Porsche friends who might be.

When I suggested it might be an R60, she disagreed:

I don’t think so…I’m in an R60 from Brumos on my website www.denisemccluggage.com. It looks more like the black 550 of Carl Haas I drive at Nassau in the late 50’s. The R60 is considerably newer. Newer than the RSs that belonged to Briggs [Cunningham] that I drove. They didn’t look as fat as this one either.

The photo gallery for this car will be posted later.

 

 

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