Porsche’s First Purpose-built Race Car
By Ramya Sarma

The 550A Spyder put Porsche in the limelight of racing cars. It was introduced in the year 1953 at Paris Auto Show. The model was specifically designed for racing with the Fuhrmann Engine, which has a capacity of 1.5-litre with a naturally aspirated air-cooled 4-cylinder motor. The model gave a fierce competition to other cars including the popular red Ferrari car of Maranello. The model is completely hand built with a removable hardtop that is designed to increase the aerodynamics for competent and efficient racing. The 500A Spyder has won many accolades that proves its design for racing. It has been owned by famous racers like Stirling Moss, Hans Herrmann, Richard von Frankenberg and Italian Umberto Maglioli at the wheel.

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