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Porsche 550 Spyder #47 LeMans 1954
Price: 50,00 EUR
Family: Cars 1/32
Approximate weight: 0.25 kg - 0.55 lb
Description: At the Paris Motor Show in October 1953 Porsche launched a car specifically developed for motor sport - the 550 Spyder.
The car later became a legend as a result of a spectacular run of racing wins. Amongst others, the car appeared at the LeMans races in 1954 for which four vehicles were especially constructed.
Inplace of the usual 1.5 litre engine, the Spyder, with its internal designation 550-13, was fitted with a power unit having a reduced cubic capacity of 1,089 cc to enable it to enter in the corresponding class.
This was achieved by using smaller pistons and cylinders.
This 550 carrying the number 47 was driven by Gustave Olivier and Zora Arkus-Duntov, who went on to achieve fame as a Chevrolet engineer and "father" of the Corvette.
Despite the cold weather and several misfires the 72 hp car was the clear winner in its class.