Serious fun inexpensively…
I had journeyed 2.5 hours east of Chicago during an early Autumn cold snap to visit the Beck Spyder folks, makers of the Porsche 550 replica, and a meeting with father and son, Kevin and Carey Hines. The two of them have continuously upgraded what Chuck Beck started many years ago.
You remember the car; one of the original 90 built, James Dean fatally crashed the “Little Bastard”, his Porsche 550, into Donald Turnupseed’s 1950 Ford Custom in the California desert on September 30, 1955.
Now called Special Edition, Inc. Today, the Porsche 550 is resurrected in a little town in northern Indiana. As faithful to the original as possible, the Hines team are constructing beautiful replicas of the 550, 356 and the 904/6 Porsche. Pooh-pooh replicas and you entirely miss the point of experiencing why the Porsche 550 Spyder is hallowed not just by the Porsche community, but by car aficionados everywhere.
All sorts of engine configurations are available, from highly modified VW motors to Porsche engines, and in my ride, a water cooled Subaru motor producing 180 HP. The Porsche 550 Beck Spyder replica has a simple short-throw 4-speed transmission, hydraulic clutch, and a power-to-weight ratio guaranteed to thrill, and once on the gas, the little black missile snaps your head back as the car lunges forward a lot faster than seems possible. Fishtailing around a corner, the Porsche 550 replica scrambles for traction, finds its footing, and points itself down the road, driver, passenger, and car all caught up in what has slowly been removed from the modern sports car…fun.
So what’s all this fun cost? They start around $50,000, but I’ve attached a spec sheet did give you an idea, and although their website is in need of a serious revamp, you can get the general costs of the various models and cars.
All sorts of engine configurations are available, from souped up VW motors, to Porsche engines, and in my ride, a water cooled Subaru motor producing 180 HP.
- 1300 pounds, this one with 180 HP…
- 0-60 around 4.5 seconds,
- 40 inches high, 146 inches in length (1999 Mazda Miata 48.4 inches high, 155 inches long 2070 pounds, 115 HP
To put that all in context, the originally at 1500 pound and 110 HP was a giant killer beating up on the likes of Ferrari and Maserati back when the originals raced.
With the current price of a real Porsche 550 Spyder hovering around $4,000,000, parting with $50,000 lets you have all the thrills of the real thing without the hassle of raiding your 401K, and yes, your banker with give you a loan for one of these.
Cheap at twice the price, the Beck Spyder 550 replica is short on frills and long on smiles.
Contact them below and tell them Dave Miller said hi.
Kevin Hines, Director
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