Porsche 550Introduced at the 1953 Paris Auto Show. Aluminum body and no roof. Designed by Wilhelm Hild. The body was built by Weidenhusen in Frankfurt.
Two cars raced at Le Mans that year, No. 45 driven by Richard von Frankenbuer and the well known writer Paul Frere took 15th, and No. 44 driven by Helm Glockler and Hans Herman placed 16 overall scoring double class wins.
James Dean purchased a 550 RS and subsequently killed himself in it.
In 1956 the 550 achieved a major success by winning the Targa Florio with Umberto Maglioli at the wheel, 15 minutes in front of the second place Maserati, a 3 liter car.. This with a 1500cc flat 4 Fuhrman engine.