Can you help me to identify an old Porsche?

Can you help me to identify an old Porsche?

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SweptVolume

Original Poster:

378 posts

38 months

Friday 28th June
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Morning all. For the past two mornings, I have seen an old, and potentially unusual Porsche drive past my house. I'm not that great with vintage cars, but my first thought was that it was a Speedster, but a quick Google suggests that the 356 isn't quite right.

Short of waiting outside in the hope that it drives past again and manically stepping into the road to ask, here's my blink and you miss it description:

  • Silver
  • 2 seat convertible
  • Probably early 1960s
  • Very low, but not quite as "round" as the 356
  • It has one of those period aerodynamic humps at the back, to help the air move past the driver's head
In other news, I also saw a Ferrari 308 that had been fitted with an electric motor. I'm still trying to work out why anyone would do that...

Pothole

27,349 posts

227 months

Friday 28th June
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550?


SweptVolume

Original Poster:

378 posts

38 months

Friday 28th June
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No, but wow - look at that thing!

This one had a fairly conventional grille at the front.

996TT02

2,953 posts

85 months

Friday 28th June
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Grille? Conventional? Definitely a Porsche?

teecee

120 posts

190 months

Friday 28th June
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914?

2Btoo

1,162 posts

148 months

Friday 28th June
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Pothole said:
550?

Sorry to derail the thread but that is utterly, utterly delicious. smile

SweptVolume

Original Poster:

378 posts

38 months

Friday 28th June
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996TT02 said:
Grille? Conventional? Definitely a Porsche?
It really had that Porsche look. Fair point on the grille though, surely the engine would be in the back?

teecee said:
914?
No, much less 70s than that. Could be late 50s even.

SweptVolume

Original Poster:

378 posts

38 months

Friday 28th June
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Okay, the 550A looks closest to what I remember, but they're SO rare, that I have to assume it was a replica of some sort. Still lovely, though...


thecremeegg

1,236 posts

148 months

Friday 28th June
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I saw something go past me yesterday that I wanted to I.D but I only have the fact it was like a 50s Ferrari style race car with wheel bumps above the bodyline front and back, and it was red biggrin

Xcore

453 posts

35 months

Friday 28th June
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718 rsk?

tomsugden

1,579 posts

173 months

Friday 28th June
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The Festival of Speed is next week so it may well be the real deal, having a bit of a shakedown.

Cheib

16,778 posts

120 months

Friday 28th June
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thecremeegg said:
I saw something go past me yesterday that I wanted to I.D but I only have the fact it was like a 50s Ferrari style race car with wheel bumps above the bodyline front and back, and it was red biggrin
Original Testa Rossa maybe https://www.classicdriver.com/en/article/cars/tom-...

AW10

3,561 posts

194 months

Friday 28th June
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SweptVolume said:
Morning all. For the past two mornings, I have seen an old, and potentially unusual Porsche drive past my house. I'm not that great with vintage cars, but my first thought was that it was a Speedster, but a quick Google suggests that the 356 isn't quite right.

Short of waiting outside in the hope that it drives past again and manically stepping into the road to ask, here's my blink and you miss it description:

  • Silver
  • 2 seat convertible
  • Probably early 1960s
  • Very low, but not quite as "round" as the 356
  • It has one of those period aerodynamic humps at the back, to help the air move past the driver's head
In other news, I also saw a Ferrari 308 that had been fitted with an electric motor. I'm still trying to work out why anyone would do that...
This VW?


ooid

1,560 posts

45 months

Saturday 29th June
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It could be 550 or 718 replica.. some of them have really strange body-kits on

SweptVolume

Original Poster:

378 posts

38 months

Thursday 4th July
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Spotted it again this morning, driving past my house at roughly the same time. Could this chap be using it to commute to work?! Hero if he is!

Managed to get a couple of paparazzi shots. Still think it's the 550A





Definitely a Porsche; says Porsche along the bonnet.

Pothole

27,349 posts

227 months

Thursday 4th July
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Registered as 550 Spider.

2006cc

It's a replica

rallye101

117 posts

142 months

Thursday 4th July
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550TH
VOLKSWAGON SPIDER
Check another vehicle

Colour
Silver
Fuel type
Petrol
Date registered
11 October 1972

On the DVLA

CanAm

4,631 posts

217 months

Tuesday 6th August
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Pothole said:
Registered as 550 Spider.

2006cc

It's a replica
I'm sorry - you're wrong. the OP said "Definitely a Porsche; says Porsche along the bonnet." biggrin

kingroon

54 posts

71 months

Thursday 8th August
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Nice plate on it..

Redarress

505 posts

152 months

Thursday 8th August
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I dont think any spiders were built RHD ?