/Porsche 550 Tribute by Vintech Preview

Porsche 550 Tribute by Vintech Preview

Vintech P550 1 at Porsche 550 Tribute by Vintech Preview

Porsche 550 is a sports car from the 1950s and its very famous for killing James Dean. It was light, fast and agile, but it handled like a frog. Still, it is one of the most remarkable cars in Porsche’s history, which is why a French firm called Vintech decided to come up with a modern interpretation of it as a tribute to the Little Bastard. The car is being readied for its debut at the Quail Motorsport, Pebble Beach Concours.

Vintech’s P550 is not a Spyder like Dean’s car, but a hard top, which makes the whole thing look very close to its ancestor — the Beetle. Apart from the retro body though – which by the way is made entirely out of carbon fibre – it’s a pretty modern car. The original 1.5 liter engine has given its place to a new 3.0 liter boxer with nearly 300 horsepower, while the weight remains the same 550 kg, hence the name of the car.

Vintech P550 2 at Porsche 550 Tribute by Vintech Preview

So on paper the car should be incredibly fast, but since it’s a one-off tribute it doesn’t really matter. Mind you, as is the case with these one-offs, they will probably make more if they find customers willing to write a big check.

We’ll have more details on the P550 at Pebble Beach, so stay tuned.

Vintech P550 3 at Porsche 550 Tribute by Vintech Preview

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