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AutoHunter Spotlight: Porsche 550 Spyder Replica

James Dean would approve


Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by, is this 2002 Porsche 500 Spyder replica. Made by Thunder Ranch and built in 2008, this 1950s Porsche recreation is powered by an air-cooled Volkswagen flat-four paired to a four-speed manual transmission. Features include four-wheel disc brakes, four-wheel independent suspension and wood-rimmed steering wheel. Finished in silver over burgundy, this 550 Spyder replica currently being auctioned comes with a clear title.

The metallic silver exterior features sealed-beam headlights, Porsche emblems, chrome windscreen frame, driver-side mirror, forward-tilting hood and rear-tilting engine cover. The seller states there is a small paint chip on the passenger-side door.

A set of chrome 10-hole wheels is wrapped in Vredestein radials.

The two-seater cabin features burgundy vinyl bucket seats, tan square-weave carpeting with maroon trim, floor-mounted manual shifter and wood-rimmed steering wheel.

A 130-mph speedometer, 6,000-rpm tachometer, and combination gauge for the fuel level and engine temperature are located ahead of the driver. The odometer reads 1,300 miles, which the seller believes to be accurate.

Power is provided by an Volkswagen 2.3-liter flat-four paired with dual Weber carburetors and four-speed manual transmission. Gear ratio is 3.88.

This car is equipped with a four-wheel independent suspension with Bilstein rear shocks. Braking is provided by manual cross-drilled discs. A single tubular exhaust outlet exits at the rear.

The title lists the car as an SB100 Specially Constructed Vehicle.

This 2002 Porsche 550 Spyder replica’s auction ends on Monday, January 16, 2023, at 2:20 p.m. (MST)

Visit the AutoHunter listing for more information and photo gallery

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in metropolitan Phoenix.


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