No other celebrities and their cars are as infamous as James Dean and his Porsche 550 Spyder. Adoringly named “Little Bastard,” James Dean had no idea that his beloved car would become his doom. Since James Dean died in a car crash involving his Porsche 550 Spyder, this car has become a celebrity in its own right. People have literally died to get their hands on this car (or parts). Nevertheless, the mystery behind this car is too creepy and fascinating to let go.
Since the accident, there have been many replicas of this car and people all over the world spend a lot of money on them. Does that make you wonder, what is the hype? What is so special about this specific model?
Stick around because we are about to uncover the mystery behind this mysterious car.
Celebrities and Their Cars – Porsche 550 Spyder; What Makes It So Special?
Famous people cars have always captivated us, but none have touched us like Porsche 550 Spyder. Maybe because this car is not present in any celebrity car collections, regardless of that, this car is much loved by all and they have very good reasons too.
First of all, this roadster car is very lightweight, which makes it perfect for people who are speed junkies. This car was basically inspired by Porsche 356, but without the iconic hard roof. It is intended to be a race car and it even won its very first one back in 1953. It has a flat-4 engine, with a 4-speed manual transmission.
With the horsepower of 110 at 6200 rounds per minute and a torque of 89 at 5000 rounds per minute, this little car packs a punch of speed and agility that will be associated with Porsche race car, thanks to the Porsche 550 Spyder.
It goes 0-60 in under 7 seconds and has a top speed of 140 mph. This versatile car is called a convertible sports car and many have gone so far and called it exotic even.
Beauty Is In the Eye of the Beholder – And In the Lines of 550 Spyder
This is a classically beautiful car and stuns you from every single angle. It has a low-slung design that fools people into believing that it is wider and longer than it really is. The headlights are raised and the hood is sloping downwards to complete the iconic Porsche looks. It seats just two passengers, the wheels are very skinny and the rear end has a mirrored like design.
The interior is a little cramped, but since it was meant to be aerodynamic, this is a necessary evil that you must come to tolerate. The seats are leather, a manual shifter, a metal dashboard and wire steering wheel complete the look.
When it was launched back in the 1950s, this tiny car had a price tag of $6,800. It may seem like nothing according to today’s standards, but it was a lot of money at that time. If someone was to sell his or her Porsche 550 Spyder now, they would get a whopping $6 million for this car. If auctioned, this is supposed to go higher than that, which is the norm with celebrities and their cars.
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