Is the new Porsche Boxter Spyder going to live up to expectations of its older “50’s Classic” sibling? Only time will tell I think. The latest Porsche Boxter Spyder is not a direct incarnation of the legendary 50’s two seater racing car, but more of an inspiration from the classic 550 Spyder’s roots and its essence as a fun sports car.
The original Porsche 550 Spyder was produced between 1953 -1956 and was first raced at the famous “Nurburgring” in Germany in May 1953, running on methanol was victorious in the rain up against the works car’s Ferrari, Jaguar D-types and Mercedes 300 SLR’s which were considered the supercar racing favourites of that time. The following month the two 550 spyder’s were entered into the Le Mans 24 hour race and won first and second place in their class. The Porsche racing pedigree was born.
On a sad note It was in 1955 when the then Superstar Actor “James Dean” was killed whilst driving his Porsche 550 Spyder when he was involved in a road traffic accident. Later the classic Porsche 550 Spyder became immortalised, like the late film star himself and exemplifies the racing spirit of the 50’s.
The new modern Porsche Boxter Spyder has a lot to live up to with its historical legacy. The Boxter Spyder is a very different car from many perspectives, as it’s much bigger and has a lot more room and extra’s that would not be found on the 50’s model. The Boxter Spyder has been made in the spirit of the 550 Spyder’s legacy but with an added modern twist and refinements you would expect on a modern Porsche.
So if you want to see if there is a Porsche that appeals to you, why not pop into your local Porsche Specialist or the Bentley Dealership to see if you are tempted with any of their special super cars.