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Porsche 550 Spyder Replica 'Little Bastard'

Porsche 550 Spyder Replica in Crash, Movie, 1996 IMDB

Class: Cars, Racecar — Model origin: DE

Porsche 550 Spyder Replica 'Little Bastard'

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Owner of this vehicle: duck944t

Comments about this vehicle


Ralph DE

2007-01-05 19:14


Porsche 550 Spyder

Link to "www.prisonpotpourri.com"

carchasesfanatic ES

2007-01-05 19:17


They represent James Dean's crash :/

Exiv96 BE

2007-01-05 22:32


Vu le prix des vraies 550, c'est sans doute une réplique.

Ingo DE

2007-09-27 15:01


Did they have crashed an original Spyder? Faked, resp.rebuild ones are on the market.

vilero ES

2008-04-03 11:18


[Image: crash19964xe2.9287.jpg] [Image: i002526.jpg]

-- Last edit: 2013-05-29 01:21:10 (chicomarx)

duck944t US

2009-06-17 01:10


I currently own the car used in this movie. Mine was not crashed however as they used a donor car for that scene.


2009-06-17 01:16


Really? You must be pretty rich if you've got one of those, unless it's a replica.

stu DE

2009-11-24 16:01


The shown car is a replica, VW rims, who will crash a original 550 spyder for a movie!?

Cycolac Fan EN

2012-08-19 16:53


The director says in the laserdisc commentary the car is a replica by Beck and they only had one.

Malibu444 US

2012-09-10 23:20


There were only about 70 original 550 Spyders ever made and each one was a little different, even the shape somewhat. The original cars had 16" diameter wheels, narrow tires all around, and a cooling fan than draws air from both the front and back of the 4-cylinder boxer mid-engine's fan shroud. Many probably don't exist anymore and prices for those that do are more than US $1M when they are available.

The Beck replicas are stretched about 5 inches in length compared to the original in order to provide more space in the cockpit. The Beck cars are not built from any other car but have their own mid-engine tube chassis and a fiberglass body instead of an aluminum body. They normally use VW Beetle Type I components wherever possible so they can be very cheap to maintain and repair. The wheels are virtually always 15" diameter with 4 or 5 lugs and most owners use wider tires in back. With years of technological improvements it's easy to equip a Beck 550 with more horsepower, better handling and better brakes than the original cars if you want. Great fun to own and drive, and not particularly expensive.

There are other 550 Spyder replicas available that are built on a VW Beetle pan with the engine in the far rear that are not really true to the original car in any way.

-- Last edit: 2012-09-10 23:21:12

chicomarx BE

2013-05-29 01:51


Turnupseed never spoke of the accident except in this personal letter:

"I have had quite a bit of excitement in the last year, first starting back to school then the affair with Dean, Bought another car & a house so I am just now getting time to get my breath. I am enclosing some shots of mine & Dean cars. I had my ford fixed like we had planned on the ship. A 3/8 by ½ merk engine. I salvag the manifold and carbs are all that were left. A brand new set of Offenhouser heads gone, a (H) & M magneto run down the throught of a new eagel cam. But thank ­God I got out of it in one piece."

Also, Dean saying "That guy is gotta see me" is a myth, Porsche mechanic Rolf Wütherich didn't recall the moments before the crash.

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