Rare Porsche 550A Spyder heads to Mecum Monterey auction

(June 28, 2018) The Porsche 550A Spyder ranks among the all-time royalty at the head table of Porsche history. One of these rare models — one of only 39 built and a three-time race winner during the 1958 season — will head to the auction block at The Daytime Auction in Monterey, California. Mecum’s annual event on the Monterey Peninsula takes place Aug. 23-25.

The 1958 Porsche 550A-0141 Spyder captured three wins during its maiden 1958 season with driver Ernst Vogel, who just happened to be a virtuoso composer and professional concert pianist as well as a successful racer —  not a combination you see every day.

After its European racing tour, the 550A-0141 Spyder was returned to Porsche KG, reconditioned and then sold to Connecticut Porsche dealer and road-racer Harry Blanchard, who entered it in SCCA regional events along the East Coast.

Today, the car is owned by Porsche enthusiast Steve Terrien of Issaquah, Wash., who located the car in a warehouse in 1984. Throughout the next 30 years, the car underwent a fanatical comprehensive restoration that was done to exacting standards with such experts as the Kimmins brothers and the late Bill Doyle working their magic on the 550A Spyder. This breathtaking machine has accrued fewer than 600 miles of pleasure driving since completion of its restoration and currently presents in near flawless condition.

This jewel of a car will be joined by 600 other fine machines at Mecum Monterey 2018.

The auction is open to buyers, sellers and spectators.