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The Porsche Spyder 550 for 1955 was soon to become known as the “giant killer”. The Spyder was first seen by the public at the Paris motor Show in 1953 with production starting shortly after. The car is built low to the ground for cornering, so low in fact, that a German Formula One racer drove his under a closed railway crossing gate during a race. A later version, the 550A, sporting a lighter, rigid space-frame chassis gave Porsche its first major win in 1956 at Targa Florio.
A successor of the Spyder is the Porsche 718 which also had great success on the sports car circuits in the’50’s and ‘60’s. Released in 1996, the Porsche Boxster is a car that owes many design characteristics to the Spyder 550 and is considered to be a resurrection of the giant killer by some.
“Rebel Without a Cause” star and 1950's teenage heart throb, James Dean purchased one of the first 90 units, number 55 to be precise, of the Spyder 550 built and his car is perhaps the most famous Porsche vehicle ever made. Jimmy Dean was a hero to the youth of the early to mid ‘50’s and well known to be a bit of a rebel-with no cause- to many. His “little bastard” 550 Porsche, with the number 130 the VIN 550-0055, and James Dean have both become the stuff legends are made of.
The story goes something like this:
In September 1955 as James was finishing up his latest movie “Giant” he quietly decided to trade in his Porsche 356 on a new Spyder 550 with red leather bucket seats. The one he chose had red trunk stripes done by the factory in Stuttgart. James promptly took it his new roadster to Dean Jones paint shop and had a pin stripper paint the number “130” on the hood, trunk lid, and sides of his new car. Jimmy then had the painter script the words “Little Bastard” on the trunk lid. Jimmy then took “little bastard” to sign up for a road race in Salinas on October 1st and 2nd 1955 –racing cars was something his movie contract said he could not do.
The reason he had the name scripted was in a showing of contempt directed towards his employers. A Warner Brothers Studio stunt driver, fellow race driver, and friend had nick named Jimmy “little bastard”, jokingly, because he was continuously was giving Warner Bros. a problem. The latest fiasco is James had been living on studio grounds in a trailer he had used while filming months before and just never left it; he had been asked to vacate many times. The "Lil Bastard" moniker was picked up by management and it stuck. Jimmy left for Salinas on September 30, 1955 and on California route 46/41 at Cholame Junction was where James Dean crashed his new 550 into a 1950 Ford Custom and Jimmy, a giant to some, never finished his movie "Giant". He died on the spot and the giant became a legend.
The 550 is powered by a 1498 CCM flat 4 cylinder mid-mounted engine producing 137 bhp and 129 Nm of torque at 6200 rpm. Equipped with the factory installed four speed standard transmission it will do 0-97 km/h (60 mph) in 8.2 seconds and the standing quarter mile in 16.1 seconds
The original Porsche 550 was available from the factory as a two door coupe and as the two door Spyder convertible. Of all the classic cars this particular design is one of the most common models to be reproduced. Some of these custom built cars are close to exact original specifications and in a variety of materials from fiberglass to aluminum.
These fastback Torino are cool Cars from the factory.. but this one has a very cool story behind it...Car people understand that cars are not just transportation ...Troy's Dad was killed in one of these Cars....He had three...This one sat out side His Grandmothers kitchen window until She pasted....Troy's Uncle than gave him the car...He has restored it over the past several years and now isn't afraid to raise some hell in it...Just like His Dad would have....Cool Car...With a cool story....Check it out!!
The G4 Malibu was produced from 1978 thorough '83 and is the first generation where the Malibu nameplate replaces the retired Chevelle. These new era vehicles are shorter, about 1,000 lbs lighter and more efficient than the previous line up; which all totaled adds up to a little bit boring to a MCF. The entry level engine is a 200 CID-V6, then a 229 CID (3.9 L) V6, and the top of the list is the 305 CID (5.0 L) V8. The transmission offers from the factory include a 3 speed automatic or the choice of a 3 or 4 speed standard.
For muscle it does not get any better than this for a 10 year or more period. The wagon pictured here is powered by the 305 sporting IROC tune port induction and is coupled to a 700R4 automatic transmission
Next time you’re cruising around Adelaide, Australia, possibly on Seaview Road near Henley Beach, keep your eyes open for a very pretty, red 1965 Chevy II Nova SS. If you spot the car, be sure to say “g’day” to Alf. If he has the time, he may show you around his pride and joy. This car sports its original California plates, as first installed, in the dealer frames supplied by Hovey-Dallas Chevrolet. He imported the muscle car in 2008.
Alf has taken great pains to keep the ’65 Chevrolet Nova SS as close to original showroom condition as possible. Alf’s Nova is powered by a 283 mated to a two-speed PowerGlide transmission. The car is complete down to the near-perfect interior and even has the original owner’s manual in the glove box with the VIN plate still attached.
Alf acquired this gem with its pedigree included. The Nova SS had two very old original owners, and Alf is the third. The car was repainted, no thanks to some paint damage by unruly birds while in storage for 15 years. Alf also took the high road by flushing, then recoating the gas tank. He replaced the complete brake system, as well. The only variations from factory spec are the dual exhaust Flowmaster mufflers that make a slight increase in power and a better sound on acceleration, plus a new set of mags. Alf even removed the dealer-installed air conditioning to keep the car as it was from the factory, which he may regret during the summer.
Chevrolet introduced the Chevy II for the 1962 model year with the mandate of “maximum functionalism with thrift,” according to then-Chevrolet general manager Ed Cole. The Chevy II was designed to compete with the Ford Falcon, the top seller in the American small car market. The Chevy II it took top prize for sales that year over the revolutionary Chevy Corvair, which was the only other car Chevrolet had in this category.
Chevy designer, Clare MacKichenhad this to say about the development process: “no time for experimenting or doodling around with new ideas. We had deadlines to meet. This was possibly the quickest program ever to go from the exec offices to the showrooms.” The Chevy II progressed from the drawing board to the street in just 18 months.
The Chevy II is a basic compact car of conventional design (engine in front with rear-wheel drive) that went from the drawing board to production quickly with the designers and engineers working 24/7 to complete the new project. It reached the Willow Run, Michigan assembly line in August 1961 for its September 29 release into dealerships. The new Chevy II rode on a 110-inch wheelbase, a bit longer than the Falcon’s 109.5 inches.
Choosing the name for the new compact, first-generation Chevrolet was an issue. In the end, Chevrolet chose the moniker Chevy II because of the “C” at the beginning of the word to keep in line with other Chevrolet products. One of the proposed names that was not chosen was “Nova,” which Chevy ended up using as the name for the luxury version of the Chevy II. In the 1969 model year, Chevrolet dropped the Chevy II badge, and Nova finally became the nameplate and not a luxurious variation of the compact model.
Chevy designers had their eyes on the Falcon. With the ’62 model came the choice of many power combinations and a full range of body styles. A two-door hardtop, a convertible and a full range of sedans and station wagons were available from the start. 23,741 Chevy IIs were produced the first year, but the top of the line is the Nova 400 Chevy II, which sold in ’62 for the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $2,475.