Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Musclecar Monday is neither!

Well, it's Wedesday for one, and this ain't a musclecar, but it's cool and cool's good enough.

Well, friends, it was a toss up today between the Porsche 904 and the 550 Spyder. But since this is supposed to be musclecar, and Porsches, while muscular, aren’t musclecars per se.
From Wikipedia:
Inspired by the Porsche 356 which was created by Ferry Porsche, and some spyder prototypes built and raced by Walter Glöckler starting in 1951, the factory decided to build a car designed for use in auto racing. The model Porsche 550 Spyder was introduced at the 1953 Paris Auto Show. The 550 was very low to the ground, in order to be efficient for racing. In fact, former German Formula One racer Hans Herrmann drove it under closed railroad crossing gates during the 1954 Mille Miglia.

The 550 / 1500RS or Spyder became known as the "Giant Killer", and gave Porsche its first overall win in a major sports car racing event, the 1956 Targa Florio.

The man, the myth, the legend:
Dean was driving west on U.S. Route 466 near Cholame, California, when a 1950 Ford Custom Tudor coupe, driven from the opposite direction by 23-year-old Cal Poly student Donald Turnupseed, moved to take the fork onto State Route 41 and crossed into Dean's lane. The two cars hit almost head-on. Dean was taken to Paso Robles War Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival at 5:59 p.m. by the attending emergency room physician.