You dont see one of these every day

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Ned Gorski
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You dont see one of these every day

#1 Post by Ned Gorski » Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:15 pm

To cool not share

I recently acquired an original 550 spyder top and frame with a bunch of other 356 stuff
From what i was told the 550 top spent pretty much all its life
Sitting long forgotten on a shelf.
Surprisingly the canvas is still very ply able. Probably because its single layer
canvas. . No rubber like the cab tops
I have lots of close up pics if any one is interested to see them, pretty cool time capsule

Regards Ned

55 continental cab
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Re: You dont see one of these every day

#2 Post by Adam Wright » Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:32 pm

It was probably taken off on day 1! Very cool.
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Re: You dont see one of these every day

#3 Post by max handley » Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:49 pm

Wow , that is awesome Ned.
 

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#4 Post by Jules Dielen » Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:59 pm

What an amazing find, now all you need is the car to install it on!
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#5 Post by Charles H Jacobus » Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:23 pm

What was the maximum speed with the top up, 30MPH?

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Re: You dont see one of these every day

#6 Post by Scott Halperin » Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:32 pm

First Porsche air brake!

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Re: You dont see one of these every day

#7 Post by Ned Gorski » Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:44 pm

From what i was told the only reason for the top was because some rallies required the car to have a top and a spare tire
They didn't say the top had to be functionable...
Not sure if its true or not

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#8 Post by Charles H Jacobus » Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:39 am

Well, it would provide just a little protection if you were at a rally and a little five minute shower sprinkled on it.

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Re: You dont see one of these every day

#9 Post by Ron LaDow » Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:08 pm

Ned Gorski wrote:From what i was told the only reason for the top was because some rallies required the car to have a top and a spare tire
They didn't say the top had to be functionable...
Not sure if its true or not
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I think is was an FIA requirement, along with the 'spare tire rule', in the hopes of keeping the cars 'street automobiles' instead of pure race cars. As is obvious, it didn't take the builders long to figure a way around it.
The 917 'production' was also a rule 'workaround'.
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#10 Post by Jules Dielen » Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:15 pm

Ron LaDow wrote:
Ned Gorski wrote:From what i was told the only reason for the top was because some rallies required the car to have a top and a spare tire
They didn't say the top had to be functionable...
Not sure if its true or not
Regards
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I think is was an FIA requirement, along with the 'spare tire rule', in the hopes of keeping the cars 'street automobiles' instead of pure race cars. As is obvious, it didn't take the builders long to figure a way around it.
The 917 'production' was also a rule 'workaround'.
lol, yes that was the Piech trick, right? They had to show there was a run of 25 (?) but it did not specify they all had to run at the same time so only a few had a power train.
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Re: You dont see one of these every day

#11 Post by Sebastian Gaeta » Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:52 pm

The Scroghams showed a Spyder at a Parade in the 90's I believe that had a top like that. Ned's is only the second one I've seen though I am sure there are other people who have seen them too. Nice find Ned!
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Re: You dont see one of these every day

#12 Post by Doug McDonnell » Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:32 pm

As Mike Smith of PRS would say "rare as rocking horse muck".
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#13 Post by Sebastian Gaeta » Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:11 pm

Jules Dielen wrote:lol, yes that was the Piech trick, right? They had to show there was a run of 25 (?) but it did not specify they all had to run at the same time so only a few had a power train.

Jules, similar to what Ferrari is alleged to have done in 1962 with homologating the 250 GTO: https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/feat ... exico.html
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Re: You dont see one of these every day

#14 Post by Adam Wright » Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:22 pm

I've only ever seen one on a car.
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Re: You dont see one of these every day

#15 Post by Martin Benade » Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:46 pm

It is most attractive when stowed in its straps.

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