The Holmes Spyder is a stunning tribute to the extremely successful Porsche Spyder 550 which was campaigned throughout the 1950's.  Holmes motor company offer two incarnations of this formidable motor car, the Spyder 550 and the Spyder RS.  For more information about either please follow the relevant links  on the right.

A brief History of the Porsche Spyder 550.

The Porsche 550 Spyder followed from the earlier sales success of the Porsche 356 Speedster, the first production car to bear the Porsche name. Engineers realized that the 356 had a number of shortcomings when raced. The steel body was too heavy and the monocoque structure was too flexible. Porsche wanted a more competitive production race car, they returned to the original 356 prototype, built in 1948, which had used a space-frame separate chassis and had the engine mounted in front of the rear axle.  Work started in late 1952, and by spring 1953 a single mid-engined Type 550 was ready to go racing. It was a simple design, ladder frame chassis fitted with a hand-built aluminum body. The Volkswagen-based Super 1500 four-cylinder Boxer engine was mounted inboard of the rear axle, giving the design nearly 50/50 front/rear weight distribution with a driver aboard.  At the Paris motor show in October 1953 Porsche unveiled the mid-engine, two-seat production car prototype based on the race cars and called the Type 550. Actual production 550 Spyders didn't reach the market until October 1954.
  The origin of the name is said to be attributed to American Porsche importer Johnny Von Neumann because he felt that numbers like "type 550" and "356" were not suitable for the exuberant American market so he gave the names, Porsche Spyder (550) and Porsche Speedster (356). 
The engine delivered only 70 horsepower in street trim and didn't frighten the Jaguars or Ferraris of the day. However 550-01 won its class in its first race at the Nurburgring. A second car was built and 550-01 and -02s scored a one-two class finish in the Le Mans 24 Hours. The same cars went on to triumph in the Carrera Panamericana, the race which gave the Porsche the model name they still use today on cars directly descended from the 550.
  In 1956 Porsche engineers set about making the 550 better, they developed a new chassis and re-designed the car in the process. A lighter, stiffer space frame produced the 550A, weighing only 532kg. Ernst Fuhrman was commissioned to build a better engine and the result was the Type 547, a quad-cam engine that produced 110 horsepower at 7800 rpm, almost double the power of the stock 1500. The Fuhrman-designed engine, though complex, proved very reliable even in long-distance events. Before the 550 series was retired, the engine was tweaked to deliver 135 horsepower at a slightly less frenetic 7200 rpm.The 550A won a 1,000-kilometer endurance race at Nurburgring and finished first in the Targa Florio.
  The 550A ceased factory-supported racing in 1958, leaving its own legend behind and establishing the Porsche brand worldwide.
  Today only a dozen or so original Porsche Spyders exist and if you are lucky enough to see one of the remaining few it will be valued in excess of half a million pounds.



 Spyder 550 Classic driving experience coupled with modern practicality.
Spyder RS Beautiful retro lines and blistering race car performance.
 Options list    Full price list of all options available for the Spyder 550 and RS.