Porsche ponders successor to 550 roadster

Porsche 550
A 1955 Porsche 550 RS from the Porsche Museum in Germany

By JAKE LINGEMAN on 7/21/2011

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Hot on the heels of Porsche 928 rumors from last week, the company's CEO, Matthias Müller, told a German newspaper that it's been contemplating a Porsche 550 successor as well.

Müller told Handelsblatt that he likes the idea of a variant of the famous roadster, which could have retro styling cues.

“I can imagine that such a modern version of the famous James Dean Porsche would be well received by our customers,” Müller told the paper.

He also spoke in the report about increasing the number of employees and raising the profile of the sports car even further.

The Porsche 550 was produced from 1953 to 1956. The 1500RS version became known as the “Giant Killer” for its race-winning ways. The 550 owned by James Dean—and in which the actor was killed—was called “Little Bastard.”

Replicas of the 550 can cost almost $40,000 today, while the originals still hold iconic status.

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