Porsche 550A Spyder, previously owned by Kenya based British racing driver, being auctioned by Sotheby’s

1957 Porsche 550A Spyder
1957 Porsche 550A Spyder by Wendler. Photo: Sotheby's

A 1957 Porsche 550A Spyder by Wendler, one of just 40 units built, is going under the auctioneer’s hammer at the RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba sale in Como on 25 May.

Initially sold to Danish racing patron Preben Andersen, this model competed in local racing events in Scandinavia, before then being sold in late 1958 to Kenya based British racing driver John Manussis.

Manussis won the East African Safari Rally several times, often employing Lucille Cardwell as his navigator. Following an unrelated accident that left Manussis unable to drive, Cardwell took the wheel alone and she twice roared to victory at the Nakuru Park Motor Circuit in December 1961.

By early 1962, the Porsche passed into the possession of Mrs. Cardwell and her husband, William J. Cardwell, and they continued to campaign the car from their home in Tanzania.

Later in the decade, the spyder was sold to Gordon Crow, a dealer in Nairobi, and he repainted the car blue and entered numerous local events.

During his ownership, the 550A was seen in 1969 by Porsche engineer and soon to be factory driver, Jürgen Barth.

You can see this and the other lots up for auction on the Sotheby’s website.

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