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Vintage Motorcars Porsche 550 Spyder Replica: Visceral

May 30, 2020



Eric Rothenhaus comes from a family that viewed cars differently than he did. Whereas a six-year-old Eric bought into the idea that cars are living things from watching the adventures of a certain Volkswagen in The Love Bug, his parents simply used their cars to get around. But still, ever since he painted some racing stripes and taped up the headlights of his dad’s Jeep, Eric has been infatuated with cars. A product designer by trade, Eric appreciates beautiful packaging along with a visceral driving experience in his sports cars, and this beautiful replica Porsche 550 Spyder packing 200 horsepower certainly checks those two boxes.

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  • You’re playing chess on god mode if you are able to trade your Jeep for a Corvette

    Alex May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • Beautiful. Always loved the style these things exude. Even the pedals and shifter are so stylish. Love it.

    Body-kitted 316-shed May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • Manufacturers need to do a recognised replicas, giving top replica cars more credibility. It’s a small thing to give back to the skilled person how crafted and built it.

    Rod D May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • Nice!

    1080sucks May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • I worked with Eric, knew he was talented and was really into cars. I respected him even more when I learned that he worked hard his whole life to get to where he's at today. This guy is the real deal and it's wonderful to witness his passion for the driving experience. Thank you Petrolicious.

    Bernard Morris May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • 5 seconds in AAAAND smashed the like button.

    Gene Mounce May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • Very enjoyable. Perfect way to start my day. Thanks for the awesome content.! LUV the porsche brand.

    ginormousbones May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • Beautiful 550 replica.

    dubdaze68 May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • I'd love to see more pictures of that garage/shop. Very cool. He needs a Garage Journal thread to show it off.

    J C F May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • He's wrong about original it had 140 and weighed 1150 that's 8.5ti 1 hp to weight. Most replicas are fiberglass and weigh 1400 or more.

    Ruthless Reid May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • Oh man, banjo style steering wheel, aluminum dressed interior, "wide-5" brakes, correct VDO style gauges and a proper big-bore dual carb VW engine with 911 style fan shroud! So simple and so tastefully done. I long have loved the 550 and if I ever built one, I don't think it would be much different than this. Kudos to Petrolicious for highlighting a replica 550 owner (period) let alone one with such passion for the marque!

    Eric, on the odd chance that you read this, Herbie was my gateway to a love of all things automotive also. I've owned my "Herbie" now for half my life and it's never too late to build your own tribute to "The Douglas Special." (o5!3/o)

    Mike Dyer May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • Such a beautiful car!!! In my opinion modern cars, however extreme their performance might be, just don't come anywhere near the best of the classic vintage sports car designs from this era. The 550 Spyder and the 718 are my two favourite Porsche cars ever built.

    TheJTM45 May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • Terrific video – great car, great build; enjoy it in great health …. and email me if you want to let it go 😛

    SOGANGSTA May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • There's a reason James Dean chose a 550 Spyder…

    Peter P May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • RIP James Dean

    Hyper-sympathetic Telepathic Machine May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • Wow cool Video. Brings back memories. I had Beck 550 Sypder # 48 built by Greg Leach @ Vintage Spyders in the late 90’s The car was incredibly quick like a motorcycle but with a fiberglass egg shell body for maximum protection. Everything in this video is true about the feelings it gives you when driving it. It defines visceral. I felt completely defenseless driving it. It was so easy to drift with the throttle. Mine had a 2109cc with 170 hp. It only weighed 1200 lbs. it was a four speed with a swing axle, discs all around, silver with maroon leather and maroon rear quarter stripes. Crazy stuff🏁👍. I still wish I had it😀

    Graem Elliott May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • What do these replicas typically cost?

    First Name Last Name May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • Great refinement and improvement Eric! I'm salivating…….. 🙂

    Johnnie Guitar May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • Such a work of art. One of the best vintage sports cars ever!

    Nick Wetherbee May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • how can I buy one?

    John Beasley May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • Spent more time talking about the steering wheel, than the motor. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bango spoked wheel, but… is it air cooled, Porsche, VW, Subaru???

    Robert Beirne May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • that is exactly how a low car should look .. great work sir

    reviews and repairs May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • I just don’t agree with the word “replica”, it can be a “tribute” build kit car, a try replica in the word is a replication of an original item and these are really far away from the original ones… also I don’t get why people always put an engine with almost double the power of what the car was engineered 65 years ago?… if I could have a replica I would like to replicate it to be as similar to the original as possible…

    51reutter May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • Okay so just who are the 21 butt munchers who gave this video a thumbs down?

    abuhamza1970 May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • very cool – I have a mate who is having an alloy 550 hand built that will run a new porsche motor in Australia by an old fella that worked in the UK with Aston – due to be finished this year.

    Tony F May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • This was a perfect Petrolicious production. Great job capturing the essence and making us feel a part of it.

    Aggressive Mediocrity May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • I want one so bad!!!

    christurbo951 May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • You deserve that car. You get it. Connection between man and machine.
    I too am a car designer. Well done. That car is a work of art. Your art.

    Archimedes May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • Rich Boy NICE LIFE 👍😆

    Frankie Bella May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • Wow, this Petrolicious crew has again upped their film making game. The production value is unreal here, and some of those shots and details. Speechless.

    Nigel Smart May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • Wow que bueno que siguen sacando contenido a pesar del coronavirus.

    Cesar Ocon May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • so its Fiberglass, not aluminum

    SSimpson408 May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • I understand the feeling this guy is explaining, I feel the same thing when I drive my beach/street buggy, my dad used to hate it until I "forced" him to drive it by sitting in the passenger seat.. when we were finished driving, he had the biggest smile ever and just said; "now I understand"

    Aleksander Øyen May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • Love this video!!! Thanks

    Mike Smith May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • Excellent narration

    r3d_ti3_guy May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • Wonderful story. Sounds like your and my parents viewed cars alike. And then they wondered what happened to their son…. 😉

    MG77 May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • Nothing beats blasting around in a analog masterpiece such as this 550 🙂

    Vampirebear13 May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • Looks like a car out of Speed Racer. very nice. 🙂

    wayne martin May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • Great video! Love the spare spark plugs located between the seats — good touch. In fact I remember seeing your car in Monterey and admiring it. Oh and I noticed another go-kart in the garage at the 1:59 mark — Lotus Exige.

    Atypical Driver May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • Another Great car video from Petrolicious by the very talented Andrea Giacomni! Love it!

    PanAmRacer May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • Well done. I love his English wheel that he’s using in the shop. 👍

    Gary A May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • Love it!

    Alejandra Melghem May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • I don’t know why but this one really appealed to me. Every once in a while petrolicious gets me

    Hunter James May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • Not blue, silver✔️😁👍🍻💙

    Surfside May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply
  • I have some bad news for the owner – that type 1 VW engine with dual carbs and larger pistons isn’t putting out anywhere near 200hp. Even a Type IV has to run massive displacement to get close to that number.

    Ghia356 May 30, 2020 8:58 am Reply

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