The Porsche 550 was a racing sports car produced by Porsche from 1953-1956. In that time only 90 Porsche 550's were produced an impressive fact considering its dominance in the racing world at that time. The Porsche 550 is a mid-engined car, it was inspired by the Porsche 365 created by Ferry Porsche it was also inspired by the spyder prototype.
James Dean's 550
Perhaps the most famous of the first 90 Porsche 550s built was James Dean's, numbered 130 (VIN 550-0055), which crashed at the CA Rte. 46/41 Cholame Junction on September 30, 1955, resulting in Dean's death.