|This is Porsche Spyder
1500RS, Serial number 550-0030 being loaded for airfreight in 1955 to
Caracas, Venezuela......the Porsche factory called this effort
"Operation Caracas". This "Werkes" factory team
car was flown to South America for the Sportscar Grand Prix of Caracas. Huschke
von Hanstein drove the car in the race and managed an 8th place finish
against much more powerful competition from Ferrari and Maserati. This
Spyder was sold in Caracas to a privateer but not heard of for many
years. The car resurfaced in Florida in the early 1960's at a used
car lot after being traded for a pick-up truck.
The new owner raced the car during
the 1960's until the engine exploded. This Spyder was then stored for many
years until a new owner purchased and asked us to restore the car to
to view a photo essay of the restoration.