James Dean 130

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James Dean 130

Postby JRGilbert » Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:22 am

Got a question
What's the deal with so many 550's with 130 decals?
Just doesn't make sense to me.

Imagine attending a car function, maybe in California, that seems to be where most of the replicas are located, and seeing 10 Spyders all lined up in a row with 130 on the hood.
How cool would that look? Like running into your ex and your wife is wearing the same dress.
Not good!

I asked this question on another site and you would have thought that the Spyder was built only so that James Dean could have one.
Had an author that James Dean dies at 24 with a 30" waist and somehow now lives forever and Porsche built the Boxster as a tribute to JD.
I'm not sure but I'd bet the Boxster was built to honor the 550, not James Dean.

Guess I'm different but I don't want what someone else has.
I want something different.
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Re: James Dean 130

Postby Carlos G » Sun Nov 13, 2016 6:01 pm

I don't get that Dean connection either.
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Re: James Dean 130

Postby Jeff550 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 2:44 pm

I always thought the Boxster is built as a tribute to the 550..... they even had a Boxster 550 limited edition....
Anyway I go the other way around, so I use the 986 as a donorcar for my 550 coupe gullwing project..hahaha
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Re: James Dean 130

Postby Ralphc » Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:26 pm

We've had nine at one event in NorCal a few years back; only one tricked out in James Dean fashion. Owner sold the car and now acts in porn movies. Can't say if there's a connection...
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Re: James Dean 130

Postby Larry Jowdy » Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:44 pm

When the Boxster was first released to the public, Porsche had a great commercial. It featured an old man who had just come out of a coma. One of the first things he did was to uncover his 550 and go for a ride. While driving he was passed by a Boxster. Porsche, with out a doubt produced the Boxster with the 550 in mind.
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Re: James Dean 130

Postby RVosari » Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:08 pm

Ralphc wrote:We've had nine at one event in NorCal a few years back; only one tricked out in James Dean fashion. Owner sold the car and now acts in porn movies. Can't say if there's a connection...



Hmmm...perhaps I should sell my car and see [8D]

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Re: James Dean 130

Postby Kris Courtney » Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:19 pm

At least it not so bad as the delorens have it
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Re: James Dean 130

Postby Jeff550 » Tue Nov 15, 2016 3:31 am

Larry Jowdy wrote:When the Boxster was first released to the public, Porsche had a great commercial. It featured an old man who had just come out of a coma. One of the first things he did was to uncover his 550 and go for a ride. While driving he was passed by a Boxster. Porsche, with out a doubt produced the Boxster with the 550 in mind.


That in mind, I wanted to melt both together, so I strip down the Boxster 986 as far as possible and nessecary and with a inner mid metal frame and GRP/Carbon body give it a classic 550 coupé look. Ofcourse I will take it in production on turn key base.
So modern mid engine technic and a tribute to the classic 550.....
It cannot be a " Little Bastard " as wheelbase and dimensions are larger, but makes it even a better Tribute.
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Re: James Dean 130

Postby Ricky99GSX » Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:23 pm

Larry Jowdy wrote:When the Boxster was first released to the public, Porsche had a great commercial. It featured an old man who had just come out of a coma. One of the first things he did was to uncover his 550 and go for a ride. While driving he was passed by a Boxster. Porsche, with out a doubt produced the Boxster with the 550 in mind.



Just had to go check that commercial again... Am I carzy to think that the one being passed by the Boxster is actually a replica? The rear bonnet seems to to be like the one in our cars :-k
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Re: James Dean 130

Postby Larry Jowdy » Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:16 am

Here's a link to the "Porsche Awake" commercial (Boxster/550 Spyder) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH1CaV17cM8
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Re: James Dean 130

Postby TSchommer » Thu Nov 17, 2016 7:34 pm

Ricky99GSX wrote:
Larry Jowdy wrote:When the Boxster was first released to the public, Porsche had a great commercial. It featured an old man who had just come out of a coma. One of the first things he did was to uncover his 550 and go for a ride. While driving he was passed by a Boxster. Porsche, with out a doubt produced the Boxster with the 550 in mind.



Just had to go check that commercial again... Am I carzy to think that the one being passed by the Boxster is actually a replica? The rear bonnet seems to to be like the one in our cars :-k


At the beginning it looks like a real Spyder, but the driving scenes look like a replica.
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Re: James Dean 130

Postby Ricky99GSX » Thu Nov 17, 2016 7:40 pm

That's what I was thinking as well, which is funny considering how most PCA clubs feel about them 😂
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Re: James Dean 130

Postby Jeff550 » Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:46 am

I will use the Boxster as donorcar for my 550 coupé project, but not only panelchange, but cplt body etc.
Found this #-o ...not my cup of tea, [-X but to give it a more 550 look....decals 130 in black !

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Re: James Dean 130

Postby RBP » Sun Nov 20, 2016 9:06 am

Not sure what is meant buy the "rear bonnet seems to be like the one in our cars". The car in the commercial has a flat area where the license plate mounts, that is true to the original. Unless you have a newer rear deck from Vintage (2010 or so) our cars are rounded in that area. At least that's what I understood, admitting I am no expert.
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Re: James Dean 130

Postby Ricky99GSX » Sun Nov 20, 2016 10:52 am

If you look at the rear arches/fenders on the one being passed by the Boxter you'll notice that they are high/tall like most replicas (new Vintage style excluded) 😎👍
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