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Made To Drive | S15 E17

Vintage Motorcars Porsche 550 Spyder Replica: Visceral

It may not be a genuine 550 Spyder, but this one is even more of a go-kart than the original.
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Babak Broumand
Babak Broumand

Hey Eric,
Love the enthusiasm! I’m in Lafayette and frequently drive on Bear Creek, what is the road you’re on? I don’t recognize it?

Eric Roth
Eric Roth

Hello Everyone! Thank you for the nice comments on the film, it was an honor to be asked to do the film. Petrolicious and the Director of the film were amazing during the 4 days of filming. Can’t imagine what 4 days made into 8 min must be like to edit. I absolutely love this 550, and all it has become. I learned so much building this car, and the tools it required to get it done. Most of which I had never used before so my learning curve was in building it and trying to get to my expected… Read more »

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Crossworth
Crossworth

Does anyone know Eric where was driving?

Petrolicious may want to feature the other cars in Eric’s garage.
I luv wood accents in Erics garage / work area.

Eric Roth
Eric Roth

It was in NorCal near Walnut Creek. Thanks for the nice comments on the garage and office. I built it as my working man cave, wanted it to have some soul and used reclaimed wood and new engineered wood. Never remolded a house before, I grew up in rentals. Was fun to learn how to remodel, and work with the wood and build. I made all you see in the film, tables, workbench built ins, cabinets, floors, etc. It didn’t exist when I bought the house, was just a dirt basement. I’m a product designer and my OCD can get… Read more »

Eric Roth
Eric Roth

few pictures of the garage and my little slice of office heaven.

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Robert in LA
Robert in LA

Interesting that your parents never punished you for painting racing stripes on your father’s car and taping up the headlights. Amusing story. I think that I did things as a child, that were so out of box, so unexpected, that my parents simply did not know how to react, and so they didn’t react. Oh. Nice car. I like all of the 550 replicas. This said, the Vintage Motorcars replica always had an edge in build quality. Fun to watch you form sheet aluminum. How many people can still do that?

Bryan Dickerson
Bryan Dickerson

Eric
Yes! I was obsessed with The Lovebug too! The first time I ever heard the word Porsche was when we left the theater. My older bro said “That Beetle musta had a Porsh motor”.
What an absolutely fabulous car you have! The fact that old Porsches are so readily replicated is one of life’s joys.

Mark St Clair
Mark St Clair

A fantastic car and one of the best videos seen on this site for quite a while. Not an ounce of pretentiousness, just a great car, wonderful workmanship and a story well told.

Eric Roth
Eric Roth

Thank you Sir!

Jan-Pieter
Jan-Pieter

Just love it…

Sotirios Bakaimis
Sotirios Bakaimis

great story

Nickg1933
Nickg1933

Very very nice Dean lovely job – your right original cars millions now
Bonhams Auction House sold one couple at Goodwood Revival – billed as top car in auction achieved crazy price enjoy your car

John Hewett
John Hewett

Perfect drivers car. I’ve been a Porsche fan since I was 5 years old. I understand the whole oh it’s not original thing but that’s for people who care about money. This car is for the people who want to drive it and smile! I have just the same fun and feeling driving my classic Fiats flat out. As an engineer I can improve the car to way better than when it was new, get satisfaction from the engineering and the driving. This guy has it just right.

Donald Compton

Great job. Beautiful car

DAVI FOLENA
DAVI FOLENA

tenho uma replica do 550 nas características originais é um carro de competição antigo sem exigências de conforto, quer conforto compre um Panamera

Matt Gerken

Fantastic car….for short people.

Dean Paquette

Phenomenal car to drive. I have had many people insult the car, but the reality is that if it was an original, I couldn’t drive it. These replicas are the absolute answer to having the pure driving experience of the original cars, without the Millions of $$.

jeff2
jeff2

Great perspective. Beautiful Car.