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One Custom 1/18th scale model of James Dean's 550 Porsche Spyder in the colors as it appeared in 1955 at the time of his death. The model itself started out as a plain old boring Maisto 550 and was transformed by me into the famous car that we all know and love.

As you can see, a fair amount of work goes into this transformation; here's a list:

•The car is lowered to the height James Dean had his lowered to.

•Interior completely redone, including adding the tiny arm rest pads to the doors, the correct colors for the seats, carpet... down to the black & white steering wheel hub. I also make my own red door panels.

•All black rubber gaskets are painted and the left front turn signal housing was broke out to match Dean's broken left signal lense.

•The racing numbers are added on to the car. I also add the Nurburgring badge on the left side and Wendler coach builder badges on both sides; and also his California tag on top of the grills in the back.

•Rear hold-down straps added to the engine lid.

•Rear red spears are painted onto the car-- not vinyl tape.

•Other slight details that stray from the stock Maisto piece are: dirty wheel hubs, windshield gasket is highlighted, painted exhaust, fuel stains on the front tank etc.

This car will look awesome displayed with other Porsche cars or a James Dean collection. Sorry about the price; I have it at a very reasonable amount to cover a third of the time I have in creating this cool car. You will love this car when it arrives! I make each one to order... so it takes a few weeks to complete your car, but well worth the wait!

----- This would make an awesome gift!! -----

**The cool James Dean vinyl figure shown in the photos is NOT included, but may be purchased for an additional $20, just let me know that you are interested in it to go along with your car. Also, some of the boxes that I use to pack the car back into (for safe shipping) are not exactly mint boxes, due to age etc. I purchase the cars off eBay and most of the times the boxes come to me in rough shape.

Custom 1/18 scale toy car of a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder JAMES DEAN Version


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  • Materials: toy, diecast, car, paint, metal, plastic
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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