Aluminum Body Handbuilt Porsche VW Frankfurt Flyer Vintage Okrasa Spyder 550

Price: US $75,000.00 Item location: Alexandria, Minnesota, United States
  • Make: Other Makes
  • Model: Frankfurt Flyer Aluminum Spyder Porsche VW 550
  • Trim: Sports Racer
  • Year: 1962
  • Mileage: 11
  • VIN: 4585969
  • Engine size: 4 Cylinder
  • Drive type: Rear
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1962 Other Makes Frankfurt Flyer Aluminum Spyder Porsche VW 550

This listing is for the commissioned build of chassis #004 of the Frankfurt Flyer. The Frankfurt Flyer started as a dream of hammering out my own aluminum bodied sports racer similar to the post war speed enthusiasts of Germany. In 2012 I completed my first car and since have built 3 more of this design for fellow speed enthusiasts. Please understand this listing is for an unbuilt car because nearly every detail is bespoke to your personal taste literally hand built. The delivery time takes 10 months from initiation. History: THE EARLY DAYS Shortly after WWII in war-torn Germany a small group of speed enthusiasts emerged from tool rooms and barns sporting lightweight aluminum bodied race cars across the German countryside. These cars were purpose built with one goal in mind speed. The cars shared common underpinnings most often in the form of scrap Volkswagen and aircraft pieces from the left over military vehicles. Early day "Privateers" such as Petermax Muller and Huscke von Hanstein traded scarce food supplies with Wolfsburg engineers for modified Porsche and VW parts to build the Petermax Muller Special. The Muller Special was built on a Kubelwagen chassis with Schwimmwagen front suspension and highly modified Vogelsang heads. The car went on to win and set records in the first Postwar days of racing. Other "Eigenbau" (translated Home-built) Aluminum bodied specials included Kurt Kuhnke's VW beetle based racer and the sleek Rometsch Porsche. One racing special made a name for itself that was Walter Glockler's VW "Eigenbau." After the war Glockler had opened his Frankfurt VW Dealership and had a long standing interest in motorsport. He appointed the ingenious race engineer Hermann Ramelow to build his chassis and coachbuilder C.H. Weidenhausen to wrap the car in its beautiful aluminum skin. The car began wearing a VW badge but in a short time Porsche had approached Glockler pressuring him to put the Porsche name on his car in exchange for Porsche parts. The deal was done and the Glockler Porsche was born. Glockler went on to build several variations of his Porsche Specials all bodied by C.H. Weidenhausen eventually the car would give birth to the Porsche 550 Spyder. The Frankfurt Flyer Shown in the following photos is #FF003 the third of the "Frankfurt Flyer" series. I teamed up with longtime VW/Porsche builder Chuck Beck who developed the steel Tubular frame chassis and VW based fully adjustable suspension. The engine was built by Landspeed record holder and Porsche/VW engine expert Tom Bruch for this car. The case comes from a 1958 VW 36HP engine. Tom took a counterweighted Porsche 912 Crankshaft and modified it to fit the VW main bearings increasing the stroke from 64MM to 74MM. Tom also installed an ISKY 2J camshaft. This is the very cam that was given to him from Ed Iskenderian in 1966 and which he later set a landspeed record with in 1967. Tom used Wolfsburg West Dual port heads and dual carbs to obtain healthy airflow for a total output of 85HP. The car weighs in at 1250LBS. Single Cockpit with lightweight aluminum tonneau and wrap around windscreen. With Tonneau Removed the car is a 2 seater with "Double Bubble" windscreen. Under the hand shaped aluminum skin is a "Superleggera" type tubular buck. I form all tubing by hand as a guide for the final panel work. Fabricating the Gauge bezel Skinning out interior and outer panels A wonderful little machine starts to take shape. And finally a functional and sensational driving lightweight sports car. This offering package includes:
  • Steel Ladder Frame Chassis with Mid Engine configuration 85" Wheelbase
  • Custom Built Vintage Speed Powerplant by Tom Bruch
  • VW Wide 5 Drum Brake
  • VW 4 Speed Transaxle
  • 12V Electrical System
  • VDO Gauge Package
  • Early VW/Porsche Type Headlamps
  • Beehive Tail Lamps
  • Hand hammerd ALU body left in raw finish with hand painted livery
  • 2 Seat cockpit with dual windscreen (Racing Tonneau optional)
  • Driver and passenger door access
  • Porsche 356 type reproduction steel 15" wheels
  • 1962 VW Title/Registration

10 Month Delivery.

Please inquire for additional options: Chris Runge at 320 491 5316 Thanks for viewing my listing.