Former design chief of VAG has revealed a secret project that nearly made it to production.
A few years back, there was hype surrounding Porsche’s secret project for an entry level roadster to sit below the Boxster in the hierarchy – but it never happened. A true competitor for the entry level BMW Z4, Mercedes SLC and Audi TT, the entry-level Porsche would have come with a sub-$50k USD price tag – but don’t let that fool you. Despite its cute design and minute dimensions, it could have easily taken the crown as the best handling roadster on the market.
Despite the denial, it turns out the German marque actually did built such a car. In fact, during the late 2000’s, Porsche was getting ready to enter the market with it. Ferdinand Piëch – grandson of the brand’s founder and former chairman of the Aufsichtsratsvorsitzender (supervisory board) at Volkswagen Group actually instructed VAG design chief, Walter de Silva to start working on a small roadster.
A tribute to the 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder ‘Lil’Bastard’ that famous actor and race driver James Dean rode to his death, Porsche was almost ready to introduce what was called the ’55One The Little Bastard Design’ as a production prototype.
Now retired, de Silva posted a few images of the car on his Instagram, and at first glance, it looks like an oddly modified Boxster. The design was ahead of its time, shaped on a new generation of Porsche – as it boasted a 2018 facelift 991 GT3 style bumper during the 997/987 years.
Unfortunately, not much is kown about the car, however from the photos, it looks like it could have been a whole heap of fun. Mid-mounted engine made clear from side vents; leather door straps skin to those found on Porsche’s lightweight track oriented models, and three-pedals with a striking chrome gated manual shifter.
We don’t know what happened with the prototype and why it never made it further than Porsche’s walls in Stuttgart, but its likely that the marque found the car too niche for the market. Anyhow, its still quite interesting to finally see the car that Porsche denied they ever built.