Porsche 356 Super (1953 La Carrera Panamericana) - 1:43 Scale Model Car
Though his business was coffee, wealthy Guatemalan grower Manfredo Lippmann's passion was motor racing. During the golden age of Latin American open road racing, Lippmann founded one of the Western Hemisphere's most formidable privateer teams: the Asociación Guatemalteca de Caminos. Purchasing five Porsches to contest the 1953 running of La Carrera Panamericana under the AGC banner, Lippmann personally piloted a 356 Super in a solo effort to conquer the 1.6-liter sports class in the grueling 3,000-kilometer open road race. Though Lippmann would fail to finish that year, his team's sister 550 Spyder would give Porsche its first-ever class win in La Carrera (an occasion that would have lasting ramifications on the German carmaker's model-naming procedure!) Because of this success, Lippmann's efforts to marshall a "local" team to rival the factory efforts of Lancia and Lincoln would forever establish him as one of Central America's most important auto racing figures.
TSM's 1:43-scale resin replica of Manfredo Lippmann's Porsche 356 Super Coupe is an intriguing tribute to the legacy of one of the great characters of 1950s motorsport. It features gorgeous paintwork and beautifully replicated race wheels and exhaust. Though not a race-winner, the AGC 356 Super is a fascinating footnote in Porsche history, as well as a certain influence to future "outlaw" 356s, and TSM's miniature version is a must-add to serious collections of vintage Porsche models.
SPECIFICATIONS: 1:43 scale (approximately four inches in length). Resin body, no opening parts. Fixed-position steering. Comes with acrylic dust cover and embossed display base.
PERFECT FOR: Air-cooled Porsche devotees. Vintage racing enthusiasts. Those who respect a quality privateer effort.