We caught up with the Vintech team at the Quail Motorsport Gathering to get a closer look at the team's 550 Tribute. As you may recall, the Paris-based company specializes in building concept cars for a number of manufacturers and wanted to show off its talents to the world at large. Under the attractive silver paint, every body panel on the 550 Tribute is carbon composite.

Styling aside, the real stunner is in the engine bay. Vintech tucked an in-house designed and built 3.0-liter flat four-cylinder engine in front of a Porsche gearbox. The block was milled from a solid chunk of aluminum and is fed by two Weber carbs, though the company says it could just as easily use fuel injection for better efficiency.

Despite having multiple offers for purchase, Vintech says the 550 Tribute is not for sale. Furthermore, it won't produce anything similar for mass consumption. And what did Porsche have to say about the one-off? According to Vintech, the German automaker stopped by to have a look at the retro-styled carbon fiber sports car and approved of the design and construction wholeheartedly.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow.. stunning worksmanship
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a Porsche Gullwing coupe! It's a strange beast in the German menagerie of '50s sports cars, part Porsche, part Mercedes. I think I'd have gone with conventional doors if I were creating a dream like this. But still, my hat is off to them. Beautiful.
      Cayman owner
      • 2 Years Ago
      I already own a perfect homage to the 550 coupe. It's a Cayman S. Beautiful, fast, Porsche quality, mid-engine balance, get it serviced at the local dealer. 80,000 trouble-free, enjoyable miles. Carries two sets of golf clubs in back and week-end luggage for two in front. Great A/C, Bose sound. How good is THAT?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Meh. Now if it had a reproduction Type 547 engine...
      • 2 Years Ago
      Even with FI...I am thinking there isn't anything efficient about a three point oh 4 banger... That car if effin' gorgeous though...probably pricey me thinks...
      • 2 Years Ago
      I christen thee: The Silver Dild.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would sell my soul for that car. Too bad it is not for sale. ..
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd cough up some cash for one if I had the resources...classy, fast, weird. Now, to win the lottery.
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