What is Parked in the Umstead Hotel and Spa Lobby?

It's not everyday that you see a Porsche, valued close to four million dollars, in a luxury hotel lobby.

I got the thrill of seeing this classic beauty when I visited the Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary yesterday. It was small enough to fit right through the front doors

 this 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder was checked in at the hotel to help celebrate the fall  opening of "Porsche By Design: Seducing Speed" exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 I am not really a car buff, but I could certainly appreciate this car's beauty. It's difficult to see the detail in the photo, but the back section of the vehicle opens via a perfectly positioned leather buckle.

There were few Porsche Spyders made in 1955. It was marketed as a race car.  Legendary actor, James Dean, owned a Porsche Spyder for just 9 days before he was killed in a car crash in the same model Porsche.  He was only 24-years-old.

Photo  Credit: The Daily Telegraph

The Umstead Hotel and Spa is always a lovely place to be no matter if there is a Porsche in the lobby or not.

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