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1959 Porsche 356A Emory Outlaw Sunroof Coupe

Posted by WindingRoad about 2 weeks ago
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This 1959 Porsche 356A is a sunroof coupe that was restored and customized in 2012 by Emory Motorsports. The project was commissioned by the seller, who asked Emory to design and build a car as though Juan Carlos I of Spain had special ordered a vehicle from Ferry Porsche to rally around the countryside. Emory installed new floors and longitudinals, and also customized the bodywork with a through-the-hood fuel filler, recessed Marchal fog lights, and louvers on the engine lid. 911-style rear suspension was also installed and features narrowed trailing arms. Custom 15″ wide-five wheels are powder coated in satin black, and disc brakes are fitted at all four corners. The silver finish is a Carrera GT color, and Mobil Pegasus icons have been hand painted on the front fenders. The saddle brown leather interior features Roadster-style door panels and Spinneybeck woven seat inserts. Since being completed, the car was featured on Jay Leno’s Garage and in an online Forbes article about Rod Emory and his custom 356 creations. It was displayed at Luftgekühlt 4 in 2017 and has been documented extensively on social media by Emory. Originally powered by a FAT Performance Type 4, the car was re-engined earlier this year with an Emory-Rothsport 2.4L flat-four, which is paired with a Type 901 five-speed transaxle. This Outlaw 356 is now offered in Los Angeles with a California title in the seller’s name.

Rod Emory sourced a donor Porsche 356A 1600 sunroof coupe for the seller and then had it stripped, media blasted, and mounted to a rotisserie rack. The shell received a new steel cowl, floors, longitudinals, battery box, and door bottoms. The edges of the nose and tail were rounded and reinforced like a GT car, and the bumpers holes were also filled. The seams were then sealed and the chassis was cleaned and coated in epoxy.

The front hood was modified with a center filler for the fuel tank, the handle was removed, and leather straps were added. Custom stainless steel GT-style mesh guards were added to the headlights, and Marchal fog lights were recessed into the body. Wind wings were added using factory hinges and custom-shaped plexiglass. The exterior was finished in GT Silver, a Carrera GT color, when the project was completed in 2012. Emory repainted the car in 2019 when it came back to his shop for the engine replacement.

Louvers were added to the engine lid, and a 356 Outlaws badge adorns the single grille. The seller had a yellow California license plate fabricated, and a standard-issue California vanity plate, also reading “EMORY,” is included in the sale and pictured in the gallery. The reverse light lens is cracked.

Raydyot mirrors are attached to the front fenders, and the Mobil Pegasus on each side is hand painted. Custom 15×6″ alloy wheels have a wide-five bolt pattern and are powder coated in satin black while the axle hubs are finished in gloss black. The Dunlop SP Sport 5000 tires feature raised yellow lettering and show 2012 date codes. Four-piston CNC calipers and drilled rotors are fitted at all four corners.

The interior is upholstered in saddle brown leather and features Spinneybeck woven inserts on the seats. Roadster-style door panels are equipped with closing pockets, and tan square-weave carpets line the floor. Four-point, latch-and-link harnesses are mounted to the body-colored roll bar.

The shift knob and other escutcheons were finished in ivory white to match the steering wheel. VDO instrumentation includes a 904-style combination gauge to the left of an 8k-rpm tachometer. 10,800 miles are shown on the five-digit odometer, which reflects the distance driven since the 2012 build. Approximately 200 miles have been added since the new Emory-Rothsport engine was installed in 2019. The Blaupunkt AM/FM radio was restored and is equipped with mobile phone connectivity.

The 18-gallon Fuel Safe tank was powder coated black, and the trunk is equipped with a spare wheel.

The 2.4-liter Outlaw flat-four produces 205 horsepower and was designed by Rothsport Racing’s Jeff Gamroth, who previously served as crew chief for Porsche’s GT racing team. The sand-cast four-cylinder crankcase is based on the architecture of the dry-sump Porsche 3.6-liter M64 flat-six. It is equipped with twin-spark ignition, 48mm Weber IDA carburetors, and a fiberglass fan shroud. The shortened camshaft tower is machined from 6061 billet aluminum alloy, and Porsche factory parts are used internally where possible. The new engine was installed in early 2019 to replace a 2.7-liter FAT Performance Type 4.

Power is sent to the rear wheel through a five-speed 901 transaxle. Rod Emory modified the rear pickup points for his signature 911-style suspension, and the car also features front and rear anti-sway bars and custom narrowed trailing arms. Installing the dry-sump engine included adding a remote oil cooler in the passenger-side front fender well.

This 356 Outlaw was featured on Jay Leno’s Garage as part of an episode about Emory Motorsports. The video is from 2015, when the vehicle still had its FAT Performance pushrod engine. When Forbes.com profiled Emory Motorsports that same year, the seller and this vehicle were featured. Forbes quoted the seller, saying “the goal was to build an elegant looking car with brutal mechanicals.”

The car attended Luftgekühlt 4 as part of a display featuring Rod Emory’s cars. During load-in for the event, it was parked next to another Emory restoration, the 356SL which earned Porsche’s first class victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1951

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