Bandits of Burbank: Porsche 356 Outlaws
When Rod Emory revealed his 356 to his friends they were shocked and amazed. The OUtlaw 356 had been born.
The 356 ‘Outlaws’ were born in the back workshop of a Californian Porsche parts shop owned by Gary Emory. His son Rod now runs Emory Motorsports, where you can have one of these works of automotive art built to your specifications. Rod grew up in his dad’s warehouse building go karts and other contraptions from surplus Porsche parts. At 14 his attention turned to restoring a car of his own, and a 356 was chosen as the lucky candidate.
When Rod revealed his modified 356 to friends they were shocked and amazed. The Emorys had removed the bumpers and added rally inspired fog lights and bonnet straps. They had also lowered the ride height (properly, using Porsche parts and expertise). One friend remarked that the car would make outlaws of the Emorys at Porsche concours events, and they were right. There was no category for judging the Outlaw 356 at the time, and sometimes they were denied entry to the events altogether. Rod didn’t care. This was a car for driving, not polishing and worrying about.
Despite the initial hatred from Porsche puritans, the Outlaw style really gained traction in enthusiast circles. Rod knew he was onto a win when he overheard one Porsche engineer ask another if the car had been built by the Porsche factory as a special one-off. Today, you can have an Outlaw 356 with the transmission and suspension from a 911. For motivation, Emory will chop the middle two cylinders out of a 911’s flat-six and give your 356 a 200 horsepower flat-four. There’s even an Outlaw category at Porsche concours events nowadays. Not bad for a guy who used to be forced to park outside in the dirt.