Is this Porsche 356A the most perfect restomod of all time?

Further proof that restomodding works when it's done properly

38w ago

I was trailing behind a first-gen 911 the other day and it was rather splendid but also rather hopeless. The engine sounded magnificent but you could tell it just didn't have the grunt to cash all the checks the amazing sound was writing. And then we got to a roundabout and things got worse because I, with my modern hatchback, hit the brakes and slowed down immediately whereas the Porsche was struggling. This is because, I know I'll get a lot of hate for it, the harsh truth is most classic cars don't really work in the modern world. Especially if they aren't in mint condition which, let's face it, that's often the case. This is where restomods come along. Bear with me on this.

Some people dislike restomods and I get it. I get it because restomods can be more practical than the classic cars they inspiration from but they're sometimes a bit flavourless. There's always something that doesn't work, a specific element or component that makes you say "yeah but why would you do this?". Today we're talking about a restomod Porsche which, in my humble opinion, really hits the spot.

It's based on a 1958 Porsche 356A but it comes with a variety of period-correct, and tasteful, upgrades. The exterior is modded with a new bumper, period-correct magnesium wheels with new disc brakes and a new stabilizer bar. There are also new fog lights and grid lights and a central Carrera exhaust.

It is available with both a hardtop or a soft-top and the cabin was revamped with top quality leather upholstery for the seats and part of the dashboard, for which they've also used aluminium, like they did for the steering wheel, and then it comes with what definitely looks like velour for the carpets. Excellent.

No mention of engine modifications, which probably means they've simply restored the 1.5-litre flat-four that powers the original vehicle. The price tag isn't listed either and while this particular model is still available on their website, the listing is now marked "reserved".

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Comments (22)

  • While reading this great article, I was thinking that wouldn't it be good if manufacturers re-visited their icons and have a limited run of them. For example Porsche would re-introduce 550 Speedster, Mercedes their SL's from 1950's - 1970's, BMW their 507 Convertible and Coupe, E9 "Batmobile" and/or E30 and Ferrari Testa Rosso 250 GT from 1958. Re-look at them and build them with modern materials that don't crack, buckle or rust, but do not load them with "sound studios" or any electronic crap. You know, cars for the pleasure of driving.

      8 months ago
  • Real 50’s Porsches should be restored stock. Both for value and retention of the 50’s reality. Having said that, this car is well done and cool. It would be great treatment for a replica.

    Also, a well maintained 1st gen 911 should have nothing lacking in today’s world.

      8 months ago
  • Great article .... cheers. It looks damn near perfect to me! So true to the original that I’m not sure you can even call it a “restomod”

      8 months ago
  • TBH,this car is giving me James Dean vibes

      8 months ago
  • This could be red.

      8 months ago