Is this Porsche 356A the most perfect restomod of all time?
Further proof that restomodding works when it's done properly
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".