This Porsche 356 goes from the scrapheap to the showroom floor
Best known for its ‘Outlaw’ Porsche 356 projects, Emory Motorsport is a company based in Oregon that aims to bring new leases of life to cars destined for the scrapheap. It achieves this by using neglected donor cars to create some of the prettiest sportscars around.
The team’s latest creation definitely follows the trend of turning beasts into beauties. It may not be quite as wild as previous projects, but that’s what makes it so special. The car started out in life as a 356 coupe but was involved in a serious accident that rendered its roof irreparable. That’s what got the Emory lot interested as it could then be converted into a Speedster.
It isn’t just any old Speedster though. In fact, it’s a blend of many different cars making it pretty unique. Therefore, it has been called the 1959½ Transitional.
Despite having less power than most modern cars at 205hp coming from the rear-mounted 2.4-litre flat-four, the Frankenstein of the Porsche world should still put a smile on any driver’s face with a weight of just 839kg. In other words, it has a power to weight ratio to compete with modern performance coupes.
Alongside the lightness of the speedster, Emory has fitted the car with modern suspension, tyres and brakes. In fact, the beautifully small wheels are surrounded by a set of Dunlop tyres and all four corners are fitted with Koni adjustable shock absorbers.
As for the look, I think it’s fair to say that the car is absolutely gorgeous. From the minimalist approach on chrome trim to the elegant scoop behind the driver’s seat. Emory has gone so far that the Aquamarine Metallic paint is period correct to what Porsche used in the 1950s.
The interior is just as simple but effective. All the driver has is a steering wheel, pedals and some dials. There’s no need for heavy infotainment systems and Alcantara trim here. Furthermore, the dark red of the seats really compliments the body colour that creeps its way onto the dashboard and door cards.
Porsche nerds needn't worry. Emory has not defamed the original Speedsters as this recreation project doesn’t carry any Speedster badges. Emory Motorsport’s founder, Rod Emory explained, “this is a nod to the car’s coupé beginnings and to the idea that we are celebrating the best of what this car still had when we found it.”
Since the original 356 Speedster was released in the late 1940s, Porsche has paid homage to the design through many special editions over the years. Last year, a big deal was made of the newest car sporting the Speedster name, the 991.2 version. However, I would have to say that this car is even better looking than that. Do you agree?