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Year: 1960

Manufacturer: Porsche

Model: 356 Emory Special

Country: USA

Owner(s):
John Oates

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1960 Porsche 356 Emory Special

A true Texas barn find, this 356 B Cabriolet with removable hardtop has been transformed and re-imagined by Rod Emory of Emory Motorsports for Hall & Oates star John Oates. 

The car had been crashed into a tree and was neglected for many years. The project goal was to incorporate the best features of the 356 model range from the Pre A to the T6 to create a “Greatest Hits” version of this iconic automobile. 

The damaged front end was replaced with a new nose from the A series along with a racing style exposed fuel filler cap and 18 gallon fuel cell. Graphite metallic paint code # 5403, an original Porsche colour from 1954 was chosen then enhanced with a bronze cast. 

The headlights were layed back; the windshield A-pillar also raked back and the removable hardtop lowered to match. The interior has a removable roll bar with four point shoulder harness seat belts and is finished with GT style lexan windows, Roadster door panels, authentic Pre A style plastic tinted sun visors, German square weave carpets and a bespoke brown Italian leather interior with Speedster style seats and a vintage original Derrington wood rimmed steering wheel.  

Contoured bumper treatments, body mounted yellow Marchal fog lamps and Emory’s signature louvered engine lid cover with Outlaw badge complete the exterior.

The original 1900 lb B chassis was extensively restored, strengthened and additionally modified with 911 rear suspension, Koni shocks, front and rear anti-sway bars, 16×6 inch custom polished aluminum wheels, ventilated disc brakes, and a modified 911 steering rack. 

A 901 four-speed transmission is mated to an exclusive Emory Motorsports 2.4-litre overhead cam engine with 205 horsepower. This bespoke Outlaw flat-four 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, K&N air filters and a fibreglass fan shroud. The shortened camshaft tower is machined from 6061 billet aluminum alloy, and Porsche factory parts are used internally where possible. 

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