Emory Motorsports Unveils “Transitional” Speedster

Some people just live for the challenge. Rod Emory of Emory Motorsports is obviously one of those people. The customizer best known for turning Porsches into Outlaws took a vintage Porsche 356 coupe with a destroyed roof and turned it into a “Transitional” speedster. “This is a nod to the car’s coupe beginnings,” explains Emory, “and to the idea that we are celebrating the best of what this car still had when we found it.”

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The car came about as a response to a client’s request for a California-style convertible 356. Emory took that idea and turned it into what he calls a “sunshine cruiser.” Emory found a 1959 356A Coupe that turned out to be perfect for the build, despite its years of abuse and neglect. “It’s not a problem for us to change the identity of a car because these cars that I’m working with are beaten and abused, and I’m bringing them back to life,” states Emory. Bringing this car back to life meant hand-fabricating a number of new body panels and features. The bumpers and reverse-louvered deck lid are two examples of the custom work on this car. Look closer and you’ll see a racing-inspired aluminum tonneau cover with a headrest fairing that ties into the integral headrest hoop and cage. Emory equipped the car with a Emory-Rothsport Outlaw-4 engine, which is proprietary to his shop but was co-developed with former Porsche GT racing crew chief Jeff Gamroth of Rothsport Racing. While the car has plenty of performance capability, that’s not the focus for Emory. “I don’t want people to get caught up in that,” he says. “I don’t want them thinking about numbers, I want them to be thinking about how it feels, how it handles—it’s about the driving experience and the adventure.”

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All told, the finished project came in at $400,00, including the price of the donor car, but to make another would cost at least an additional $100,000 more as it is hard to find another donor car. Emory will continue his work of resurrecting these old classics. “The cars that I’m stating with are too bad to bring back to stock originals. That’s the bottom line,” says Emory. “This car is a 356 that has a new character and is now back on the road.”

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Emory Motorsports Unveils Transitional Speedster