Following their first-ever Porsche 911 project, Emory Motorsports return to the good old 356 with a special build called the “Transitional” Speedster.
It may not look like it, but this 1959 356 started life as a coupe. It was bound to die a slow death in the junkyard, as its roof was seriously compromised in an accident, rendering the car unusable. Fortunately, Rod Emory saved it and transformed it into the superb Speedster you see here.
Built to experience the sun in the grandest Outlaw tradition, this unique “Transitional” Speedster features a racing-inspired aluminum tonneau cover and headrest fairing that fit flush with the integral headrest hoop and cage.
Other exterior tweaks include body-hugging bumpers, an unusual, reverse-louvered deck lid, bonnet handle-delete and fuel-filler access for the custom 18-gallon (68-liter) tank, as well as a hand-painted Mobil Pegasus on the front fenders. The Speedster is finished in a period-correct Aquamarine Metallic paint.
The big fuel tank might give you a strong clue that the Emory 1959 “Transitional” 356 Speedster is more powerful than the 1,600 cc original – and you’d be right, as mounted on the rear axle is a 205 HP, 2.4-liter flat-four fed by Weber 48 IDA carburetors.
The proprietary Emory-Rothsport Outlaw-4 dry-sump engine is mated to an aluminum-case 901 4-speed transmission. Given that the car only weighs 1,850 pounds (839 kg), you can imagine it packs some serious performance. There are also many more mechanical updates, including a rear suspension with modified 901-style IRS, adjustable Koni dampers, and a pair of sway bars that limit body roll.
The custom 356 Speedster also packs custom rotors and calipers for Porsche 911 levels of stopping power and 195/65 R15 Dunlop SP 5000 tires mounted on 15×5-inch Tecnomagnesio wheels finished in satin-black powder coat with brushed wheel hubs.
In true 356 Speedster style, the interior remains clean and functional, featuring a Derrington steering wheel, Hydes red leather upholstery on the Speedster-style seats, door panels, and padded headrest, as well as charcoal square-weave carpet. A 904-style triple gauge with speedo and tachometer and black knobs round off the interior upgrades.