If you love vintage Porsches, especially the 356 models, then chances are you know of the man, the Outlaw—Rod Emory—who has made a career out of meticulously restoring 356s in his trademark Outlaw style. Then there are special one-offs like the Emory Motorsports 1960 Porsche 356 RSR Outlaw, a passion project that showcases Emory’s vision and hand-built production prowess.
Automobile Magazine‘s social media guru Billy Rehbock recently got a chance to ride shotgun with Emory for some canyon runs in the 356 RSR, which was developed in cooperation with Henrique Cisneros, the proud owner of the car and Momo Automotive Accessories Inc. “That’s a lot of boost!” Rehbock said, looking a bit wide-eyed as Emory turned up the wick on 356 RSR’s 2.4-liter twin-turbo flat-four pushing out 393 horsepower that’s literally hanging out the back of the car. Given that it weighs just 1,950 pounds, you’re talking about an enormous 5:1 power-to-weight ratio.
But more than the crazy engine and all the engineering, including a specially adjusted KW coil-over suspension, G50 five-speed transmission, Eisenlohr Racing camber plates, and Tarett Engineering anti-roll bars, the car is Emory’s vision of a 356 race car, using the famed Porsche 935 as an inspiration. All crafted from a broken down barn find he located in Oregon.
Given the Momo connection, it also naturally wears a set of center-lock Momo five-spoke wheels that spin on factory 935 hubs and a “stressed” Momo Prototipo steering wheel.
“I had this concept years ago to build the ultimate 356 as if Porsche had continued evolving the 356 platform like they did with the 911. Then I was introduced to somebody who was crazy enough to go down this path with me,” Emory said of Cisneros.
It’s a path that from the looks and sound of it was one definitely worth blazing. Check out the video above to see the clip.