Porsche purists look away now… This 1960 Porsche 356B has been given the complete restomod treatment by US Porsche fan Rod Emory. Emory has been modifying and restoring classic Porsches since he was just 14 years old, which ultimately resulted in the formation of his business Emory Motorsports. Over 30 years Emory has worked on roughly 170 Porsche 356s. For his latest creation, Emory and team mated an original 356B with a 964 Carrera 2, a creation he calls the Porsche 356 RSR.
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The car took about four years to complete. Emory Motorsports had to merge the two donor cars into one. This task was made extremely difficult thanks to an 85 mm difference in length. The 964 donated its rack-and-pinion steering, brakes, and suspension pick-up points. Under the hood is a twin-turbocharged 2,4-litre flat-four, making 285 kW of power, mated with a five-speed manual gearbox. 285 kW isn’t a whopping peak value by modern standards, but the Porsche 356 RSR weighs a featherweight 884 kg. The power-to-mass ratio is a handy 322 kW/ton.
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Emory and his team handcrafted several body parts from aluminium to give the car its unique appearance. Among these are the nose and tail, aluminium deck lid, and one-piece hood. Added features include the added louvers, stainless steel mesh grille, and intercooler inserts in the steel section of the rear fenders. The exterior look is completely modernised with centre-lock Momo wheels. Turning the classic Porsche 356 into this Frankestein creation does not sit well with many Porschephiles, especially since 356 have skyrocketed over recent years.
Watch the video below to learn more about the Porsche 356 RSR from Rod Emory himself.