Few machines blend the best of old and new like Rod Emory’s Outlaw 356 RSR. By extrapolating the observable development of the 356 throughout its lifetime, Emory built this car to go and see where the model would’ve ended up had it been given more time to mature. Now complete, this rugged beauty is going up for auction at the upcoming RM Sotheby’s Monterey event.
This barn-find 1960 356 was retrofitted with some of the best parts from MOMO, KW Suspension, and Eisenlohr Racing Products. Before the modern parts were bolted on, Emory Motorsports transplanted some of a 964’s chassis underneath the 356’s shell. The suspension pickup points permitted Emory to expand the footprint and enjoy a greater amount of grip offered by 225/45 ZR17 (F) and 255/40 ZR17 (R) Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires.
The driven wheels need to be wide, since they are responsible for deploying the grunt made by its modified 911/4 engine. The powerplant, built by Rothsport and Turbokraft, displaces 2.4 liters and makes as much as 400 horsepower. After Rothsport sand-cast new engine casings and created a custom crankshaft, added Elgin camshafts, then sent the motor off to Turbokraft for a couple of modern turbochargers.
Twin Garrett ball-bearing turbos with straight pipes belch flames from the cut rear of the car, just like the 935 did. The additional cooling for the forced induction system posed a problem with the tight confines of the 356’s bay, but Emory navigated around this by mounting the intercoolers in the wheel wells.
Optimized with a Motec ECU, the engine can produce 325 to 400 horsepower, depending on boost—more than enough for a 2,000-pound car with a G50/03 gearbox.
Inside, the cabin is a little more chic than its gruff exterior might lead you to think. Some of the additions include a MOMO Prototipo wheel, aluminum pedals, and Heritage Line Targa shift knob; a pair of RSR-style seats in red fire-retardant red cloth, a 935-style boost controller, and only the essential gauges. It’s a spartan layout that lends a sense of occasion to every drive—one of the many aspects of this car its next owner can look forward to experiencing.
The Outlaw 356 RSR goes up for auction later this month with RM Sotheby ‘s during their Monterey 15-16 event. Sadly, this auction will be online only due to COVID-19, but at least the winning bidder will have a new tool to weather this storm with. Always look on the bright side of life.
For more photos of this vehicle, visit its listing page here.