1964 Porsche 356 Outlaw
Porsche's Type 356, introduced in 1948, is acknowledged to be one of the world's greatest sports cars. Over a 15-year production run, the handsome and durable 356 evolved from a streamlined little aluminium-bodied coupe powered by a VW-derived, 46bhp 1100cc air-cooled flat four to a powerful autobahn burner carrying a complex, two-litre four-cam boxer Carrera engine of 130 horsepower. Its steady development brought not only coupes, but luxurious cabriolets and more spartan Speedsters and Roadsters; more than 76,000 examples in all by the time production ceased in 1965.
Porsche 356 Outlaws have become increasingly popular with enthusiasts. Some, like this example, provide classic looks with performance to match the best of todays sportscars. This particular outlaw is the perfect example of that methodology. The owner decided to opt out of using a 356 engine and instead sourced a 1975 911 engine. It was promptly bored out to 2.8 litres. After the car was dynode the power output of the engine was measured at over 230bhp. The suspension and chassis development were entrusted to former Brumos Racing Crew Chief Mike Colucci who fabricated and built an all tubular frame to optimise handling and performance.
Bonhams will be offering this example at their upcoming Amelia Island auction on the 8th March. Its estimated value is between $100,000 - $150,000. For more information on this and other vehicles at the sale, click on the link below. Photos courtesy of Bonhams.