The Porsche 356 is an iconically beautiful car and in this episode of The Autopian podcast, presented by our friends at Marble, Rod Emory explains how he built a career out of crafting Outlaw Porsches and why he loves the platform so much.
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The Porsche 356 is a fascinating car, in so many ways. It may be the only really successful example of the transformation of a bare-bones economy car into a premium performance car in automotive history.
Early 356s are clearly derived from the Volkswagen Beetle, a car made to meet some very strict parameters of cost and just enough capability to be a useful family car. And then the one of the lead creators of that cheap family car wants to transform it into a sports car? It seems like madness.
And yet it worked. Holy crap, did it work. Using a process known technically as “making everything just a bit better,” Porsche transformed the humble Beetle into something sleek and quick and very capable, a car that rewarded skillful drivers and was still practical and reliable enough to be daily driven.
The 356 set the template for the later 911, a car with decedents still being built today, still based on the general concept of the 356 from all those decades ago. It’s improbable and wonderful, and that’s why 356s attract such ardent believers. They’re wonderfully improbable, and improbably wonderful.
Here’s Part 1:
And here’s Part II
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What’s In The Podcast:
In this week’s podcast we’ve got:
- How Rod got his start.
- The history of Outlaw Porsches.
- Racing is expensive!
- The history/charm of the Porsche 356
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