As far as celebrity cars go, this “Emory Special” is a real man-eater.
Where most famous folk are fine with a luxury SUV or a stupid-fast hypercar, we’re glad a humble 356 makes Oates’ dreams come true.
John Oates is best known for his contributions to the hit song factory that was Hall & Oates, but behind the voice and the guitar is a dedicated Porsche enthusiast.
Oates is such a wild Porsche-file that Rod Emory of Emory Motorsports built an Outlaw-style 1960 Porsche 356 to the musician’s custom specification.
And damn if this project doesn’t look just about perfect.
Hall & Oates’ own John Oates has received his own set of keys for Porsches ‘1960 Emory Special, tuned and enhanced by the specialists at Emory Motorsports.
Oates debuted his 356 at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta at an event in late October.
“Outlaw” Porsches are defined by modifications that would have previously been deemed sacrilege by Porsche purists, and sport features such as wider wheels, a lower stance, minimal trim, and sometimes even mismatched body panels.
When people hear custom, their minds tend to go to the outrageous, but our work is all about restraint,” Emory said in a statement. “John’s 356 is a perfect example. The body began life as a 1960 356B Cabriolet, which has a removable hard top. We replaced the car’s damaged nose with 356A-style bodywork but leaned it back for a sleeker appearance. We also modified the windshield frame in the same way. The removable hardtop was tailored to create a more streamlined roof profile, and we integrated body-hugging 356A-style bumpers.”
Oates’ new car started life as a 1960 356B Cabriolet.
Emory fitted a removable hardtop that gave the car an interesting flat-top silhouette, rather than the vehicle’s usual graceful silhouette for the coupe’s rear deck.
While most 356s are powered by a flat-four with Beetle levels of power, John’s has got a little bit more up its tailpipe. The engine is Emory’s own riff on the 3.6-liter flat-six from the 964 generation of 911 but has been custom-sand-cast as a four-cylinder; displacing either 2.4 or 2.6 liters, it’s mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
Oates' 356 should be quite a canyon carver, too. It uses the independent rear suspension setup from an early 911 with the addition of modern Koni adjustable shocks. Emory's proprietary four-wheel disc brakes should bring this 1,850-pound (839-kilogram) sports car to a very rapid halt.
The wheels are 15×7 inches and are wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Rosso tires.
Oates won't be able to hide from private eyes while behind the wheel of this little beast. And you can already see why….
But Oates won't be able to drive it there much longer this year before chilly weather takes the fun out of driving a convertible.
Image: Courtesy of Motor1