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Emory Motorsports: Outlaw Porsches Are A Family Tradition

By the time he was ten years old, Rod had spent countless hours in the shop with his father and grandfather as they pulled bumpers, louvered decklids, and painted numbers on the sides of Porsche 356s. Eventually, family friends dubbed the Emorys “outlaws,” referring both to the cars themselves as well as to the their relegation to the parking lot during big Porsche events.
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canyon
canyon
4 years ago

So good to see and feel a shop .. those tools shown at waist level.. i felt I could reach into my screen and feel the years and the hundreds of hours of use.. & that beautiful roll bar incapsulated by an aero cap we have the pleasure of seeing hand shaped .. oh boy.. Again Petrolicious brings desert to my eyeballs !

Robert in LA
Robert in LA
6 years ago

This afternoon, I was driving the Angeles Crest road and I saw an immaculate 356 parked on one of the over looks up there. The sun was going down. Recent rains had raised a ‘desert bloom’ in the hills. The few people standing by the 356 did not seem especially busy, so I stopped to find out what I was seeing, because it really did seem to be something special. And after a while, I began to understand that I was talking with Rod Emory, and that the car was one of his more considered efforts, very recently finished. The engine had been a six, and was converted to be a four. There were four huge down draft carburetors. Fit and finish of body panels was exquisite. The paint was a gray-green, and the upholstery a muted tartan. All of it was very understated, on a car which may have weighed only 17 or 18 hundred pounds, and produced what? 200Hp? Very potent little antique. No one was in a hurry. They just seemed to be admiring their work. I left them to it, and headed up to Cloud Burst Pass, another 3,000 feet of altitude from that spot, to watch the moon come up.

Iggy Okpook
Iggy Okpook
8 years ago

I appreciate your fine videos but particularly appreciate those that focus on family traditions and relationships. There are a lot of these kinds of videos on the web nowadays, but none are as nicely done as Petrolicious. When we get to hear from a guy like this, with the history of generations, it truly warms one’s heart.

Benny Obscene
Benny Obscene
8 years ago

Fantastic video! This one hits on many levels; everything from building cars that are meant to be driven to passing down knowledge and passion through generations.

Fernando Bunster
Fernando Bunster
8 years ago

Bravo! You guys just make amazing videos.

Rob
Rob
8 years ago

What an amazing video, thanks for sharing.
I’ve been a huge Porsche since I was a little boy.
You got a love the original Porsche the 356’s.
I think it’s great that you still are people out there that still restore the old skool methods.
I just wish I lived closer to you guysand would love to join your crew.
It would be a dream job come true.
How could you not love rebuilding and restoring and modifying Porsche 356’s.
Great job Petrolicious !
Please keep the videos coming consistently every Tuesday.

Paul Onboost
Paul Onboost
8 years ago

You gotta luv it.. if ya don’t, pinch yourself to make sure you’re still alive!

Excellent clip!!.
I had always admired the Emory outlaw 356 cars and met Gary way back in 2001 at the 356 Registry East Coast Holiday where I was the Concours co-chair. We hit it off immediately, especially when he realized that I was a hot-rodder/outlaw too, having owned three 356s and none of them being correct, not because I didn’t know what correct was, but because I thought correct was boring!
Rod, you’ve made me want to dig my outlaw (57A)out of the back of the shop and bring it back to life

eightup
eightup
8 years ago

Pass me a rag i’m drooling all over the keyboard….sweet

Brompty
Brompty
8 years ago

Another fantastic video about cars built and designed to be driven. The 356 Speedster looked brilliant and I loved the workshop: these places are increasingly rare in the UK. The skills needed to be able make up sections of bodywork are inspiring.

Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay
8 years ago

This video hits close to home on many levels.

First off, it’s nice see somebody else with a Libert! 😉 … and hammers and other tools from generations past. Gotta love it.

You mention many familiar vehicles. I remember riding around in my father’s Baja Bug back in the 1970’s. That Bug is long gone, and so is the 1953 Pre A (Okrasa) he had in ’68. I have but one picture of it (a Polaroid); original bent window, hand flared fenders to accommodate the wheels. I think he even gave away the motor to drop something else in! But of all the cool cars that have come and gone, the one that has stayed is the Meyers Manx.

I’m just thankful that even though most of the cars have disappeared, most of tools and machinery have stayed… and with that some knowledge.

Nice work! Excellent attitude.

Thanks for sharing.

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia
8 years ago

Hey Chris,
Let’s see a scan of that 1953 Pre A!
Steve McQueen’s Meyers Manx (along with his 917 and his other nice toys) was at the Art Center Classic. That thing is loud and looks like a blast to drive. You guys ever take yours out for a spin?

Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay
8 years ago
Reply to  Afshin Behnia

Sure!
Dad’s old ’53, my father and my son going for a cruise in the Meyers Manx, and even a shot of my Libert.

Tian
Tian
8 years ago

I LOVE IT!!!! All three those 356’s look like heaven! Well done!

Also well done Petrolicious for giving us videos like these. True car fans!!!

Keith Grey
Keith Grey
8 years ago

Love this! We have followed Emory Outlaws for many many years and they never ever disappoint. We always look forward to seeing Rod’s latest creation. I had the pleasure of meeting Rod at Laguna Seca during Monterey Historic week and he is first class stand up guy. Great video Petrolicious.

Rod Emory
8 years ago
Reply to  Keith Grey

Thanks Keith!!

Tim Goedhart
Tim Goedhart
8 years ago

Wow. The sight of those three Porsches is one of the best I have ever seen. Great story, great video…aaaannd, so cool to finally see the where the birth of the Baja-bug took place!

Mads Gravers Nielsen
Mads Gravers Nielsen
8 years ago

Pure feelgood autoliciousness. Big smile on my face. Thanx

TJ Martin
TJ Martin
8 years ago

Outlaw Porsche’s [ especially 365’s and early 911’s ] +1

Emory Motorsports – Plus one yet again

But err … a little history lesson . Dean Jeffries is credited with creating the whole Outlaw 356 movement back in the 50’s when he chopped the top … smoothed and rounded the nose .. dropped the suspension and stuck on some mighty fine wheels on his personal 356 .. errr … Carrera twin cam .

With now Emory keeping the flame alive as well as advancing the breed .

And … ahhh .. for those a little short of pocket change .. but long on desire . Consider a Beck Speedster/356 .. either new or used … and creating a little Outlaw magic for yourself . Not only will it look at least as good … but it’ll handle , drive and go even better than even the best Outlaw based on a real 356 . And … you won’t get chastised for cutting up an .. urp … original . FYI .. even the POC recognizes and accepts Beck replicas at their events / shows etc

For those well heeled amongst us .. well …. go all in .. either original or Beck and err …. put one of those POLO flat fours in the back … and watch almost everything disappear in your back mirror

Outlaw Porsches … the only way to fly ..

Rod Emory
8 years ago
Reply to  TJ Martin

Hey TJ, You are correct in that Dean Jeffries was really the pioneer of customizing a Porsche in the 50’s. He along with my grandfather Neil [url=”http://www.valleycustomshop.com”]ValleyCustomShop[/url] Barris, Winfield etc were doing amazing things in SoCal in the 50’s and 60’s. I have always been inspired by Dean Jeffries car as he was bold and not afraid to have fun with that car.

What I was referring to was the “356 Outlaw” name and badge as that term was associated with customizing 356’s was born in the mid 80’s when my dad and I were hot rodding 356’s and often not allowed on the lawn at the concourse so our buddies started calling us the 356 Outlaws. We made up a badge that we have since put on the cars we build and select other builders cars (badges are not for sale) that follow the spirit of hot rodding and customizing a 356.

Also to note the Silver Coupe in the video has a 2650cc FAT 914 motor and the Aquamarine Blue Speedster has a 2.4L POLO 4cyl 911. Both cars have 911 rear suspension. 901 5speed gearboxes, and hidden disc brakes behind wide 5 alloy wheels. 🙂

Bjorn
Bjorn
8 years ago

I have ben watching Emory 356 cars sold and advertised on you tube. And all of them apeals to me and are well thought thru. Inspirasjon!

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle
8 years ago

Oh man! I’m so envious of anyone who gets one of this Porsches. There was nothing better then seeing three lovely Porsches carve their way through the mountain side. The sound of these beast is giving me goosebumps.