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Suspension, Brakes & Interior upgrades by Willhoit Auto
1925cc engine / Est. 130 horsepower
GT cosmetic upgrades
Factory electric sunroof
The building of an "Outlaw" often reveals much about the owner's
personality. Some cars are built to be loud and flamboyant, others
are built as sleepers. Regardless of the outcome, the details of
each car speaks to the preferences and priorities of the owner.
This stealth black 356 went for the latter, riding far under the
radar and with its true intentions revealed by its subtle details.
Whether it's the 130hp air-cooled engine barking through its
stainless-steel exhaust system, its mega stance with 16" alloy
wheels, or the fact that it will pull away from more powerful cars,
it's beautiful to behold.
This particular 356 began its life as an "Outlaw" approximately 10
years ago when its owner decided to treat it to a cosmetic
restoration. During this time, the car was stripped down to the
bare metal in order to perform metal finishing, and the application
of the black paint finish that exists today.
After completing the cosmetic restoration to the Porsche, it was
decided to go all out and make it into a high-performance street
"Outlaw." What transpired was a complete build that addressed
everything from power to handling, to its interior and beyond. The
air-cooled flat four engine was increased to 1925 cc by Air Power
Racing, with a stout estimated 130 horsepower. A ceramic-coated KK
Sebring stainless-steel exhaust ensured a better flowing and much
better sounding exhaust note. The 4-speed transaxle was built by
Rancho Transmissions, shifting effortlessly and easily capable of
putting down the newfound air-cooled power.
With the upgraded engine now pumping out more than double the stock
horsepower of a 356B, the car's underpinnings required a
performance upgrade to match. Willhoit Auto Restoration, artisans
in all things 356, went to work, disassembling the 356 down to its
individual components. Willhoit sport suspension with its stiffer
torsion bars, sway bar, and shocks were installed to sharpen the
handling. 5.5x16" HRBB alloy wheels were added with performance
tires, and factory 356 SC disc brakes and slotted rotors were
installed to complete the suspension upgrades.
While the car was disassembled for its suspension work, the entire
car's paint finish was color sanded and paint corrected, producing
a deep gloss. During reassembly, Willhoit added 356 GT deco trim to
the front of the car, giving a final nod to what is often
considered the Porsche factory "Outlaw."
Not to be ignored, the 356's interior was also given a
competition-inspired upgrade. Autos International crafted a full
leather interior that was installed by Willhoit, adding GT seats
that were wrapped in matching green leather. A factory removeable
roll bar was fitted, a custom 14" wood VDM steering wheel was
crafted by Bruce Crawford, a short shifter kit was installed, the
existing electrical system was replaced with a 12-volt system, with
the finishing touch being the installation of GT gauges.
Upon arriving at Canepa, the "Outlaw" was inspected from front to
back and given a checklist of items for further modification. The
356 was given a full mechanical inspection and servicing as needed,
then sent to our Detail department where it received a full
show-level preparation. The black paint finish was polished using
only foam pads to bring a deep luster to the coachwork. The
interior was thoroughly cleaned, leaving it spotless and in show
condition. In addition to the mechanical service and detailing,
Canepa added some special touches by painting the alloy wheels in a
custom Titanium finish while re-coating the stainless-steel exhaust
with black Cerakote. Lastly, all of the metal trim was treated to
produce a brushed matte surface finish, producing a unique contrast
to the stealth black paint.
Now available for the next owner to drive and enjoy, this special
"Outlaw" 356 will keep you under the radar just long enough before
you stomp on the throttle and reveal its true powerful and sinister