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Suspension, Brakes & Interior upgrades by Willhoit Auto Restoration
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 nature.