Lot 289 - 1957 Porsche 356A Carrera GT ‘Outlaw’
|Odometer reading||50,079 miles|
|Estimate||£35,000 - £42,000|
|Result||Sold - £35,840|
The Porsche 356 was the company's first production model. It was a lightweight and nimble handling rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive, two-door sports car available in hardtop and convertible configurations. Design innovations continued during the years of manufacture, contributing to its motorsports success and popularity. Production started in 1948 at Gmünd, Austria where approximately 50 cars were built. In 1950, the factory relocated to Züffenhausen, Germany and general production of the 356 continued until April 1965, well after the replacement model 911 made its autumn 1963 debut. It was common for owners to race the car as well as drive it on the street. Increasing success with its racing and road cars brought Porsche orders for over 10,000 units in 1964, and by the time 356 production ended in 1965, approximately 76,000 had been produced.
The 356 has generated a huge following right across the world with competition variants, stock cars and beautifully present totally original road cars. A movement has evolved, however, in southern California for something called 'Outlaws'. The first 'Outlaw 356' appears to be a 1956 356 Carrera customised by Dean Jeffries in 1957. As soon as he purchased the car, he started modifying it to showcase his abilities as a custom car builder. When asked years later why he customised a Porsche, he answered, "Because, back then only the sports car guys had any money. All of the hot-rodders were broke." This way of thinking can most easily be seen reflected in the global phenomenon that the world of the VW Beetle. Huge industries exist for the promotion and modification of these iconic motorcars. And so it is with the Outlaw.
This well-known and uniquely individual example was initially put together in 1994. A tribute to a factory 356A Carrera GT coupé was desired, basically an off-the-shelf race car you could buy from a main dealer back then, as indeed you can now. However, even 20 years ago, they were an expensive and rare beast. A 1957 356A Coupé (T2) was enlisted and rebuilt incorporating many of the up-grades used by the Porsche Factory at the time. It now has a 912 engine giving 95hp as opposed to the complex and heavy factory four-cam Carrera engines that gave between 105 to 125hp. The result is that it has a very similar power to weight ratio, especially bearing in mind the Perspex windows and lightweight interior, to the factory cars. It is reported to be taught and direct to drive with a very smooth gearbox and quick throttle response.
The wheel spacers are copied from a 550 Spyder giving a wider track and improved cooling. Recent works also include; a new clutch and rebuilt braking system including wheel cylinders and flexi hoses etc. The wiring system has, in addition, been checked and repaired, indeed the entire car has been checked through from bumper to bumper. It also has an MoT test certificate valid until January 2016, not legally required but good to see. All bushes and bearings have been replaced with Koni shock absorbers and Avon competition tyres (stiff side wall and soft compound) are fitted. Other Carrera details include correct badging, the fuel filler extending through the bonnet, period wing mirror and engine lid louvers. The Speedster gearbox is stamped '77' (7th month of 1957) and fitted with close ratio BBAB Ratios.
The interior includes a Safety Devices roll cage (with a removable diagonal member that enables use of rear seats), side and rear windows in Perspex and pull straps on the door windows. The front footwell has been finished in Vinyl as per factory cars and the rev. counter converted to electrical and the face has been reprinted to show a 6,000 rpm red-line as per the original Carreras. The effect is completed with a Nardi wooden reproduction steering wheel and Deist Aviation seat belts. Great looking, great fun and hard to tell apart from the real thing!
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.