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Older Outlaw Build: 1961 Porsche 356

The iconic Porsche 356 was produced from 1948 through 1965 and a large number of the 76,000 assembled are thought to still be around. They were popular to race around in because of their minimal weight and nimble handling. Ones that have been modified – either mechanically or cosmetically – are referred to as “outlaws” (more on that in a moment). This ’61 356 falls into that category and is a beauty even though it was “built” some 20 years ago. Ready to go from Costa Mesa, California, this Porsche is available here on craigslist for $79,000. A great find brought to us by T.J.!

“Outlaw” references popped up in the 1980s in Southern California as a nod to Porsche customizer Gary Emory. Modifying cars was in his genes and he was known for transforming ordinary 356s into sports cars that usually looked better and drove faster. Over time, he migrated from cutting cars to creating concours-quality masterpieces that seem to be in demand today. No mention is made as to whether Gary or any of his minions ever worked on this 356, but it certainly has many “outlaw” characteristics like a racing fuel cell.

Offered by a dealer, the seller provides limited information regarding the transformation this car has gone through. Two decades have passed since disc brakes were added along with Speedster seats. The gauges were restored, and a louvered deck lid was added to help the engine capture more air. So, we assume the car performs as you would expect for the price tag. Time has been kind to the body and paint, with no issues in places that you can see as well as those you can’t. This car began life as a 356B as it was built in the early 1960s. We understand that the ‘61s were cabriolets with a roof welded in place, which perhaps meant a stronger body. Could you be the one who tests the moxey of this sports car?


  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    Nice car. Don’t think it’s a pure Outlaw or they would have said something about engine modifications. No picture but there is an oil cooler in there somewhere which is a good thing for these engines. Fuel cell does contribute to better handling as the fuel doesn’t slosh around in the tank due to the foam inside of it. If it’s not a pure fuel cell then it wasn’t worth the effort. Hefty price but that’s the way Porsches go.

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  2. Big C

    Outlaw. So that’s what the wine and cheese set is calling their hot rodded Porsche’s now? LOL

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  3. Chas H

    The “notchback coupe” may have been a cabriolet chassis with a steel roof welded onto it. This car is not, and never was, a cabriolet chassis.

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    • 356ASuper

      Chas has it right.

      The awkward notchback coupes were literally cabriolets with steel roof attached (and since they haven’t been as popular/expensive, people have been know to create cabriolets of them) but this version is thankfully not one of those.

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      • Paul Radman

        Actually only the fist year production notchbacks were an actual cabriolet with a welded on roof, which could be failry easily turned back into a cabriolet. second year were that style but did not have the Cabriolet windshield frame but a similar looking welded on roof.

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  4. TheOldRanger

    Never was a fan of this body style (looks like a fancy VW Beetle).

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  5. Malcolm Boyes

    As a “member” of the Outlaw Club ( I have a 56A sunroof Outlaw) I obviously love these cars.And, at this price, this one looks like a good deal.I have owned both a stock 63 Super 90 Cabriolet and my 56 Outlaw and must say my Outlaw is more fun to drive hard..disc brakes, big bore 912 engine etc. If this had Emory’s stamp on it it would b worth way more.I hope he blesses my car one day!

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  6. Frank Barrett Member

    No details on the engine, which is critical. The B front hood doesn’t look as cool as the C, so they are the red-headed stepsons of 356s. Nice seats. Would be simple to go back to a more original-looking front end. Not the easiest car to sell, so find out more then make an offer.

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  7. Jim Mac

    The nice thing about driving/owning a T5 is that no one will ever ask you if it’s a replica.

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