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Honest outlaw 1964 Porsche 356


During the recent Monterey Car Week, custom “outlaw” versions of Porsche’s original, iconic 356 were all over the California peninsula, primarily at the Porsche Werks Reunion and the Concours on the Avenue in Carmel.  But many of them also were seen on the streets and in the parking lots, as well as a few in the collector car auctions. 

The term outlaw in the Porsche world refers essentially to a street-rodded 356 with a number of additions and subtractions that make it lighter, faster and cooler looking.  Originally used disparagingly, “outlaw” is now worn as a badge of honor by Porsche customizers.

The body has been smoothed and the bumpers removed

The Pick of the Day, a 1964 Porsche 356 SC Outlaw coupe, looks to be an outstanding example of the breed, built from the final iteration of the 356 with the right period look and performance mods.

The Porsche is a four-owner car with extensive documentation, according to the Costa Mesa, California, dealer advertising the outlaw on ClassicCars.com.  Having resided in Colorado and California, the car was a rust-free example with solid floors when it was restored and transformed into a bona fide outlaw.

The custom paint looks glossy and crisp

“The third owner started the restoration and stripped the body to bare metal, with all glass out, and the wiring harness removed,” the ad says. “An Outlaw 356 was set up with steel modifications including: removal of bumper openings, upper and lower horn grill openings, exhaust openings, deco moldings. The body was then painted Anthracite Grey Metallic.”

“The fourth owner took over the 356 project that was not yet completed and performed the following work…” the ad says, continuing with a lengthy list of all the new parts and labor that went into this car. 

From the description, the work on this sweet Porsche sounds like it was done correctly and comprehensively using only the best of materials and restoration experts. While some 356 fanatics might prefer the styling of the earlier models, with the lower headlights and bumpers and other signature features, the late 356 SC is a great-driving car. And this one looks so right.

The interior features custom sport seats and an original steering wheel

“It is rare to find such a nice solid Porsche 356 with fantastic history,” the seller notes, adding that the car represents “a rare opportunity to find the perfect 356 SC Outlaw that is beautifully finished with attention to detail and is sorted.”

These things don’t come cheap in this condition, and the asking price for this outlaw is $119,950. But that sounds about right and is certainly not highway robbery.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.



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