Porsche. A name that tickles the ears of gearheads globally. Thanks to the legendary 911, Porsche has maintained its solid reputation in the industry. However, it would be a huge mistake to overlook legends such as the 356 or the 928. While the 911 is Porsche’s oldest nameplate still in production, the random releases of supercars and super-SUVs have cemented Porsche’s position in the market.
As older mass-produced Porsche cars are plentiful and somewhat affordable, several amateur and professional tuners have decided to give these oldies a makeover. These German classics may not be the cheapest cars to modify, but then again, Porsches that only the super rich can afford are rarely customized. Porsches that are perfect for a project usually do not cost more than $25,000.
10 Gone With The Wind
The 1950s were flooded with cars of all shapes or forms. Domestically, automakers were going toe to toe, trying to come up with a product motorists could not complain about. This triggered the creation of a ton of wacky vehicles. During the ’60s, things sort of settled down, but creativity and customer satisfaction was the name of the game.
This gorgeous 356 is one of the sickest modified Porsches gearheads have ever seen. Expected to fetch up to $350,000 at auctions, this 1965 Porsche 356 surprisingly came out of West Coast Customs’ shop. Built around a Porsche Cayman chassis, the Californian tuner moved ahead with more elements from the Cayman, including the 2.7-liter flat-six. With a power output of 240 hp, this gorgeous 356 will have Porsche fans wanting one.
9 Blue Pill
It is often said that European sports cars are far more appealing than American-made ones. Back in the ’60s, American carmakers were dominating their foreign competition. While the Porsche 911 may have been perceived as a terrific sports car, the rest of Porsche’s lineup was not necessarily grandiose. Consequently, some of these cars are perfect for a project.
The 914 is one of the cheapest Porsches money can buy. Its original MSRP was $3,600 back in 1970. Adjusted for inflation, that is $26,100. Not bad for a Porsche. Unfortunately, the 914 came with a sluggish 2.0-liter engine that barely made 100 hp at the crankshaft. This revisited 914 comes with a 3.0-liter Carrera engine that produces enough power to rock anyone’s socks off.
8 Desert Storm
When it comes to modifying classic cars, some tuners really try to stick out and get exposure. Sadly, wanting to be featured on every single platform may lead to irreparable mistakes. When builds end up looking like happy meal toys, this is usually the sign that the entire project has failed. Sometimes doing less can be more. A simple build may have a stronger impact on gearheads than a flashy and futuristic one.
Coming out of London, ON, this beautiful 1980 911 SC received a plethora of modifications. The ducktail wing is the most striking add-on. Being more of an eye-candy, the beige 911 roars thanks to a GT3-style exhaust system. As far as power is concerned, the original engine is still nestled in the back of the car. Though this outlaw may not be the most powerful outlaw, it is still a pleasure to look at.
For most gearheads, cars claimed to be made for the track must come with all the features one would expect in a mean machine. Whether it is a robust engine, huge disc brakes with grooves and holes, or a growl that would scare away a Tyrannosaurus Rex, there must be a combination of elements that will get a gearhead to want to take a sports car for a spin.
This is the sort of outlaw that may grind some enthusiasts’ gears. There is no twin-turbocharged flat-six here. The Everrati electric Porsche 911 Signature widebody is a true new-tech gem. Starting at a little less than $330,000, this quiet hunter boasts 500 hp and goes from a standstill to 60 mph in less than four seconds.
6 Gold Rush
A classic Porsche Outlaw does not necessarily need to look outrageous like Emory Motorsport’s 356 RSR. Though the 356 RSR is a twin-turbocharged beast that could easily annihilate some of the newer sports cars out there, it remains a $858,000 machine that is simply out of reach for the average car fan. There are still cheaper outlaw Porsches out there, but they will set you back a solid $300,000.
This 1969 911E is one of Rob Dickinson’s first outlaw Porsches. Creator of Singer Vehicles, Dickinson first came out with a Porsche that would turn heads, but that would also work as a daily driver. The original engine found on the 911 was replaced by a 3.0-liter. This is the same 3.0-liter found on the RSR. Needless to say, Dickinson’s 911E is a true wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Gearheads that like seeing modified Porsches may not be aware of the cars’ origins. To most readers, the majority of customized Porsches come out of either Europe or North America. While it is true that over 95% of them come out of either the United Kingdom, Germany, or the United States, there are people in other nations that have turned their passion for Porsche cars into an art.
Rauh Welt Begriff is a legendary shop. Based in Japan and founded by Akira Nakai, this shop has specialized in turning regular classic Porsches into absolute beasts. Though RWB does not necessarily mess around with the engine, it definitely produces body kits that should be found on any outlaw Porsches out there. A collaboration between RWB and Emory would be absolutely insane.
Looking back at the early ’70s, it is fair to say that most European sports cars were not so different from their American counterparts. In 1972, Mercedes-Benz was offering the 4.5L V8-powered 450SL. The same year, BMW was offering the legendary inline-six powered 3.0 CSi. At Porsche, things were a bit more subtle. With that said, these cars were made to become iconic.
Built from the ground up, this 1972 911 was made to shine. Fitted with a roll cage and stripped with all the unnecessary elements, the 911 RS tribute was on sale for $150,000. It is unclear how much power the 2.7-liter makes, but it was rebuilt to match the specs of the engine found on the RS of the same era. This gorgeous longhood deserves to be displayed at country clubs.
Car manufacturers do make decisions that do not necessarily please car fans across the board. One of the most recent examples would be the four-door Dodge Charger. Gearheads were alive. They just could not wrap their minds around the fact that Dodge decided to butcher this icon. Other companies simply released new models to spice up their lineups, and it backfired.
The Porsche 928 is the type of cool Porsches that are still affordable. Not that the 928 was affordable upon its release, but it lost value like no other Porsche in the ’80s and ’90s. This particular outlaw is beyond anything seen before. With the aesthetics of a true racecar, the Meg comes with a 6.54-liter V8 that pumps out a mean 1,114 hp and 956 lb-ft of torque.
It can be quite difficult for tuners to choose which way to go when modifying a classic car. Some tuners, such as the Ringbrothers, have decided to go both ways. Others, such as Eagle E-Types, would transform the best classic Jaguar into something different yet classy and discreet. To some tuners, it is best to find a middle-ground.
It is clear that a certain Magnus Walker helped create this 911. His style can be found all over the vehicle. Inside, the dashboard was borrowed from Emory Motorsport, thus giving this 911 the level of elegance it deserves. As far as power is concerned, a twin-plug 2.8-liter flat-six that makes a decent 220 hp at the wheels. Unfortunately, this beauty has already found a new owner.
1 Modern Outlaw
When some people think about the ’90s, they think that it was simply 20 years ago. 1990 was a little over 30 years ago. Consequently, great cars released during the mid-90s are now classics that could be considered for a sick build. While most shops still focus on Porsches released before the ’80s, it is time for shops to start considering something newer.
Sharkwerks specialize essentially in newer Porsche cars, but sure does give them the extra zing they could’ve needed back in the days. The 3.8-liter found on this GT3 RS was increased to 4.1-liter. Needless to say, someone like Magnus Walker got to check out this modern outlaw. It is fair to say that Sharkwerks has a bright future ahead, especially with cars and connections like these.
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