Rod Emory has been creating bespoke Porsche 356s since 1997 tailoring the cars to customers’ taste and requirements.
A master craftsman of bespoke engineering, Emory has the respect of his peers and it’s clear to see why in his latest creation, a Carrera 4 based 356 Coupe dubbed ‘Allrad’.
This car is not some cynical exercise at grabbing attention or part of some pseudo-safari fad, rather the customer is using it to drive to East Coast US ski resorts in winter giving the idea and engineering purpose.
In order to navigate slippery conditions Emory needed to go beyond his usual flat four and rear wheel drive configuration and find something more suitable. Enter a 1990 964 C4 chassis, suspension, and transmission.
Mating this to a 1964 356 Coupe body using laser scanning ensured complete accuracy. Retaining the pick up points from the 911 and 356’s shorter wheelbase meant proportions were respected with only a slight widening of the body necessary to house the more modern running gear.
A 200hp 2.4-litre flat-four Emory-Rothsport “Outlaw-4” engine was deemed ample enough to keep the drive an entertaining one. When the car weighs 2,150lbs (975kg), that’s quite some power to weight ratio.
Due to the demands of the four wheel drive system on the 964 C4, Porsche developed the G64 transmission. For the Allrad its in manual guise but upgraded with a rally-style differential that allows independent front-to-rear and side-to-side manual torque control.
The suspension is set up with adjustable KW coilovers while wheels more fitting for a 356 were custom made measuring 16 x 7 inches wrapped in 205/60 Pirelli Ice Zeros, with the standard 964 brake setup pulling the car to a halt.
Typically we see Emory cars released in silver or black but the Allrad is finished in Graphite Blue metallic. Bodywork features a signature Emory louvered deck lid, a flattened bonnet, and a CAD designed titanium roof rack that ends all roof racks.
The green interior stays faithful to the original 356 design but with Emory touches and craftsmanship evident. Bucket seats, VDO gauges, a MOMO Prototipo steering wheel and carpet everywhere add a sense of purposeful luxury.
How long did it take? Four years! When you factor in the wealth of knowledge Rod possesses you get the impression this one wasn’t so straight forward.