Not everyone gets a car right on their first attempt. Making a new machine that’s a culmination of thousands of parts all working in harmony takes time, constant tinkering and a times a few failed attempts till the formula is finally right. For Porsche though, the story was quite different. The Porsche 356, Ferdinand Porsche’s first attempt at bringing a car with his own name to the market was brought to life in the humble beginnings at Gmünd, Austria. It took no time for the 356 to become a hit between enthusiasts in Europe and United States within a couple of years of its release in 1948. Within 3 years from the time when the very first Porsche 356 to hit the roads, the race spec version – Porsche 356 SL picked up a class win at the 1951 Le Mans in instantly immortalising the legend of the classic. The engineer’s dream was realised.
The success of the Porsche 356 at Le Mans in 51′ established Porsche’s identity to the world. It was the machine that, while started as a VW, had grown out to become a name of its own. There’s absolutely no reason to dislike the Porsche 356. It is the bedrock on which not only Porsche, but anyone who wanted to make a lightweight, simple and reliable sports car has based their formulas around. The near perfect formula would be hard to perfect, and if someone thought of tinkering around, it better be with a proper sense of things, like this “Outlaw White Walker” 1962 Porsche 356B you see here in the photos.
It is clear from the images that the build was carefully though over before even taking a screwdriver to the machine. What is aimed and quite well achieved by Timeless Garage, the Lison, Portugal based custom workshop is the equally distributed blend of performance and day to day usability, while finding a exterior balance between a tuned car and a preserved classic. Thus, the body shell from the original Porsche 356B is found un-altered, with only the front and rear bumpers removed and holes filled out and re-surfaced, while the car itself sits a little lower due to a new Koni suspension system that stances itself on larger 15-inch powder coated wheels wrapped by Michelin tyres.
This re-born, re-imagined 55-year old Porsche 356B is build with keeping day-to-day driving in mind. So while from the outside, the car retains its classic appearance, there’s an updated 1700cc big bore engine that’s paired with Webber DCOE 40 carburettors. You would also find a complete custom interior that re-upholstered in brown leather with period-correct Type RS bucket seats, along with a wood-finished MOMO steering wheel and Bluetooth radio. Other things that receive a welcome update are the front brakes which are now discs instead of drum, while the Outlaw White Walker Porsche 356B boasts a sports exhaust for a higher and raspier note than the original. The electricals too, have gone through a 12V conversion while bonnet gets a very singer-esque center fuel filler cap.
Photos by Pedro Ramos Santos