From the customizer of classic Porsche automobiles responsible for the custom Porsche 356 for John Oates, Emory Motorsports, is this superlative 1960 Porsche 356 RSR. The 1960 Porsche 356 RSR has a rear end that resembles the super villain from a galaxy far, far away, Darth Vader which makes me think that if Darth Vader had a Porsche, this would be it. That association is by no accident as Emory Motorsports said it itself:
“When car enthusiasts hear Batmobile and German car in the same sentence, they normally think of the BMW 3.0 CSL. Emory Motorsports’ latest creation will update that association to Darth Vader and Porsche 356.”
Although, I would think Lord Vader would prefer it to be gloss black over the matte custom blend of PPG hues called Meteorite Matte Metallic. It took Emory Motorsports 4 years to realize the 1960 Porsche 356 RSR which started its life as a 1960 356B T5 coupe. Long story short, the result is a 393 HP (courtesy of Emory-Rothsport twin-turbo Outlaw-4 engine) that is decidedly classic and at the same time, looks ultra contemporary.
List of exterior and performance features:
• hand-formed aluminum removable nose and tail bodywork
• aluminum deck lid with custom stainless hinges
• one-piece aluminum hood with oil cooler air outlet
• stainless mesh grills for the cooling ducts
• modified Porsche 911 rocker panels, Plexiglas side and quarter windows
• dash-mounted 935-style boost control knob
• 3-2-1 stainless steel exhaust system paired to muffler-less straight pipes
• 18-gallon fuel safe fuel cell
• Radium PCST fuel delivery system
• KW coilovers with 1.5 inches of on-demand lift
• 964 non-power rack-and-pinion steering and brakes
• Coleman Racing rotors and hats
• Eisenlohr Racing Products front camber plates and mono-ball mounts
• Tarett Engineering swaybars
• bespoke MOMO Heritage center lock wheels (17×7 front; 17×8 rear)
• Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires
On the inside, Rod Emory proudly proclaims his affinity for MOMO products, outfitting it with the brand’s steering wheel, custom billet pads, Porsche 917-inspired wooden shift knob (over a Rothsport Racing shifter), and custom racing seats modeled after the 911 RSR, wrapped in fire-retardant Spanish Red Veltex fabric with embroidered MOMO logos, and 6-point MOMO competition harnesses. And then there are the removable roll cage, amber fiberglass footboards, dash caps, marine-grade rubberized Hardura flooring, and floor mat with sound-absorbing insulation backing.
Emory Motorsports debuted the 1960 Porsche 356 RSR at Luftgekühlt last month in May. It is to be a benchmark for what the tuner can do and if interpret correctly, not for sale, or at least not for now. But I am sure if you have the dough to drop, Rod Emory and his team will gladly whip out one custom classic Porsche for you. Keep going for a few more looks.
All images courtesy of Emory Motorsports.