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Meet The World’s First AWD Porsche 356 Coupe

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This has to be one of the coolest Porsche restomods we've ever seen.

When it comes to Porsche restomods, Singer may have already set the standard to beat, but Emory Motorsports has created something truly unique that deserves your attention. It's called the Allrad, which marries the beautiful bodywork of a vintage 356 Coupe with the chassis of a 911. The result is the world's first all-wheel-drive Porsche 356.

The project was commissioned by a customer who wanted to drive to East Coast ski areas in the winter. This led to Emory Motorsports combining a 1964 Porsche 356C body with an all-wheel-drive 1990 911 C4 chassis. The four-year project was started by meticulously laser-scanning the 1964 body and the 1990 chassis, with the goal to retain all the original 911 suspension pick-up points and the 356's shorter wheelbase. As a result, the 356's steel body had to be subtly widened to match the 911's rear track. Emory also utilized adjustable KW coil-over shocks for the suspension to provide optimal ride quality and control.

As for the powertrain, the 911 C4's five-speed G64 manual transmission was retained but the driveline was upgraded with a rally-style differential that allows independent front-to-rear and side-to-side manual torque control. The brakes have been left stock from the 964 while the custom wheels measure 16×7 inches and are fitted with 205/60 Pirelli Ice Zeros for superior all-weather grip.

Power is provided by the Emory-Rothsport "Outlaw-4" engine, which is a 2.4-liter flat-four fed by dual Weber 48 IDA carburetors producing 200 horsepower. The exquisite bodywork is finished in Graphite Blue and includes a widened rear section, a flattened hood, a louvered deck lid, and body-colored rally lights.

The client also requested a titanium roof rack to carry bikes, skis, or other gear on road trips, which was designed in CAD. Even the one-off drip-rail clamps were 3D printed in chemically pure titanium, then welded to the custom-fabricated rack.

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Inside, the interior is inspired by Porsche's racing heritage, with an RS-style driver's seat contrasting with the Speedster-style passenger seat. Both seats are made of green leather. Other interior features include four-point harnesses, removable roll cage, green square-weave carpet with rubber floor mats, a MOMO Heritage steering wheel, a 911 shifter with Outlaw shift knob, and a Tilton pedal assembly. The result is quite possibly the most capable Porsche 356 ever made, with a total curb weight of 2,150 pounds.