Smith has long loved the 356. “That shape was imprinted on me as a kid when I moved to West Lebanon, Maine, in 1970,” he recalls. “There was an elderly woman who owned an old farmhouse where she ran a business selling antiques out of the barn. I used to do odd jobs for her in exchange for small money and old stamps. In the corner of her barn was a car covered by sheets … the unmistakable shape of a 356. It was her son’s, who had purchased it while stationed in Germany. He had been killed, likely in Vietnam, but she would not talk about it. The car sat there, surrounded by boxes of old stuff.”
The 356 left an indelible impression on Smith, and a ‘65 “C” coupe proved to be the perfect foundation for his Allrad Outlaw Emory build. “Rod Emory is third-generation SoCal custom car royalty,” Smith says. “His grandfather, Neil, was one of the principals in Valley Customs Speed Shop in the ’50s, a pioneer in channeling and sectioning cars for the Hollywood elite, and even built concept cars for the big three auto brands.” Once considered “outlaws” by purists, today Emory Motorsports is at the forefront of a new wave of coachbuilders, reimagining Porsches with exquisite attention to detail.