Raw Style: An Outlaw 356 Down Under
Is It A Love Or Hate Thing?

You can almost see the Porsche aficionados spitting out their lattes when the Outlaw Garage boys drive by in their bare metal 1960 356B. Me on the other hand, well, I would give the pair a standing ovation for their efforts. Style and attitude, this 356 has it in spades.

Scott Brenchley, the owner of the 356, is one half of Outlaw Garage based in the Western Australia city of Perth. The other half is Wayne Pereira, who is also the class act behind WPDI – a design company with a vested interest in creating amazing car concepts. It was Wayne’s style and artistic flair that became the driving force behind this project.


Scott is a massive fan of the 356 shape; he currently has a 356 convertible in the build and a number of other early VWs in various stages of restoration, with this 356 the latest project to be completed. Is this one his favourite? Absolutely. Scott and Wayne have created a totally unique machine, and although it was relatively well planned right from the beginning, the end result has turned out much, much better than the boys ever expected.


The hunt for a 356 that had to fit certain criteria proved a little harder than initially anticipated for Scott. He wasn’t after a restored car or a basket case/money pit, but one that was original, fairly complete, but in need of a restoration. Good mate Greg, who is easily recognised with a cigarette in one hand and a bottle of Coke in the other, is a go-to bloke when it comes to classic cars, in particular, early Porsches.


After a brief conversation, it turned out that Greg had an unfinished project sitting in his Melbourne garage that ticked all the boxes. The car had been partially stripped back to bare metal with the remaining panels still in blue. There was no engine and an unresponsive transaxle, but it did have a partially completed right-hand drive conversion. Scott was working in Queensland on Australia’s East Coast at the time, so he had to fly down to Melbourne to see the car for himself and the deal was done that same day. He finally had a 356, albeit in pieces.

Calling The Shots

Scott called Wayne with the exciting news of the purchase, and the pair instantly started discussing a direction for the build. They agreed that it had to be bare metal, carry some tasteful custom mods, and be branded as Outlaw Garage. Every part of the car was considered, and this formed the design ethos for the entire build. Wayne created many detailed renderings to be used as guidelines, so everyone involved was on the same page.


As the car was already in Melbourne, the Australian VW Performance Centre was commissioned to complete the project with Scott and Wayne overseeing the process. The car was completely disassembled and stripped; some minor repairs were undertaken where necessary and the rest of the paint removed to finally have the whole vehicle exposed in bare metal before being cleared over. The bumps, the dents and the weathered patina all added to the beauty of the classic body.

Getting The Creative Juices Flowing

Following Wayne’s renderings, the original Lemmerz wheels were widened at the rear and blacked out along with the headlight grilles and 356 speedster side mirror. A set of 356A indicators were also grafted in. The bumpers were lowered and tucked closer to the body for a cleaner look and a single candy black race stripe added to the top of the body for that authentic race car look. Adding even more ‘race’ to the aesthetics is the custom rear valance incorporating the exhaust tips and the vented rear windows that send cool air to the oil cooler in the engine bay and feed fresh air to the carbs.


Twin Weber 48IDF carburettors are bolted to a 2,387cc motor with a heap of goodies stacked inside, and a custom stainless steel exhaust system sings a sweet song. Restoring any 356 motor is a very costly exercise, and more so when you start thinking about decent performance and reliability. So the decision was made to build the bigger Type 1 engine as a drop-in replacement, which also required the original transaxle to be restored and strengthened in order to cope with the added horsepower.


Inside the car is an absolute work of art and Wayne is the man to thank for such an incredible design. It all started with the alloy speedster race seats from Karmann Konnection in the UK, which set the tone for the look that Wayne and Scott were chasing. The fully custom, Italian leather trim job – which includes the roof lining and front luggage area – contrasts well with the metal work spread throughout the cabin. One drive of the Outlaw and I reckon you wouldn’t want to get out of it.

Time To Shine

After the 356 was completed, it was taken to the 2016 VW Spectacular for its first shakedown test, and it performed with distinction. The guys also drove it to Raleigh International Raceway for a couple of laps. The engine wasn’t run in as yet, so it wasn’t on full noise, but the guys said it was fast and proved reliable. The car was also exceptionally well received by all at both events – even the purists liked it.

The Outlaw 356 is now back in Western Australia with Wayne piloting it to several local events where possible. The guys are going to continue to refine a few aspects of the car before working on their next project, a ’55 oval window Beetle that is sure to be a head-turner.

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If you make the purists mad, then you built the car right. If you take one out of 1,320 Porsche 356Bs and turn it into something that is anything but stock, unlike the rich fellas who let it collect dust in their 20 car garage, then you are living right. Kudos to these guys.


Sometimes keeping it stock isn't a bad thing especially when it's such a rare care. Lol and I know one of those "rich fellas" who drives his car to work nearly everyday.


I get your point but why the hate for the purists? What is wrong with preserving a car for the future generations; as-it-was, unmolested and unmodified? According to your subjective and misguided hate, we should gut every museum, and start burying the dead inside the pyramids because that is what they were built for!

Daniel P Huneault

who's to say that the future generations won't do the exact same thing? or worse? Maybe some rich kid down the road chops it up and rat rod's it because he liked the look at that time. Or his rich dad buys it for his 16th birthday and he drives it straight into a post. I've know a few cars that guys kept in absolute mint original condition and the new owner lies about his intentions and ends up ruining the car. These are some of the reasons I hate this arguement. They did a great job on the car, and nothing they did can't be redone down the road. I personally like when a happy owner adds some of his own style into it. He bought it, fixed it up from a rolling shell and now he and we get to enjoy the car once again.bravo.


You totally missed my point. The guys did a great job and I am thankful that they brought back a car from the dead. But to build something to solely piss off someone who loves originality (purists) which the earlier comment made absolutely clear in the first sentence, is in poor taste and misguided reason to do something.
The builders probably did not do this but Zachary Kinley decided to spin it that way in his comment. We should respect and appreciate both sides, people who cars love for the symbolism, and those who modify; make it their own! None is less than the other.
And mate stop hating the rich dude, alright! Improve your grammar, make some money, and we will see how much you want to drive and turn your pristine 356 into rat rod! Punk ass, broke kid!!


You're right, and I didn't mean to put it in that way. I apologize for any indifference I caused.

Daniel P Huneault

no hating and i'm far from a broke ass kid lol and I did exactly that with my protouring 71 roadrunner or my widebody AE86, and I love ratrods, nothing wrong with purists (heck we need them too) but its kind of like when your grandmother kept the plastic on the couch so it would stay new forever and the first person that came along ripped it off and enjoyed it the way it was meant to be. Use and abuse, rebuild, repeat.


knowledge hunters we are not.


It looks like a pile of crep on the outside and looks about as comfortable a meat tenderizer on the inside - winning


oh I would hate driving this car in a sunny environment.... possible burns coming haha. I guess this bloke lost his dolly or spoon after beating out the major crashed smashed up parts of this 356.


'You can almost see the Porsche aficionados spitting out their lattes…' however, '… even the purists liked it.'

Gloss-coated bare metal? Faked patina? Visible metal repairs? No spitting of $5 lattes - we've seen it all before, many times - just bigger smiles as 'rat rod' scene tax boosts the value of nicer preserved and restored cars.

Sergio da Fonseca

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I've always wondered, what exactly defines an "Outlaw" Porsche? Just the fact that it's modified and goes against the purist mentality that normally makes up most of the higher-end sports car following?

Beautiful build here, though. For me, nothing tops the look of a classic car (of any kind) with that raw, race aesthetic.


It's basically a term a bunch of dumb asses use to make themselves feel cool about doing stupid things to their cars.

It really means nothing.


It's actually a pretty cool story, you can read about it on petrolicious.. Long story short: Rod Emory's father and grandfather were something like hot-rod and Porsche OG's from back in the day. When Rod and his father started customizing 356's for spirited driving and racing it was basically unheard of to modify classic p-cars, so they were shunned by the classic Porsche community, which at that time did not have a hipster niche. Eventually, people familiar with the family started calling them 'outlaws' and when a friend created an 'outlaw 356' badge for Rod's cars it became somewhat of a thing, and evolved into what it is now. So you couldn't really be more wrong about what the 'outlaw' thing is or how it started, Emory motorsports is the real deal and is highly regarded as a classic Porsche builder; he even used his hot-rod skills to unmolest a super significant piece of Porsche history recently.


Also, quoting Rod: "A 356 Outlaw is a 356 that still has stock body lines but more GT or rally inspired, race inspired look and performance and handling." So I imagine if you were going to apply that ethos to other Porsches, you could apply those same guidelines, but I wouldn't imagine that ANY modified Porsche would fit that bill.


soooo what Porsche did with the Dakar 959. people are basically doing what Porsche did then copying Porsche and creating a movement out of it? Interesting.


What are you on? by your logic I can say the same thing about Porsche in relation to Benz. "SoOoO what beNz Did WiTh ThaT oNe cAr. PoRsChE iS BaSiCalLy dOiNg WhAt BeNz DiD, ThEn CopYinG BeNz aNd NoW pPl aRe CrEaTinG a MovEmEnT oUt oF iT?" That's how dumb you sound.


It is basically a modified Porsche, some people say it is a Porsche that "breaks all Porsche boundaries". For example, an off-road Porsche 911 or and LS swapped Carrera.


Man this Porsche is sweet, I love it. Congrats to the creators.