Fred Veitch's 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A
When Porsches first started zipping about U.S. roads in the early '50s it was considered sacrilege to alter them. "Why mess with perfection?" said the purists behind this complacency. But a couple of So-Cal characters known as the Emery brothers changed all that in the '60s with their heavily modified 356s. These "bastardized" Porsches became known as Outlaws.
Fred Veitch of Colorado Springs isn't the first one to emulate the Emery brothers' conquests but he has definitely taken the Outlaw theme to a whole new level with this turbocharged 1953 Pre-A "Gesetzloser."
"My friend David Jacobs used the car as a donor car for a 356 restoration in the '80s then set it aside in his barn," says Veitch. "For 20 years I tried to buy it from him and he wouldn't sell it to me. Then in 2002 he gave it to my wife for our anniversary."
Whether Veitch's friend was just being generous or trying to "get a little closer" to his wife is a question best left for the tabloids. Either way, Veitch ended up with the ideal platform for an Outlaw, an empty shell.
"When I took the tarp off of the car for the first time I found this little mouse looking up at me. That was definitely an interesting start to the build," he says.
The mouse failed to comment on how he had become a tenant in such a fine piece of German architecture as he scurried off to find another vintage sports car in which to reside.
After Jerry got out of there, Veitch had the body taken to have the shell stripped and cleaned. They found no bondo and thus concluded the car had not been wrecked. The only thing they had to redo was the lead on the seams. Apparently that's what they used in the "olden" days.
Then the real reconfigurations started. Items modified on the body include:
* Moving the rear firewall forward to accommodate a dry sump oil tank.
* Reconfiguring the transmission tunnel to fit the new gearbox.
* Removal of the rear seats.
* Front firewall reconfigured to accommodate hydraulic pedal assembly.
Suspension upgrades are just as extensive but the most notable are the boxed front spindles with sway bar attached. This prevents the common positive camber found on 356s during hard cornering. And this car was built for hard cornering, braking and acceleration. The motor is built for turbo and fuel injection with a special engine shroud and engine surrounds. The 911 fan shroud sort of gives it away that this mouse can indeed roar. And with 204 turbocharged hp sitting in the rear, its roar says it's the king of the jungle. With a svelte kerb weight of 1680 pounds, this ber-understated reincarnate has the same power-to-weight ratio as a 997.
A book can't begin to describe the number of pricey but cool and subtle little mods on this Pre-A, like the top-mounted wipers modified from a VW Thing to resemble those of old racing 356s. Or the period-correct heated seats under the titanium roll bar. Or the titanium nerf bars. Titanium! Who the hell can afford titanium? We could go on an on until 2012 listing the modifications to this Outlaw but we don't have the room. Go to www.europeancarweb.com for more details.
Fred Veitch has taken a classic Porsche and "resto-modded" it to the tune of $200,000. The result of his seven-year build is an elegant yet mischievous example of what can be done when a Porsche of the past meets the modifications of modern day.
1953 Porsche 356 #51608
Rear engine, RWD
Flat four-cylinder, air-cooled
Front: Adjustable beam boxed steering arms, 19mill sway bar, adjustable Koni shocks, 5 leaf springsRear: 30 mill torsion bar, Skirmants Canben compensator, adjustable Koni shocks on modified pick-ups
Custom Willwood assemblies, 12.5-in (fr), 10-in (r) rear, cross-drilled rotors with Porsche drilling pattern