Not a month after the Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer visited Jay Leno's garage, another artfully restored Porsche has rolled in. This time it's a 1957 Porsche 356A Outlaw, the "outlaw" moniker referring to Porsches that have been restored outside the bounds of period-correct orthodoxy.

This 356A was literally done from the ground up by Michigander Chuck Olenyk, the floor of the car having fallen apart so badly that he couldn't remove the roof at first since it was holding the vehicle together. Olenyk said that of the 2000 hours over seven years that he spent restoring the car, 500 were spent just on repairing the rust. That's undoubtedly some of the reason why when he tried to sell the unrestored car as a roller in the nineties for $1,000, no one would take it off his hands.

Olenyk fitted a mildly tuned engine from a Porsche 912, the transmission from a 356B, the brakes from a 356C, Fuchs mags and a modified replicar Speedster roof from Intermecchnica. It lacks nothing even with just 115 horsepower, and it adds to that with charm and aural appeal. You can see and hear the full story in the video below.


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      eye.surgeon
      • 11 Months Ago
      Beautifully done. And as for Jay, he's as genuine a car guy as you can be. The fact that he's rich does nothing but help the hobby as it supports people who restore fine cars like this. Without people like Leno we wouldn't see cars like this.
      Jeffrey
      • 11 Months Ago
      Jay has such a unmistakeable sense of arrogance in his facial expression as he drives yet another of his prized possessions. I am a car guy, you will not catch me with my nose so high in the air!!!!
        Concerned in O.C.
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Jeffrey
        Based on your comment, I can see that your noise is already pretty high in the air...
          Concerned in O.C.
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Concerned in O.C.
          My apologies... Nose, not noise. I should have double checked before I clicked submit. But my Nose is not so high in the air, and I will admit my mistake. That’s what I get for making comments past my bedtime… 
      Andrew
      • 11 Months Ago
      I hope he drives it offf a cliff
      sforza209
      • 11 Months Ago
      Simply beautiful.
      Trent
      • 11 Months Ago
      What a beauty!
      phishburk
      • 11 Months Ago
      Simply stunning.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 11 Months Ago
      Nice - Leno sure knows what he likes. I think his joy is what can come across as arrogance to folks who do not share the feeling. Did you see him in the Singer vid they did? He sure was taken with that little Porsche too, other than the price tag. And he doesn't like Conan. :)
      Teleny411
      • 11 Months Ago
      Jay-if you are looking to adopt? I'm available.
      Bruce M
      • 11 Months Ago
      Conan is not funny, PERIOD. There is no substitute for Jay, other than Johnny; so what can we now do?
      Jbax
      • 11 Months Ago
      I'm a bit surprised Jay asked if it "was a 5 speed" being a B transaxle. Acht du leiber! ... I know a guy named Gunter who'd throw a 13mm wrench at my hoven for asking such a idiotische frage. It's a nice build but I would've opted for a 12V change and thrown a set of Webers (I'm assuming he went with the more "genuine" Solexes).
        eye.surgeon
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Jbax
        Try recording everything you say all day long and then review it for mistakes. I was also surprised he kept it 6V. I wonder why.
      Kurt
      • 11 Months Ago
      This is a very high level of craftsmanship to go from a rusty frame to this. Also, that was a nice Randy Sweet shoutout. Just met the guy and he's a fantastic human being.
      Lachmund
      • 11 Months Ago
      omg what a beauty. so jealous
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