Rocker John Oates’ Custom Porsche Will Make Your Dreams Come True

The Hall and Oates guitarist has a killer collection of classic Porsches.

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John Oates isn’t just half of one of the most successful pop duos ever—he’s also longtime Porsche lover who owns one of the coolest restomods we’ve ever seen. 

It’s not a $1 million 1965 Mustang or a 1,000-hp 1968 Dodge “Super Charger,” but something a little less fearsome, and a lot more elegant: a bespoke 1960 Porsche 356. 

Oates commissioned Emory Motorsports—a company that’s created a brand around building their “365 Outlaw” version of Porsche’s first production model—to deliver a classic example with modern performance. Take a closer look in the gallery here:

Founder John Emory detailed key changes they made to what began as a damaged 356B Cabriolet donor car. 

“When people hear custom, their minds tend to go to the outrageous, but our work is all about restraint,” Emory said in a press release. “John’s 356 is perfect example.”

John Oates poses with his custom 1965 Porsche 365. 

“The body began life as a 1960 356B Cabriolet, which had a removable hard top. We replaced the car’s damaged nose with 356A-style bodywork, but leaned it back for a sleeker appearance. We also modified the windshield frame the same way.”

Emory made sure that vehicle’s design stayed true to its roots. 

“The removable hard top was tailored to create a more streamlined roof profile, and we integrated body-hugging 356A-style bumpers. Everything is presented in the same way a new 356 would be rolling off the line. The key difference is the subtle changes Emory Motorsports makes to the original design.”

Oates, a longtime Porsche fan, poses with a 911 in 1977. 

Its rear-mounted power plant is one of Emory’s 200-horsepower “Outlaw-4” engines, which is mated to a Porsche 911 aluminum-case 5-speed transmission.

An independent rear suspension from an early 911 equipped with Koni adjustable shocks gives Oates’ 365 modern handling.

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Oates also worked closely with Emory to design the interior with eye-catching Hydes cognac leather throughout, Porsche Speedster-style seats and 2-point seatbelts.

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He debuted his “Emory Special” 365 at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta during the German automotive company’s 70th anniversary celebration.