Stealth 356

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Dennis made it clear he planned to drive the car around his home in Florida and wanted to improve airflow inside the cockpit. A 356 C electric sunroof was installed in the existing roof, though it was moved forward two inches. A sunroof is a good start, but to drive air through the car the Emorys put a five-position air scoop in the cowl, operated by a lever under the dash. Dennis got his airflow.

Rod likes a car to sit low but doesn’t like wheels hiding up in the fenders. One of the mods commonly done on some of the earlier Emory projects was moving the wheel arches up, and since on this car Rod knew he was going to use 16-in. wheels and that the chassis was going to be lowered, he moved the rear and front wheel openings each up two inches. This also thinned out the front fenders and gave the car a somewhat sectioned look.

In the rear fenders, in front of the wheelwells, the Emorys built hinged louvered panels for airflow and access to the custom side-mounted oil coolers. The louvers are hand-formed reverse type, and the hinges are patterned after those in a 908 short-tail coupe. To enhance cooling, electric fans that pull air though the louvers and into the coolers were also mounted. Hot air exits out the wheelwells. Finally, the Emorys radiused the bottom corners of the doors to conform to the overall design.

The car was set up to run with or without bumpers. Open bumper-bracket holes when the bumpers are off are not acceptable, so Emory started by recessing the edges of the bumper holes 3/8 in. around, similar to a torsion hole on the rockers. Plugs were then built to fill the holes and have a stud and plate on them that are inserted when the bumpers are removed. These were body worked and painted to be flush and unnoticeable when installed. Rod couldn’t leave the bumpers alone, either, so he moved them in closer to the body and reshaped the edges so the body-to-bumper gap is an even 3/16 in. all the way around, which almost gives it an early-body look. Rod also took 0.75 in. out of the bumpers in the center for a more streamlined look.

The Stealth 356 Special was finished off with a special 2500 emblem on the back, Emory Special emblems on the side, a set of bumper-mounted fog lights, a fuel cell with a Le Mans-style through-the-hood flip-top filler, GT side mirrors, and a Spyder license light.

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