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THE KUSTOM KARRERA AKA THE SATIN SPYDER AKA THE MURDEROUS PORSCHE

Only outlaws have this many nicknames, and in a way that’s kind of the same reception Dean’s Porsche has been getting for decades from press to purists.

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Dean’s first 356 fitted chrome wheels and custom pinstriping, and while parked outside of his shop one day caught the eye of a young kid who had to have it. He didn’t have the money but what he did have was even better: a 4-cam 356 his dad had purchased. He traded with Dean on the spot, and the customization began.

The car was immediately gutted and taken down to bare metal. Jeffries mocked up his vision for the Abarth-style front nose using a wire basket, and the final shape being created afterwards with steel. He then extended the fenders and recessed the headlights to exaggerate the curves of the 356. Dean used Lucas Flamethrower headlights and fitted custom taillights as well.
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He decorated the rear grille with cold-rolled quarter-inch steel rods. His pal Bill Hines, one of the hot-rodding greats, helped out my making a set of working roof vents that were inspired by the 300SL Gullwing.

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On the interior, Dean commissioned interior specialist Eddie Martinez to reupholster the seats with black and silver pleated goat skin, in addition to a custom headliner. A custom rear shelf was fitted as well, and Jeffries made custom push/pull knobs for all the buttons on the dashboard.

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Mechanically, Jeffries did the engine up to RS-spec—similar to the 550 Spyders. The silver pearlescent paintwork, which cost $100 per gallon, was done with fish scale textures. In total, the car took 7 months to complete, and cost about $8,000.

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Amidst the criticism, the car earned 30 first place trophies in car shows around the country, and Dean eventually decided to sell the car to get some cash to buy a home. After failing to sell the car in Road & Track in September of 1960 Dean decided to paint the car in 50 coats of his own Special Pearl Gold Paint. Jeffries ended up selling the car to a man who was, indeed, an outlaw: Albert Nussbaum, of the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted fame. Nussbaum, who was wanted for murder and robbery at the time, drove the Kustom Karrera across the country to Florida with the FBI hot on his trail (they paid Dean shortly after the sale). Once located, the FBI quickly surrounded the house Nussbaum was hiding out in, but he managed to escape while leaving the Porsche sitting in the driveway, where it remained for several years.

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After Nussbaum’s brief ownership, the car entered a low point in its life as it bounced around a few owners who performed their own modifications, and was even involved in a small accident.  Mercifully, the car found its current custodian, Jack Walter, in 1971, and he cared for it well and brought the car back to its original condition.
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THE CAR

Like the previous owners, Jack Walter’s original goal was to get the car drivable, and of course to put his own little touches on it.  Over time, he started learning more about the car and what he had, and in 2005 was inspired to restore the Kustom Karrera to its originally modified, Jeffries-era condition, which took 8 years.
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EXTERIOR

Body – The body is completely free of any rust and has never been in any accidents since its restoration by Eurocraft Classics.  All the original panels since Dean’s customization have been retained and were restored in 2009, with excellent fit all around.  Since Jack’s tenure, the car has been stored in a dry garage and has lived a pampered life.

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Paint – In 2011, the car was resprayed by Eurocraft Classics, with paint donated by Glasurit.  At that time, Dean Jeffries was consulted on color-matching to ensure total accuracy.

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Trim and Glass – All the exterior trim is original and in very good condition.  The windshield has been replaced with correct Sigla glass.

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Wheels – The original wheels were rechromed by a Stockton Wheels shop during the 2011 restoration and are free of any curb rash or pitting.

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INTERIOR

In 1957, Dean Jeffries had commissioned the legendary Eddie Martinez to customize the interior, which was completely restored in 2011 to the exact condition as seen in Rod & Custom, Car Craft, Motor Trend, and other magazines between 1959-1962.


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Steering Wheel – The steering wheel has been completely restored with the original horn button.

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Dashboard & Instrumentation – All gauges work properly except for the ammeter—the current owner suspects this was never connected. The dash is restored using a technique that Dean used originally (he taught the current owner how to do this): a layer of silver leaf is applied to the dash and then a cotton ball is gently applied to the surface and rotated to give the appearance of a turned aluminum panel. Then a black edge is fogged around the instruments and glovebox door with an airbrush followed by a coat of clear to seal everything in. The custom-made hex knobs that Dean made for the headlights, choke, and cigarette lighter are still intact.

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Seats, Trim, & Carpet – Seats, headliner, trim, and carpet were restored using the original custom interior pieces created by Eddie Martinez. They were exactly duplicated in pleat spacing and materials per the vintage photographs and the original but timeworn pieces.

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MECHANICAL

Engine – The original 356A 1.5L 4-cam Carrera motor was removed in 1967 and lost over time. In 2013, the car received a freshly rebuilt plain bearing 1.6L 4-cam motor from a ’58 Cab, and was backdated to match the original appearance as seen in the period magazines.

Original Motor: No
Engine #: P93046 (the original engine number was P90634)
Restoration: Backdating involved exchanging the fan shroud for an earlier model, purchasing distributors, and adding chrome plating as done by Dean Jeffries in 1957. Sebring exhaust system was rebuilt. All of the turned-aluminum panels in the engine compartment are originals fabricated by Dean Jeffries during his build. The restoration on the engine was done by ex-F1 mechanics Scuderia Italia in Brescia.
Compression: A recent compression test shows each cylinder is firing 150+ psi.
The Drive: Once familiar, the start-up is quite reliable. The seller notes the car accelerates smoothly with a fantastic 4-cam exhaust note.

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Transmission – The car does not have the original Type 644 transmission, but a later Type 716 box.

Original Transmission: No
Gearbox #: KD29725
Restoration: The transmission was rebuilt and inspected by Ernie Cabrera in 2011 with all new synchronizer rings and bearings. No replacement gears were required.
The Drive: The car shifts extremely well and has no grinding issues.

Handling – The suspension and brakes were completely gone through during the restoration and the car is now sitting on Koni shocks.

The Drives: The car handles like a Porsche should; the feedback is direct and precise and the car is a pleasure to throw around in the corners.


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“THAT’S BITCHIN'”

Prior to Dean’s 2013 death, Jack had the pleasure of debuting his meticulous restoration to Dean at Amelia Island in 2009. This car cemented a great friendship between the two and this was certainly one of those magic moments that remind us what our hobby is all about.

In tears, Dean’s only words were: “That’s bitchin'”

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ORGINIALITY

As mentioned and documented in the restoration, the exterior and interior has been restored using refreshed almost all original parts per Jeffries’ customization. The motor and transmission are not original to Jeffries’ build, but are in extremely good condition.

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OWNERSHIP TIMELINE

1956 – 1957 | “The kid” – Los Angeles, CA

1957 – 1962 | Dean Jeffries – Los Angeles, CA

1962 – 1965 | Albert Nussbaum – Los Angeles, CA / Orlando, Florida

1965 – 1967 | Unkown

1968 – 1969 | Randy Toole – Orlando, Florida

1969 – 1969 | Sandy Hunter – Atlanta, Georgia

1969 – 1971 | Peggy Daole – Roswell, Georgia

1971 – Present | Jack Walter – Roswell, Georgia

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