Steve Lawing announces features
added during 2009
Seems like every
year about Christmas time Tom and I reflect back on what we have learned
during the past year and how we might use that knowledge to improve our 356A
products. We feel the development of this iconic
replica should not have stopped with 1965 technology as has been done
with the VW versions so we move forward
This year we came up
with a few that we feel are very significant and will greatly improve the
handling, enjoyment, and safety of our cars. We are all for that.
that everyone is not my 5'-11" height we felt that we could probably
increase the legroom in the pedal foot well so that a person 6'-5" could
stretch out in our car. We accomplished that by moving the firewall forward
1-1/2" . Tom who is 6'-3" can sit with his legs stretched out and not touch
the pedals. So for you tall guys we have what you needů.and there is more.
we moved the firewall forward it necessitated forward movement of the
original 15 gallon gas tank. That movement
began to crowd the trunk and take away what precious little space
that was there.
So we decided to
make a big change and install a 16 gallon safety fuel cell in its place.
To do that required
moving the fuel cell further forward and lower. After we surrounded the new
tank with structural protection we suddenly had a larger trunk and a
greater fuel capacity as well, plus the increased safety of a fuel
cell. Additionally, the forward movement and greater capacity tank
surrounded by the protective structure caused a
weight shift that further enhanced our desirable mid-engine weight bias.
these two improvements were made we noticed that we had room to make a very
We now have power
assisted brakes - the only 356 replica to have them
This was not possible in the past because of
the space limitations, but the changes to legroom and tank location
changed all of that. Having 4 wheel power assisted disc brakes is
unheard of in the 356A replica market, but
like so many of our standard features
not any longer.
In case you have not
been keeping up with our continuing improvements
program here is a short list:
is now more powerful, has bi-level flow adjustment, has incremental heat and
cool selection for a more precise temperature. All of this is accomplished
with electronic servo mechanisms and not cables or vacuum servos. All of
this is hidden from view and does not infringe upon foot room or aesthetic
suspension has been changed to accommodate the Legacy GT type. This has
greater alignment sensitivity, allows for a lower ride height, and uses coil
over adjustable shocks.
of our body molds have been upgraded to accommodate numerous appearance,
fit, and strength improvements.
convertible top has been revised to accommodate easier opening and closing,
tighter fit, as well as being lighter weight.
This year's crop of
changes was a good one for sure. You can rest assured that the
Specialty Auto-sports, Inc. lineup of Speedsters, Cabriolets, and
Coupes remains unsurpassed in quality, performance, appearance, and
enjoyment. We are not stuck with 1960's technology and 45 year old
products, inaccurate appearance, and woefully
devoid of creature comforts, but rather incorporate a modern approach to
this venerable icon. Yes you can have your cake and eat it too !
So if you value:
state-of-the-art power braking,
overhead cam fuel injected engines,
transmissions (5 speed or automatic),
useful trunk space,
maintenance minimum reliable driveline
you should look closely
at the comparison with the VW versions to make sure you get what you are
Happy New Year to
Steve and Lisa