Petrolicious profiles the rare Italian Porschephile
If you’re Italian, you love Ferrari. It’s almost a national requirement. If not Ferrari, then Lamborghini, or if you’re a bit contrarian, perhaps Alfa Romeo or Maserati. This common belief, though, flies in the face of Rosita Corato’s devotion to a certain unique Porsche.
Despite growing up around cars from Italy’s most treasured automakers, Rosita’s family of coachbuilders had a passion for Porsche. This love was fostered by her father, who made a living repairing Ferraris. Despite his work, he’d longed for a rear-engined German, finally picking up a 1959 356 Speedster that was in desperate need of restoration. Rosita describes it as “practically a heap of metal” before her masterful metalworking father got to work on it. While it was originally meant to be a racer, it could best be described today as a restomod, and Rosita still uses it regularly on rallies.
The engine and brakes have been upgraded, while the ratios on the manual transmission have been tightened up for improved performance. To save weight – remember, Rosita’s father wanted a racer – the doors and hood were replaced with aluminum units, while other aesthetic upgrades were made as well, such as moving the fuel access up onto the hood. Check out Rosita’s gorgeous 356 Speedster in the very latest episode from the team at Petrolicious.