In 1961 Belgiumâ€™s Edmond Pery founded APAL (Application Polyester ArmÃ© de LiÃ¨ge) to build beautiful cars with fluid lines using fiberglass. His APAL GT CoupÃ©, presented at the Brussels Autosalon in 1962, featured a Volkswagen floorplan and was designed to be powered by a Porsche or VW engine. Based on the Porsche 356 but with only two seats, a longer wheelbase, lower center of gravity and much lighter curb weight, the APAL GT was very comfortable with plenty of luggage space, and fitted with the 356â€™s engine as well it proved to be a racing and rallying beast.
Of the 150 stunning APAL GT coupes built between 1961â€“1965, only about 30 of them got the 356 engines (usually an older one), as well as its transaxles, brakes, wheels, seats, instrumentation, and interior trim. Dubbed the APAL-Porsche 1600 GT Coupe, these 30 are true rarities in the Porsche world â€“ the 356â€™s Belgian cousin. Some would even say its better-lookingÂ cousin. One of the few remaining cars and one of just a handful known in the U.S., an example from 1962, will be auctioned off by RM Sothebyâ€™s at its Arizona sale on Jan. 28â€“29 without reserve.