APAL was originally a Belgian company that built lightweight sports cars based on VW Beetle floorpans. During the early 1960s they experimented with a special high-spec version of their coupe – it was fitted with Porsche 356 running gear including engine, transaxle, brakes, wheels, seats, instrumentation, and interior trim.
At 1400 lbs, the APAL-Porsche was over 400 lbs lighter than the 356 it was based on, which made it very popular as an entry into amateur races, hillclimbs, and rallies. The car was a spritely performer thanks to its 60 bhp, 1582cc OHV air-cooled horizontally opposed four-cylinder 356B engine with dual Solex downdraft carburettors. Power was fed to the rear wheels via a 4-speed manual transaxle, and importantly, the car featured independent front and rear suspension – not a common design feature in the early ’60s.