The restoration is always planned with the owner, with twelve months as the typical timeframe for the complete process. Each vehicle is as unique as its owner. We are pleased to involve you in as much of the process as you desire.
After the initial documentation and disassembly, comes the preparation phase. Paint removal and rust repair are the precursors to the main restoration procedure.
Whether you prefer to have the car restored and be surprised by the completed result or wish to receive photos of each step to monitor the progress and visit the workshop, the choice is yours. We are always happy to involve each owner at the level they are comfortable with.
Here is an overview of the restoration process:
Imagine a large area with countless engine parts, sheet metal pieces, screws and much more. The individual elements are like puzzle pieces. The question is, who has the master plan, so that later everything can be put together again. Our answer: Our crewmember responsible for dismantling! He plans the disassembly of an old car step by step and sorts the parts systematically. Missing pieces will be replaced. However, their procurement is a challenge in itself, as we put great emphasis on using original replacements only. By the way, during restoration, you would not believe the kinds of things that have been found in vintage cars during disassembly. Anything we find in your car stays with the vehicle and is turned over to you. Regardless how valuable it may be, these artefacts are part of the car’s history.
We are specialists in reconstructing and repairing the body of your classic car. Our team knows how vehicles were built back in the day. We remove rusty spots with the utmost precision – and bring dented surfaces back into shape. Sheet metal is not just a piece of metal for us, but the material dreams are made of. Despite technical innovations, our body shop differs from modern workshops. We are deliberately a bit old-fashioned, because our attitude to vehicles is different. We firmly believe that those who revive classic cars preserve history. Each car has a soul that can easily be lost if not restored correctly.
The question of colour is a philosophical one. Do I reconstruct the original one? Or do I fulfil my dream? Whatever your answer will be, we can make it happen. The former for the following reason: Every historic car has a birth certificate. It contains all the technical information – including the original paint colour. With the help of this data, we can paint your car true to the original. Painting is therefore much more than simply spraying with paint. In the first case, it makes us archaeologists, who want to know more about the history of your car. And in the second, we become artists, who work with utmost care when tuning and applying the colour of your choice.
As important as looks may be: A Porsche belongs not in a museum, rather on the street. That is why our focus is never far from breathing new life into the engine. The heart of any Porsche is, of course, the engine. The sound, the feeling of the torque curve and the balance, in relation to the feeling you get when driving your Porsche, are all things that must be restored as well.
Our engine builders have a specific process in the rebuilding and refinishing of each powertrain. This is a minimum requirement when rebuilding. Most vintage Porsche engines have lasted 50 years. With the care and attention to detail we put into each rebuild, we hope they are still here 50 years from now.
When talking about car restoration we often talk about paint, screws and motors. In other words, mainly about glossy hard surfaces. When it comes to the interior, a completely different texture comes into play. Suddenly we are dealing with fabric and leather. The processing of these “soft” materials requires special craftsmanship as well. Every stitch of the sewing needle and every detail must fit. The role models for our upholsterers are the colleagues from back then. They worked with incredible precision, even by today’s standards. The result can be seen, smelled and touched: seats, door panels and the dashboard convey the elegance of the past, offering an experience for all senses.
The more detailed and researched a restoration, the easier it will be to assemble not only the sum of parts but the soul of the car. Variations in model years are normal, as the car was meant to evolve over time, changes in suppliers to Porsche also contribute to the differences, not only based on model year but sometimes even in the same year.
For us, nothing is more exciting than the last steps of the restoration where the end is in sight. You can almost feel the car knowing its return to the street is not far off. The energy in the workshop can be felt by everyone.