The restoration is always planned with the owner with twelve months is the typical timeframe for the 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 process.
Regardless if you prefer to have the car restored and be surprised by the completed result or if you wish to receive photos of each step and monitor the progress and visit the workshop, it’s your choice. 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 only original replacements. By the way, during disassembling, you would not believe what kinds of things that have been found in vintage cars during restoration. Anything we find in your car stays with the car 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 time. 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 that 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 believe firmly that those who revive classic cars preserve history. Each car has a soul which can easily be lost if it is not restored correctly.
The question about colour is a philosophical one. Do I reconstruct the original one? Or do I fulfil my dream? Whatever your answer will be, both ways can be realised. 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 colour your car true to original. Painting is therefore much more than spraying with paint. In the first case, it makes us archaeologists who want to know more about the history of a car. And in the second, to 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 it belongs on the street. That why our focus is never far from breathing new life into 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 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 to make it so 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 feel 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 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. They are 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 the model years are the normal as the car was meant to evolve over time, changes in suppliers to Porsche also contribute to the differences not only from model year and sometimes even in the same year.
Nothing is more exciting than the last steps of the restoration where all the end is in sight. You can almost feel the car knowing it’s return to the street is not far off. The energy in the workshop can be felt by everyone.