There are many Porsche specialists who have been restoring old Porsches for longer than Porsche itself of course, but for some owners, there will always be a special cachet from having the work done by Porsche itself back at base in Stuttgart.
“Our goal is to retain the authenticity of your Porsche,” says the firm. Original tools, body frame gauges and data sheets are used, as well as all genuine components. Accident repairs can be made using one-off fabricated body parts based on original drawings. For a full restoration, every part of the car is disassembled, inside and out. Completed bodies are cathodic dip coated.
In the Over the Road exhibition area, looking exquisite in a giant glass box is an early 911 that’s been through the factory restoration programme. And yes, it does look as good as new. Cars from 356 all the way up to the 993-era 911, plus the 959, are eligible for the Porsche Classic treatment.
Each stage of the restoration is documented by Porsche and the hand-over to the owner includes the presentation of a restoration box with a book detailing all the work done.
Photography by James Lynch