The Porsche Cen­tre net­work was chal­lenged with sourc­ing and restor­ing a classic transaxle model. Here are the fi­nal­ists that could be yours to buy

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Porsche fans were spoilt by a dis­play of 16 of the man­u­fac­turer’s fron­tengined ‘transaxle’ clas­sics – all of which had been metic­u­lously re­stored by its UK deal­ers.

They were fi­nal­ists in the ‘40 years at the front’, a com­pe­ti­tion which cel­e­brates the an­niver­sary of the first front en­gined Porsche, the 924.

In 2015, Porsche Cen­tres around the UK were chal­lenged with restor­ing a 924, 928, 944 or 968 model in con­junc­tion with their rec­om­mended body re­pairer. Marked on ‘qual­ity and ex­tent’ of the work un­der­taken the orig­i­nal cars were sourced and pur­chased in var­i­ous states of dis­re­pair. The 16 cen­tres then set to work to find re­place­ment parts and re­store the Porsches.

Many of the Porsche Cen­tres have sup­ported the use of ap­pren­tices to aid in the restora­tion of the cars.

Each of the ve­hi­cles is set to go on sale at their re­spec­tive Porsche Cen­tres around the UK.

James Toye of Porsche Cars Great Bri­tain says: ‘ We’re try­ing to build the skills set for the next gen­er­a­tion as it’s im­por­tant to in­spire them and help them grow. The tech­ni­cal ex­perts would over­see their work from a stripped down 924 to the fi­nal stage of restora­tion’.

Porsche Cen­tre Guild­ford and its Porsche rec­om­mended re­pairer, Premier Panel Skills, were crowned the over­all winner with a su­perb restora­tion of a 968 Club Sport.

Com­pany di­rec­tor Ian Wal­lis says: ‘I first saw this car and met its owner, Der­rick Brock­le­hurst, more than 10 years ago. He had been di­ag­nosed with ter­mi­nal can­cer, and an­nounced his wish to drive the Nord­schleife in it. I and oth­ers from Porsche Cen­tre Guild­ford helped him achieve that.’

Af­ter Der­rick’s death the car sat un­used and af­ter a chance con­ver­sa­tion with one of Der­rick’s rel­a­tives Ian de­cided it would be a fit­ting trib­ute to a de­ter­mined and re­source­ful man if he could trace his car and see how it had fared in the in­ter­ven­ing years.

Ian adds: ‘Sadly the years had not been kind and much work was re­quired to re­store it to its for­mer glory. Hav­ing found the car I bought it on the spot and brought back to our premises for a full restora­tion. We had two ap­pren­tices also help­ing and thanks to many of Der­rick’s friends we man­aged to aquire many of the car’s orig­i­nal parts which had been re­moved over the years.’

This 968 is now for sale at the Porsche Cen­tre Guild­ford.

This 1994 968 Club Sport was stripped down and com­pletely re­built by Porsche’s ex­perts in Guild­ford ear­lier this year.

One of 74 made, this 1988 924 S Le Mans Edi­tion was a pro­ject just for the ap­pren­tices at Porsche’s Swin­don cen­tre.

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