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I’ve a 1970 911E which, af­ter 25 years of me driv­ing it, needs a com­pre­hen­sive restora­tion to take it back to its for­mer glory. I’ve spo­ken with sev­eral rep­utable in­de­pen­dent spe­cial­ists about do­ing it, how­ever I now see Porsche is of­fer­ing such ser­vices as part of its Clas­sic arm. What I’d like to know is, is the en­tire restora­tion done in-house like at the in­de­pen­dents, or is any­thing out­sourced? For ex­am­ple, would a Porsche Cen­tre re­store an in­te­rior? I’m hop­ing you wouldn’t just re­place ev­ery­thing, as a car is only orig­i­nal once…

Thomas D. In­gram

Re­gard­ing restora­tions, Porsche GB has four Porsche Clas­sic Part­ner Cen­tres lo­cated in Leeds, Swin­don, Glas­gow and Hat­field. Th­ese cen­tres have clas­sic-trained tech­ni­cians which I’m sure could an­swer the ques­tion in more depth.

From the restora­tions we have car­ried out at Porsche Bournemouth, we like to do as much as pos­si­ble. How­ever, re­gard­ing in­te­ri­ors we have out­sourced th­ese to spe­cial­ist trim­mers. There is a true art to trim­ming seats, in­stalling head­lin­ings and so on, so things like this are best to leave to the ex­perts. They are then qual­ity con­trolled in-house be­fore pro­gress­ing. We carry out all of the me­chan­i­cal work and strip and re­build pro­cesses.

Other items such as pow­der coat­ing or ma­te­rial re­fin­ish­ing are out­sourced due to the equip­ment re­quired. The same goes for any ma­chine work re­quired to the en­gine.

There are many lev­els of restora­tion and it all de­pends on your de­sired end re­sult – are you af­ter a con­cours fin­ish, sym­pa­thetic overhaul or just gen­eral re­fresh for many more happy miles?

If there are orig­i­nal fea­tures that you wouldn’t want to re­place its best to keep them, af­ter all it adds char­ac­ter to the car.

Scott Gard­ner Job ti­tle Gold Di­ag­nos­tic Tech­ni­cian Place of work Porsche Cen­tre Bournemouth, UK Time at Porsche 12 years

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