Classic Porsche - - News - Keith Seume Ed­i­tor, Clas­sic Porsche clas­sic­[email protected]­pltd.com

A few weeks ago, I spent a very en­joy­able day – al­beit a bit­terly cold one – at Bices­ter Her­itage, in the com­pany of John and James from Sports Pur­pose and a pair of un­re­stored early Porsches. The day was spent chat­ting about the pros and cons of restora­tion com­pared to preser­va­tion, fol­lowed by a lengthy photo ses­sion with two cars of which they are cur­rently cus­to­di­ans: a 1960 Drauz Road­ster and a 1966 911.

Both cars are what have come to be re­ferred to as ‘sur­vivors’, hav­ing spent much of their lives in stor­age and manag­ing to es­cape the at­ten­tions of less than sym­pa­thetic re­stor­ers. Too many such cars have had their char­ac­ter hid­den un­der a shiny paintjob, orig­i­nal in­te­rior trim re­turned to ‘as new’ when, in fact, it was per­fectly ser­vice­able with­out work, thank you.

Driv­ing the two cars back to back was an en­light­en­ing ex­pe­ri­ence – most cars we get to drive have been restora­tion projects and, as good as they are, they never quite feel the same as a car that has re­mained un­mo­lested since the day it left the pro­duc­tion line. As long as any rust isn’t struc­tural and likely to spread, leave well alone if pos­si­ble. Well, that’s what some peo­ple be­lieve. What do you think? Re­pair, re­store and re­paint, or pro­tect, pre­serve and en­joy? An­swers please…

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