“DRIVING THE TWO CARS WAS AN ENLIGHTENING EXPERIENCE…”
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…