Porsche saves 16 classics from the scrap man


A number of classic Porsches have been saved from destruction by Porsche Cars GB, which ran a competition to encourage its centres to restore the cars to celebrate 40 years of the firm's first Turbo model.

The competition, which is now in its second year, involved 16 cars, each of which was restored to near-concours standards by Porsche restoration specialists from across the country. Among the classics brought back from the brink was a 924 Carrera GT, 944 Turbo Cabriolet and a 930 Turbo Martini Edition.

The inaugural event (C&SC December 2013) was jointly won by Shorade Accident Repair Centre and Porsche Centre Sutton Coldfield with a 911 964, with the pairing making a keenly anticipated return to this year's event with a Guards Red 1991 944 Turbo.

The car was purchased in poor condition having previously undergone low quality repairs, with the most obvious problems being rust around the wheel arches and a rotten cross member, which was quickly replaced. The interior, wheels and paintwork also needed remedial work, while the entire car was stripped of its mechanical components before being fully rebuilt.

Despite winning the marketing category of the competition, the defending champions were beaten to the Mechanical Restoration class by the Porsche Centre Leeds, which took the gong with its 33 year old 911 Turbo.

The 1981 930 Turbo Coupé had spent the past 15 years in storage and required a full mechanical overhaul.

Ben Mills, service manager at the Leeds centre, said: "The competition was a great opportunity for us to demonstrate our specialist knowledge and wealth of experience in the art of repair, maintenance and care of older Porsche cars."

However, overall victory belonged to the Porsche Centre Leicester, which restored a 1986 911 3.2 Targa-bodied Turbo. The car was one of just 57 right-hand-drive models produced and had covered just 58,000 miles. 

Each of the 16 entries is due to be put on display at this year's Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC from 14-16 November, which also marks Porsche's debut at the event. 

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