Classic Porsche Restoration Challenge at Porsche Ontario

There are more classic Porsche sports cars in the U.S. than any other market in the world. This is why each year Porsche Classic encourages dealerships across the U.S. to find a Porsche sports car in need of restoration to enter into the Porsche Classic Restoration Challenge. Some of the entries include multiple Porsche 356 models from as early as 1956. After a car is acquired, Porsche-trained technicians get to work on bringing the car back to life with around 60,000 Porsche Classic Genuine Parts to use.

This year’s field includes many Porsche dealerships from across the United States, including Porsche Ontario. Dealerships have until the end of July to get their car of choice restored and ready to be judged by a panel of experts from Porsche Cars North America Inc. The process is judged based on criteria such as restoration of the engine, suspension, and interior as well as documentation like the Classic Technical Certificate.

Presenting the 1997 911 Carrera as part of the 2023 Porsche Classic Restoration Challenge

1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Restoration Progress

  • March: Porsche Ontario gave a sneak peak preview of their 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera restoration project at their 2023 Porsche Classic Restoration Challenge Event #1. The engine has now been removed and the entire car has been dry ice blasted in order to remove over 25 years of built up grime from the road.
  • February: The 2023 Classic Porsche Restoration Challenge begins. Follow along as we will be posting updates showing you all the progress our team is making, as we plan to preserve this Porsche Classic by keeping its original components, enhancing its functions, and bringing it as close to original as possible without a undergoing a complete restoration.

Presenting the 1993 911 RS America as part of the 2022 Porsche Classic Restoration Challenge

1993 Porsche 911 RS America Restoration Progress

  • March: The Porsche 911 RS was stripped down to its bare shell and the bottom was cleaned with dry ice. Next, the engine components were sent out for machining, the gauges were refurbished, aluminum components were sent out for vapor honing, and the upholstery was restitched. The remaining parts were sorted out to see what needed to be repaired, refinished, or replaced.
  • April: The car was in the body shop for a few weeks because it was previously used as a track car. There were a lot of repairs that needed to be done on the body and bumpers. Next, it was prepped and primed for a full paint job.
  • May: Its engine was torn down and the final coat of paint was applied making it ready to return to Porsche Ontario.
  • June: The suspension components, oil cooling system, lights, front bumper, and other body components have now been reinstalled. The engine is currently being rebuilt and will be finished soon.
  • July: The engine, transmission, and interior have now been reinstalled in the car along with a few other finishing touches. After lots of hard work and many hours the project has now been finished.

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Restoration Videos

Check out the Porsche Ontario YouTube channel to follow the restoration process on our 1993 Porsche 911 RS America.

2021 Restoration Challenge Winner: Porsche Ontario

In 2021 Porsche Ontario took home the winning title after restoring a 1989 Porsche 911 Targa G-Model into an RS-inspired ride.

There was not a part of the car that didn’t require some type of repair or refurbishing. With the car not producing any power, having a leaky engine, and a bad braking system the Porsche Ontario team had their work cut out for them.

The interior also needed attention with its torn seat covers, broken instruments, and worn out carpet. A few of the details of the restoration include a renewed interior with original restored instruments, red houndstooth inserts were added to the seats, and all electrical components were modernized.

The new Porsche Classic Communication Management system with Apple CarPlay® was added along with wireless charging to keep the classic feel while adding modern technology. To complete the RS styling the wheels were anodized and painted red and a matching red Carrera letter decal was added along the sides of the car.

To see the complete rebuild, check out our Restoration Challenge 2021 video playlist on Youtube.

Restored 1989 Porsche 911 Targa G-Model
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