The entries run the gamut from the 1950s to the 2000s, from 75 to 612 horsepower, and from rear- to mid- and front-engine layout. The years and the miles have written individual histories for each car, but now a common chapter is about to tie their journeys together: the 2021 Porsche Classic Restoration Challenge.
The U.S. is home to more classic Porsche sports cars than any other market. After decades on the road, some will inevitably be in need of a little extra care. Enter the Restoration Challenge, where Porsche Classic has encouraged U.S. dealerships to acquire a car that is due for some expert technical attention to ensure many more years of driving pleasure.
Preview of the Porsche Restoration Challenge
The 40 cars reside in all parts of the country and include multiple Porsche 356 models from as early as 1956, five generations of the 911, transaxle models like the 944 and 928, as well as modern classics such as the first-generation Boxster, which is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. Rarities are also represented with the likes of a 1988 911 Turbo “slantnose,” a 1989 911 Speedster and – the youngest car entered - a 2005 Carrera GT that is being prepared to get back on the road.
Each vehicle will undergo restoration in the best possible hands: Porsche-trained technicians who will have a portfolio of more than 60,000 unique Porsche Classic Genuine Parts at their disposal. Nine of the participating dealerships are designated Porsche Classic Partners who every day go above and beyond in their commitment to keeping vintage cars on the road and driving just as well as the moment they left the factory.
The Restoration Challenge will run until mid-August when one winner each will be picked from three areas of the country: East, South-Central and West. Those three cars will then move on to the final where the overall winner will be announced in September. All along, a panel of experts from Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA) will be judging the progress based on criteria that include not only Restoration - such as engine, suspension and interior – but also Documentation like the Classic Technical Certificate.
To ride along for the transformation of these amazing cars, enthusiasts can watch this space on Porsche Newsroom and follow #porscherestorationchallenge21 on social media.