Fresh off a win from the first-ever 2019 Porsche Cars Canada’s Classic Restoration Competition, the 2020 Restoration Challenge is well underway. This year the subject of our restoration is a 1960 Porsche 356 Cabriolet affectionately named, Louise.
The winner of the competition is judged on the use of original parts, the quality of the finished product and a before/after comparison to appreciate the amount of work involved.
Vaughn Wyant found Louise in California and where everyone else saw junk, he saw beauty. “Louise was literally delivered to us with bungee cords holding it together,” Vaughn says, “But I’m not interested in what she looked like, I’m interested in the potential of what she could look like. She’s a Porsche convertible from the ’60s with an original hardtop, engine, and transmission. She is going to be magnificent.”
The restoration team faces a substantial amount of corrosion as Louise was stored ‘topless’ for years. Two members of our team will spend the better part of two months repairing the metalwork on her body alone. Sourcing original parts will also be complicated, as many of the parts are no longer in circulation. To ensure Louise remains period correct, our team will likely hand-fabricate the majority of these parts.
But, our team is up to the challenge. Team lead Wes Moskwa says once the metalwork is finished the restoration will progress quite quickly. “I’m sure we will be hard at work on her right up until she needs to be loaded up for transport – just like the previous contender. Nine months is a tall order for a complete restoration, never mind complicating it with the rarity of parts and hand fabrication of a good portion of her body.”
Our team is unfazed by any additional pressure coming into the 2020 competition as the previous year’s winner. Instead, we focus on exceeding our own personal standards. Wes says, “There were so many great cars competing in 2019 and I expect everyone to ramp up their restoration quality. We will have to do the same to remain competitive alongside them." Join us in cheering on Porsche Centre Saskatchewan to defend our title as champion of the Porsche Cars Canada Restoration Challenge.
When you look at Louise, you might see rust, neglect and disrepair but beneath the corroded exterior, we see rich potential waiting to be unlocked. As our technicians make her beautiful again, we are capturing the process to give you the full picture of her incredible transformation. Follow us as we create the Portrait of Louise.
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