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Dealer’s choice: Here’s the winner in the Porsche Classic Restoration Challenge

40 US dealerships entered contest to restore a classic Porsche

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Back in April, Porsche Classic challenged 40 US dealerships to enter a contest. The Porsche Classic Restoration Challenge was to showcase dealership skills in restoring vintage vehicles.

The finals in the contest were part of the recent Porsche Sportscar Together weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the winning restoration was done by… 

“As the high-revving 911 GT3 Cup cars making up the Porsche Carrera Cup North America field concluded its race weekend on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track Sunday, a champion of the Classic variety was being crowned in Victory Circle,” Porsche announced.

“After months of diligent work, documentation and check-ins, the 1989 Porsche 911 Targa G-Model restored by Porsche Ontario (California) won top honors over the 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Targa Type 964 from Porsche Dallas and 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Type 964 from Porsche Warrington (Pennsylvania).”

restoration, Dealer’s choice: Here’s the winner in the Porsche Classic Restoration Challenge, ClassicCars.com Journal

The winning car had been driven 117,000 miles and already had its engine out when the team opted to upgrade the car into an RS-inspired ride, Porsche said. 

However, added Porsche Ontario service manager Manni Viana, a more-than 30-year dealership staffer, “If you told me I would be rebuilding a 3.2 Carrera engine as part of a Porsche Classic competition, I would have told you that you were crazy.”

“Everything from the 3.2 Carrera engine and two-tone interior, down to the documentation was immaculately done by Porsche Ontario,” Jonathan Sieber, Porsche Classic manager for Porsche Cars North America, was quoted in the news release.

“Your eye is drawn to the Targa by the red lettering and Fuchs wheels, but it’s the amount of detail and attention the team put into every step of the process that gave it an extra edge in the competition. Porsche Ontario produced a restoration that captures Porsche passion.”

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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