Porsche Centre Saskatchewan defends title in 2020 Restoration Challenge.
Fresh off a win from the first-ever 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.
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 the vehicle in California and where everyone else saw junk, he saw beauty. “It was literally delivered to us with bungee cords holding it together,” Vaughn says, “But I’m not interested in what it looked like, I’m interested in the potential of what it could look like. It’s a Porsche convertible from the ’60s with an original hardtop, engine, and transmission. It’s going to be magnificent.”
The task at hand.
The restoration team faces a substantial amount of corrosion as the vehicle was stored ‘topless’ for years. Two members of the team will spend the better part of two months repairing the metalwork on the body alone. Sourcing original parts will also be complicated, as many of the parts are no longer in circulation. To ensure the vehicle remains period correct, the 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 the car right up until it 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 its body.”
The team is unfazed by any additional pressure coming into the 2020 competition as the previous year’s winner. Instead, they focus on exceeding their 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.
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