Concours Restoration, Revisionist History, and Porsche's First Super Car

Concours Restoration, Revisionist History, and Porsche's First Super Car

3, July 2019

Over the years I have written several articles in which I have attempted to explain the difference between Concours restoration and other forms of automotive restoration work. To summarize, concours restoration work demands the application of keen craftsmanship, guided by the discipline of proper research. In other words, it’s the quality of the research and executing the authentic details that distinguishes restoration shops on Concours fields in the modern world. After decades of over-restoration or haphazard work that often characterized much of the collector car market, collectors have matured to recognize the intrinsic value of performing authentic restoration work. It’s important to preserve history, not recreate it. I often listen to Malcom Gladwell’s podcast called “Revisionist History.” He suggests it’s human nature to approach the past in a way that has been forgotten or misunderstood. In a quality automotive restoration, it’s the research that allows us to conquer the temptation to over-restore or misrepresent how human hands originally made something. It’s rewarding to see a finished restoration project drive down the road after putting more than 4,000 hours into it. We are an extremely low volume restoration shop, which inherently is the nature of Concours restoration work. We scrutinize every part and level of finish on each project untold numbers of times for period correctness. We cross-reference everything against every discipline of information available. It’s a constant commitment to overcome the rigor of the deep-seated physical and psychological challenges of restoration work. In the end, you must have true passion for this kind of work and derive satisfaction from a job well done. 

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By Cam Ingram
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