As the industry continues to evolve into a world driven by state-of-the-art electric vehicles, passionate car collectors cherish the early-age sports cars that paved the way. The importance of encapsulating these historic examples proves to be a topic that all manufacturers can unanimously agree upon, which is why OEM factory restorations are becoming more popular among the community. Brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, and Aston Martin are inviting clients to restore their most coveted collectibles using factory services.
While the word “restoration” carries a vague definition in the realm of high-dollar models, the common goal is to preserve as much of the original car as possible. The meticulous process starts with a consultation that focuses on specific areas of interest, determining the condition of the body shell, the interior equipment, and the engine. This stage helps to break down each component to its barest in order to grade whether parts should be retained, refurbished, or replaced. For the team at Porsche’s Classic Factory Restoration workshop, specialists draw up rough estimates based on photos to prepare customers for future bills.
Having a detailed plan of attack with room for surprises, engineers get to work, disassembling vehicles for paint and bodywork. Although clients can choose from an array of colors and materials using factory archives, owners are given the opportunity to add a personal touch with paint-to-sample colors and other bespoke interior configurations. The latest paint technology is applied for an improved finish with increased durability, and the interior trim is handcrafted using the finest materials.
With aesthetics sorted by the experts, engine management is next on the docket. When dealing with monstrous 12-cylinder platforms from the early 1980s and ’90s, Lamborghini Polo Storico preserves its heritage of performance with Original Spare Parts (OSP) for its classic cars. Fine-tuning each engine to operate as it did the day it rolled off the production line. Anniversary Tours, Auto Shows, Concours d’Elegance, and Track Shakedowns are just a few of the many activities organized for owners to showcase their newly restored examples. Under the supervision of each respected manufacturer, an exclusive Certification of Authenticity is awarded to each vehicle restoration to verify the originality of the individual components.
Today, we celebrate OEM factory restorations as the glue that will forever hold a connection to the pioneers that shaped the supercar and hypercar world.
Story Featured In Our March 2023 Issue
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