Porsche Santa Clarita’s stunning ‘Galpinized’ 356 restomod draws inspiration from both old and new with custom paint and upgraded powertrain…
The 1955 Porsche 356 restomod was recently customised and restored as part of the 2021 Porsche Restoration Challenge that welcomes entries from the 1950s to the 2000s and ranging from 75 to 612 horsepower.
Porsche Restoration Challenge
Unsurprisingly, the U.S. is home to more classic Porsche sports cars than any other market. After decades on the road, some will inevitably need a little extra care.
Porsche Classic has encouraged U.S. dealerships to acquire a car that is due for some expert technical attention to ensure many more years of driving pleasure.
The 40 cars reside in all parts of the country and include multiple Porsche 356 models from as early as 1956, five generations of the 911, transaxle models like the 944 and 928, as well as modern classics such as the first-generation Boxster.
Porsche Santa Clarita acquired the car from its second owner, a California local who had modified the 356 for racing during his 50 years of ownership. The 356, with coachwork by Reutter Karosserie, was originally imported through famed New York importer Max Hoffman.
Body modifications include shaved rocker mouldings and rear reflectors, a louvered hood, and smoothed and chromed bumpers. A custom-mixed Blue-Green paint from PPG accents the tailored body, as does a set of 1960 magnesium Halibrand knock-off wheels finished in House of Kolor gold with a matte klear finish.
Under the rear hood lies an upgraded 1600SC flat-four air-cooled pushrod engine with chromed components mated to a 519 transaxle.
On the inside, Porsche Santa Clarita opted for red leather with tartan inserts and colour-matched Blue-Green trim.
When approaching the restoration, Galpin President and COO Beau Boeckmann opted for a full restoration with period-correct modifications, imagining the 356 as if it had been ‘Galpinized’ when new.
Porsche Santa Clarita technician Nicolas Briseno carried out the mechanical restoration while Dave Shuten of Galpin Speed Shop completed the body and paint modifications. Galpin Auto Sports – G.A.S. assisted with the remaining restoration work.
The Restoration Challenge runs until mid-August when one winner each will be picked from three areas of the country: East, South-Central and West. Those three cars will then move on to the final where the overall winner will be announced in September.
All along, a panel of experts from Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA) will be judging the progress based on criteria that include not only Restoration – such as engine, suspension and interior – but also Documentation like the Classic Technical Certificate.
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