Classic car restoration
We love classic Porsche here at Gmund Cars and there is nothing that gives us greater satisfaction than to ensure the preservation of an original air-cooled Porsche for generations to come.
We employ our own restoration team using Porsche trained technicians with air cooled Porsche experience. We carry out every part of a car’s restoration, from the truly transformational full nut and bolt rebuilds to engine repairs and rebuilds or interior re-trimming and carpet sets, made from German imported Porsche specification weave.
Previously only carried out to our sales cars, we are now able to offer restoration services more generally to Porsche/VW owners. Our team have an in-depth knowledge of these vehicles and can offer advice and guidance on all aspects of your requirements, including original period restoration. All work is carried in our new purpose built Workshop, featuring Porsche specification vehicle lifts, Four-Wheel Alignment ramp, Engine rebuild room and Detailing area.
Check out our website and social media pages for examples of our work to date.
Porsche 911 2.4 T/E - 1973
You may remember our 1973 911 T/E which had a slightly aged interior and lacked a bit of love. Here it is now after its new customer decided he wanted to rally the car.
- Full Bolt in Roll Cage
- Fully retrimmed Interior with German weave carpets
- Momo Steering wheel
- Bonnet mounted Spotlights
- Bucket seats complete with 4-point Schroth harnesses
- Fire extinguishers fitted
- Empi alloy wheels
- Chrome Mirrors
- Brantz Rally meter
Volkswagen Type 2 Pickup - 1979
Nothing excites a Classic car lover more
than a good, old-fashioned restoration story. There’s something magical and
undeniably cool about finding an old vehicle and devoting your time to it until
it is the standard it was when it left the production line. The dedication, the
frustration and the passion for such projects is what makes them so interesting.
We first saw this T2 in 2014 when it appeared in a local classic car auctions
catalogue. More focused on classic Porsche restorations, we gave the VW a miss
and didn’t really think anymore about it until we heard it was back up for sale
a few months later.
Since being sold at auction, we had seen that its new
owner had removed the coach built Luton storage and had attempted to make it
into a Pick-up having made drop down sides and tweaked other various things.
We saw a lot of potential and we had a lot of ideas
on what we would do with the T2 if it was in our possession. It was then, that
we threw out a silly offer to buy it and to our amazement, the offer had been
A lengthy meeting was then held and we all agreed
that it was only right to return the van back into showroom condition,
restoring it from the ground up.
Our aim was to achieve a showroom condition T2 Pickup
with drop down sides and Porsche livery, to make it somewhat similar to the
Porsche race support vehicles. It was then decided we would use the vehicle as
a statement of what Gmund cars can do and progressed into the idea of using the
T2 at shows adding wooden slats to the bed and showing off a few Porsche and
Volkswagen engines that have been rebuilt by ourselves, Thus showing our range
of what we do and our quality in restoring vehicles as well as rebuilding
Our first challenge was to source some genuine drop
down sides and a challenge it was. It appeared that nobody had any and our only
option would be to attempt to make them. After a number of months, we tracked a
genuine set down and quickly jumped in the van and picked them up. Now knowing
how rare these are to find, our next problem would be to find the fasteners to
keep the drop sides up. Our solution was to use a very talented fabricator to
make some for us whilst keeping the original factory shape.
After filling and smoothing over some previous DIY style
repairs, it was onto a full glass out respray. We chose to keep the body a
shade of ruby red even though we could see that in places it looked like it had
at some time been a shade of green. The red did look lots better though!
Whilst at the paint shop, we had the engine being
rebuilt using a lot of its original parts after cleaning, Sandblasting and
powder coating them. We also decided to have two sets of wheels, one set to be
painted to match the colour of the bumpers and one set in silver.
After a week or so, we had picked the bus up from the
local paint shop and were amazed to see the quality of work. I don’t think any
of us was expecting it to look that good! To
see it as a original looking Pickup without bad repairs or odd cosmetic changes
was something to take a step back to and admire both its beauty as well as the
dedication of everyone involved to make it look the best of the best.
Having researched Porsche livery and graphics, We
then sent our ideas for our livery off to a sign writer who then designed a
great set of decals including company name and logo along with the Porsche
lettering across the drop down sides.
Having taken the interior as patterns, our upholsterer
then brought us back a one off interior that included German weave carpets and
Porsche basket weave door cards with pinstripe matching the T2s paintwork.
After a deep cleanse inside and out it was time to
fit and wire in the rebuilt engine and get the T2 fired up into life. It did
not take long for the engine to be running and after a few tweaks, a quick test
drive around the estate proved that everything was running as it should; Wow,
It sounded good!
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Porsche 911 2.4 Targa - 1973
This Porsche 911 2.4 Targa car has had a full bare metal respray in original Beige Grey. All new carpets throughout. The original roof has been re trimmed along with all the Targa seals replaced. All new brake discs, Calipers and brake lines have been fitted and other items such as rubber trim, headlights, lenses and other parts have been replaced.
Porsche 911S 2.7 Targa - 1977
A Full restoration was needed on this 1976 911S 2.7 Targa. Originally an American car, We imported it last year and have been throughout the car restoring it back to original factory specification. A bare metal respray has been carried out in its original colour of silver metallic and every piece of the interior has been re-trimmed including the Targa roof. The Engine has been rebuilt with all new stainless steel exhaust system. Beautiful condition throughout.