1965 SWB Porsche 911 pair in restoration at Tuthills

This pair of superb short-wheelbase (SWB) 1965 Porsche 911s has been undergoing detailed restoration at Tuthill Porsche. Seen here in our fabrication workshop, the cars are now just about finished and ready to head into our bodyshop for the paintwork to be done.

The early 911s are built to different recipes. One is a restoration on a rare early 911S, while the other is a bespoke Porsche 911 ‘hot rod’, modelled on the sports-purpose 911R but with a few more home comforts and, as can be seen from our photo, all steel panels.

As these 911s date from well before the time of fully galvanised bodyshells, the rot had well and truly set into both. Each of these bodyshells has been beautifully restored by Andy and Chris in the fabrication shop: true artists in metal who have carried out almost two hundred hours of rust removal work and umpteen smaller repairs on each of these rare early Porsches, to preserve them for many more years to come.

Regarded by many as the purest expression of the original 911 concept, SWB 911s have really shot up in value in recent years. While the rising market makes detailed restorations of this type more financially viable, it has also meant that any rare interior and trim parts not present on the original base car are now more difficult to locate.

Tuthill Porsche is fortunate in this respect, as we have a large stock of NOS and other rare parts from our forty-year history of working with early Porsche 911s. We have chosen not to sell these parts and instead have retained them for our own use, along with many other hard-to-find engine and transmission parts. This often proves to be very useful when carrying out restorations on cars of this vintage.

All work on our classic Porsche 911 restorations is carried out in-house by a team of twenty-four full time staff, many of whom have been working for our family business for more than twenty years. There really is no better place to have your classic Porsche worked on, by a dedicated team of 911 experts and enthusiasts.

Email info@tuthillporsche.com or call us on 01295 750 514 to discuss your Porsche projects.