We’re just about to complete the restoration and rally preparation of a beautiful SWB Porsche 912. Sent to us as a handsome Indian Red example that was hiding some corrosion, the paint was stripped back to bare metal before we embarked upon an extensive list of bodyshell work, including rust repair, shell strengthening and roll cage fitment.
Rust was found in the usual places: through the floors, sills and numerous other hot spots. After replacing the corroded metalwork, we added the reinforcements used on all of our 911 rally cars and then fitted the mounting plates for our bolt-in roll cage. After several weeks in fabrication, the finished bodyshell was moved into the bodyshop for prep and paint in the new colour of Irish Green.
Irish Green has impeccable credentials as a classic Porsche colour. The very first Porsche 911 ever made was painted Irish Green, and the millionth 911 was finished in the same shade. The colour sat well with the car’s existing black trim, so we refitted that once the car left the bodyshop, protecting the interior patina and bringing huge character to the interior while knowing the bodywork is protected for many years into the future.
The car was rebuilt without the cage installed, as the intention is to use it on road for a while before tackling more difficult terrain. All that’s left to do now is fit some new houndstooth-trimmed seats in a period style and fit the final few trim parts inside, before we start road-testing the finished car to get the best from the package.