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This Rescued 911 Targa Barn Find Proves Patina Should Always Be Preserved

Road & Track logo Road & Track 3/24/2019 Brian Silvestro
a car parked on the side of a road: If you can save a car without stripping it of its patina, that should always be your first option.© Petrolicious - YouTube If you can save a car without stripping it of its patina, that should always be your first option.

Over time, cars get old. Body panels rust, rubber seals dry out, and things start to break. Usually, the best course of action is to do a full nut-and-bolt restoration to get everything like new again. But sometimes, cars can be saved without having to resort to a full teardown. You can redo all the mechanicals, but keep the body in its used, patina'd state, giving you the best of both worlds: A reliable, fun classic that still tells a story.

That's exactly the case with this 1972 911 Targa, featured in Petrolicious's latest video. Stored in a garage in Tokyo in the 1980s, it was rescued by Alan Drayson, the founder of a restoration shop in the UK that specializes in Porsches. He had the car imported, then rebuilt the engine, transmission, fuel system, brake system, and a bunch of other mechanicals. But instead of touching the body panels, he let them be. This way the car stays original on the outside, but drivable underneath.

It makes the car about 37 times more interesting, both for Drayson and anyone that sees it on the road. Despite what some people may say about leaving the rust, we're fans.

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