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Restoration Design Brings New Life to Old Porsches

RESTORATION DESIGN is a manufacturing facility tucked away in the east end of Guelph, Ontario. The company was acquired and brought to Guelph in 2009 by the de Jonge family after operating in Eaton Rapids, Michigan for nearly 25 years. During the last 10 years in operation, the team at Restoration Design has grown the line of products from 30 parts to over 700 different items. Starting out with a small team of three, the company quickly grew to a larger crew of 20 guys and girls to keep up with the demand for all the products.

Restoration Design is currently manufacturing body panels for the Porsche 356, 911, and 914. Rusty floors, crumbling rocker panels, bent-up bumpers — no problem! All these parts are stamped out at the company’s facility right here in Guelph. There aren’t too many body panels that are no longer available.

Items that are often neglected, but definitely shouldn’t be, are wiring harnesses. Restoration Design has gone through great lengths to reproduce exact copies of the original wiring harnesses for the 356, 911 and 914. All the details, like the correct colour wiring, the correct connectors, the correct sheathing and other elements have all been applied to each harness.

A big project has been making cameo appearances at recent Porsche shows and at the 2019 PCA UCR concours event in Burlington last September. If you haven’t already heard, Restoration Design will produce a complete 356 Speedster body, ready for paint and assembly. If you’ve always wanted a 356 Speedster in steel just like the factory cars, but don’t want to pay the price of an original Speedster manufactured in the ‘50s, you may want to inquire and get your name on the list. The first few are expected to roll out by the end of this summer.

Already own an older 356 or 911 or 914? Does it need a restoration? The guys at Restoration Design also perform metal restorations. No interior or mechanicals, but they will definitely get you the body of your dreams!

Every year Restoration Design holds an open house to allow the public to tour the shop and see what they’re all about. This year’s open house will be held on Sept. 26 starting at 7 a.m. There are also a swap meet and car show held on the same day, on site. Restoration Design invites all Porsche enthusiasts and especially PCA UCR club members to come out and enjoy the day with others who share the passion. </>

Story and Photos by Alex de Jonge.

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