Pondering Patina

Patina/n.(patinas)1. a film, usu, green, formed on the surface of old bronze 2. a similar film on other surfaces 3. gloss produced by age on woodwork.

I am not sure that any or much of the above has anything to do with classic Porsches, but the word "patina" is certainly used a lot in their description. The word is used most often as auctions when a vehicle looks used. So what does it mean? Is patina another word for "tatty", and as a restoration company, how do we approach the dilemma of whether to keep the patina or replace with new original parts?

Firstly, if you have a car which, being over 40 years old, has patina ie showing gentle use, but still, solid, driveable and presentable, then you are very lucky! However, most cars are now on their second and even third restoration as standards have risen and the quality of workmanship has vastly improved. Early Porsches are no longer just "repaired" to keep them on the road, they are painstakingly restored to the last detail. In the past, panels were beaten and straightened to fit (almost!) but a lot has moved on since then fortunately...

So having spent numerous hours on the bodywork and bringing it back to life with a beautiful re-spray, do you then fit chrome windows surrounds with "patina"? Do you fit an elegant new carpet but then keep the scratched seats that show it has a history?

It really is down to individual taste. However our feeling is that Porsches were meant to be driven. Your car should be the best it can both mechanically and visually. So use it, drive it, sleep in at Le Mans, take the Christmas tree home in it... very soon you will have your very own patina, with your own memories.