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The perfection of the imperfect

A man goes to a plastic surgeon and has his wrinkles reinforced. Granted, a bad joke. No joke on the other hand is the so-called patina restoration, which is currently celebrating its breakthrough in the classic car scene.

Text: Alexander Morath Photo: Matthias Jung / Porsche Klassik 18.02.2019 1 min

For contrary to the anthropological ideal of beauty, dignified aging is part of the good form there. More than that: It stands for authenticity and at first glance conveys a feeling about the true character of a car. A red 911 kissed by the California sun? It looks a bit pale around the sheet metal, but with this lifelike look it sets the imagination in motion. The synapses are rattling. Images are created. Also impressions. We combine endless coastal roads with the sound of the sea and people riding waves. You can literally feel it, the slightly salty gust of wind that hits us through the open window.

And what does the thoroughly polished shining car say? Not much. Or at least not more than that he obviously feels most comfortable in a well protected garage. The restoration and refinement company »Das Triebwerk« therefore concentrates on traces of use on and in the car that give the car its identity and reconditions them like an archaeological find.

This is how automobile character types are created. Storytellers. Just cars like the Black Plate Porsche 356, which proudly carries its racing genes to the outside. Leather straps and rally stripes, start number and vintage stickers: This all seems so wonderfully coherent and comprehensible as the small dents, which don't make this 356 perfect, but incredibly credible. And in photoshoped times, in which nose corrections are as trendy as snapchat filters, this can feels quite good.