A 1989 Porsche 911 Targa Won Porsche’s Restoration Challenge

After a year of work, Porsche Ontario’s G-Model beat out nearly 40 others for all the glory.

byKristin V. Shaw|
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Porsche North America has wrapped its first Porsche Classic Restoration Challenge in the U.S. this week. At the end of the competition, a sleek black-and-red RS-inspired 1989 Porsche 911 Targa G-Model edged out a 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Targa Type 964 and a 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Type 964 for the trophy.

The Restoration Challenge, which is typically based in Europe, was created to showcase the work of experts in Porsche dealerships keeping classic models alive. Judging was based on authenticity, craftsmanship and, Porsche says, “most importantly, a smooth-running engine.” The team at Porsche Ontario in California nailed all three criteria, including a rebuild of the 3.2 Carrera powerplant.


On looks alone, the winning 911 is striking. Red lettering and Fuchs wheels catch your eye first, and the inside has been redone in a two-tone theme with red accents. Other details are spare, but we know the dealership completed an extensive engine-out restoration and upgraded the performance of the 117,000-mile 1989 example.

“If you told me I would be re-building a 3.2 Carrera engine as part of a Porsche Classic competition I would have told you that you were crazy,” said Manni Viana, Porsche Ontario Service Manager. “This project was a culmination of all the love and passion for the brand that I’ve had since childhood. I have been with Porsche for over 30 years as a technician in motorsport while doing retail and now as a service manager at the newest dealership in Los Angeles.”

The three regional finalists made it through multiple rounds of evaluation during the three-day Sportscar Together Fest hosted by Porsche Cars North America last week. Fans had the opportunity to weigh in, and final judging was conducted by several Porsche executives on site. Nearly 40 dealerships participated in the challenge, including Porsche Santa Clarita with my personal favorite, a 1955 356 finished in blue-green and adorned with tartan-patterned seats.

The dealership didn't reveal how much time they spent on this model, but it seems it was all worthwhile. Congratulations to Porsche Ontario for a job well done!

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