The Ferrari 365 GTB Daytona from the 1960s, the Ferrari 512 BB from the 70s or the Porsche 928 from the 80s – each decade has produced its own unique, characteristic cars. They all tell a story and incite emotion. Sitting behind the wheel is a journey back in time, enabling the driver to experience the car’s historic attributes as a new facet of their own personality. Classic cars are a much more meaningful reflection of our selves than modern cars. They are ascribed certain meaning that symbolises who we are, or who we want to be, and how we tick.
A classic car requires significant restoration work, which can be a particularly fiddly task. For example, B.I. Collection was commissioned to restore a 1964 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2, where the car had already been disassembled. Other specialists had made attempts to continue and complete the restoration, which was begun in Northern Germany, but these were unsuccessful. Our Classic Technician, Peter Furer, is now taking care of the Ferrari. Meticulous, detailed planning and coordination of the works following the inventory make up the most important parts of this challenge. It is especially vital to schedule tasks appropriately. The individual parts must be checked in detail and if necessary, pre-emptively replaced, because finding and procuring original parts is extremely time-consuming. Additionally, individual components and defective materials may need to be outsourced to external specialists for restoration. All individual parts, whether existing, repaired or replaced, must undergo quality and authenticity checks again prior to assembly. The last step is to put the puzzle pieces together – in exactly the right order, as Peter Furer explains. The aforementioned Ferrari restoration is planned to be completed in May 2021 with the issue of the Ferrari Classiche certification. This officially confirms that all vehicle parts meet the original specifications: chassis, engine, manual transmission and gears, suspension, brakes, wheels, body and interior fittings. To guarantee this, B.I. Collection uses Ferrari’s original archive, where the technical drawings for all cars produced since 1947 are preserved.