LA Customs restores classic Porsche 964 Carrera Targa 2 to its former glory

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Date:2 August 2022 Author: Rienk De Beer

Regarding custom car renovations and modifications, Gino Lange and his team at LA Customs are at the top of their game. Inspired by his life-long love of cars and his ever-curious mind, he has become known as one of the country’s most celebrated talents in the automotive industry.

The LA Customs team’s most recent project included restoring a Porsche 964 Carrera Targa 2 bought in 1990. The car came from Club9, a vintage car dealership in Cape Town, with a brief to restore this rusty classic to its former glory.

Before

Gino drew inspiration from Akira Nakai – a Japanese car tuner and founder of Porsche tuning company RAUH-Welt BEGRIFF. “I have a lot of respect for Akira, who travels all over the world building his famous custom wide-body Porsches.” He continues, “working on this classic air-cooled model gave me a deeper understanding and a genuine appreciation for what he does.”

The LA Customs team started the process by locating all the rust spots and found a lot of minor but severely damaged hidden areas under the front fenders, inside the footwells and under the windscreen. The team stripped the car entirely due to the amount of rust they had to cut away, and only when that was completed could they start rebuilding the shape. 

The owner chose the colour with input from Gino, who explored 7000 different paint options before he decided to mix a dark silver hue. “It’s a tricky colour to paint because you can get what looks like blemishes if not laid down evenly, but if you get it right, the results speak for themselves”.

During

Gino completed the final polishing of the vehicle over three days – “There’s a lot of preparation before we can start painting the car. It’s a delicate 3-stage process that cannot be rushed; we need to strip the car down completely, sand and block it before applying the primer and only then can we get it sprayed.” After 640 hours of hard work, the team could finally sit back, enjoy a cold one, and appreciate the fruits of their labour. Gino says the most challenging thing about working on the car was giving it back. “I love Porsches, so when we finished it, I wanted to buy it”,  Gino concludes.

After

Over the years, Gino has helped bring new light to the industry through the incredible work that he and his team produce at Paarl-based LA Customs. More recently, though, Gino partnered with renowned workwear brand Sweet-Orr in their #LoveWhatYouDo campaign. As part of a larger video series, Gino takes Sweet-Orr on a journey through his process and shares his philosophy on work and what inspires him most. Watch the video by clicking here.

Visit LA Custom’s Instagram page or website to learn more about the programme.

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