Jürgen : I bought my first berlinette in 1985. It was a 1300 VC. I didn’t know anything about this car, or cars in general, for that matter. I learned the technical skills I needed while restoring my car. Once it was restored, I kept it for more than 20 years. Then I started my company and my family and I didn’t have as much time to devote to this passion. I sold the car in 2000.
Not long after, I realized that my life was missing something. I happened to meet a Swiss collector who also loved these blue racing cars and I got bitten by the bug again! I started searching for rare 1300 and 1600 S versions. That’s when I really got into restoration. My goal was to restore these cars to the exact state they’d been in when they left the factory, down to the very last detail using only original parts.
Of course, I love cars in general—I also have a Porsche—but my heart beats for these French beauties. It’s really a love story, with some hate at times. But that’s what makes my work even more special. It’s not always easy to keep these racing cars running and you have to take advantage of every second behind the wheel.