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The Pinnacle Of Porsche Tinkerers

Whatever your style or desires, the decision to buy or restore a car is a serious commitment of time and capital. Porsche restoration essentially refers to taking a great classic Porsche and bringing it back to life with all (or most) of the original factory parts. The process involves repair of the visible parts (e.g., […]

Georgia Peach

There’s something about a short-wheelbase 911 in a rich red hue that draws the eye, and this one drew close attention from concours judges at the 2015 Porsche Parade staged at French Lick, Indiana. Its owners, Daryl and Betty Goetz, brought home a First-in-Class award (Touring, Preparation), having outscored half-a-dozen other show-quality early 911s and […]

Every shop name tells a story.

In the case of Cincinnati, Ohio-based Metalkraft Coachwerkes, you probably guessed the focus is not on domestic cars. And indeed, when he founded the company 20 years ago, Mark Schlachter envisioned it as a safe haven for vintage Porsches in need of TLC – sometimes a lot of it! In a way, you might expect Cincinnati […]

We Are Family

  Classic Porsche visited Porsche specialist Metalkraft Coachwerkes, based in Ohio. Company owner Mark Schlachter has also ben deeply involved in a car show, with a twist: the VW/ Porsche Reunion. As the name entitles, the even mixes vehicles of both brands. Overall views show the wide variety of Porsches of all ages involved in […]

Metalkraft Coachwerkes

Heavy Metal This 1955 Porsche speedster – the same rare model that James Dean known for racing – was impeccably refurbished by Metalkraft Coachwerkes in Evanston.  

Men of Steel

Revved up or classic, Metalkraft Coachwerkes builds bodies that are made to last. Mark Schlachter is living his dream and has the license plate to prove it: Livinit. “We build what the customer wants,” says Schlachter. Sometimes that means a glossy, ciper green paint and silver gas cap through the hood (a Metalkraft trademark) on a 1989 Porsche […]

Metalkraft Coachwerkes Article

Founded in 1992, the Cincinnati VW Club as been key in developing the air-cooled hobby locally. Midwestern enthusiasts know the group first and foremost for its annual car show, which has been celebrating both Vee Dubs and Porsches for the last 24 years. The 2015 programme also included an Open House at Metalkraft and the […]