Meet the Experts Behind Your Dream Restorations

Meet our founder Dave Dimaria

- Founder

Hi there, my name is Dave DiMaria, and I am the proud owner and founder of Vintage Car Works.

My passion for cars began at a young age growing up in Southern California. During this time, I was swept into the world of popular Porsche racing models from the '50s, '60s, and '70s. This included Porsche GT Carreras, all of the Spyders, Abarth Carreras, 904s, 906s, and Carrera RS - many of which I started working on before I was 20 years old.

In 1972, I went to the Southern California Regional Occupational Center in Torrance, CA, to study machine shop. I worked as an apprentice machinist for two years, during which I was introduced to Dr. Warren Eads, who was starting to build his collection of Porsche race cars.

It was also at this time that Dr. Eads started Spyder Sports Racing, which specialized in restoring and racing Porsche 356 GT Carreras and Spyders. I joined this team and began working on 550A-0135 alongside Al Cadrobbi. Al was probably the foremost 4-cam mechanic in Southern California from the mid-'60s into the early 2000s. In 1965, Al prepared the Carrera GT Speedster that Dick Smith drove and won the SCCA's national championship.

Once I graduated college, I started Vintage Car Works, a restoration shop specializing in restoring Porsche GT Carreras and Spyders. We also continued to support Spyder Sports' racing and restoration program until the late 80s when I had a skiing accident that prevented me from working for one year. During this time, I was recruited to work for Pacific Engineering, a multi-disciplined engineering and construction company, so I closed the restoration shop.

But Porsches were still my greatest passion. By this time, it became clear that I should apply the management skills learned at Pacific Engineering and open another restoration and collision repair facility. With my new shop, I once again became an integral part of the Spyder Sports restoration team: restoring and race-prepping 4 Porsche Spyders, a 904 and a 906, to race in Porsche's 50th Anniversary event at Laguna Seca Raceway in August 1998.

Throughout my career restoring Porsches, I have worked with many amazing people who have become some of my best friends. I have also met some of the greatest race car drivers from the Golden Era of racing, all while restoring and preserving some of the most revered Porsches ever made.


Our Team Members

Dave DiMaria.

30+ years of restoration experience

Derek N.

30+ years of fabrication experience

Connor D.

25+ years of fabrication experience

Sam B.

6 years of fabrication experience

Henry W.

10 years of fabrication experience

Jared P.

25 years of painting experience

Quincy G.

30+ years of painting experience

Adam P.

7 years of mechanical experience and ASE certified

Nick S.

5+ years of mechanical experience and ASE certified

Tom F.

1 years of mechanical experience