and Restoration

Inaugurated in 2016, the Conservation and Restoration Center is the section aimed at the conservation and enhancement of MAUTO’s precious heritage. The Center combines traditional techniques for the restoration of vintage cars with the most advanced methodologies applied to works of art; it carries out and supervises preventive and conservation operations on cars from MAUTO’s collection and those of external entities, adhering to the criteria of conservative restoration in order to preserve the authenticity of the vehicles.


Created with the task of analyzing the state of preservation of cars, combining historical research with the use of cutting-edge diagnostic analysis to carry out aesthetic and functional restoration work, the Conservation and Restoration Center-along with the Open Garage-is now an undisputed international excellence.

Alongside the preservation and enhancement of the heritage kept in various capacities by the Museum (through ordinary and extraordinary maintenance, exhibitions and participation in motoring events in Italy and abroad), the increase in the

collection and activities to popularize the culture of preservation-those already in place such as the Classic Car Restoration Technician Course with Inforcoop and PCTO paths with schools, but also the activation in 2024 of a scholarship in collaboration with Fondazione Centro di Conservazione e Restauro “La Venaria Reale” (The Venaria Reale Conservation and Restoration Center).


In order to popularize the conservation method, educational and training activities are carried out, making professional skills in restoration, research, and scientific analysis more accessible. Schools, individuals and professionals can thus deepen the evaluation tools necessary for a critical approach to automobile conservation.

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Ongoing restorations at MAUTO


MAUTO's restorations

1891Triciclo a vapore di Enrico Pecori

After careful study and analysis of historical documents, an aesthetic and functional conservative restoration of the vehicle was carried out.

The intervention involved the total disassembly of the vehicle in order to analyze its state of preservation and proceed with cleaning, restoration of mechanical parts and painting of the aesthetic parts.

A complete reconstruction of the boiler was necessary since the original steam generator was no longer suitable to withstand the operating pressure indicated in the original booklet; the original boiler is now maintained at the museum’s storage facilities.

The purpose of the conservative restoration work was to re-establish the appropriate conservative condition of the vehicle and facilitate the aesthetic reading of the most compromised materials: tires and metals.

Cleaning, consolidation and final protection operations were carried out on the entire vehicle, seeking to achieve an aesthetically appropriate result while respecting the vehicle’s history and authenticity.

The frame was in a very advanced state of deterioration, showing consistent paint detachments, corrosion and biological attacks.

The choice of intervention procedure was critically evaluated in order to carry out an ethically correct restoration according to the preliminary analyses that allowed the rediscovery of the original color.

The intervention involved carrying out cleaning, painting and final protection operations.

The car underwent a functional restoration after several years of inactivity; it was necessary to work on the gasoline fuel system by cleaning the pipes and tank. Work was, in addition, carried out to adjust and phase the hammer ignition system.

Soon the front leaf springs will be restored following a hitch that occurred during the last re-enactment of the Peking-to-Paris raid in 2007.

After a long period of inactivity, the car underwent a functional restoration.

The work involved total disassembly of the engine into its individual parts to assess integrity and possible previous damage.

Subsequently, the timing gears were rebuilt since the originals could not fulfill their function.

The rest of the mechanicals were cleaned, checked, and then reassembled for proper operation.

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