Curriculum Vitae Dr. Gundula Tutt




1988 - 1992:

Formation at Koch & Wieck Conservator-Restorers in Stuttgart

(conservation and restoration of paintings and polychromatic sculpture).


1992 - 1996:  

Academic studies of conservation of paintings and polychromatic sculpture at the Institut für Technologie der Malerei / Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart.


1996 – 2010:

Freelance work in the conservation and restoration of art and cultural heritage in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. 



Start of research on new methods to conserve and restore historic vehicles including the preservation of their original materials.



Formation of my company OMNIA Restoration in Freiburg/Germany, 

start of scientific analysis, conservation and restoration work on original paints and coatings, leather and artificial leather, textile materials, wood lacquers and galvanic surfaces on historic vehicles in active use.  Professional conservation and restoration work for private motor museums and and public collections.


since 2005:

(to date)         

Numerous practical projects, scientific analysis, counseling, survey and investigation work in this context (- mainly vehicles from the era pre-WWII).


2006 – 2015:

Parallel to these practical projects:

doctoral thesis on „History, development materials and application of motor vehicle painting between 1900 and 1945“ at Institut für Technologie der Malerei / ABK Stuttgart. The doctorate was successfully finished in 2015.


2008 – 2014:

International association work in the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA) as Secretary of the Culture Commission.

Development of the "Charter of Turin" and the related glossary on preservation, restoration and responsible use of historic vehicles together with the FIVA Culture Commission.


since 2011:

(to date)


Continuous  work on historic vehicles projects for German and international collectors and museums, like the Porsche Company Museum (Germany), PS.Speicher (Germany), Cité de l' Automobile/Collection Schlumpf (France), The Collier Collection (USA), The Louwman Museum (Netherlands), Musee de la Voiture et du Tourisme (France) and numerous private collections in F/GB/USA/I/CH/NL/FL/COL/A/SK/HU/BEL/LIE/CHN.

A 1939 Bugatti T57C "Vanvooren" treated in my workshop was awarded Preservation Class winner at Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille in 2015 and received the "Prix du Meilleur Preservation" given by the Fédération International des Vehiculs Anciens.


Founding & board member of IgFS (Interessengemeinschaft Fahrzeugrestauratoren Schweiz), running a professional network,  providing advanced professional training and a unique, state-recognized formation of skilled crafts and trades for restorers of historic vehicles in Switzerland.

Continuos lectureship in this 2-year professional formation, which started in 2015 and has certified the first graduates in January 2018.

This program received the Culture Award 2019 awarded by the Fédération Internationale des Vehiculs Anciens (FIVA).


Papers, lectures, teaching and seminars, given at:

Fachhochschule Köln

Universität Karlsruhe / KIT

Society of Automotive Historians (USA)

Society of Automotive Historians in Britain (UK)

Historic Vehicle Association (USA)

TÜV Rheinland Akademie

Cité de l' Automobile / Collection Schlumpf

Interessengemeinschaft Fahrzeugrestauratoren Schweiz (CH)

World Forum for Motor Museums (UK)

The REVS Institute for Automotive Research and Historical Studies (USA), for details see here, here and here

Deutsche Anwalt Akademie

BSVK Akademie

Münchner Arbeitskreis für Strassenfahrzeuge

TÜV Süd Akademie


- covering subjects of vehicle materials, like historic paints, leathers, artificial leathers and many more, historic crafts and production methods for historic vehicles, specialized conservation/restoration techniques and the theoretical & practical aspects of the „Charter of Turin“ guidelines.


since 2016

(to date)


Member of the "Parlamentskreis Automobiles Kulturgut"  (Parliamentary Working Group Historic Vehicles) at the Deutsche Bundestag & active in several of its project committees ("Arbeitsguppe Zustandsnoten", "Abeitsgruppe AKE Arbeitsanweweisung §23").
Continuous teaching, research and scientific exchange at the REVS Institute for Automotive Research


since 2018 

(to date)


Member of the foundation council at
Institut für Automotive Forensik (IfaF) in Frankfurt.

since 2019

(to date)


since 2020

(to date)

The Motorcar Hub” community & foundation,

member of the steering committee.


Member of the Baden-Württemberg Chamber of Engineers




Tutor of an exam research project at the "Fachschule für Lacktechnik" in Stuttgart, on pigment preparations for historic vehicle paints




 „Kollateralschäden – zum sicheren Umgang mit historischen Fahrzeugoberflächen“ (2012)

erschienen in ASP Klassik 8/2012


The Carter of Turin” (2014)

                 authors: Thomas Kohler, Gundula Tutt ,

                 Mario De Rosa, Alfieri Maserati, Stephan Musfeld, 

                 Mark Gessler, Rainer Hindrischedt


TÜV Rheinland Handbuch Oldtimer” (2016)

authors: Jürgen Brauckmann, Steffen Mißbach, Norbert Schroeder, including the chapter on the professional glossary for historic vehicles by guest author Dr. Gundula Tutt


The FIVA Carter of Turin Glossary” (2016)

authors: Mario De Rosa, Keith Gibbins, Natasa Jerina Grom, Roberto Loi, Rainer Hindrischedt, Jochen Thoma, Dr. Gundula Tutt



Doctoral thesis on „History, development, materials and application of motor vehicle painting between 1900 and 1945“ (finished 2015).

The thesis was published as a book in 2018  under the title

"Kutschenlack, Asphaltschwarz und Nitroglanz"

by Karren Publishing Münster

The book was awarded the Motorworld Buchpreis in 2019, the same year it also received a Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot Award of Distinction from the Society of Automotive Historians (SAH)

(an English edition is in preparation)


What is Patina?” - based on a presentation given at  

HVA's Second Drive History Conference (2018)

published by ABTEM (Association of British Technical and Engineering Museums), 2018



"Automobiler Fachwortschatz zur Beschreibung historischer Fahrzeuge" (2019)

Autor: Dr. Gundula Tutt,

with the assistance of Mario de Rosa,  Peter Diehl, Carsten Müller, Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinrich Hucke, Norbert Schroeder, Thomas Wirth und Julian Westpfahl.

Karren-Verlag Münster, 2019,

(Pre-release copies were published in December 2019, the book then was regularly published in January 2020),

An English edition of this book currently is in preparation.


"The Routledge Companion to Automobile Heritage, Culture and Preservation” (2019)

edited by Barry L. Stiefel and Jennifer Clark

This comprehensive publication examines the social, cultural, political and economic appreciation of historic vehicles as tangible and intangible history and heritage. The peer reviewed, interdisciplinary work unites 30 authors from nine countries.

Routledge, 2019