v. To restore something to its original state and then modify it with new or improved features.
Other Forms
The Applied Sans™ typeface family takes the charm of early sans serif designs and restifies it for the 21st century….Their goal was to restore the charisma of the original sans, and modify the design to have the consistent traits and structure of a 21st century design ("restify").
—Allan Haley, “Applied Sans: A Classic and Contemporary Fusion,”, January 26, 2017
The recently restored and restified Petersen Museum in Los Angeles now offers a Cars Mechanical Institute on the second floor.
—“Quick Cruise: Jay Ward of Pixar/Disney,” Street Rod Life, March 30, 2016
With power and drivetrain hardware covered, Lamb Fab turned to adding comfort and other amenities to this restified pickup. The exterior was coated a classy satin black, and the interior treated with a custom bench seat, dash, gauges, and other creature comforts.
—Jay Kopycinski, “Clean & Black – A 1967 Chevy C20 Undergoes a Modern 4x4 Conversion,” SourWheeler Network, March 12, 2016
1994 (earliest)
The NMCA successfully bid on a ’69 Mustang coupe, equipped with a 302 two-V-8 barrel engine. The car will be restored and "restified" according to the NMCA's Top Stock race guidelines.
—“Cars and Parts, Volume 37,” Amos Press, January 01, 1994