1969 Corvette Pro Street Build

May 6, 2016 in American / Build In Progress / Home Garage Build / Race Car

This 1969 Corvette is the subject of a build thread on pro-touring.com by it’s owner, forum member “vette427-sbc”. We really like the road racer approach he is taking with the current build-in-progress, and the whole Jersey, Bruce Springstein, American good ‘ol boy home garage project feel of it all. It turns out he has had the car since he was 16, which just adds to general overall theme that the thread already has going on but there is no mention whether that was just last week or somewhere in the last century. We are guessing it falls somewhere in the middle based on, well, actually, based on what? The “mature” theme or vibe of the build? We are talking about a ‘Vette project build here, after all, with all the fixin’s to make any age of adult act like a juvenile delinquent. That would include a Chevy 350 V8 mated to a Pontiac GTO 6 speed transmission, a full roll cage, 17″ Torque Thrust’s and some of the trickest road race suspension, brake and engine parts available to make it capable of handling lap after lap of heavyweight abuse. Taking that into consideration, chances are that we need to use that term in a relative sense of which we personally hope to never find out the actual true meaning of it, ourselves.
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VIDEO: Quick Jaguar XJ Factory Build

May 5, 2016 in Build In Progress / English / Factory Tour / Video

Patrick Gosling brings us this short but mesmerizing 1 minute look at the factory build of a Jaguar XJ through seamless video and time lapse.  We enjoyed his look at the rebuild of a McLaren Formula 1 car a few features back, and particularly like that his shoots are both quick and entertaining. It just so happens that he was at the Jaguar factory while shooting the build of Jay Leno’s Jag XJ from start to finish for http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/, so while there he shot this video, as well. We don’t want the read here to take longer than the actual video itself, so without further a-do, pull up a chair, stand or momentarily crouch and enjoy the following…

Jaguar XJ production line from Patrick Gosling on Vimeo.

2011 Porsche 997 Turbo S to Street RSR Build

May 4, 2016 in German / Modification Thread / Race Car / Video

This wild beast started out innocently enough as a stock 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S before it was swooped off of the showroom floor and made the subject of a custom build by Florida’s own Champion Porsche. We like the theme that is going on here, as it seems to be 997 RSR-bodies-on-street-cars-day here at CarBuildIndex.com. They both have come out of the Sunshine State which is home to some of the most serious Porsche shops in the country, including  Brumos, Orbit Racing and Gunnar for the vintage stuff, to name a few. This example retains the stock car’s automatic PDK transmission, full leather interior and all wheel drive, which were all key ingredients to their goal of producing the ultimate road-going RSR race car with all of the comfort and safety required for everyday driving. If you like what you are seeing so far, just hold on because it only gets better…
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VIDEO SERIES: 2011 Porsche 997 GT3 RS to RSR Specs

May 3, 2016 in German / Race Car / Video

This 2011 Porsche 997 GT3RS was the subject of a build to RSR specs by Orbit Racing in a 4 part video series attached on the following page. Members of Porsche forums are quick to spot the carbon fiber bodywork out as more likely “R” spec, but still factory supplied and stunning, none-the-less. The South Florida shop kept the 435 horsepower 3.8 liter flat 6 from the street car and upgraded it with a re-tuned ECU and an RSR exhaust. Kevlar inner wheel liners and custom carbon fiber fabrication were necessary to adapt the racing body work to the street car’s body structure, and then installed a fully modified suspension to back up it’s competition looks. It’s full interior was left intact with the addition of a roll bar, as this was built with the intention as being a dual purpose street/track car. The final results look nothing less than something that rolled straight out of the factory Motorsports department. Enjoy the following build videos for all of the juicy details.

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Google Street View Virtual Tour of The Honda Collection Hall in Japan

April 29, 2016 in Factory Tour / General Discussion / Japanese / Uncategorized


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Although not an actual build thread or restoration, we wanted to share this Google Street View virtual tour of The Honda Collection in Japan since it is an historically significant slice of automotive culture, and an uber-cool piece of new technology at the same. Ever since we featured Google’s first tour of the Lamborghini factory a few stories back we have been excited for a follow up, so here it is in all of it’s glory only a handful of days later. The only drawback is that in this virtual tour you are not able to climb into any of the cars like you are at Lamborghini but we can live with that, until their next tour at least. Use the mouse as your virtual feet and walk through the museum in the comfort of your own home.
Open since 1998, The Honda Collection hall is a 3 story museum in Japan’s Tochigi Prefecture. Take a gander at all that Honda has been involved with throughout their diverse history, ranging in everything from race cars and production vehicles to scooters and robots. Then back to our regularly scheduled programming with car restorations and builds in future story features here on CBI.
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1956 Jaguar D-Type ‘Long Nose’ Engine Rebuild

April 28, 2016 in English / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Sympathetic Restoration / Video

This 1956 Jaguar D-Type was the subject of an engine rebuild and brake and suspension overhaul by JAGtechnic in the U.K. to prepare it for the 2011 Mille Miglia. This particular example happens to be owned by none other than Jaguar Heritage itself and has quite an interesting history, as one would generally expect from a factory-owned vintage race car. Not only has it been driven in the heat of competition by the legendary Mike Hawthorn, it is also the winner of the 1956 Reims 12 hour endurance race. It ran Le Mans the same year too but unfortunately had to retire early, as did each of the other factory entered D-Type competitors, although the race was ultimately won by another D-Type from the private team of Ecurie Ecosse.
Follow along with us for a brief history of this historic car and watch the shop get it ready for the 2011 Mille Miglia, then enjoy the 2 great videos, too. Or just skip the text, watch the videos and look at the pretty pictures. We understand…
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Abandoned Cars: A Sad, Sad Pictorial

April 27, 2016 in American / Barn Find / English / French / General Discussion / German / Italian / Japanese / Race Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Swedish / Sympathetic Restoration / Uncategorized

Warning: The following page contains graphic photos of neglected, abandoned and generally mistreated rare and exotic sports cars. The majority are vintage, but there are a few later model years included too that have deteriorated at an extremely quick rate. All car enthusiasts should prepare themselves for feelings of grief, anguish, and confusion along with questions of disbelief for what is about to be witnessed, if one indeed does decide to proceed with this disturbing endeavor any further. The photos were all sourced from a three part series on http://motoresanu.blogspot.it with no further information provided other than the actual pictures themselves. We recognize a few as well known historic cars which have since been saved, while others languish in automotive purgatory, their whereabouts unbeknownst to anybody but the lone soul who snapped their picture and the misguided derelict who so callously left them behind for dead. If only we could be so omniscient as to know the exact location and story behind each and every one of them and feature their resurrection process here, our mission in this universe would finally be complete. Until then, at best all that we can do is hope that each has a rescue story with a happy ending. 116 photos, and no explanation of even one of them in sight. When you are ready, please proceed with extreme precaution by hitting the “Continue reading” tab below. You have been fore-warned…
We have included a few of the more notable cars below. You may find all 116 by clicking on each one individually in the right hand column.
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1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Speciale by Fantuzzi: Body Restoration

April 26, 2016 in Italian / Restoration Shop

This 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Speciale by Fantuzzi is the subject of a rotisserie restoration by the Ferrari specialists at DK Engineering in the United Kingdom. It was the 16th of only 350 total Lusso’s ever built, and was originally gray metallic on black when it left the factory in March of 1963. It received it’s unique, one-off custom Fantuzzi body sometime around 1965 when owned by two brothers who were builders of Formula race cars. Fantuzzi just so happened to make the bodies for their competition cars, which is apparently the connection here. It is not said whether the re-body was because it had been in an accident or just because they wanted something to set them apart from the other 349 common-place, mere pedestrian Lusso’s out there at the time, or possibly the result of both. What we do know is that the new body was made with a more aero front end with faired-in headlights and a more pronounced rear spoiler, and it was color changed to gold metallic at the same time. 
Rather than go into an in depth re-cap of this particular jet-setter’s myriad of stewardship’s, how about we share just the basics of it’s transformation through the years and it’s travels with it’s many owners. 
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1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce Spider Racer Sympathetic Restoration

April 25, 2016 in Home Garage Build / Italian / Race Car / Sympathetic Restoration / Video

This 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce Spider is the subject of a sympathetic restoration by it’s owner, “velocealfa” on alfabb.com. We especially appreciate when an old race car such as this one retains it’s original patina in favor of a full nut and bolt restoration. This car just eeks of character and the fact that it’s Boulder, Colorado owner has got heart. A ton of it. Ok, how many key tag words did we just regurgitate in that last sentence? Let’s see, we got “original”, “patina”, “character” and “heart”. Ahh, we forgot to include “survivor”, but who’s counting anyways? We’ll just have to find a place to throw it in later in the story since it is one of those rare times that each word actually fits the description honestly and we can use them all in the same sentence. Continue reading on the next page and enjoy a few short videos of the car, as well…
 
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Lamborghini’s Sant’Agata Bolognese Museum Tour from Google Street View (and great video of two Aventadors getting air)

April 22, 2016 in Factory Tour / Featured / Italian / Video

 

Here is a first in which we hope there will be a series of many more to follow: Google Street View went in and did a virtual walk-through tour at Lamborghini’s Sant’Agata Bolognese Museum. They recently took the liberty to set up shop at the Raging Bull’s 16,000 square foot, 2 story showroom exhibition and took shots of every car in sight, inside and out. Scroll through the facility using your mouse as your own personal virtual feet and then proceed to open the doors to each car, peek inside of them and even climb into their cabins. Then when you are finished getting your virtual paw prints all over every car’s interior on the first floor, virtually walk upstairs and take a gander at what is up there too, and repeat the process all over again. No clean wipes or apologizes to Security necessary,and local authorities will not be called in to drag you out, even virtually (this time, this time…).
We eye spy examples of some of Lamborghini’s finest, including the uber-rare Sesto Elemento (we wish more modern day sports car took the super lightweight, small package route like this car), an LM002, a Miura, a Murcielago, a Countach, a Gallardo, Nicola Larini’s 1991 Modena 291, an Estoque, a Gallardo cop car, a Diablo, a Reventon, a, a, a, a, a, and even a Zagato Canto, just to name a few.
Regardless of where you are visiting from, Lamborghini is not very likely to let just any tourist walk in from off the street and crammer into and all over their cars in reality, so enjoy the opportunity set before you through the eyes of Google Street View. We cross our fingers that there will be more of these epic tours in our near future. We would suggest more museums tours like this one, perhaps a few restoration and race shops, and some factories too. Share with us where you would like to see pop up next on their list by telling us in the “Comments” section on the next page. But first find a video of two Aventadors jumping in air followed by Lamborghini’s press release next…
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Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3 Race Car

April 21, 2016 in English / Race Car / Video

This Aston Martin Vantage GT3 race car was the subject of a recent feature story on Speedhunters.com. We have attached all of the jaw dropping photographs of their visit to UK based Beechdean Motorsport along with a brief synopsis of their “The Vantage Advantage” story, which is linked in full at the bottom of this page. We didn’t want to pirate the whole shebang over here so consider this the Cliff Notes version. If you still prefer it made even easier for you further, just watch the attached video. After all, isn’t that the way we did it back in high school when we didn’t even want to go as far as to read the cheater notes? Nothing has changed. We understand.
In any case, enough of our senseless bantering, it’s time to move onto the meat and potatoes of this particular V12 Aston Martin race car’s story. Or shall we say, Shepard’s Pie? Perhaps we have gone too far…

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1972 Porsche 911T Targa Restoration and General Discussion

April 20, 2016 in General Discussion / German / Restoration Shop

This 1972 Porsche 911 T long hood Targa was the subject of a nut and bolt rotisserie restoration by CPR Classic Restorations in Fallbrook, California. The master craftsmen have been in business for over 40 years restoring some of the best 356’s and 911’s in the world to absolute show winning examples. This particular T was renovated back to it’s original OEM 2.4 liter 157 horsepower specification utilizing 6 dedicated workshops to handle everything from body prep and fabrication to paint and finally re-assembly, and everything in between. As huge fans of the 911 and especially the Targas, we always appreciate when they are rescued or restored back to any state of tasteful road or track worthiness. These open top versions are probably better left to be put back to a street configuration, but if it were our own build we are not sure if we would have gone back to bone stock or somewhere up to RSR configuration had the decision been up to us. We are thinking maybe some SC or RS flares, an early RSR spec engine, 15 inch Fuchs in RSR anodized finish, Elephant Racing suspension and so on and so on and so on. The possibilities are endless. How would you have built it yourself? Before you answer that, continue to read on below…
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VIDEO: Aston Martin One 77 Build Documentary on National Geographic

April 19, 2016 in Build In Progress / English / Factory Tour / Uncategorized / Video

Here you will find an interesting build video of the extremely rare Aston Martin One 77 from it’s conception to it’s complete execution. A new factory was even created to build the limited production car.
National Geographic does a great job commentating during the documentary, without any of the over exaggerated nonsense dialog that some other films seem to produce.

Find it below, it is definitely a recommended watch:

Fiat 500 with Lamborghini Murcielago 580 HP V12 Engine

April 18, 2016 in Engine Swap / Home Garage Build / Italian / Video

How should we begin? We really aren’t sure where to even start with this one. Basically, we have zero information to base this story on, so please bare with us for the moment as we wing it and try to fill in the blanks. After all, the final results of this project are far too epic for us to casually dismiss just because it is missing such a silly thing as any pertinent information what-so-ever, right? At the moment all that we truly know for sure is that it was built at Oemmedi Meccanica in Italy and then presented at the 2012 Bologna Motor Show. The shop’s website provides us with a few videos and photos but the rest is up to us, John Q Public to interpret. We suppose that we can fill in the rest, which is to say that a 580 horsepower Lamborghini Murcielago V12 engine basically had a Fiat 500’s skin built around it. Seriously. Seen the photos yet? This car is absolutely Alll engine. And we love it.

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1992 Lancia Delta Evo 1 “LaSupra”

April 15, 2016 in Build In Progress / Engine Swap / Home Garage Build / Italian / Japanese / Modification Thread / Race Car / Video

This Lancia Delta Evo1 is the subject of an 112 page modification thread on alive.se by it’s owner, forum member “Pentell”. The project started out innocently enough as a build thread venture to share a few track mods on-line with his internet forum friends. It semi-quickly spiraled into an all-out tube frame revamp which included the install of a Supra Turbo J2Z engine with JZA80 rear end, transmission and axles. Anybody who knows the import tuning scene knows that Supra Turbos are capable of making huge amounts of power, and this build took full advantage of every modification that it could to make it able to produce approximately 1,000 horsepower while remaining reliable enough to race on road courses. In other terms that translates to being able to last more than a quarter mile spurt at a time. That fact alone is impressive enough on it’s own merits before we even jump into the whole home garage, custom fabrication build of it’s tube frame chassis…
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1981 Lotus Esprit S3 with Audi 4.2 V8 Engine Swap

April 14, 2016 in Engine Swap / English / German / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread / Video

Ok, before we get into the juicy love story details of this particular Lotus and Audi’s marital union, we recommend that you make it your top priority to watch this short 15 second video first. Then, and only then can we sit down and discuss the finer facts of it’s engine swap life with the authority that it ultimately demands…

Were we right? Heh? Huh? Heh? Surely more the equivalent of a porn than a wedding video, not that we’d know anything about that kinda stuff, of course. Listening to that Audi V8 engine wind it’s way out to red line in second gear was close to a religious experience for us, being the gear-heads that we are. If you are a newly enlisted true believer in automotive mixed breeding too, join the club, err, faith. Movement? Even the most devoted atheist would have to agree that this Lotudi’s primal scream is an absolutely god-like audible event. Alright, enough of the religious references for now, let’s put them to rest before someone gets offended. How about we just get straight to the facts of how this blissful merger all came about to start, shall we?

Nissan Qashqai SUV with GT-R Drivetrain & Chassis Swap

April 13, 2016 in Build In Progress / Engine Swap / Japanese / Modification Thread / Sleeper

This 2012 Nissan Qashqai and GT-R are both being blended together to produce the ultimate SUV sleeper build featured in a thread on gtr.co.uk, linked at the bottom of this page. The GT-R experts at Severn Valley Motorsport in the UK are the English madmen who are responsible for handling the epic drivetrain and chassis swap from the sports car over to the SUV. As the title holder of the “tuner’s of the world’s fastest G35 GT-R”, we are not sure that anybody else could possibly be quite as qualified as SVM to perform the transformation. Actually, make that two transformations as this white OEM-powered 550 bhp car started out as the more discreet of the 2 projects that involves another not-quite-as-innocent 900 bhp black edition too. A cheesy yin and yang reference is tempting here, but since both modifications are pretty, pretty, pretty (you’re getting the Larry David reference, right?) yang, we are thinking that it probably doesn’t apply so appropriately here..
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1971 Mercedes Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabrio W111 Restoration by BRABUS

April 12, 2016 in Build In Progress / German / Restoration Shop

This 1971 Mercedes Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet is the current recipient of a restoration by none other than the Mercedes modification gurus at BRABUS in the Ruhr region of Germany. The aftermarket tuner has recently entered the restoration business with the addition of their “Classic” department, which seeks out vintage cars to renovate to show quality standards and then sell. They also take on as special assignment projects commissioned with customer-supplied vehicles built per spec on a one-to-one basis.

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1965/66 Porsche 912 Restoration

April 11, 2016 in German / Home Garage Build

This 1965/1966 Porsche 912 (VIN #451924) was the subject of a 3 1/2 year nut and bolt restoration by it’s owner, “DarrylD”. He created the dedicated website (linked at the bottom of this page) to document each step of the renovation, along with coinciding detailed text and photographs to go along with each step of the process. It didn’t come as any surprise to find out that DarrylD was an engineer because we have always found that they are some of the most diligent and comprehensive people that we have ever personally met. Now retired, he has since found that restoring cars is very rewarding and therapeutic work for himself. He points out that all of the software that he had created in his past professional career is now obsolete or deleted, whereas all the cars he has restored are still around and will be for many more years. Interesting stuff that really puts his life’s work into perspective.

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