1988 Volkswagen GTI Restoration

September 26, 2016 in German / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread

This 1988 Volkswagen MK2 Golf GTI was the subject of a restoration project on http://www.clubgti.com/content.php by it’s owner/restorer, forum member “SMc”. The thread is extremely short and doesn’t go into a ton of detail, but a fair amount of photographs tell what’s necessary of the 3 1/2 year restoration story. As vintage VW fans ourselves, this one ticked all of the right boxes for us. A quick scroll to the end showed us everything we needed to know to decide if we wanted to include it here…let’s see, what do we have here: Euro bumpers and grill with Hella H4’s, a 16 valve front chin spoiler and a roof mounted Fuba antannae, all tastefully lowered on BBS RA 15×6 rims. Done, that’s alll ya had to say.

1977 Toyota Celica Resto/Mod Build + Video

September 23, 2016 in Engine Swap / Japanese / Modification Thread / Video

This 1977 Toyota first-generation Celica was the subject of a resto mod by it’s owner, Brian Karasawa. Back in the early 70’s, he was one of the early pioneers in the Japanese car enthusiast’s scene who were amongst the first to have modified their foreign “econo-boxes”. There weren’t a lot of aftermarket parts options available for him and his Southern California Shoreline Racing club member friends to choose from at the time. They all owned rear wheel drive cars such as Mazda RX3’s, Datsun 510’s, Capri’s and Celicas, making their lightweight platforms perfect candidates for engine and suspension upgrades. As a youth, he did what he could on a limited budget to modify his first Celica by cutting the springs, installing some Hayashi 13X7 rims and also a louder exhaust system, which all together created the look he was going after, but didn’t exactly have the performance to back it up. Recently he decided that it was time again for him to build a car like he had always wanted in the past, but this time around built right without any of the budget limitations that he had in his youth and the results seen on the continuing page are epic. See for yourself in the pictures and video…

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1968 Ford Mustang BULLITT Movie Tribute Car

September 22, 2016 in American / Engine Swap / Modification Thread / Movie Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration Shop / Sleeper

UPDATE: This car was one of our original features here at CarBuildIndex.com. It just sold at the Bonhams auction in Arizona today (January 16th, 2014) for $88,000, as seen HERE

Original Feature:

This 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback is a “Bullitt” tribute car built by a collaboration between Gateway Classic Mustangs and Year One, as seen on MustangMonthly.com. The Highland Green car was made in 2008 for Steve McQueen’s son, Chad, with the intention of recreating the same character of his father’s original movie car while at the same time utilizing improved modifications that have been developed since the movie’s debut.


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1965 Alfa Romeo Sprint GT with 2 Liter Engine Upgrade

September 21, 2016 in Italian / Reader Submission / Sleeper / Video

This 1965 Alfa Romeo Sprint GT feature is brought to us by CarBuildIndex.com reader, Phil Knudsen. He purchased this tastefully upgraded ’65 earlier this year with Alfaholics.com’s “Fast Road Suspension Kit”, their 14″ alloys, bigger brakes and hydraulic clutch. Regarding the engine, he tells us, “What lies beneath is a wonderful 2L conversion with high compression heads and bigger cams and Alfaholic’s exhaust. This one is for keeps.” We would have to agree.

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Video: Lamborghini Countach Driven Hard on Track

September 20, 2016 in Italian / Video

This glorious vintage video footage shows race car driver Henri Pescarolo driving a then-brand-new 88 1/2 Lamborghini Countach within a millimeter of it’s life around Circuit Paul Ricard, demonstrating the proper way it should be done. The exotic super car had only 133 kilometers shown on it’s odometer at the time it was being broken in on film at the French race track for L’Action Automobile magazine. We particularly like his quote, “in a Testarossa at 200 mph, you can smoke a cigar, but in a Countach you might swallow it”, even though we would take the later one every time given the option between the two.
For the action, start the following video at 1:46, and be sure not to miss our previous Countach restoration features in “Related posts” at the bottom of the next page…

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Bruce Canepa Offers Porsche 959 Upgrades

September 19, 2016 in German / Modification Thread / Restoration Shop

Since Porsche 959’s are now legal to be roaming freely on our open American highways, Bruce Canepa of Canepa Design in Scotts Valley, California offers a conversion available in 2 phases to really bring them up to their full potential. To most die hard automotive enthusiasts, Bruce needs no introduction, but in case you still aren’t sure of who he is, maybe the video of his shakedown of a Porsche 917 on a public highway embedded in our previous 917 restoration feature here will help the comprehension process: http://www.carbuildindex.com/19504/1972-porsche-91710-008-restoration/. To say that this guy knows his Porsches would be a gargantuan understatement. Continue on the following page for more details on the warmed-over 959…


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2013 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Build On Video By Carrozzeria Touring

September 14, 2016 in Build In Progress / Factory Photos / Italian / Video

Last year ClassicDriver.com featured a 4 part series which documented the 6 month build by Carrozzeria Superleggera Touring of the gorgeous 2013 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante. The new stunner “embraces the spirit” of it’s mentor, the 1952 Alfa Romeo C52 Disco Volante by starting with an ultra rare Alfa Romeo 8C as the donor car. The coach builder then spent approximately 4,000 hours forming the Italian’s voluptuous body by the vintage method of hand beating it’s aluminum panels into form combined with the more modern use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic. Once finished it won first place in the Prototype category at the 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy. If you are fortunate enough to be one of the 500 total current owners of an Alfa 8C already and are willing to put it under the knife, Touring Superleggera will be more than happy to make you a Disco Volante that you can call your own too, for an undisclosed sum. Find the photos and build video on the following page…


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2015 Corvette Z06 Cutaway Display

September 13, 2016 in American / Cutaway Pictures

Being the car nerds that we are, we are always fascinated at looking at the inner workings of cars when they are apart so we can see what really makes them tick other than our right foot and lazy steering inputs. We have previously done a few features here in the past which showcased cutaway drawings, but what’s better than an actual car that has been dissected wide open like that poor frog you had to cut open back in high school for Biology class? Autoblog.com took it upon themselves to be the professor in this case and highlight all of the engineering marvels showcased in the new 2015 Corvette Z06 that was on display at the Detroit Auto Show just a few days ago. Rather than high jack their own tutorial, we have included a link to it at the bottom of the next page. Some of the more standout features of the car include 15.5 inch carbon front brakes, carbon fiber torque tube and driveshaft, and a 6.2 liter supercharged LT4 engine producing “at least” 625 hp and 635 ft lb of torque along with an 8 speed transmission. Enjoy.


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Porsche’s Private Museum Storage Warehouse

September 12, 2016 in Factory Photos / Factory Tour / General Discussion / German / Race Car / Survivor

Autoblog.com’s Michael Harley was recently asked by Porsche if he would like to take a tour of their private warehouse while he was visiting Stuttgart, to which he graciously obliged. The storage facility had 336 total cars at the time of his tour, the historic vehicles kept there as most make their rotation for display at the publicly open museum down the street, or sent out to events around the world. Filling the building were old race cars, show concepts, development mules, prototypes and engineering displays. In his own words, “…there was an overpowering smell of used motor oil, rubber and fuel…”. Fantastic.


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BMW X5 with 700 hp LeMans Race Car Engine Swap

September 9, 2016 in Engine Swap / Factory Photos / German / Modification Thread / Race Car / Sleeper / Video

Back in 2000,  BMW picked an X5 right off of their South Carolina assembly line and sent it to their factory in Munich to do an engine swap of all engine swaps…installation of ’99 Le Mans 6.0 liter V12 race engine with 700 horsepower. While the story of this ludicrous SUV has made it’s way around the internet for quite a few years already, we felt an obligation to include it here since it epitomizes what the hobby of car builds is all about. Plus, listening to a Le Mans race engine being wrung out on a track by driving legend Hans Stuck never gets old, even if we don’t understand a word of the German he speaks. Watch him rip it around the Nurburgring in the video on the following page…

PART 2 of Abandoned Cars: A Sad, Sad Pictorial

September 7, 2016 in American / English / French / General Discussion / German / Italian / Japanese / Movie Car / Race Car

#Here we have a continuation of the “Abandoned Cars: A Sad, Sad Pictorial” feature we did not too long ago. A few from that past post may have sneaked their way into today’s segment that we have overlooked, but what we find most interesting is that that we have featured 2 of the basket cases here as restoration projects. The goal, of course, is to track down and find the remaining to showcase on our site. Until then…

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1972 Porsche 917/10-008 Restoration

September 6, 2016 in German / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Video

This 1972 Porsche 917/10-008 was the subject of a restoration by Freisinger Motorsport in Germany. You may remember the shop from our recent previous feature of their “Moby Dick” 935 renovation, which can be found linked in “Related posts” at the bottom of the following page. The shop is involved with restorations of a number of historic Porsche race cars and this particular 917 is no exception. It is an ex Vasek Polak Can Am racer formally driven by Milt Minter and said to have crashed in 1972 during “training”, which we assume translates to “practice”. The pictures of the project are fascinating, as are the performance numbers that these brutal animals produced…

2014 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa Top Operation

September 5, 2016 in General Discussion / German / Video

While we don’t normally discuss too many brand new cars here, we felt the new 2014 Carrera Targa was a worthy topic for today’s general discussion. We have always been huge fans of the 1970’s and 80’s 911 Targas, despite what the purists have said about it’s rear glass design disrupting the 911 hard top’s classic silhouette. Yada yada, right? We dig ’em. Well, yesterday Porsche re-introduced the traditional Targa hoop’ed 991 Carrera at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, but with an over the top (yes, intentional cheesy pun) automated mechanism to operate it’s on and off removal. Thus, the beginning of our own personal dismay and confusion diatribe, and reiteration yet once again of our overall general woes concerning Porsche’s path since the original was first released…
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Nissan Navara/Frontier 2015 Dakar Race Truck Build

September 2, 2016 in Build In Progress / Japanese / Race Car

Here’s a chance to follow a great build from the beginning over the course of the next year. It is a Nissan Frontier (known in the ROW as the “Navara”) which is being built in South Africa for driver Johan van Staden to tackle the 2015 Dakar, said to take place in Peru. Looks like they are getting an early jump, which is always much more preferable than a last second slap together, especially when we are talking about a vehicle that is going to have to endure the grueling punishment which the rally demands. Find the first episode of it’s build pictures and link on the following page…


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2003 Mercedes Benz G500 Expedition Build

September 1, 2016 in German / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread

This 2003 Mercedes Benz G500 was the subject of a recent build thread on http://www.expeditionportal.com/ by forum member “mk216v” in Oregon. After selling his 1980 300GD, he picked up this later model-year version and set about customizing it with all of the do-dads necessary for an extreme expedition vessel build. Considering the nature of the project at hand, his first order of business was to de-suburbanize it by removing all of it’s badges and shiny chrome bits and then powder coating them all in satin black to give it an overall more purposeful off-roader look. We are always big fans of these vehicles when they are returned to their all terrain roots rather than left in the shopping mall configuration that they have been sold in from the factory in recent years. Granted, even stock G Wagons are apt off roaders straight off the showroom floor, but it’s always preferable to see them being enhanced to take advantage of their true original purpose. Follow along with us on the next page for a deeper look of this one’s return to grace…

Mercedes Benz AMG SLS Engine Build Pictures

August 31, 2016 in Build In Progress / Factory Photos / Factory Tour / German

We recently ran across this feature on http://www.bimmerboost.com/content.php which shows a 583 horsepower 6.2 liter V8 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG engine being produced. Since there are no female engine builders at the Affalterbach, Germany AMG factory, Sport Auto decided that they would put a temporary change to that by sending one of their own female editors to complete the task and show them how it’s done. A legitimate rhetorical question in the short article asks if Mercedes Benz plans on ever creating a program resembling what Corvette owners have the opportunity to do, which is be a part of their own engine’s build during their car’s production. What a great bonding experience that would be, not to mention marketing opportunity for AMG. We hope to see it happen sometime in the near future.

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1995 BMW M3 Hill Climb Race Car Build

August 30, 2016 in German / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread / Race Car / Video

This 1995 BMW E36 M3 was the subject of a build thread on http://www.bimmerforums.com/ by forum member “bimmerbumm193” (real name is Kendrick). In it, he set out to build a race car on a budget to compete in his local Weatherly Hill Climb in Pennsylvania. We at CBI always appreciate a dual purpose street/race car, especially when it has tasteful mods such as this car and is daily driven. After all, what true car enthusiast doesn’t respect a properly set up black on black M3 with a roll bar and race parts? We couldn’t agree more.

2013 Ford Focus ST Build

August 29, 2016 in American / Build In Progress / Modification Thread / Sleeper / Video

This 2013 Ford Focus ST is the subject of a current shop project thread on http://www.focusst.org/index.php by Rally Sport Direct in Utah. The shop bought the car new and set about creating the absolute most comprehensive build thread that we have ever come across, covering each and every modification with before and after reviews of each product, a plethora of pictures for their each and every DIY guides that even included some video, too. This, our dear friends, is how it’s done. The bar has been raised and set to the highest possible level, of which Rally Sport Direct has created the template for how a build thread should be written, no matter what make, model or year of car. Tahhh Dahhh. And now following that grandiose smooch ass build up, how about a little bit about the car…
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