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May 15

Share Your Car Restoration or Car Related Story

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Do you have a car or car related story that you would like to share with fellow CarBuildIndex.com viewers, whether it be a build-in-progress, already complete or an untouched masterpiece as-is? If you feel it would be a good fit here, submit it to me at [email protected] I am also always looking for interesting build threads, so if you have one or know of a good one, send it on over. In the meantime for some inspiration on your own project, check out our previously featured 1989 Ford Fiesta Mk 2 XR2 Nurburgring Edition build, as seen in the title picture above.

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May 15

The Birth of the Ferrari 250GTO: A Story in Paintings by Wallace Wyss

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Enzo Ferrari was almost frightened when he saw the first pictures of the E-type Jaguar. He knew that an aerodynamicist, Malcolm Sayer, was involved with it and thought it was more aerodynamic than his Ferrari short wheelbase 250GT berlinetta.

Of course Ferrari had the “SEFAC hot rod” developed by engineer Bizzarrini but even with six carburetors the swb 250GT was a bit of blunt pig compared to the E-type as far as “aero”.

So Enzo authorized Ing. Bizzarrini to go off in a hidden location with some helpers and have at the swb with axes, chain saws, hammers, whatever he needed. What Bizzarrini did was move the engine back a few inches for better weight distribution, and lower it, and make it dry sump so it could be lowered. Then he added a 5-speed which gave it that extra top end you needed for the straight at Lemans.

And then he put cooling scoops above the regular grille air intake, fitting each scoop with a removable door that could be removed to make the car run more cool or less cool depending on the ambient temperature.

To make sure the 250GTO was aerodynamically a big jump ahead of the swb, he re-shaped the body each day by slapping Bondo on it every night, and running it between two fixed points, each time with a different configuration, on the autostrada. When he got where it could cruise at 175 he finalized the shape (“froze” in design terms) and started having them built…. Continue reading →

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May 15

VIDEO: Davide Cironi Drive Experience- Fiat Uno Turbo vs Renault 5 Gt Turbo

What on earth is wrong with me??! I just dumped the latest Chris Harris on Cars video on the new 991 GT3RS in favor of watching a battle between a Fiat Uno Turbo and a Renault 5 Gt Turbo! I’m a huge fan of Porsches of the past, don’t get me wrong, but these latest offerings are closer to video games than actual driving experiences and the interior looked like a Cayenne SUV spaceship. No thanks. I’ll stick to the old stuff, with special thanks to Davide Cironi and his Drive Experience videos:

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May 15

“Vintage Car Photos” for the Early 3 and 5 Series BMW Fans

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If you are fans of early 3 Series (E21) and 5 Series (E12) BMW’s, then prepare youself for what’s in store for the majority of today’s Vintage Car Photos session beginning on the following page, along with a few randoms thrown in there too, because why the heck not, right?…
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May 15

1992 BMW Alpina B12 5.0 Restoration

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This 1992 BMW Alpina B12 5.0 is the subject of a restoration on bimmerforums.com by its owner, forum member “rogbmw”.  Alpina built a total of only 97 of these modified V12 850i models, all of which came with 4 speed automatics with LSD and had mild engine mods bringing them to 350 hp and 470 NM of torque. Throw in their normal sporty gran touring shocks and springs along with 18″ wheels and customized interior/exterior accents and you have an unmistakably recognizable package as unique to the German tuner. This example was recently imported to the U.S. from Japan as none of them were ever originally officially delivered here, and the painstaking process of having it completed legally with all of the proper documentation and paperwork has taken well over two years, so far. The car had only 23,000 miles when he purchased it a few years back, although because “the Japanese weather is hard on silver paint”, the main topic of the thread was initially going to be documenting its complete repaint in the original color. That was the plan to begin with, at least, although as the end of the build thread approaches 19 pages there doesn’t appear to be any part of the car that hasn’t been given a complete rebuild or restoration. As the saying goes, no rock has been left unturned. So, let’s take a look at how the beginning of the project unfolds on the following page, shall we?…
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May 15

1966 Fiat 600 Jolly Restoration

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This 1966 Fiat 600 Jolly was the subject of a restoration thread on fiatforum.com by  “zingercustoms“, the shop who apparently performed the work of the finished product seen above. If you watch Chasing Classic Cars with Wayne Carini with any regularity at all, then you probably already know a bit about these oddball Italian beach cars that were originally built for the rich and famous to tout around in as their yacht tenders and estate runabouts. We particularly like this example which made in the last year of their production run (1957-1966), painted in an elegant and so befitting Coral. They were built by Ghia, using Fiat 500, 600, Multipla and Giardiniera as the platforms for their conversions and feature wicker seats, a nice item to help air dry your wet bathing suits as you drive to pick up your light Mediterranean lunch (or have the help do it). Check out its full restoration process on the following page and be sure not to miss the video at the end…
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May 15

AVANTI A’BORNIN’. Yes, There are Prototypes and They Still Exist.

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Feature story by Wallace Wyss

When I was a teenager I remember Al Doherty, the neighborhood playboy, buying a Studebaker Avanti. He bought it as a symbol of success and I was quite impressed with the light turqoise car. Lately though, so many designs are similar that I can’t rank it as one of my Ten Favorites 50 some years later, but, for its time, it was the cat’s pajamas.

I recently found out that the Studebaker National Museum of South Bend, Indiana has added two Avanti prototypes to their collection. These two vehicles were designed by Raymond Loewy Associates in 1961 as proposals for future Studebaker cars. They, says the Museum “illustrate the story of what new Studebakers may have looked like had the company remained in business.”
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May 15

A Swedish, French and German “Vintage Car Photos” Wednesday

104Anyone want to guess what this interior is to? Well, better stop reading quick because we’re no good with secrets…it’s a Citroen GSA Club, as seen from the exterior too in the first photo on the following page. Today’s Vintage Car Photos session is filled with Swedish, French and German wonders. Do enjoy, won’t you?

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May 15

VIDEO: Feels like a Porsche? Yes. 1969 AMX – /Big Muscle

With an LS3 engine swap and a host of other performance parts and modifications, not much is left of the original ’69 AMX here, whether you consider that a good or a bad thing. We’re always rooters for the underdogs, and who would ever suspect an AMC set up to handle road courses and canyons like this one has been, except for the stickers plastered all over it that might give it away just a bit, of course. Thattt small detail aside…

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May 15

The Strange Journey of the Jaguar XJ/SC. Yes, it Exists. And I think it’s Collectible…

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We will have to go back in time to see just how this oddball car came about. It’s a Jaguar XJS, made into a semi-convertible by Jaguar purely as a stopgap effort. Here’s why it came about. When Jaguar designed the XJS they designed it as a coupe, figuring new laws against convertibles would make it impossible to pass otherwise. They were wrong. But by the time they discovered that little tidbit of pertinent information they didn’t have the resources to make a convertible design fast enough themselves so they turned to Hess & Eisenhart to convert them. Or maybe H &E did it on their own. …

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May 15

Davide Cironi Drive Experience Video: Ferrari Testarossa

For a long time the Testarossa has been considered the (dare I say “red headed”? no, no, far too easy, far too easy…) bastard step child of Ferrari’s funkadelic 80′s past, but lately they have been coming into their own, for reasons Davide Cironi points out in this Drive Experience video. In fact, I remember reading in AutoWeek maybe 10 years ago in a sidebar article that TR’s values would never gain traction as their wild designs with huge cheese cutter side grates were just too flamboyant, but boy was he wrong! Listen to the glorious 12 cylinder boxer engine at full chat in the following video and see why for yourself:

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May 15

Vipers During Production- A Video and Pictorial Tell-All

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Want to see some action shots of Dodge Vipers while being manufactured and birthed at the factory? Well, you’ve come to the right place. It’s all going down from an inside perspective in a recent article originally seen on Jalopnik.com by BrownDogWelding. The detailed piece includes an exorbitant amount of photos and videos, which we all admittedly love so much as a guilty pleasure so go on ahead, dive right in head first and enjoy, wontjyah?

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May 15

Tuesday Vintage Car Photos

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Some choice Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale shots above and below, one of the sexiest shapes ever to grace a sports car. Just look at the picture on the following page of how small and compact it is compared to a contemporary 8C. Reminded me of the famous picture of a Porsche 917 next to a 914 at what looks like Spa, which I also included in the Vintage Car Photos episode for today…

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May 15

The de Tomaso Zonda: Never Heard of it? Well, There’s Politics On Why Not

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The honeymoon period between Argentine-turned-Italian Alejandro de Tomaso (which I will spell with capital “D” from here on in) and Ford was extremely short.

It was a case of not quite locked out of the bedroom on the first night but almost.

Let’s say Ford, because of the impetus of Henry Ford II, who was intent on having Italian content in some Ford cars, bought into DeTomaso’s operations, including ordering the Pantera and buying Ghia Carrozzeria, without looking before they leapt. They came to regret it. The Pantera turned out to have a lot of teething problems, including recalling the first 100 cars to rebuild something underneath. The other car DeTomaso had in production, which looked so promising, was not. That was the Deauville four door sedan. Ford actually test drove a Deauville but was not impressed with the underpinnings.

But in the beginning, DeTomaso was throwing stuff at them a mile a minute hoping for additional development dollars.

Among the prototypes briefly seen during the good times was a very Maserati Ghibli-style clone called the Zonda. It was probably designed by Tom Tjaarda, who took over DeTomaso styling duties when Giorgetto Giugiaro left to start his own firm, Ital Design.

The Zonda appeared at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show and some say it had some design cues from the mid-engiend Pantera. It was reportedly built on the Deauville’s front-engined platform suitably shortened. DeTomaso had not yet bought out Maserati then so you wonder what consternation the car caused over at Maserati with its Ghibli with a near identical profile.  Continue reading →

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May 15

The 2016 Camaro: A Leak of Photos Gives Us a Chance for a Preliminary Design Analysis by Wallace Wyss

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Say it ain’t so, Joe, that I came across the 2016 Camaro a few months ago and didn’t notice that it was much different than the current Camaro . Now that sneak pictures have leaked out I am embarrassed to say that there it was right in front of me at the Art Center concours and I didn’t realize it was the next gen model. But I was intrigued by the headlamps which seemed to have a crystal fogged glass bar about a foot long on each side, a very high quality piece of glass or plastic. I couldn’t figure out how it looked when lit up but now, in the spy pictures snuck out of the preview in Detroit, I have more of a clue. Let me say first that the 2015 and before last gen Camaro was a robust American musclecar design but as soon as the new Mustang came out with a leaner look ahead of the windscreen and also what I am calling “crystal block” taillights, it made the 2015 Camaro look old. Of course I realize the new gen Camaro was designed as long as three years ago but it is coincidental that both the Mustang and Camaro were already neck and neck competitors but now with the restyling of the Camaro it is back in a more competitive position vis-a-vis the Mustang. So here’s my take based on what I’ve seen…
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May 15

Vintage Car Photos- Monday

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Ahhh, the good stuff: a pre-merger AMG Benzo 300E with honkin’ 5.6 liter V8. The ultimate W124 body? More Vintage Car Photos on the following page…
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May 15

Group B: The Ultimate Rally Parts 1 & 2 Videos

Too bad didn’t come across this “Group B: The Ultimate Rally” video earlier for a weekend viewing, but the 1 hour and 20 minutes it takes to watch is well worth the time. After all, what better way to start the week off than with a solid Group B film?


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May 15

Mercedes Benz AMG Hammer

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All this AMG talk has inspired us to take a closer look at the “Hammer”, thanks to 1000SEL.com….

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May 15

Hauling Parts in a 1958 Fiat Multipla, repost from Autoweek

This article, titled “Hauling parts in a 1958 Fiat Multipla” by Murilee Martin originally appeared in the January 15th, 2014 issue of AutoWeek. Thought I’d share it, as everything about it has me now itching for an identical one to it. So much character in such a small package, hopefully it will never get a restoration or even paint job. Don’t touch it!

Hauling parts in a 1958 Fiat Multipla(Out for lunch in the Multipla.PHOTO BY MURILEE MARTIN)
While I was in Northern California last week to shoot some photos for an upcoming shop feature about Conrad Stevenson Restorations in Berkeley (the legendary Alfa Romeo establishment that brought this beautiful 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SSback to life and created the class-winning “El Platillo Volador” 1966 Alfa Romeo SS for the 2013 Carrera Panamericana), a couple of my accomplices from the nearby 24 Hours of LeMons HQ dropped by and we decided to go get some lunch with Conrad. But what vehicle to take?…

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May 15

Looking Back: Alfa Romeo 2600PF Coupe Speciale- Though Re-Discovered in Hiding, Where it was Remains Somewhat of a Mystery. By Wallace Wyss

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People remember things in different ways. Some remember them by sound. Some visually, like me. I can’t forget the nose of this car on the cover of Stile Auto. It’s called the 2600 Sprint Speciale and was by Bertone, designed by Giugiaro. First a little background on the model: The Alfa Romeo 2600 (series 106) was Alfa Romeo´s top of the line, by virtue of having a six-cylinder engine, from 1961 to 1968. It was Alfa’s swan song for the inline twin overhead cam six. The four cylinder engines were coming on strong so in a way it was living on borrowed time.

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The 2600 was first shown at the 1962 Geneva Motor Show, as a sedan with a factory-built body (2600 Berlina), and a two-plus-two seater convertible with body by Carrozzeria Touring (2600 Spider), and a coupe with a body by Bertone (2600 Sprint)…
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