1980 Lamborghini Countach S Restoration from “Cannonball Run”

February 12, 2016 in Italian / Movie Car / Restoration Shop / Sympathetic Restoration / Video

This 1980 Lamborghini Countach S is the subject of a sympathetic restoration by Tony Ierardi at Auto Italia in Florida. As it is the actual vehicle used in the filming of the 1981 cult-classic car movie “The Cannonball Run”, he decided to document a bit of it’s history and it’s much-needed refresh on a website that he created and dedicated solely for this car, which is linked below at the bottom of this page. We apologize in advance for no engine shots, and for the silly exhaust pipes, but, hey, what can be expected from a cheesy “comedy” from that era? So, how about we just turn a blind eye to both of those exceptions and move on, shall we?

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GMG Porsche 997 WC GT2 4.0 + Race Car Builds

February 11, 2016 in Build In Progress / Featured / German / Modification Thread / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Sleeper

This Porsche 997 GT2 is the subject of project car build thread posted on 6speedonline.com. It was created in Santa Ana, California by GMG Racing’s founder, Fabryce Kutyba for a customer of theirs, with the goal of building the ultimate street car along side a race version of the same car. Because GMG is involved with professional racing in the World Challenge and ALMS, they are able to use their extensive racing experience and utilize the technology learned through competition to improve and refine their road cars ventures. These two should be poster children for the shop, but the fact is that they turn out quality projects such as these on what seems like a regular basis.

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1969 Porsche 912 GT3 Cup

February 10, 2016 in Engine Swap / Featured / German / Modification Thread / Race Car / Video

This 1969 Porsche 912 is the subject of a build thread on rennlist.com by it’s owner, forum member “Petevb”. Built by Wevo in San Carlos, California, the car that you see before you is obviously no simple 4 cylinder stock 912. That was probably unnecessary to point out, because if you are here you more than likely already know that many monster 911 street and track cars have been built from unsuspecting 901 shells. The net result of this particular blend can best be described as a “1969 912 GT3 Cup”, as it starts with the shell of a 912,  takes the motor from a 2006 GT3 Cup car, utilizes a 993 series 6 speed transmission, and then PCCB carbon brakes and wraps it all up in a package weighing just 2,180 pounds. That’s quite a bit less than the 2006 Porsche GT3 Cup car’s 2,500 pound curb weight from which it’s engine originally derived, but at the same time, this vintage car does not employ all of the aerodynamic and down force advantages that the more modern car has benefited from years of development. So, which one is better? Is that even a plausible inquiry? There is no easy answer to that question, but there just happens to be a graph included that may assist you to draw your own conclusion. We will let you chew on your own verdict while reading the rest of the story here…

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Lotus 69 Formula 3 Restoration

February 9, 2016 in English / Race Car / Restoration Shop

This Lotus 69 Formula 3 race car was restored by Dennison International of Puyallup, Washington. Well respected among the concours crowd who are in-the-know, Dennison International performs award winning restorations, and also offers full race car maintenance, preparation, transportation and crewing to whichever race or show their customer would like it to participate in. All the client has to do is “arrive and drive”. It’s no wonder that their motto is “Quality that Goes”, an appropriate expression of their ultimate customer support.

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1976 Ferrari GTB to 1983 Michelotto Group B Rally Car Build

February 8, 2016 in Italian / Modification Thread / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Video

This 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB was built into a 1983 Michelotto Group B rally car replica by the absolutely brilliant maniacs at Mäkelä Auto Tuning, in Finland. Shop owner, retired rally driver Kari Mäkelä and his crew spent over 20 months and 7,000 work hours to build this spectacular beast for FIA historic rallying. The race series’ current racing governing body dictate that the historic cars comply with their original FIA homologation rules, although some updates are permitted. On this particular build, an exception was apparently granted to allow back-dating it by installing carburetors in place of the Bosche K-Jetronic fuel injection that was originally used in the Michelotto cars.

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1963 Mercedes Benz W112 Heckflosse (Fintail) 300SE Restoration In-Progress

February 4, 2016 in Build In Progress / Engine Swap / German / Sleeper

This 1963 Mercedes Benz W112 Heckflosse (Fintail) 300SE is the subject of a ground up restoration thread which can be seen on mbca.org posted by it’s owner, Andrew Atwood (“trekkie1666”). He had owned a 1963 W111 220 SEB previously back in the 1980’s while living in Australia which had gotten stolen, and he was heartbroken because it was his first car and his absolute pride and joy. The restoration process of this recent acquisition brings back fond memories of his youth, which is usually the main reason why most of us choose to do a project such as this, in order to relive a more care free, youthful past period in our lives. But, of course, with a much larger and more powerful engine this time around.

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2008 Porsche 997.1 Twin Turbo Modification Thread

February 3, 2016 in German / Modification Thread

This 2008 Porsche 997.1 Twin Turbo is the subject of very short, 1 page build thread on 6speedonline.com, linked at the bottom of the page. It was posted by Fabryce Kutyba, founder of GMG Racing in Santa Ana, California during what we are assuming was a very rare brief moment of down time. Normally you can find him in charge of his winning race teams in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series, or competing with one of his factory Audi R8 LeMans or Porsche GT3 Cup Cars in the Pirelli World Challenge. He is a busy man, so when he takes the time to post a build that his shop has executed, we are pulling up a chair for front row center viewing, no matter how brief the thread may be.

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1970 Alfa Romeo Step Nose GTA-R Build

February 2, 2016 in Engine Swap / Italian / Modification Thread / Restoration Shop / Sleeper

This 1970 Step Nose GTA-R was the restoration project of UK Alfa Romeo specialist Alfaholics, created for a customer of theirs in Dubai. He requested that they build him the ultimate step nose GTA using the highest quality materials, emphasizing luxury and a lightweight construction. Originally designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro for Bertone, these early 2 headlamp models had only 89 horsepower from a 1300 cc engine when they were first introduced, a far cry from this car’s 216 horsepower motor propelling it now. We are big fans of engine swaps, something that we never get tired of pointing out. Although there is no mention of this particular car’s power plant size, we would have to guess that it is now either a 1750 cc or 2000 cc, based on the horsepower claim. Many Alfa die-hards actually prefer the smaller engine size, as they are said to be a bit livelier when rowing through the gears, albeit with a few less ponies. In either case, we aren’t complaining. Either one would be adequate for us.

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1973 Porsche 911 T Restored by the Factory at Porsche Classic Workshop

February 2, 2016 in Featured / German / Restoration Shop

This 1973 Porsche 911 T is the subject of a full nut and bolt restoration by the Porsche factory’s restoration center in Germany. Porsche Classic Workshop bought the basket-case 911T off of eBay, and then renovated it at their Freiberg/Neckar facility located near their main plant in Zuffenhausen. They rebuilt the classic car over a year’s time by none other than some of the very factory workers who had assembled it 37 years prior, and then raffled it off at a 2011 Porsche Club of America event in Savannah, Georgia. Perhaps the most epic raffle drawing prize ever? We think so.

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A Report on the 2016 Arizona Concours d’ Elegance, by Richard Bartholomew

February 1, 2016 in Car Show / Concours Show / guest contributor / Reader Submission

Photo by Ken Bryant
The Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix Arizona was an excellent venue for the third year of the Concours d’ Elegance of the sunshine state. The weather was perfect, the organizers very competent and the turnout for this charity event benefiting Make a Wish Arizona was quite large, as far as concourses go.

A lot of times when I attend these events…

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1979 International Scout II Restoration

February 1, 2016 in American / Restoration Shop

This 1979 International Scout II is the subject of a restoration thread on binderplanet.com, by forum member “Hobojoe”, linked after jump. The project started with an original, unmolested 61k mile truck that it’s owner wanted to be made into a very nice, reliable driver. We are always happy to see when classic cars and trucks are rejuvenated with plans for their regular use. As we have stated before in each of our previous vintage 4×4 features, appreciation for these rugged, no frills, early SUVs have been on a rapid upswing over the last five years. Our information source, Hagerty Classic Car Insurance, attributes this recent growth trend to a shift in perception of what makes a vehicle cool. What was once viewed only as utilitarian has now become considered collectible, and it appears that trend will only continue to grow. We have copied and pasted the full article below, as it makes for an interesting and educational read.

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Share Your Car Restoration Story

January 31, 2016 in General Discussion / guest contributor / Reader Submission

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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 a previous reader submission story of a 1967 Lotus Europa S1 restoration, as seen in the picture above.

THE PORSCHE HUNTER: CBI contributor Wallace Wyss changes theme of mystery novel from Ferraris

January 30, 2016 in guest contributor / Reader Submission / Wallace Wyss

The Porsche Hunter

Wallace Wyss, a frequent CBI contributor, reported to us that his research on 356 Porsches has convinced him that his novel The Ferrari Hunters needs to be changed to the German marque.

“I wrote that Ferrari novel a few years back when you could still buy ratty Ferraris. Now all old pre-1970 V12 Ferraris, regardless of condition, are worth $100,000. My novel’s protagonist was buying rough cars, but you can’t make any money with that buying price so now that I discovered there were over 70,000  356 cars made, I think the story makes more sense if I make the hero a Porsche hunter.”

The most desirable 356 cars, he says, are Abarth Carreras (20 made) or Speedsters (over 4,000 made). A Carrera Speedster with matching numbers (Porsche Kardex shows engine is original to the car) is worth one million.”

The book is an action thriller, part of a series Wyss is planning featuring a two-fisted private eye who buys and sells exotic cars between solving murders.

Wyss is hoping to hear from a Porsche-friendly producer through their literary agent. He previously optioned his book on Carroll Shelby to Hollywood.

Wyss can be reached at [email protected]

Share- CarBuildIndex Wants Your Stories!

January 30, 2016 in guest contributor / Reader Submission

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CarBuildIndex is expanding and we are looking for fellow vintage car enthusiasts who would like to contribute stories. Don’t worry if you are not a professional writer or have never had anything published before…in fact, not unlike an original unrestored car, an amateur story often reads more personable and inviting than one polished up beyond perfection by a pro. But if you’re just an absolute gorilla with a pen we understand, we have a couple guys around here with degrees in English that can whip your story into presentable shape (we don’t really).

Click HERE to find out about the “Period Look Inside the Walls at Autodelta with Robert Little” reader submission story behind the picture shown above.

BMW 1M Race Car Build

January 29, 2016 in German / Race Car

This 2011 BMW 1M Coupe (E81) is the subject of a race car build on www.bimmerforums.com by member “Waldo23”. The car was built for the Australian Production Car Racing Series, and it is believed to be the world’s first purpose-built racing version of the widely acclaimed 1 Series M Coupe. Only 100 were allocated to Australia during it’s production run, and this particular 1 was a press car that became available after it was crashed by Australia’s Top Gear, and subsequently written off, making it the perfect candidate for a race car build project.

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1995 BMW E34 525iT Touring w/ S52 and 5 speed Manual Swap

January 28, 2016 in Engine Swap / German / Home Garage Build / Sleeper

This 1995 BMW 525iT Touring is the recipient of an OEM quality engine and 5-speed manual transmission swap. It can be found in a thread on myE28.com by it’s owner, member “GK-E30M3”, linked at the bottom of this page. The wagon received a BMW S52 inline 6 cylinder transplant, which is a 3.2 litre 240 hp, 236 ft/lb of torque engine normally found in the U.S. market 1995-1999 E36 BMW M3. It was also the engine which powered the Canadian and US market 1998-2001 E36/7/8 M Roadster/M Coupe. We are always happy to see clean engine swaps, especially when the subject car is a stealth Alpine White on Black station wagon. Throw on some BBS rims, and we are sold. We are simple people to please.

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BMW E30 M3 Group N Race Car Build

January 27, 2016 in Build In Progress / German / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread / Race Car

This BMW E30 M3 is the subject of a Group N race car build thread on bmw-driver.net, by forum member “autotrader”. In stock form, the original M3 street cars have high revving 2.3 liter inline 4 cylinder engines making 192 horsepower, and when built out to their highest development in full race trim, the Group A and DTM versions are known to exceed 300. Known on the inside as the “S14”, these race engines had 7 different build specifications, depending on whether they were put together for hill climb events, DTM or even rallying, to name a few. The box flared street cars are truly a direct evolution from the race cars, vehicles which BMW produced in order to homologate them for the Group A/DTM Touring Car racing series. It was the perfect weapon created to give the factory Mercedes Benz 190E 2.3-16V’s an epic battle for the manufacturer’s championship title. Their super close bumper to bumper racing was very competitive and aggressive, where NASCAR-type bumping and spins were regular commonplace antics, making them an awesome spectacle to watch.
We have always been huge fans of these early E30 M3’s, especially when they are the subject of a race car build with a roll cage criss-crossing through them. And in white. There is just something about them painted white…
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1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Restoration

January 26, 2016 in Italian / Race Car / Restoration Shop

This 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C is the subject of a rotisserie restoration by Rare Drive (formerly known as Precision Automotive Restoration) in East Kingston, New Hampshire. The shop is well known on the show car circuit for their Pebble Beach Concours restorations, and equally as popular by vintage racers for their track support in North America. In fact, they accompany this particular Championship car to race circuits around the continent where it participates in the Ferrari Historic Challenge. Not only does it look great on a lawn when at a show, it is equally at home dicing it up on a road course. It’s an epic sight to witness the drivers of these priceless vintage race cars ringing them out to their full 10/10th’s potential, fender to fender with other equally as gorgeous Ferrari classics. Not to mention the symphony of sound that they radiate. Okay, enough singing of it’s praises, this ain’t a gospel. Let’s move onto a history lesson, shall we?

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Mechatronik Mercedes Benz 280 SL Resto Mod

January 25, 2016 in Engine Swap / German / Restoration Shop / Sleeper

While technically not a build or restoration thread without pictures of the car before it’s transformation, we still felt that we needed to share the Mechatronik Mercedes Benz 280 SL with you, if you haven’t made it’s acquaintance already. These modern day craftsmen take a vintage Mercedes Benz of your choice and update it with late model MB engines, suspensions, brakes and associated equipment, all while retaining the classic car look. The purists may not agree with swapping modern mechanicals into a vintage car, but nobody can deny their high level of quality work while doing so. Also noteworthy is the fact that their conversions do not alter the car’s configuration, so they can always be returned back to their original state of equipment, if so desired.

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1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta #92, Restoration

January 22, 2016 in Engine Swap / Italian / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Video

This 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta vintage race car was the subject of a full restoration by Bridgeway Motors of Mill Valley, California. It first caught our attention when we initially saw it listed for sale on one of our favorite sites, Bringatrailer.com. The car’s tasteful restoration and list of top shelf performance parts are from the most well known Alfa guys in the business, all of whom brought their vast experience together in each of their own specialized arenas to create a front-of-the-pack running vintage racer which has since become one of our all-time favorite Alfa Romeos.

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