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Mar 15

1965 Lotus Mk 1 Cortina Show Car Restoration

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This 1965 Lotus Mk1 Cortina is the subject of a current restoration-in-progress on Practicallyclassics.com by its owner, forum member “chap foose”. Having wanted one for the past 40 years, he finally purchased this example and has been preparing it for almost 2 years now to be unveiled at the ClassicFordShow.co.uk at the end of May. What we love about these saloons are their unassuming outward appearance, their only outside giveaway being the green side stripes to mildly suggest at what they may be packing. Colin Chapman was involved with their original conception, having commissioned the design of their twin overhead cam head to be placed on top of the venerable Ford 1500 Kent engine, and even had Cosworth Engineering help fine tune it. He took the standard Cortina’s suspension, of which the model was based, and revised their shock and spring rates, lowered the ride height and used coil springs in the rear. He had their body shells lightened along with aluminum door skins, hood, trunk lid, clutch housing, remote gearshift extension and diff case. Toss the bumpers, throw in some bucket front seats, pistol grip handbrake, wood rim steering wheel and Lotus badges, and you got yourself a bonafide FIA Group 2 racing homologation special.

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Mar 15

Monday Edition of Vintage Car Photos

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As soon as we stop calling these Photos of the Day, they become a daily thing. Let’s not jinx it. They remain Vintage Car Photos. Enjoy…

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30
Mar 15

“Corvarado” -MainlyMuscle’s 1969 Corvair with a 500 CID Cadillac V8 Engine Swap

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Ever wonder what the patrons of Bringatrailer.com drive themselves, the commenters who share their never ending wealth of knowledge with the vintage car community? I happen to frequent that site quite a bit, having spent a lot of time there over the past few years learning about an eclectic variety of cars that I frankly never knew anything about before, and even find myself getting further educated about some cars I thought I already knew it all about. One of them there who goes by the user name “MainlyMuscle” shared his website with us, appropriately enough called www.MainlyMuscle.com. Of the multitude of heavy hitter American iron that can be found there, one in particular that stood out for me was this “Corvardo”. It’s a 1969 Corvair with a Cadillac V8 engine swapped in place of the original flat 6. It has enough grunt to punt it down the drag strip in the 12′s, although the ultimate goal is to still knock a few seconds off that elapsed time. Feelings of being dragged into the force field of a cliche ubiquitous Ralph Nader reference…fighting temptation…struggling…must…move…on….

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Mar 15

The Davide Cironi Drive Experience Video- Autobianchi A112 Abarth

These Davide Cironi Drive Experience videos are a new found favorite, right up there with what Petrolicious.com puts out on a weekly basis. In fact they are so good that I’m considering taking up Italian just so I can translate the others that don’t have English subtitles. Plus, it’s just an absolutely beautiful language to listen to and speak. Without further ado, enjoy today’s short film featuring an Autobianchi A112 Abarth with a whopping 70 hp, a lightweight hot hatch that looks like a blast to drive!

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Mar 15

$33 Million Dollar Ferrari Alleged Stolen, a Feature Story by Wallace Wyss

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Question: What car looks like a Ferrari Lusso rear that’s been mated with a 250GTO nose?
Answer: A 330 LMB. Only four of the LeMans Berlinettas were built, and one finished fifth overall at Le Mans in 1963. Only one of those four is right hand drive.

The engine in all four is a four-liter V-12 engine rated at close to 400 horsepower at 7000 RPM. The car was not originally intended to be a combination road/race car like the 250 GTO, but built rather as a race car only, making its debut at Monza in April of 1963 along with the 250 P sports prototype.
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Mar 15

Vintage Car Photos for Sunday, And Then Some…

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Www.Flickr.com/photos/auto-clasico-mallorca has been an amazing source of great vintage car pictures, some of which can be seen on the next page…

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Mar 15

Be a Guest Contributor

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CarBuildIndex is looking for guest contributors to share their vintage car related stories or photography, so if you have something that you’d like to share send it to me at [email protected] Check out reader submitted Mike S.’s 71 Alfa Romeo Spider HERE.

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Mar 15

Share Your Car 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 previous 1985 Toyota Supra resto mod project feature, as seen in the title picture above.

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Mar 15

A Ferrari F40 Modified for Street & Track

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How about a little Ferrari content this time around? Here we have an F40 receiving track day suspension and brake upgrades from a modification thread originally posted on HorsePowerJunkies.com. In it, forum member “Carolina Dyno” replaces the old factory Koni shocks in favor of some Penske triple adjustables with Hyperco Springs, while custom made adjustable sway bars and Aurora spherical bearings with custom machined inserts replaces all of the factory rubber bushings. Some sticky Hoosier R6 tires, an LM spec final drive and custom Tilton dual brake master cylinder conversion paired with StopTech rotors help provide a fully rounded project, and one that we’d like to get our hands on for a hot lap or two…
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Mar 15

The Steel Bodied 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Rondine by Pininfarina, a Feature Story by Wallace Wyss

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When GM introduced the Corvette “aero coupe” in ’63, the media went absolutely ga-ga over it, despite the fact that out on the racetrack it proved to have quite a bit of noticeable nose lift (which was easily remedied by owners with the addition of a chin spoiler). Few know that at the time one of Italy’s greatest coachbuilders took a whack at designing an alternate body. That prototype, called the Rondine, was steel bodied as opposed to the fiberglass normally used since the Corvette’s conception. One of the ironies in the tale of this rare oddity is that the designer at Pininfarina who penned it was not an Italian but actually a lad born in Birmingham Michigan, the same town that many GM car designers reside in. That man is Tom Tjaarda…
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Mar 15

Saturday Vintage Car Photos

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Vintage car photos for the weekend. Got a reoccurring 944, 951, 968 Club Sport and Turbo RS theme going on that’s gonna have to reappear in the form of a feature story sometime in the near future….
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Mar 15

Catching up with Davide Cironi Drive Experience Videos

A few videos to enjoy viewing for the weekend from the Davide Cironi Drive Experience. These are fantastic, how have these escaped our radar up until now? Check out the Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione below, then Ferrari 512 BB and Ford Escort Cosworth 600cv on the folowing page. We have some catching up to do…

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Mar 15

Harley Earl and the Lost Cadillac Two Seater, by Wallace Wyss

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You have to understand, back in the early 50’s the power of Harley Earl at GM was akin to say, being President of Albania. He could order millions spent on a show car. He could have dancing girls lined up from here to Broadway. So when he wanted a two seater Cadillac built, he had three built, maybe more. He called these custom show cars the LeMans model, a name I think is deserved because milllionaire sportsman Briggs Cunningham was actually racing Cadillacs at LeMans. (BTW, I detest cars named after venues where they never raced like the Pontiac Bonneville, etc.)
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Mar 15

Daydreaming Irish Green- 1970 Porsche 914-6 Restoration

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This 1970 Porsche 914-6 was the subject of a nut and bolt rotisserie restoration by the marque experts at 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, and this particular 914-6 is no exception. Whenever I am on their website, I find myself spending an exorbitant amount of time daydreaming about this particular Irish Green example, and although there isn’t any description to go with the pictures, it looks as though it is wearing the original color it left the factory with judging by the green in the engine bay. Check it out on the following page…

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Mar 15

Thursday Edition of “Vintage Car Photos”

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Drum roll please…
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Mar 15

Velocemoto’s 1971 Alfa Romeo Spider 1750

Check out this ’71 Alfa Romeo Spider 1750 and tell me you don’t need to have one after seeing it. What a beaut! The 15″ GTA rims look perfect, looking forward to seeing more updates soon from Velocemoto with the addition of an Alfaholics suspension upgrade. In the meantime…

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Mar 15

Jay Leno’s Garage Video- 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing

Jay Leno’s Garage just released their latest video highlighting his 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing, a car we previously featured a while back here. Don’t restore its cosmetics Jay!

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Mar 15

The Strange Tale of the $3 Million Cobra (CSX2287): a Mysterious Death, a Blonde and a Car Race Fans Had Been Searching For Forever…by Wallace Wyss

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The body was lying on a bridle path in Fullerton, a laid back part of Orange County, CA. It was a woman, horribly burned. She was still alive. This was Sunday, October 22, 2000. The cops had come there because of a report of a body or a fire. There was both. Somebody, or the lady herself, had doused her in gasoline and lit it up.The police tried to ask her who did it but she couldn’t answer. They took her to the hospital and she died. She was, they found out, a former Sears Roebuck employee who was in a battle with her superiors and had left the company. She was unmarried. And she was middle aged. And she had a $3 million Cobra Daytona coupe in storage…
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Mar 15

Vintage Car Photos

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How about some vintage car pics?

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Mar 15

Restoration of an Uber Rare John Coombs Modified (In Period) Jaguar Mk 2 Saloon

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This Jaguar Mk II Saloon was restored by the marque experts at Classic Motor Cars in the U.K. and certified as an authentic example that had been modified in period by John Coombs. The restoration shop is becoming a familiar name around here, as they seem to keep popping up every time a Jaguar with any sort of historical significance attached to it is brought up. This particular car was purchased off of eBay from an owner who had it stashed away in his barn since the mid 1970′s. He had plans to eventually restore it into a daily driver but finally sold it more recently when he realized that he would never get around to the project, so it’s good to see that it fell into the right hands…

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