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Mar 15

The Restoration of an Ex Works 1973 Alpine Renault A110 1800

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This 1973 Alpine Renault 1800 rally car was the subject of a restoration by the marque experts at AlpineLAB in Germany, a process that began in 2008. In its original glory days it was campaigned in the 1973 FIA World Rally Championship series, competing in such iconic races as the Monte Carlo Rally, the East African Safari, Acropolis, the Austrian Alpine Rally and the RAC Rally in England. In more recent years before its rescue, though, it has led a much less glorious life. It was left exposed to the elements and to rot in the backyard of a junkyard, a depressing fate for an ex-works rally car that was initially built as 1 of 17 factory race cars to compete in 13 rallies that year, a car that was ultimately responsible for helping Alpine Renault clinch their very first WRC Constructors title in 1973…

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Mar 15

The Artwork of Impressionist Painter Rob Ijbema

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From time to time I’ll run across a talented automotive-related artist that I like to bring to the attention of our viewers, for no other reason than wanting to share the find and do our part to help expose them further. Originally from Holland, our featured artist today is impressionist painter Rob Ijbema, who currently lives and works in Wales. His paintings are known for their emphasis on atmosphere, light and movement rather than detail, which is only hinted at by seemingly random dashes of color. His combination of a delicate impressionist style with a sense of danger and speed of motor racing results in powerful artworks. Before turning to paint and brushes to capture racing cars, Ijbema was a scratch model builder producing work for the most famous names in Grand Prix racing. A few examples of our favorites can be seen on the following page, where you will find a link to his site, as well…

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Mar 15

Photos of the Day

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A few Photos of the Day which embody the madness of everything we are here at CarBuildIndex.com…
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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, check out this previous feature of a sleeper 1995 Volvo T5-R build, as seen in the title picture above.

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Mar 15

Petrolicious Video: “The DeLorean DMC-12 Is An Outlier’s Legacy”

“There was a guy who lived up the street from me who had one,” Geoff Ombao remembers of his boyhood. “And every time he drove by, it was like watching Santa Claus driving the ice cream truck.” Check out Petrolicious.com’s latest weekly video attached below about one man’s DeLorean DMC-12 and the inspiration it gave him to drop out of his corporate American job and enroll as a car design student at the Art Center in Pasadena.

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Mar 15

The Brief History and Restoration of the Dean Jeffries-Customized 1956 Porsche 356 Carrera

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This 1956 Porsche 356 Carrera was the subject of a restoration that began in 2007 by its current custodian, Jack Walter. The rare Type-547 4 cam sports car has had a pretty colorful history beginning in 1957 when Dean Jeffries rather unscrupulously obtained it and gave it a wild customization while working for the notorious George Barris. As a painter and pin striper at Barris Kustoms in Lynwood, California, he was involved in the build of many famous TV and movie star cars of the day, including the Monkeemobile and the Green Hornet, and he even did the paintwork on James Dean’s “Little Bastard” 550 Spyder. Another notable couple of projects included the respraying of Shelby’s very first Cobra (CSX 2000) on several different occasions to make it appear like he had more than just that one example when making the auto show rotations. Carroll’s payment was in the form of a 289 Cobra V8 engine! Wanting to branch off on his own, Jeffries built this Carrera with the intention of it being a showcase of what he was capable of beyond just paint. He began the project by stripping the car down to its bare metal shell, a brave move considering it was still practically brand new at the time. His work rightfully earned him a place in many car magazines of the period and once again more recently when it was restored back to how it appeared when on the cover of the October 1959 issue of Rod & Custom…

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Mar 15

How the Book, “SHELBY: The Man, The Cars The Legend” Came to Be…. By Wallace Wyss

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Many car books come on the market each year. This is the story of how one race driver’s biography came to exist, from an author who covered the same subject in two books written 30 years apart… Continue reading →

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Mar 15

Photos of the Day

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What’s a Monday without Photos of the Day?
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Feb 15

The Ferrari 250 GTO that was Not a GTO, For a Few Years… by Wallace Wyss

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What if, say to imagine a situation, someone calls you and says: “Hey I got a great Ferrari offered to me. It doesn’t look much like a 250 GTO but the seller swears it is one underneath.” Uh-huh. Why not line up that bridge in Brooklyn at the same time? But truth is, there was a 250 GTO that went without a GTO-shaped body for a few years. At which time it was probably offered for less than your regular production like Scaglietti-bodied 250 GTO. Now everybody and his brother knows about the 250 GTO. That was the race car that Enzo Ferrari ordered Giotto Bizzarrini to build after he had seen the Jaguar E-Type and feared his swb 250 GT was not aerodynamic enough to compete with this svelte cat from England. So Giotto moved the engine back and down and added dry sump and a 5-speed and a body that was more pointed at the front. He arrived at the body shape by nightly gooping the Italian version of Bondo on his mule car and running it on the autostrada night after night, trying different shapes until he could get it up to 175 mph. Then that design was replicated in aluminum on a swb chassis. No car designers needed here, thank you very much!

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Feb 15

A Sympathetic Restoration for this 1959 Maserati 3500 GT

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This 1959 Maserati 3500 GT (AM101.686) was the subject of a sympathetic restoration on FerrariChat.com by its owner, forum member “Portenos”. His strong affection for the early hand roll-up window 3500s started in the 1960′s after a tour of the factory and hasn’t ended since. In fact, he favors them so much that this one occupies spot number 3 in his garage and has earned itself the nickname of “La Latina” since it was originally delivered in Mexico City when brand new. Even though he had 2 others already, he still couldn’t resist taking the additional project on because of its unmolested, rust free condition and only 4 “enthusiastic” previous owners. Now, even though it has only 30k total miles accumulated on its clock, some rather shoddy work from the past has decided to rear its ugly head so it has come time to repair it to the highest possible standard. The ultimate goal from the beginning was to make it a driver capable of 1,000 mile road trips without issue, a journey that was shared on-line for anybody interested in seeing…

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Feb 15

FRIDAY: Photos of the Day!

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Photos. Offfffffff……The Day!
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Feb 15

The Irrepressible Flip Top Cobra, by Wallace Wyss

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What if some bloke, back in the Sixties, was to tell you he had a race car for sale that was a genuine Shelby American prototype Cobra. One blooded in combat, so to speak at two major events. Impressive, right? Only trouble was, in its first race it blew its engine, and in its second race it blew the engine again. And as punishment it was summarily sold off, its tail between its legs. And yet today it’s a million dollar-plus car, one of the most valuable race cars Shelby ever built. Here’s how it happened…

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Feb 15

Vintage Car Photos of the Day for Thursday

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More random vintage car Photos of the Day

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Feb 15

VIDEO: Full Story Of The First Camaro Ever Built #N100001

The attached video below tells the full story of the very first Chevy Camaro ever built (VIN #N100001). Comprehensive research delves into the history of this special car which received a restoration utilizing almost entirely its original and factory OEM parts. Talk about lineage!

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Feb 15

From Rough Backyard Ragamuffin to Stunning Show Car Condition-A Datsun 240Z Restoration

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Sometimes we stumble across car restoration sites that people put together with such a high level of meticulous attention to detail that we find it difficult to restrain ourselves from the number of photos to include here. Such is exactly the case we have going on here. This tastefully executed Datsun 240Z restoration began on an example that was initially picked up in Gardena, California after it had been left for dead in someones back yard for over 10 years. We have plucked a good chunk of the before, during and after pictures for the feature that begins on the following page, but have still left a good portion of the intricate detail shots and information remaining on the site dedicated to the project for those yearning for even more of the good stuff…

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Feb 15

The Once Unloved Dino- The Story of a 1974 Ferrari 308 GT4/LM Racer, by Wallace Wyss

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A race car, which once its pedigree was realized, became much loved…Now it once was that Enzo Ferrari wanted to commemorate his son “Dino” who had died while still in his 20s. Young Dino, who worked at the factory for a time, had participated in the design of a racing engine, and old man Ferrari wanted to inaugurate a lower price line of Ferraris. Hence the Dinos were created. Only Ferrari’s original thought of having a Dino-brand didn’t work out when American dealers insisted on the prancing horse badge and the Ferrari name be put on all the cars they imported…
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Feb 15

VIDEO: 1970 Fiat 124 Spider BS | Ride Along

Hagerty International Marketing Director Marcus Atkinson takes us for a ride through the English countryside in his 1970 Fiat 124 Spider BS, one of just over 200 left in the UK.

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Feb 15

The Restoration and Story of Porsche 550-001

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This 1953 Porsche 550A Prototype was the subject of an extensive restoration by marque expert Joe Cavaglieri before being sold to the Collier Collection in Florida. As serial number 001, it was the very first purpose built race car the factory ever produced long before Enzo himself even considered the mid-engine configuration. With an aluminum skinned body only 1 mm thick made by coach builder Weidenhausen, this 1498cc air cooled, pushrod, flat four Type 550 was all about super lightweight construction and nimble handling over mega horsepower brute force…

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Feb 15

Bruce Thomson Sketches Vintage Cars He’s Considering Purchase Of

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Working as a Professor in the Industrial Design Department at Humber College in Toronto, our featured guest today, Bruce Thomson, teaches in the field of automotive design. Like us, the Canadian master draftsman prefers basically everything from the 1960′s and 70′s era as opposed to what’s being produced nowadays, whether the subject matter range from music to automobiles. After having just recently sold his 1971 Mercedes Benz 220, he and his wife Evelyn are currently on the hunt for something vintage to replace it with, and their journey’s trials and tribulations are kept updated on a site dedicated to the process at www.KickingVintageTyres.wordpress.com. But rather than simply look at each candidate, test drive it and then mull the decision over as most would, Bruce makes a sketch of every car they go look at while making notations about each of their unique details, a system that certainly helps during the process of elimination. Check out some of these sketches on the following page and be sure to visit his site for the full story on each car…

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Feb 15

Photos of the Day: A Non Daily Event…

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How about another segment of “Photos of the Day”, even though it’s a contradiction that this is not a daily event. Regardless, enjoy!…
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