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Jul 14

AC/DC Lead Singer’s 1965 Lola T70 SL70/15 Restoration

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Since we were on the subject of celebrity owned cars just last week anyways, we figured what more opportune time than now to share the following restoration of the 1965 Lola T70 S70/15 belonging to AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson. While famous names attached to a car’s ownership don’t normally add any further value to a car’s appeal for us, you got to admit that when the celebrity is Elvis, James Gardner or the notorious voice behind “Back in Black”, our interest piques as to what car they’ve chosen to move them. John Starkey shares pictures and story of the race car that he recently sold him and had Predator Performance restore on the following page…

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Jul 14

Photos of the Day- An Assortment

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Today’s “Photos of the Day” assortment comes from us from LoudpopVoyager.com, which we highly recommend checking out when you have plenty of spare time to put aside since there is no way to look for a just a minute. The following 32 pictures plucked from the site were a test of our weak restraint…

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Jul 14

Video: DTM 1992 BMW M3 and 2014 M3 On Track Comparo

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Here’s an interesting short film by Sport Auto that (kinda) exemplifies the differences between vintage and modern sports cars. In this in-car video, an ex-DTM 1992 BMW M3 is shown in comparison with a new M3. While it isn’t exactly fair since one is an all out race car and the other a full spec road car, it is still entertaining to see how heavy and lethargic the newer car looks on track when put up against the 22 year elder race machine, which really shouldn’t be surprising. Even though the newer car clearly wasn’t driven as well, it wouldn’t be a shock to find that the modern car had close lap times even with it’s extra weight, but when it comes down to it which one would you choose for on-track giggles?…

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Jul 14

Survivor Sunday: 1974 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale by Bertone

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RM Auctions has been churning out the low mileage Italian offerings for the upcoming Monterey auction next month, this time around a 1974 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale which happens to be the subject of today’s Survivor Sunday. A true time capsule that has only racked up a mere 4,500 miles from new, this Rosso Arancio colored Bertone wedge is expected to sell for an estimate of somewhere between $450,000- $650,000. Chassis number 001527 looks remarkably similar to 001941, a 1972 Lancia Stratos Stradale barn find that we previously featured which ended up selling at Monterey’s 2013 Bonhams auction for $264,000, albeit with higher miles and in rougher shape…
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Jul 14

Share Your Build or Restoration

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Do you have a car that you are currently modifying or restoring or an interesting vehicle that would make a good fit to feature here at CarBuildIndex.com? We are looking for cool cars to feature, whether it be a barn find, vintage car restoration or even modern car that you are modifying. Send pictures of it along with a description for us to share it with your fellow car enthusiast audience. Include information about yourself as well and what your particular car has that inspired you to choose it. It doesn’t have to be a finished product either, we would love to feature a car from the beginning to the end, so don’t be shy. We look forward to your submissions, which can be sent to: [email protected]
Click HERE for our previous feature of the restoration story of a 1968 Fiat Dino, as seen in the title picture above.

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Jul 14

Survivor Saturday: 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L ‘Lusso’ Berlinetta by Scaglietti

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The subject for today’s Survivor Saturday feature is the following remarkably original 1964 Ferrari Lusso. With only 26,000 km registering on it’s odometer, it has remained in the same family for almost 50 years, beginning all the way back to since it was brand spanking new. While no sane person on this planet could possibly argue the beauty and grace of this pinnacle of Pininfarina road car designs, just the fact that it still remains so largely original (other than it’s paint job) makes it about the equivalent of stumbling across Lady Godiva riding a unicorn at the base of a double rainbow. In today’s over abundant sea of show cars restored to conditions that are far beyond how they ever left the factory, the few remaining untouched originals are now what’s considered to be the most alluring among the 1%’ers, especially when engine, gearbox and rear axle all still share the same matching numbers, such as on this car. Therefore, it wouldn’t be too far fetched to deduct that old and crusty is the new in-vogue, right? Now, if only we could translate that wisdom and somehow convince society that human aging is more attractive than that absolutely revolting youthful look as we grow older, then we’d really be onto something, right? (some kind of sideways smiley face with kaleidoscope eyes and risen eyebrows should probably be inserted here…). But for the moment, let’s remain with our two feet firmly set in reality and take a closer look at this particular vehicle’s history, shall we?…

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Jul 14

XCAR Video: “Porsche 959: Posterchild of the Supercar Renaissance”

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The attached XCAR video on the following page titled “Porsche 959: Posterchild of the Supercar Renaissance” takes a look at the Porsche 959, along with it’s Group B origins. Come along for a ride in the iconic sports car…

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Jul 14

Photos of the Day-Vintage Le Mans Running Starts

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For today’s Photos of the Day, how about an assortment of vintage Le Mans running-start photos? Check out the racing drivers running to their cars at the beginning of the race on the following page, a tradition that began in 1925 and lasted until 1969 when Jacky Ickx boycotted the ritual after almost being run over by another driver. On the first lap of that same race, a privateer Porsche driver died after crashing at Maison Blanche, a tragic occurrence that didn’t need to happen had his harnesses been properly secured during a less hectic starting sequence, an unfortunate event that helped secure the way future races were to begin . Until then this is how they did it, and also at the same time the key reason (pun intended) that 911′s still have their ignition on the left hand of the steering column, an ode to a time when drivers ran to their cars and started their cars with their left hands while putting them into gear with their right…

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Jul 14

Elvis Presley’s BMW 507 Heading for Restoration

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Elvis Presley’s infamous 1957 BMW 507 that he purchased while being stationed as a G.I. in Germany has recently resurfaced and is heading back to Germany for restoration at the BMW Classic Center. While the “King of Rock and Roll” originally purchased the sports car second hand, the car’s history before and after he owned it (shared on the following page) is equally as entertaining as the singer who once owned it…

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Jul 14

Video: 1971 Nissan Skyline GT-R with S20 Being Wrung Out at Fuji

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Now this is the way a race car is supposed to be driven, and sound! Listen to the glorious noises that this 1971 Nissan Skyline GT-R’s S20 inline 6 emits as it gets wound out by Motoharu Kurosawa “Gan-San” at Fuji Speedway. If you never had an appreciation for the car nicknamed  “Hakosuka” before, the video on the following page should give you a whole new respect for it that you never knew possible. Enjoy…

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