Lotus Type 79/1 Restoration

May 23, 2017 in English / Race Car / Restoration / Restoration Shop

This Lotus Type 79/1 Formula 1 vintage race car was the subject of a restoration by Classic Team Lotus in the U.K. The vehicle was originally used as a prototype for the development of under car aerodynamics with help from none other than Mario Andretti, and was also the first Formula 1 car designed using wind tunnel and computer design aids. Later, it was used as his spare race car for the 1978 season. When Lotus enthusiast Paul Rego of Regogo Racing in Texas found out that it was available for sale back in 2010, he took advantage of the opportunity to purchase the rare 1 of 5 car and promptly had it sent back to England where it received it’s renovation under the supervision of Clive Chapman, son of Lotus “add lightness” legend Colin.
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Mind Blowing F40 LM Short Video

May 22, 2017 in Italian / Race Car / Video

The following video is perhaps one of the top YouTube videos I have personally ever witnessed, regardless of it’s grainy poor quality. Somehow, I am sure that you’ll overlook it’s low definition too the second you hear the audio bliss of this 720 bhp Ferrari F40 LM being wrung out by ex Formula 1 driver Jacques Lafitte at circuit du Mas du Clos. I especially enjoyed the fact that the monsieur is rocking it in his street clothes and no helmet, the following day after Christmas no less back in ’92. How do we get Santa to grant that same wish for us this year? In any case, be sure not to miss our previous features that include an F40 LM undergoing a full restoration HERE and the Japanese F40 promotional video HERE after. Behold:

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1967 Renault R4 Restoration with Gordini 1387 cc Engine Swap

May 19, 2017 in Engine Swap / French / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread / Sleeper

This 1967 Renault R4 was the subject of a restoration complete with a 1387cc Gordini engine swap, as seen on www.Renault4.co.uk. We have always been big fans of tiny cars, which would be obvious if you follow our posts with any bit of frequency in the slightest. We especially appreciate them when they have been warmed over by enthusiasts who know which parts to pick from their various years of manufacture and then assembles them all together using the most choice pieces, which is exactly the case of this project featured here today. While it would normally be a bit odd to label a car with only 94 horsepower a “sleeper”,  one has to take into consideration that that figure is now more than 3 times the amount of power of it’s original stock 847 cc engine, which makes it quite befitting of the title now, wouldn’t you agree?
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CarTorque Video: The Alpine A110

May 18, 2017 in French / Homologation / Race Car / Restoration / Uncategorized / Video

In the video on the following page, CarTorque brings us the story of an Alpine A110 restoration, a car which just seems to grow on us the more and more we learn about them. After viewing the video, make sure to check out our previous feature of the restoration of a 1975 Alpine A110 by AlpineLAB, then check out Petrolicious.com’s feature of them too, and tell us that one has not made it to the top of your dream garage must-have list. After all, even vintage Ferrari expert Tom Shaugnessy had one for sale recently on Bringatrailer.com

 

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2010 Nissan Skyline GT-R SCCA World Challenge GT Race Car Build

May 16, 2017 in Japanese / Modification Thread / Race Car

This Nissan GT-R was the subject of an SCCA World Challenge GT race car build thread on www.GTR.co.uk, by forum member “[email protected]”. In order to get a baseline before tearing the car apart, AMS Performance in Chicago began by weighing the brand new, 74 mile car. While not exactly a featherweight at a hefty 3,908 pounds, all of it’s luxo grand touring stock interior pieces were chucked out next in favor of gutting it’s interior and installing some serious competition hardware. Every bit of necessary engine, brake and suspension modifications were applied to help it to endure the rigors of fender to fender racing, and give it a fighting chance to win some too, of course. Now, time for us to do what we do by covering the dismantling and build process on the following page. Please join us, and bring a jack to help lift our jaws off the ground, won’t you?
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EVO Video: Lancia Delta Integrale Evo II

May 15, 2017 in Homologation / Italian / Race Car / Video

In the video on the following page, the head of EVO magazine, Harry Metcalfe, talks about his gorgeous “Giallo Ginestra” (the Italian language itself is just as beautiful as their art, design, food, landscape,automobiles and culture, isn’t it?) yellow Lancia Delta Integrale Evo II while covering the model’s glorious racing history, as well. This one’s not to be missed, but if you still find yourself jonesing for more Delta Integrale content after this video, then be sure not to miss our previous features of an ’88 Project Build here, an ’86 Restoration here, and an all out ’92 “La Supra” Delta Evo 1 Build here. Enjoy:

 

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Tastefully Built 1969 Datsun Roadster Resto-Mod

May 12, 2017 in Engine Swap / Japanese / Restoration Shop

This 1969 Datsun Roadster was built as a resto mod utilizing an assortment of interesting and clever features by the crew at Spriso Motorsports in Corvallis, Oregon. This project wasn’t exactly their first tango at swapping a modern SR20DE engine into one of the iconic Japanese convertibles. In fact, they had completed several before, using “test drivers” to sort out any possible bugs before selling their conversions to customers looking for upgraded power, handling and brakes featuring modern reliability all wrapped up in a vintage package. This particular ’69 S13 SR20DET came about as the result of one man’s new found interest in the vintage convertible after many years of 510 dedication, and the following story is about his build and what changed his perspective forever. Let’s take a closer look at exactly what would make someone simply walk away from a previous devotion and never look back…
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Twiggy’s 1968 Toyota 2000GT Paint and Body Restoration

May 10, 2017 in Japanese / Restoration Shop

This 1968 Toyota 2000GT (VIN# MF10-10130) was the subject of a body restoration and repaint by expert craftsman Shin Yoshikawa of Studio Time Capsule in Lebec, California. The million dollar car, which was previously owned when new by the supermodel known worldwide as “Twiggy”, was entrusted to Shin by the Toyota Museum to repair some engine compartment fire damage and an older botched bodywork job. We love the shape of these iconic Japanese sports cars, which look like a much more intricate and delicate version of Datsun’s later-introduced 240Z. With only 337 total built between 1967 and 1970, we are happy to see that this one was returned to it’s former glory.
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1937 Bugatti Atalante 57S Barn Find

May 10, 2017 in Barn Find / French / Italian / Race Car / Restoration / Survivor / Video

Here’s an interesting video that I highly recommend watching. It tells the story of a doctor’s Bugatti that had been stored away unused for many years until it was discovered in 2008 after his passing, having only accumulated about 26,000 total miles. It has since (unfortunately) been given a full restoration, although you can’t argue that it doesn’t look gorgeous now, regardless of which rear bumper was ultimately used. Judge for yourself:

More information about it’s history and 2009 Bonham’s Retromobile sale HERE.

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1977 Mercedes Benz 450 SEL 6.9 Restoration from Brazil

May 9, 2017 in German / Restoration Shop / Sympathetic Restoration

This 1977 Mercedes Benz 450SEL 6.9 is the subject of a restoration thread on www.mbca.org by “Joe Brasileiro“. His name and impressive work were immediately recognizable, so a quick search confirmed that it was the same person as “jbrasile” who had restored the 1970 Mercedes Benz 300 SEL 6.3 that we previously featured. After all, how many Joe’s could there be restoring vintage Mercedes in Brazil? We gave high accolades to his craftsmanship on the last 6.3, and this latest 6.9 project is no different. The color combination is equally as striking, and as we said before about the last car’s tones, it is so very period of that era. Come take a closer look on the following page, won’t ya?…

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1960 FIAT Abarth Monomille Duck Tail‏ Restoration

May 8, 2017 in Build In Progress / Home Garage Build / Italian / Race Car

This Fiat Abarth Monomille Duck Tail is the subject of an on-going restoration thread on affbb.com by it’s owner, forum member Andrew Schank. He took on the “resurrection” project for a client, starting with a rough car that had been sitting for the past 33 years. It’s always a crime to witness these rare vintage cars left outside to rot, and we can’t help but wonder if it had been rescued even 10 years earlier if some of that cool patina could have been savable. Sympathetic restorations are always favorable over full nut and bolts when possible, but this one was too far gone by that point, unfortunately. It’s previous owner had purchased it second hand in the early 70’s, and luckily it appeared to remain 100% complete with it’s original Abarth 1000 CC engine included as well as a set of rare magnesium Campagnolo “Electron” 13X4 wheels that it was still wearing. Original Campy wheels + roll bar + Abarth badges = always the right mix of ingredients when authentic. In theory it appears to be such a simple formula, but in reality it is oh so very elusive.

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Custom Citroen 2CV Build

May 5, 2017 in French / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread / Video

This quirky little French Citroen 2CV snail was the subject of a custom home garage build thread on jalopyjournal.com. Forum member “mika112” in Northern France is the owner/builder and as you will see his metal work is extremely impressive, especially considering that he is in the chemical business as a trade and this was his first car project that he has ever completed. The H.A.M.B. site is home to some very interesting “kustom” builds, usually American iron, so it was refreshing to see one of these being modified for a change of pace. Mika’s overall goal was to retain the car’s original classic shape so that it wouldn’t be modified beyond recognition, and not mistaken for a modified VW Bug or Tatra when finished. Although it is illegal to modify or swap engines in France, everything else is apparently open to interpretation if the completed project is any indication, so come with us and take a look at the absurdly brilliant metal forming talent of this project’s owner as this build unfolds on the following page…
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VIDEO: Nissan’s Nürburgring Meister

May 4, 2017 in Japanese / Video

Hiroyoshi Kato, Technical Meister at Nissan, is a veteran test driver. His experience in vehicle evaluation at the “Green Hell” starts in 1988 for the development of R32 GT-R. Along with the racing drivers Michael Krumm, Sébastien Buemi, Armin Hahne and Testuya Tanaka, he was a part of development team for the NISSAN GT-R NISMO, which marked 7:08.679 — fastest lap ever for a volume production car in September 30, 2013. 

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Lamborghini LM002 Restoration

May 3, 2017 in Italian / Restoration

This Lamborghini LM002 was restored over the course of 2,400 work hours by the crew at Lamborghini Wycombe in the U.K. They started with what looked like a very nice blue on gray example, but then did what they had to do by stripping it down to the bone for completing it a to a full show quality restoration that included a color change to black on beige, their 6th LM002 rebuild to date. We have always been huge fans of the model and are trying to imagine a manufacturer today creating a modern interpretation that is as brute and so perfectly politically incorrect as the raging bull has proven to be, but somehow we just can’t envision anything to ever be as raw and sinister again…
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Survivor: 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona NASCAR

May 1, 2017 in American / Patina / Race Car / Survivor

The subject of today’s Survivor feature is this slick red 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, which is said to have been the first NASCAR Grand National vehicle to post a 200 + mph race lap. It has remained in incredibly original condition, all of the way down to it still wearing the same vintage slick tires that it had last worn while competing for it’s final time. Now coated with a silicon sealant on their insides, they are certainly period correct for show purposes, but obviously not a safe or sticky tire any longer for any manner of spirited driving, whatsoever. What really impressed me the most about this vintage racer is the fact that it was “not restored, but thoroughly cleaned, detailed and all mechanical components checked. It is just as it was last raced in 1970”, as per Bruce Canepa’s site where it is listed for an undisclosed sum. A true time capsule. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?…
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CSX2000: The Very First Shelby Cobra Ever Produced

April 28, 2017 in American / Engine Swap / English / Factory Photos / Patina / prototype / Race Car / Survivor

This innocuous appearing blue AC set before you just so happens to be one of, if not the most significant sports cars in automotive history to ever grace an American powerplant. You see, this vehicle is CSX2000, the very first Shelby Cobra to ever be produced. But you already knew that there was something special about this car, didn’t you? Upon first glance at it’s photos, the automotive connoisseur in you already immediately noted it’s well earned patina, ruling out the possibility of it being a later produced replica, especially when you consider that the majority of replicas wear wider flared bodies. This one’s narrow body, early unfamiliar looking vintage badges and all original looking interior were all tell tale signs that this was possibly an exceptionally iconic car that you are looking at, but would you have known that this Cobra should also possibly be considered the ultimate production car engine swap of all times? Perhaps a bit of a grandiose statement at first read, but let’s take a closer look at this car’s history and then you can be the judge yourself of that and also decide if it’s worth the claimed $20 million plus dollar estimate that has been placed as it’s value…
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Stanceworks.com Story Referral:1966 Ford GT40 Restoration

April 26, 2017 in American / Race Car / Restoration / Restoration Shop

Mike Burroughs from Stanceworks.com wrote a great piece titled “A LIVING LEGEND-HENRY A DAVIS’S 1966 FORD GT40 MK1 LE MANS RACE CAR” for their site, which shouldn’t be missed. The story is very well written and befitting to what we are all about here at CarBuildIndex, covering the car’s restoration and embarking upon it’s history, as well. If that doesn’t quite satisfy your 1966 Ford GT40 appetite though, be sure to check out RacingIcons.com for more detail on chassis #1040‘s restoration and then check out our three additional features below from our own past files for GT40-related overload bliss. How better to celebrate your American pride for this Memorial Day weekend? Enjoy!
1966 GT40 Mk1 Garage Find (chassis #1067)
1966 Le Mans Race Car Restoration by the Men Who Originally Built It (chassis #1032)
1971 Ford Supervan with entire GT40 driveline, chassis and mid engine

1989 Ford Transit Van with 640 hp Jaguar XJ220 Engine Swap

April 25, 2017 in Engine Swap / English / Sleeper

Being that we are the Car Build Index, it is our mission to bring our readers the most outrageous engine swaps, restorations and projects that we can possibly find. There are a lot of lackluster, uninspiring hack jobs out there, but every now and then we find something that we get excited about which fits the bill perfectly. That being said, it is only appropriate that we now present to you the following 1989 Ford Transit  Supervan. Normally, a plain white van would not be exactly earth shattering to the average car enthusiast, but we are certain that we could change that bleak outlook when we happily report to you that this one was originally a Jaguar factory test mule that is now fitted with a 640 horsepower XJ220 supercar engine…

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