XCAR Video: “BMW M1: The Forgotten Supercar”

November 28, 2015 in German / Video

What would the original BMW M1 have to say about the latest crop of M cars if it could actually talk? We bet it wouldn’t be too happy about their piping fake engine sounds through their cabin speakers and how much weight and size they’ve gained in these latest generations since. What would Frank Sinatra have said about autotune?…

Ferrari 288 GTO Restoration by U.K. Marque Experts Foskers

November 28, 2015 in Italian / Restoration Shop

12This Ferrari 288 GTO is the subject of a full restoration by UK Ferrari specialists Foskers, which began in 2008.
There are no pictures or backstory of the car before the paint process began, so we can only guess as to the condition of the car when it arrived. What we do know is that the current owner of this car had a 288 GTO previously that he had always regretted selling, so he bought another and asked Foskers to restore it to better than new, show quality.

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Porsche 959 Factory Photographs

November 27, 2015 in Build In Progress / Factory Photos / Factory Tour / German


Happy Thanksgiving Day Weekend 2015 everybody! Today I am re-posting a few features from the past in case you have missed them previously, but will be returning with new content this weekend. Stay tuned and thanks for checking in!

Since we are on the subject of vintage factory photographs anyways, what better way to kick off an all new segment than with pictures of Porsche 959’s during their production?In total, 337 street legal 959’s were built at the Zuffenhausen assembly plant through the end of 1988 for the FIA homologation of Porsche’s Group B rally car, known as the Gruppe B. The factory used the race series as a test mule for a new all wheel drive system and advanced aerodynamics, as well as kevlar construction to keep the weight down. It is interesting to note that in 1992 to 1993…

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1985 Land Rover 90 Restoration

November 27, 2015 in Engine Swap / English

4Originally posted August 22nd, 2013:

This Swiss LHD 1985 Land Rover 90 was restored by One-Ten Land Rovers in The Netherlands and can be seen in a build thread at defendersource.com. As we have previously noted in our ’74 Bronco feature, appreciation for simple, off road classic vehicles has really started to take off. The experts at Haggerty Classic Car Insurance are seeing a substantial increase in the purchase of vintage 4×4 insurance binders, as they are ending up in more collector’s garages these days and are only expected to escalate in value in the future. We say enjoy them now before the hoarders start plucking them off the road to seal away as investment tools.

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Same Designer as the McLaren F1: A Jaguar Sport XJR-15 Restoration, are these an overlooked bargain?

November 27, 2015 in English / Race Car / Restoration / Restoration Shop / Video

 6Originally posted August 21st, 2014:
This Jaguar Sport XJR-15 is the subject of a restoration thread on teamspeed.com by it’s owner, forum member “SteveO”. I highly recommend fully reading it from start to finish if you have any desire in quickly becoming a marque expert on the subject, as the model’s history is further detailed by 2 other XJR-15 owners who chime in too throughout the 19 page thread. It turns out that this particular example was one of 16 which was originally a race car out of approximately 50 total cars produced and has seen duty at Monaco, Silverstone and Spa in it’s competitive lifetime. See it’s restoration and what it took to transform the ex-race car into a U.K. street registered example on the following page…

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Reader Submission- An Actual K Code ’66 Ford Mustang GT Survivor That Shouldn’t be Overlooked

November 25, 2015 in American / guest contributor / Patina / Reader Submission / Survivor


[Editor’s Note: Today’s feature was written and sent in to us by CBI follower Phil via Reader Submission]

“If you walk around Jim & Earla Turcich’ s 1966 K code GT Mustang fastback a few times you may begin to notice that something is different. It’s the type of things that go largely unnoticed when you first see the car and perhaps therein lies the rub. The car doesn’t get out much, in fact prior to last year’s Lake Mirror (Fla) Concours it had been decades since it’s last show and even longer since it had been driven any significant miles. Continue reading →

1949 Fiat Topolino “The Outlaw” Cackle Restoration

November 25, 2015 in American / Engine Swap / Home Garage Build / Italian / Modification Thread / Race Car


Now, nobody would blame you if things didn’t quite add up so quickly when reading the “1949 Fiat” title and then seeing the dragster frame with a huge honking Hemi popping out of it. The Frankenstein meshing of those two manufacturers normally didn’t actually occur together very often back then before the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) came around more recently, however you happen to be in the right place right now so don’t go anywhere.

This 1949 Fiat Topolino was made into an AA/FA Cackle Dragster, appropriately named “The Outlaw”, the subject of today’s featured story. It’s restoration was found on Cacklefest.com, which is linked at the bottom of the next page. The intention for this particular car’s reconstruction was for it to hit the tracks again as a “cackle” car, which is a new term for us so we did a little bit of research to find out it’s definition and history. We found that the term was coined in 2000 to refer to vintage 1950’s to 1970’s dragsters that are restored and brought back into the drag racing track scene, which until then had no place to gather. Thanks to the recently formed “Cacklefests”, these newly renovated classic dragsters now have a place to get together and stretch their legs, a quarter mile at a time…

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Porsche Turtle Car Paintings: Wherein our resident artist, Wallace Wyss, puts his pen to depicting Porsches

November 25, 2015 in Art / German / guest contributor / Reader Submission / Wallace Wyss

6A Note by the Editor: 

Wallace Wyss, most often seen on these pages as a writer, reports that, in preparation for the reprinting of the revised Porsche 356 Photo Archive book, he is attending a lot of Porsche meets.

His goal? To find 356 cars to photograph for his upcoming book.

“In one year I did Monterey Rolex Revival, the Rennfest, the Dana Point show, the LA Airport Porsche fan show, and the Porsche 356 Owner’s Club Palms to Pines,” he says. Continue reading →

Photos of the Day: Then or Now? The Fiat 124 Spider

November 25, 2015 in Italian / Photo of the Day


The original Fiat 124 Spider: lightweight, rear wheel drive, manual steering and brakes, Lampredi designed DOHC 4 cylinder engine and designed by Pininfarina. Were we spoiled then, or is it now? (And please, let’s not get into the whole, “ohh, they were slow and dangerous and rusted before leaving port” thing, trying to be a romantic about it)10 more photos on the following page, decide for yourself…

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1964 Dodge “Max-Wedge” Barn Find Restoration

November 24, 2015 in American / Barn Find / Build In Progress / Home Garage Build / Race Car

1 1In this recently updated build-in-progress on http://www.forbbodiesonly.com/, forum member “Hogpowr” is continuing the restoration of his 1964 Dodge with help from fellow members who are also helping piece together it’s history. But this is no ordinary Dodge 330, but rather a real 426 HC Max-Wedge factory light weight car (VIN 161606) that he was lucky enough to find on Craigslist in West Bend. The seller thought it might have been one of the specials, but had no way to confirm it so he sold it for regular 2 door coupe money. It wasn’t until they started taking the car apart when he confirmed that he had hit a jackpot with his purchase, and it couldn’t have gone to a more fitting new owner. Continue with us as we embark upon the new project on the next page…

1987 BMW E28 Alpina B7 Turbo Restoration

November 24, 2015 in Drivetrain Swap / Engine Swap / German / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread / Restoration

80This 1987 BMW Alpina B7 Turbo was the subject of a full restoration on www.MyE28.com by its owner/builder, forum member “Pedi”. Living in Norway, he bought the rare but beat up car in 2008 to renovate back from the dead, but the chassis was apparently just too far gone with rust to save. Since the turbocharged inline 6’s have 320 hp and 520 Nm of torque when operating properly, he decided the best thing to do was buy a 518 to strip down and use for its chassis since the lower horsepower model was the least likely to be abused. 2 years later the build began…

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Wallace Wyss Reviews “911 LOVE”, by author Edwin Baasake

November 23, 2015 in Book Review / German / guest contributor / Reader Submission / Wallace Wyss


TITLE: “911 LOVE”, by author Edwin Baasake

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Delius Klasing Verlag GMbH; 2 edition (December 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3768836657
  • ISBN-13: 978-3768836654
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 1.4 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 pounds
  • Price: $99

First of all, the name Edwin Baaske is unknown to me; turns out he is a journalist and author. He is Head of Corporate Publishing & Automotive Books at Delius Klasing Publishing House, so basically the publisher he works for published his book.

When I first looked at it I was surprised that it was so involved in showing exactly who bought each of the 911 cars shown and how that car, or their several 911 cars, fits in with their life style. Now this book is good ammunition for my frequent  arguments I have on my radio show with co-host Clark Price, who says he does not ever buy a car (and he has many) for status, merely for impressing people. I can’t say the people portrayed in this book bought any of their 911 cars for status, it’s evident that they just love the car and everything it stands for—perfection in styling and mechanical assemblage. Continue reading →

Jay Leno’s Garage Video: 1990 Lamborghini LM002

November 23, 2015 in Italian / Video

Jay Leno drives a 1990 Lamborghini LM002 in his latest video and brings up a good point that we had never put together ourselves- the luxury SUV market as we know and love it today began in 1990 when the US put a 10% luxury tax on vehicles over $30,000. Since trucks and commercial vehicles were not subject to this infringing tax, auto manufacturers started lux’ing them out and created a market that would loophole those extra fees. So, we can blame our good ‘ol government for the direction the general public’s taste has grown for these silly vehicles that dominate our roadways today. Interesting to always learn something new from someone with such a vast knowledge of everything automotive. Oh, and the LM002 Rambo Lambo, who’s creation had absolutely nothing to do with said taxes and evasion, is simply glorious!

A Jaunt Up the Mountain in a James Dean Style Porsche 550 Replica -It’s going back to the ‘50s for sure

November 23, 2015 in guest contributor / Reader Submission / Wallace Wyss

2Story by Carlos Rodriguez and Wallace Wyss

A note before we start: Not to be confused, Russ Rodriguez and (me) Carlos Rodriguez have no relation. There just happens to be many Rodriguez in the world. Thanks to Roderick the king of the Visigoths.

The 550 Porsche is a remarkable piece of engineering. The originals of the Fifties were inspired by a custom car built by a man named Walter Glockler. Porsche liked his cars so much they basically copied one of them, making the Spyder, and won a lot of races with it. Continue reading →

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