UPDATE: This car was one of our original features here at CarBuildIndex.com. It just sold at the Bonhams auction in Arizona today (January 16th, 2014) for $88,000, as seen HERE.
This 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback is a “Bullitt” tribute car built by a collaboration between Gateway Classic Mustangs and Year One, as seen on MustangMonthly.com. The Highland Green car was made in 2008 for Steve McQueen’s son, Chad, with the intention of recreating the same character of his father’s original movie car while at the same time utilizing improved modifications that have been developed since the movie’s debut.
This glorious vintage video footage shows race car driver Henri Pescarolo driving a then-brand-new 88 1/2 Lamborghini Countach within a millimeter of it’s life around Circuit Paul Ricard, demonstrating the proper way it should be done. The exotic super car had only 133 kilometers shown on it’s odometer at the time it was being broken in on film at the French race track for L’Action Automobile magazine. We particularly like his quote, “in a Testarossa at 200 mph, you can smoke a cigar, but in a Countach you might swallow it”, even though we would take the later one every time given the option between the two.
For the action, start the following video at 1:46, and be sure not to miss our previous Countach restoration features in “Related posts” at the bottom of the next page…
Since we have been on the subject of ridiculous engine swaps, how about this Citroen 2CV French bread van with a 380 hp 3.5 liter, 5 valve per cylinder (thus the nomenclature “355”, if you were not already aware) Ferrari V8 engine. Let’s just skip right to the video, shall we?
Last year ClassicDriver.com featured a 4 part series which documented the 6 month build by Carrozzeria Superleggera Touring of the gorgeous 2013 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante. The new stunner “embraces the spirit” of it’s mentor, the 1952 Alfa Romeo C52 Disco Volante by starting with an ultra rare Alfa Romeo 8C as the donor car. The coach builder then spent approximately 4,000 hours forming the Italian’s voluptuous body by the vintage method of hand beating it’s aluminum panels into form combined with the more modern use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic. Once finished it won first place in the Prototype category at the 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy. If you are fortunate enough to be one of the 500 total current owners of an Alfa 8C already and are willing to put it under the knife, Touring Superleggera will be more than happy to make you a Disco Volante that you can call your own too, for an undisclosed sum. Find the photos and build video on the following page…
Being the car nerds that we are, we are always fascinated at looking at the inner workings of cars when they are apart so we can see what really makes them tick other than our right foot and lazy steering inputs. We have previously done a few features here in the past which showcased cutaway drawings, but what’s better than an actual car that has been dissected wide open like that poor frog you had to cut open back in high school for Biology class? Autoblog.com took it upon themselves to be the professor in this case and highlight all of the engineering marvels showcased in the new 2015 Corvette Z06 that was on display at the Detroit Auto Show just a few days ago. Rather than high jack their own tutorial, we have included a link to it at the bottom of the next page. Some of the more standout features of the car include 15.5 inch carbon front brakes, carbon fiber torque tube and driveshaft, and a 6.2 liter supercharged LT4 engine producing “at least” 625 hp and 635 ft lb of torque along with an 8 speed transmission. Enjoy.
Autoblog.com’s Michael Harley was recently asked by Porsche if he would like to take a tour of their private warehouse while he was visiting Stuttgart, to which he graciously obliged. The storage facility had 336 total cars at the time of his tour, the historic vehicles kept there as most make their rotation for display at the publicly open museum down the street, or sent out to events around the world. Filling the building were old race cars, show concepts, development mules, prototypes and engineering displays. In his own words, “…there was an overpowering smell of used motor oil, rubber and fuel…”. Fantastic.
Here’s another engine swap short take involving a late model Corvette powerplant, in this case an LS9 supercharged 6.2 liter 638 hp V8 ZR1 crate engine. The recipient is a 1971 Corvette which has been given the nickname “Golden Rod” by it’s shop builders at Fast Lane in Texas.
#Here we have a continuation of the “Abandoned Cars: A Sad, Sad Pictorial” feature we did not too long ago. A few from that past post may have sneaked their way into today’s segment that we have overlooked, but what we find most interesting is that that we have featured 2 of the basket cases here as restoration projects. The goal, of course, is to track down and find the remaining to showcase on our site. Until then…
While we don’t normally discuss too many brand new cars here, we felt the new 2014 Carrera Targa was a worthy topic for today’s general discussion. We have always been huge fans of the 1970’s and 80’s 911 Targas, despite what the purists have said about it’s rear glass design disrupting the 911 hard top’s classic silhouette. Yada yada, right? We dig ’em. Well, yesterday Porsche re-introduced the traditional Targa hoop’ed 991 Carrera at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, but with an over the top (yes, intentional cheesy pun) automated mechanism to operate it’s on and off removal. Thus, the beginning of our own personal dismay and confusion diatribe, and reiteration yet once again of our overall general woes concerning Porsche’s path since the original was first released…
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Here’s a chance to follow a great build from the beginning over the course of the next year. It is a Nissan Frontier (known in the ROW as the “Navara”) which is being built in South Africa for driver Johan van Staden to tackle the 2015 Dakar, said to take place in Peru. Looks like they are getting an early jump, which is always much more preferable than a last second slap together, especially when we are talking about a vehicle that is going to have to endure the grueling punishment which the rally demands. Find the first episode of it’s build pictures and link on the following page…
We recently ran across this feature on http://www.bimmerboost.com/content.php which shows a 583 horsepower 6.2 liter V8 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG engine being produced. Since there are no female engine builders at the Affalterbach, Germany AMG factory, Sport Auto decided that they would put a temporary change to that by sending one of their own female editors to complete the task and show them how it’s done. A legitimate rhetorical question in the short article asks if Mercedes Benz plans on ever creating a program resembling what Corvette owners have the opportunity to do, which is be a part of their own engine’s build during their car’s production. What a great bonding experience that would be, not to mention marketing opportunity for AMG. We hope to see it happen sometime in the near future.
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