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Dec 14

Photos of the Day

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Another day and another POD installment of vintage car photos to rummage through:

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Dec 14

Shelby Cobra CSX2006 and Original Owner Jazz Legend Herbie Hancock

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The following is a great story from Road & Track’s September 2007 issue about jazz musician legend Herbie Hancock and his very early production Cobra (CSX2006) that he has owned since new. It is only the 6th production Cobra ever built, painted in Old English White with red leather interior and is powered by a 260 cubic inch V8 engine originally intended for much more civilian use in the Ford Fairlane. This one is equipped with a two barrel carburetor, the only one ever made with it, but what is perhaps more interesting is the entertaining story about why he acquired the car and his life with it since. In an article titled “The Watermelon Man The Cobra: Herbie Hancock, Carroll Shelby and all that Jazz”, Tom Cotter tells the full story on the next page…

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Dec 14

Latest Video of Jack Olson’s “One Car Do It All” Porsche 911 RSR

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On the following page is a new video that was just released last week by Auto Bild, featuring an update to Jack Olsen’s “One Car Do It All” story originally filmed by Petrolicious. We previously took a look at his Porsche RSR build in detail almost 2 months ago here. He has been continuously working on his car in a quest for quicker lap times at Willow Springs International Raceway, and looks to have accomplished his fasted during the filming of this video, finally cracking a 1:27. If you know this track, you know that is a blisteringly quick time, a feat that is even more impressive when considering he is doing most of the work himself while on a budget.

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Dec 14

Photos of the Day

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Thanks to the comment from yesterday’s “Photos of the Day” by CBI reader Matt C., we are back again another day for yet another POD installment. It apparently doesn’t take much coaxing to get us going. Enjoy:

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Dec 14

Fiat 128 Build with Rear Wheel Drive and Mid Engine Swap

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Wow, a lot of Italian cars on the site recently, one might get the impression that we might actually have a preference here at CBI. You gotta love the ingenuity and creative spirit of this scrappy little home garage brewed ragamuffin, a Fiat 128 Rally that is the subject of a 2 liter Beta Volumex supercharged mid engine swap and rear wheel drive build thread on Turbo124.com by its owner, forum member “Nick”. A definite mouthful but it checks all of the right boxes for us and since we’ve been talking about nothing but heavy hitters lately, it’s about time to get our heads out of the clouds and look at something that’s within the confines our of own imaginary budget. Not to suggest or imply that this New Zealander’s project is anything less than brilliant, of course. In fact, we look forward to the completion of his other project too that’s underway with a kit by his pals at http://www.carteroni.co.nz/, a company that builds incredibly near accurate replicas of Lancia 037′s. Until then, though, come check out this little supercharged Fiat’s build on the following page…

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Dec 14

Petrolicious.com’s Latest Video: Fiat Abarth Zagato 750 GT Corsa

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In this latest weekly video just released by Petrolicious.com, they take a look at a Fiat Abarth Zagato 750 GT Corsa “Double Bubble” and take it into the Malibu mountains for a spirited drive. Joined with an interesting and informative narration by its owner, this is another one that shouldn’t be missed.

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Dec 14

1969 Pontiac GTO Restoration

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This 1969 Pontiac GTO was the subject of a restoration by American Resto Mods in Georgia, brought to them by its owner after it had been sitting in another shop for 8 full years before he finally lost his patience with them and pulled it out of there, and rightfully so. It was literally in pieces when he had it towed in, having been hacked apart and even missing parts from the previous shop’s negligence. Enough was enough already, it was time to set straight once and for all this iconic model which is said to have ignited the beginning of the muscle car wars between all 4 American car manufacturers beginning back in the early to mid 1960′s. As I really don’t get around to featuring enough American cars here from this glorious era or frankly any other, why don’t you come and check this one out with us on the following page while we are on the rare and often far too neglected of a subject…

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Dec 14

Share Your Own Car Here on CarBuildIndex.com

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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 David@CarBuildIndex.com. Ultimately, my goal is for the site to be filled predominantly with “Reader Submissions” about your builds, restorations, and cars in general, as told by you so bring them on. After all, first hand accounts of what makes your vehicles special are really what makes them interesting to read about so don’t be shy. In the meantime for some inspiration for your own project, check out our previous feature of a 1976 Lancia Stratos Restoration, as seen in the title picture above.

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Dec 14

Photos of the Day

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We really should make “Photos of the Day” actually a daily occurrence, if for nothing else than to live up to its title, wouldn’t you agree?…

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Dec 14

Fiat 131 Abarth Rally Car Tribute Build

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This impressive Fiat 131 Abarth Group 4 replica was built over the course of 8 years using numerous authentic Abarth parts, including even a very rare genuine ex Group 4 16 valve head. It’s not hard to understand the gravitational pull behind choosing this model as the subject of a tribute build, as the factory works cars proved to be very successful during their rallying career. With the 131 Abarth, Fiat won a total of 20 World Rally Championships between 1976 and 1981 and the manufacturer’s title in ’77, ’78 and ’80 with such notable drivers as Walter Rohrl and Michele Mouton behind the wheel. With the rear wheel drive platform, it was the obvious choice to use as the basis of a race car, albeit with widened wheel arches, lightweight fiberglass panels, 4 wheel disc brakes and a screaming 140 hp at 6,400 rpm 4 cylinder 16 valve engine. Independent rear suspension replaced the solid rear axle of the road version along with McPherson struts in the front, and a 5 speed transmission rounded out the package, all items which sound like standard issue fare today but were hardware necessary to be a champion back then. Check out a few pictures and short video of this Mirafiori rally car tribute’s build in the 1978 and 1979 season’s Alitalia sponsorship livery on the following page, and be sure not to miss my previous full restoration feature of another 131 Abarth HERE.

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