2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Build

July 25, 2016 in American / Build In Progress / Modification Thread / Race Car / Video

This 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is the subject of a build thread by “LethalPerformanceTX” on http://forums.corvetteforum.com/. The Texas performance shop, Lethal Performancethrew a slew of mods at the beast to increase it’s already hair raising stock horsepower/torque figures from 540/536 to a whopping 715/730, measured at the rear wheels. The list of mods are outlined at the bottom of the following page, but may we suggest first taking a look at the video on the following page. The glorious sounding supercharged V8 sits idling all cammed loppy-style, as it should, before making a staggering 10.159 quarter mile pass at 144 mph on 19″ Nitto drag radials…

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1964 Lancia Flavia Convertible Restoration

July 22, 2016 in Italian / Restoration Shop

This 1964 Lancia Flavia Convertible was the restoration project of Contemporary Classics of Washington. You may remember CCW from our previous feature of their 1967 Aston Martin DB6 restoration, linked at the bottom of the following page. We first saw this Lancia for sale on http://bringatrailer.com/ in conjunction with a Flavia Coupe from the same seller here at: http://bringatrailer.com/2010/03/12/lancia-projects-1964-flavia-1967-flaminia/ . From the looks of them, neither looked like they had much chance for a fruitful future of running free on the highways ever again and even the expert forum members on Bat didn’t give either of them much hope either…

March 84C IndyCar Strip Down Re-Build

July 21, 2016 in American / Race Car / Restoration Shop

This March 84C IndyCar was the subject of a restoration back to it’s original configuration by AR Racewerks in Scottsdale, Arizona. Andrew Riggs opened the doors to this fabrication/restoration shop in 2007, having worked with some of the top drivers and teams in the industry for the previous 30 years. When we ran across the multitude of pictures of this ground-bound fighter jet’s tear down (did that just rhyme?), we immediately knew we had to feature it here. After all, are there ever enough turbocharged, mega horsepower open wheel race car build features? We couldn’t agree more, and this particular one gets extra unicorn brownie points for having been driven by Geoff Brabham and Michael Andretti, two of the most prominent figures in IndyCar racing. After all, if you were to ask a stranger off the street to name the first Italian race car driver that pops in their head, 9 out of 10 times it’s going to be an Andretti.

1958 BMW Isetta Convertible Restoration

July 20, 2016 in German / Restoration Shop

This 1958 BMW Isetta Convertible was the subject of a restoration by Pete’s Custom Coachbuilding in Ohio. You may remember them from our previous features of their beautiful restorations of the 1958 Berkeley Gilmore and an eggshell white 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce (both linked in “Related Stories” on the following page), so we are thinking they have some kind of unspoken theme going on here for that particular model year, although we can’t be certain. Once again, there is no information on their site about this BMW other than the photos, but we felt compelled to include it here since we are big fans of their work and had never known that drop top versions of the funny little quad peg’s existed. So for that, we solute you…


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1969 Lola T190 Restoration

July 19, 2016 in English / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Video

This 1969 Lola T190, Chassis #3 was originally a Haas/Penske team car first driven by Mark Donohue at Sebring. It went on to be raced by Ron Grable in 1970, finishing first at Edmonton and also at Laguna Seca while achieving 5th overall in points for the season. It was more recently the subject of a full restoration by Add-Vintage Motors as the topic of a 3 part video series which documents the restoration process, starting in 2008 and last seen on screen almost completed in 2010. According to all of the photographs, the car has since been finished, although we are thinking they were having too much fun with it to complete a 4th final video. We understand. In fact, we couldn’t understand more.


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Where Is It Now? Incomplete Fiat 131 Abarth Restoration

July 18, 2016 in Build In Progress / Italian / Race Car

CBI Update:
We saw this Fiat 131 pop up today for sale on our (other) favorite site, BringAtrailer.com and are wondering if it could be the same one that we featured a few months ago? It’s a small world out there for these Abarth’s, which means that it possibly could be. You be the judge…

Original post from September 2nd, 2013:
This Fiat Abarth 131 Racing which was receiving a full restoration when 131mirafiori.com‘s founding member, “kev131” saw it while vacationing in Italy.  Unfortunately there is a language barrier between him and the shop employees so we don’t have a lot of information on it other than what can be seen in the pictures. What we do know is that the garage is what looks like an old factory Fiat service station and is filled with some great vintage cars, including a Fiat Campagnolo jeep, an X 1/9, and a Lancia Fulvia Coupe, so their cred is good in our books.


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Last Gallardo Built Rolls Out of Lamborghini Factory

July 15, 2016 in Build In Progress / Factory Photos / Italian / Video

The very last Lamborghini Gallardo has been produced out of the Sant’Agata Bolognese factory, according to an official press release dated November 25th, 2013. The Rosso Mars LP 570-4 Spyder Performante was No. 14,022 and will be going to a private collector. The popular model’s replacement is rumored to be called the Cabrera, but it doesn’t feel right talking about it so soon…
Lamborghini produced about 2,000 of the V10 cars per year, making it the company’s best selling car.
Continue on the next page for a quick video and the official Press Release…

3 Gallardo Engine Assembly

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Vintage Race Car Hauler Pictures

July 13, 2016 in American / French / General Discussion / German / Italian / Japanese / Race Car

We always love a good ‘ol vintage car pictorial to scroll through, especially when the subject is race car related. There is just something about seeing the haphazard way that things used to be done that gives us a nice warm fuzzy feeling inside. We hope you enjoy looking at this feature of Vintage Race Car Hauler Pictures as much as we did in finding them.

0 - 1 -Helldrivers - Toronto Canasa - 1970

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1985 Toyota Celica Supra Mark II “P” Type Resto-Mod Project

July 12, 2016 in Build In Progress / Japanese / Modification Thread

This 1985 Toyota Celica Supra is the subject of a recent resto-mod project on CelicaSupra.com, linked at the bottom of the next page.  It’s owner, forum member Ken Henderson shares his extremely impressive detailed build, and gives proper accolades to all of those who were involved in every aspect of the project throughout the thread. We always appreciate a subtle, tastefully built car. Clean examples like this opens our eyes up to models that we wouldn’t have thought of before and hopefully does the same for our readers too, which is ultimately the goal here at CarBuildIndex.
Throughout the quick 3 1/2 month build, Ken has achieved what every car nut dreams of doing ourselves with our projects: to find an extremely clean, low mileage version of our favorite vintage car, and then go through the aftermarket catalogs and pick out every single go-fast piece possible that fits each aspect of it’s performance, including big brakes, engine and suspension mods. To get an idea of what went into this creation, take a look at the 99 point itemized list at the bottom of the following page…

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Petrolicious.com’s 1968 Alfa Romeo GT 1750 Restoration Project

July 8, 2016 in Build In Progress / Italian / Restoration Shop

Here’s a good one to keep an eye on…this Ochre Yellow 1968 Alfa Romeo GT 1750 is Petrolicious.com’s project car. We are quite certain that if you are indeed the true “car guy and/or gal” that you claim to be and one who happens to frequent the net, then you have definitely enjoyed at least a few of their video productions in the past. The films have catapulted them almost overnight as vintage automobile internet superstars. Each one is always brilliantly produced, which leads us to believe that the Alfa Romeo restoration at hand will be no different once finally completed.


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1957 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Color Change

July 7, 2016 in German / Restoration Shop

This 1957 Mercedes Benz 300 SL was the subject of a color change by Classic Restoration of Englewood, Colorado. It had undergone a restoration in the early 1990’s by a previous owner which wasn’t holding up so well through the years with paint shrinkage and bubbling becoming painfully visible, so it’s current owner decided that it was time to correct it. Follow with us on the following page in a 70+ picture gallery of the car’s transformation from a red driver-level car to a trophy winner at Amelia Island Concours.
A special thanks out to CarBuildIndex reader Kevin A. who directed us to this project. We always appreciate any help from readers to bring quality builds, restorations and modifications to our attention. Finding a worthy subject to include here is half the battle, so any assistance is always greatly valued.

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July 6, 2016 in American / Video

Well, Tom’s back again with another feature and he is apparently silly for horsepower. While we normally do not spotlight brand new cars here at CarBuildIndex.com, we felt compelled to include this 2014 SRT Viper as it mixes in well with our street car/track-day car theme we have going on here which we obviously like so much. Let us apologize in advance for a few far-too-obvious cliche words here, but we couldn’t refrain ourselves from anyways…these snakes produce a venomous 640 bhp (477 kW) @ 6,200 rpm and 600 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5,000 rpm. Follow the story on the next page, starting with the video presentation of “Inside the 2013 SRT Viper Powertrain” featuring the absolutely beastly 8.4 Liter (512 Cubic Inch) motor. Also, a  very informative Adam Carolla video with Ralph Gilles of SRT and the 2014 Viper TA is included.
So, without any further animal or reptilian analogies, please continue reading and viewing on the following page…

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Miniature V12 Engine Build Video

July 5, 2016 in Build In Progress / Video

We came across this miniature V12 engine build video on macsmotorcitygarage.com, which was created from scratch by 73 year old Jose Manuel Hermo Barrceiro. The Spaniard, who claims to have no patience at all, says he spent 1,200 hours building each of the 11 total mini motors, which are run by compressed air. We tip our hats to the retired naval technician, a true inspiration for his skill, steady hands and yes, foremost, his patience.
Find it’s link on the following page.

1974 Ford Bronco Restoration/Modification by Nicks Trix

July 1, 2016 in American / Engine Swap / Restoration Shop

This 1974 Ford Bronco underwent a full frame off restoration by the experts at Nicks Trix in North Carolina, who took the opportunity to throw some tasteful modifications on it at the same time. We always appreciate these first generation Broncos when they still retain their original uncut rear fenders without the highly popular dealer-added flares. It’s a classic look that is very rare, especially when paired with steel rims and hubcaps, wrapped in some meaty tires and raised slightly, just the way we like them.


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Ferrari Challenge Stradale 6 Speed Manual Conversion Build Thread

June 30, 2016 in Build In Progress / Home Garage Build / Italian / Modification Thread / Race Car

This Ferrari 360 is the subject of a DIY project on FerrariChat.com to build it up as a 6 speed manual Challenge Stradale. As you are most likely already aware, the CS’s were all built as F1 paddle shifts, with the exception of only 1 made from the factory as a manual. You may remember this car’s owner, 360Trev, from our feature of his brilliant, fully functioning exact model car replica build of a 312PB. Find it’s link here at: http://www.carbuildindex.com/14547/fully-functional-ferrari-312pb-model-toy-car/. If you missed it’s feature a few weeks ago, be sure to watch it today, it is remarkable and makes us feel like quite the dullards in comparison.
Follow along with us on the next page as we include a huge majority of his Fchat build photos for your viewing pleasure, which are not normally accessible unless you are a member.

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Lamborghini Diablo Refresh

June 29, 2016 in Build In Progress / General Discussion / Italian

Sudesh, a forum member over at Lamborghini-talk.com, recently purchased a 1993 2wd Diablo. It has some nice upgrades like SV engine deck and mesh style rear grill, SE30 front and rear bumpers and rear spoiler, slightly wider rear wheels and some carbon interior bits. He’s refreshing the car himself and learning as he goes. It’s a very well documented thread and we’re enjoying watching Sudesh as he makes his way through the Diablo’s various systems. Follow along with us on the next page…

1 Lambo Cover Shot

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VIDEO: Ferrari 288 GTO by Tax The Rich

June 28, 2016 in Italian / Video

What we have here is not exactly a build thread itself (although there are a few linked below), but never-the-less a video which features one of our favorite super cars of all time being hooned properly, as it should be. Although we absolutely adore scanning over the finer details of these exquisite cars while they are sitting static or are being ripped apart for a restoration, nothing beats seeing them being put to proper use by a driver who knows what they are doing…except for driving them ourselves, of course. This outrageous display ought to put Ferrarichat members over the top and scampering for it’s VIN number to red flag this particular example as being abused. Unfortunate, because this is what they were built to do, and why we relish viewing it so much when it rarely happens. After enjoying the video, don’t miss our previous feature of another Ferrari 288 GTO nut and bolt restoration here at:
http://www.carbuildindex.com/1094/1094/, and other related posts on the following page.
Oh, and by the way: FRAM oil filters are absolutely 100% factory correct.


1972 Lancia Stratos Stradale Barn Find

June 27, 2016 in Barn Find / Italian / Sympathetic Restoration

Our automobile feature stories are not always limited to just the full nut and bolt rotisserie restorations or modification threads either. We actually enjoy them far more when the subject is a barn find that is in need of only a sympathetic restoration, such as this 1972 Lancia Stratos Stradale. It just sold for $264,000 during August’s Bonham auction at Quail. Barn finds are becoming almost equivalent to seeing a unicorn, and there is something romantic about the whole process (the whole finding of a vintage car aspect, not so much the horse with an overgrown, horn shaped tumor on it’s forehead part). This Stratos looks like it is ready to hit the Strada once again, as is. Just repair the necessary mechanicals to make it road and track worthy, then enjoy it’s original patina and the epic sound made from it’s Dino engine.
Whenever we do a feature story on a Stratos, we have to mention their uber cool helmet holders in the door cards. Unfortunately, the photographer of this particular example did not capture them in any of the shots, but they can be seen in one of our other features linked at the bottom of the page.
The following is a re-cap of Bonham’s auction description…


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