Elvis Presley’s BMW 507 Heading for Restoration

June 22, 2017 in Barn Find / German / Race Car / Restoration / Restoration Shop

Elvis Presley’s infamous 1957 BMW 507 that he purchased while being stationed as a G.I. in Germany has recently resurfaced and is heading back to Germany for restoration at the BMW Classic Center. While the “King of Rock and Roll” originally purchased the sports car second hand, the car’s history before and after he owned it (shared on the following page) is equally as entertaining as the singer who once owned it…

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Video: 1971 Nissan Skyline GT-R with S20 Being Wrung Out at Fuji

June 21, 2017 in Japanese / Race Car / Video

Now this is the way a race car is supposed to be driven, and sound! Listen to the glorious noises that this 1971 Nissan Skyline GT-R’s S20 inline 6 emits as it gets wound out by Motoharu Kurosawa “Gan-San” at Fuji Speedway. If you never had an appreciation for the car nicknamed  “Hakosuka” before, the video on the following page should give you a whole new respect for it that you never knew possible. Enjoy…

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1952 Frazer Nash Mille Miglia Restoration

June 19, 2017 in English / Restoration / Restoration Shop

Since we were on the subject just yesterday of English cars of historical significance that have sat around since the 70’s waiting to be restored, it would only make sense to include today’s feature, a 1952 Frazer Nash Mille Miglia. It was purchased by it’s current owner, Bob S. in a neglected and dilapidated state of disrepair in 1975 and it’s restoration didn’t begin until 2004. He had purchased S/N 421 100 168 in ’75 along with 2 partners on a shoestring budget while going through law school, knowing that the car was special and deserving of a resurrection back to it’s former glory one day when he had time and could afford it. While each and every Frazer Nash is normally always unique and rare, what makes this particular example stand out is that it was actually originally Frazer Nash’s very own company show car used for display at the 1952 Turin Auto Show.

 

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1958 BMW 503 Restoration

June 16, 2017 in German / Restoration Shop

This 1958 BMW 503 was the subject of a nut and bolt restoration by RKH-Classic in Germany, found linked at the bottom of the following page. We do not have an excess of information about this particular example from their site, but we still felt compelled to include a bit of the model’s interesting history here on CBI since they are such rare cars and this particular one is such an outstanding example. Come see what we mean…

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2007 Porsche Cayman S with LS3 Engine Swap

June 14, 2017 in Build In Progress / Engine Swap / German / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread / Video

This current home garage build-in-progress involves what most would consider to be a sacrilegious engine swap, but before casting any judgement on the project it should be noted that the owner of this 2007 Porsche Cayman S, Joshua Murray, bought the car with a blown engine. A new 6.2 liter GM LS3 crate engine is in the process of being fitted to the standard factory Porsche transmission with use of a Kennedy LS adapter mount and a lot of custom fabrication. Future plans include a Quaife sequential transmission for full throttle clutchless up shifts, as well as the installation of a dry sump oil system. With what started last November is left most currently updated just last week with a post test fitting the rear swaybar and undertray support, while the engine is already in the process of being made to fit. It will be interesting to see this monster hybrid when it is completed, but in the mean time check out the following page for build pictures and a short time lapse video of the impressive project so far.
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Porsche 997.2 W.C. GT3RS Build by GMG Racing

June 12, 2017 in German / Modification Thread / Race Car

This Porsche 997.2 GT3 RS has got the full GMG World Challenge street/track car make-over. For those of you who are unaware of who GMG Racing is, they are currently what factory Porsche racing is now as to what ANDIAL was to Porsche racing back in the 70’s and 80’s  The two shops even happen to reside next to each other in Santa Ana, California.
Now, if you are unaware of who ANDIAL is, then it’s quite possible that you are just not a Porsche guy. Fair enough. Let’s just say that Porsche has recently bought ANDIAL as their very own AMG, or M division, just to give you a smidgen of an idea.

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Barn Find Porsche 917-024 “Le Mans” Movie Car Set for Auction

June 9, 2017 in Barn Find / German / Movie Car / Race Car / Restoration / Video

Today, on this otherwise redundant and mundane Monday morning, we have the intriguing story of the barn find, restoration and coming sale of Porsche 917-024, the actual vehicle used in the filming of the iconic car enthusiast’s cult classic race movie “Le Mans” with Steve McQueen. It is set to hit the auction block this August with Gooding & Company in Pebble Beach, and as we all know, anything with the “King of Cool’s” name attached to it adds a multiplying factor of many times it’s value to it’s final price. Expectations of this famous car’s sale are projected to hit in the neighborhood of an astounding, yet not surprising, $20 million. The accompanying barn find story of how it had dropped off the radar for 23 years…
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Restoration of the Oldest Surviving Jaguar E-Type-“9600 HP”

June 8, 2017 in Barn Find / English / Featured / prototype / Restoration / Restoration Shop / Video

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The subject of today’s main feature is the restoration of what happens to be the oldest surviving Jaguar E-Type left in existence, taken on by the marque experts at Classic Motor Cars in the U.K. What has become internationally reknown as simply “9600 HP” was originally built as a factory prototype, used for road testing and development before it was used for the debut at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show. Could this be the very car that Enzo Ferrari laid his eyes upon for the first time when he was famously quoted as calling the new E Type “the most beautiful car ever made”? Perhaps, but considering the drop dead gorgeous cars that he had built up until that point I suspect that it was more likely an open top roadster he was looking at, although that possibility still remains. After the show 9600 HP was also used as a press car for motoring journalists to expose to auto enthusiasts around the world, therefore labeling it as possibly the single most famous E Type ever made wouldn’t be a far stretch. On the next page, check out some photos of it’s restoration, but first how about some classic old video footage of it as it leaves the Jaguar factory after production way back in 1961…

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Lotus Restoration Project-1967 Europa S1

June 8, 2017 in Build In Progress / Engine Swap / English / Home Garage Build / Restoration

This 1967 Lotus Europa Type 46 S1 is undergoing a home garage restoration that includes an engine swap, all documented on a site that is dedicated to it’s build. We always love finding these types of sites, although this one does not leave any type of indication whether it has been completed yet or any type of date stamping. What we do know is that it’s heart is being/has been transplanted with a trusty Toyota 4A GE 1600 Twin Cam 16V unit, but before anybody scoffs at the notion of the cross breed in effect here, let’s not forget that modern Lotus’ are the same mix. Check out the build (in progress?) with us on the next page before passing judgement, and then draw your own conclusion. Since we enjoy driving more than wrenching, we welcome the reliability factor…
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1968 Ford Escort Restoration Video

June 7, 2017 in American / Barn Find / Build In Progress / Engine Swap / English / Home Garage Build / Race Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration / Video

The following video on the next page chronicles the complete rebuild of a 1968 Ford Escort Mk 1 in the style of the vintage Rothmans cars, although it’s livery is hopefully intentionally misspelled as “Rotmanns”. Not only does the inspirational film show the car being taken from a basket case to a very capable vintage stage racer, it also shows some epic in-car action shots during several competitions from when it’s finished. Now, if this doesn’t entice you to work on your own car this 4th of July weekend, maybe it’s time to pick another project car that will motivate you more. Say, an Escort Mk 1, perhaps? (see what we did there?) Enjoy…

 

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TheSmokingTire Video: Ferrari 348 Challenge 610 whp Twin Turbo

June 6, 2017 in Italian / Race Car / Restoration / Video

I apologize for the over abundance of videos lately, but this Ferrari 348 Twin Turbo video by TheSmokingTire was far too good to pass up posting here. This Italian started life out as a rare street legal 1 of 32 factory example with the Serie Challenge 348 package, and was transformed into a 610 whp animal that was tastefully built up with factory appearing modifications. Enough said, I will let the film do the rest of the talking. Enjoy it on the following page..

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1988 Lancia Delta Integrale Restoration/Modification

June 5, 2017 in Engine Swap / Featured / Italian / Modification Thread / Race Car

This 1988 Lancia Delta 8V Integrale Evolution is the subject of a street legal/track day/race car project on Pistonheads.com, by it’s owner, forum member”dwrights”. The story is that he already had an animal Evo 2 Delta Integrale 16 valve complete with 360 bhp, Alcon brakes and a trick suspension which he was planning on modifying for more power. His goal was to install a full roll cage and turn it into an all out track car…until he saw the 1988 Integrale 8v rally shell propped up on jack stands lurking in the corner of his friend’s shop. Who could blame him for having his imagination go wild? There is just something about seeing a race car shell with a roll cage criss-crossing through it that speaks to all of us car guys. Especially considering that he had been recently quoted  £10k plus VAT from a custom fabricator to build a similar cage in his current Integrale. The decision to sell his car and start a new build was a no-brainer. He put his street car back to stock, sold it and transferred his forged engine, Alcon brakes, RSR suspension, and associated trick hardware over to the Rally shell build. They agreed on an estimated build time, and the transformation began…

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2009 Lotus Elise, 366whp Turbo Engine Build

June 1, 2017 in English / Modification Thread / Sleeper

This 2009 Lotus Elise is the feature of a turbo engine build thread on lotustalk.com, which is linked following this story.  Forum member “Baktasht” installed a few mods or two to this client’s car to give it 366whp and 255wtq, making it “faster than a 750whp Supra, faster than a 450whp MR2, faster than a 650whp RX7, faster than a 600whp Corvette, etc… You get the idea”.

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Stunning 1967 OSI 20m Restoration

May 31, 2017 in American / German / Italian / Restoration / Restoration Shop

This 1967 OSI 20m TS Coupe was the year-and-a-half long project of “Nathan R”, who refers to it as one of the most difficult restorations that he has ever taken on. The rust was extensive, covering about half of the car and requiring the old world craftsmen at his shop in Vietnam shop to hand form new panels for practically half of the vehicle, but that didn’t stop them as it would others who have been defeated by less. In addition, during the process of restoring the car, Nathan found that the OSI classic car community could benefit from his company reproducing quality parts that would otherwise be unobtainable, such as grills, headlight pods, window rubbers and rear light surrounds, which they now offer for sale. With only around 200 of these rare Italian/German/American hybrids survivors left remaining today out of the 2000+ originally built, it’s great to see that the hobby can perpetually benefit from one man’s quest to restore his own example to the highest standard possible.
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“Dirty Mo Acres”- Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s NASCAR Graveyard

May 30, 2017 in American / Art / Race Car / Uncategorized / Video

NASCAR driving legend Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has an interesting piece of property in North Carolina that not only houses his main residence, but also features an old wild west town, 3 oval race tracks for practice and best yet, between 40 and 50 crashed race cars strewn across it in vicarious positions, including hanging from trees. The cars come from his own personal past wreckages, and others too including his biggest contributor, Sonny Lunsford Keselowski. The good-‘ol-boy oasis is aptly named “Dirty Mo Acres”, and although it is not open to the public, it has been used in commercials and for private party events. Dale says he doesn’t plan to live there forever and hints that he may open it up for property tours before settling down to a more humble lifestyle sometime in the not too distant future. Until that day happens, be sure to enjoy the pictures of the carnage on the following page…

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Caterham R400 Superlight Build

May 26, 2017 in English / Home Garage Build / Race Car

This Caterham R400 Superlight is the subject of an impressive home garage build thread on www.s2kca.com by forum member “Dr. Gonzo”. Caterham sells the modern day interpretation of the original Lotus 7 in kit form, where they begin by putting approximately 20 hours into the build before sending the rest out to assemble by owner, which is said to take between 60 to 70 hours on average. Looking at this build thread, everything, and we mean everything has to be put together, it’s quite extensive. Next time we see one of these on the street we will know a little more about exactly what was put into it. Come take a look with us on the following page, and be sure to check it out in detail in the link provided on the following page…
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