Cut-A-Way Car Displays

December 6, 2016 in American / Cutaway Pictures / English / French / German / Italian / Japanese / Race Car

Since we featured Shin Yoshikawa’s awe inspiring cut-a-way car drawings a few weeks ago (http://www.carbuildindex.com/22153/part-3-shin-yoshikawas-cutaway-drawing-and-book/), we thought that it might be interesting to take a look at actual, full scale cut-a-way cars. The use of cut-a-way car displays is a tradition that automobile manufacturers have been practicing for decades since the early days of auto shows. When we see them we always find it interesting to do a walk around and hope that some deeper understanding of automobile’s intricate mechanical workings will somehow be willed upon us while we blankly gaze at them trying to figure them out. Unfortunately that never seems to happen and then the best we can do is resort to imagining a good hand car washing rather than wrenching. In any case, continue on the next page for a look at the attached cut-a-way cars exposed in all of their naked glory for your own personal viewing pleasure, whether it’s for washing or wrenching purposes, or possibly even both if you are so inclined…

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Video Recommendation: Canepa Shop Walk-Through

December 5, 2016 in American / General Discussion / German / Italian / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Video

We always find it fascinating to see what is currently going on in Bruce Canepa‘s Scott’s Valley, California shop during their weekly video walk throughs. No sound is necessary, the images speak volumes. We have had our eye on the black Interscope 934 in particular, but wonder what the lowered Duesenberg with stock wheels all about, too. In fact, everything in the shop peaks our interest, it’s absolute sensory overload! Enjoy..

1955 SIATA 208 CS Balbo Coupé Restoration

December 2, 2016 in Italian / Restoration Shop

This 1955 SIATA 208 CS Balboa Coupe was renovated by Auto Restorations in New Zealand, who are well known among the concours crowd for their award winning restorations of rare cars which are brought to them by customers from around the globe. SIATA (Societa Italiana Applicazioni Trasformazioni Automobilistiche) was established in Turin in 1926 by amateur racing driver Giorgio Ambrosini as a manufacturer of tuning accessories for Fiats. He sold high performance cylinder heads with over head valves and superchargers to make these beauts scoot as good as they looked before actually producing his very first car in 1948.
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Survivor: 1961 Mercedes Benz 300 SL

December 1, 2016 in German / Survivor

We are on the subject of comparing Mercedes Benz 300 SL survivors anyways, how about a little overkill with one more feature of the story of two 1961 300 SL’s? We don’t have a lot of information on either one other than the photos this time around, but the final numbers tell the tale of these two that were both sold by Gooding & Company in 2011.
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Factory Build of the 2014 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4

November 30, 2016 in Factory Photos / Italian / Video

Since featuring the story of the very last Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder built last November 27th (http://www.carbuildindex.com/15979/last-gallardo-built-rolls-out-of-lamborghini-factory/), the Italian manufacturer has already put the model’s latest replacement into full swing at the factory, seen in the photo collection on the following page from Jalopnik.com. Labeled the LP 610-4, the new all wheel drive 10 cylinder Raging Bull produces, you guessed it, 610 horsepower and can be seen in a video by EVO of it’s public release at yesterday’s 2014 Geneva Autoshow. Be sure not to miss it’s engine’s soundtrack going through all of it’s gears at the bottom of the following page, as well. Enjoy…

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1969 BMW 2800 FIA Gruppe 2 CSL Barn Find Restoration

November 29, 2016 in Barn Find / German / Race Car / Reader Submission / Video

UPDATE: Motoporter has a great new website that can be seen here at: http://www.motoporter.com/ 
Our original feature from December 15th, 2013:
This 1969 BMW 2800 FIA Gruppe 2 CSL (chassis number 22000093) was the subject of a restoration by Arthur W. Porter, known worldwide as the leading authority on BMW’s CSL competition cars. He originally came across the orange painted race car in a Stockholm, Sweden storage facility in 1990, and then wisely kept in touch with it’s owner until he was finally able to put a deal together to purchase it in 2007. After, he had it shipped to his shop in Denver, Colorado where he took it upon himself to complete an impressively quick full rotisserie restoration just in time for that year’s Monterey Historics.
This is just the type of story that we thrive here at CarBuildIndex, as it checks all of the right boxes for us. Barn find? Well, technically a storage facility, but yeah, we can roll with that. Check. Vintage competition car with race history resurrected to race once again on some of the world’s finest circuits? Check. Track down one of the car’s past driver’s? Check. Shall we continue? As you wish, so follow along with us on the next page as we delve deeper into this particular car’s literally colorful history…
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1951 Allard J2 Competition Restoration

November 28, 2016 in American / English / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Video

Since we have recently been on the subject of mixed breeds with bodies and chassis’ made in one country and engines from another anyways, we figured when would be a better time to bring up this 1951 Allard J2 Competition than right now. Gassman Automotive in Waynesboro, Virginia took on the restoration of the English/American hybrid, earning it the self proclaimed title as the “Ultimate Allard”, and we can see why. For a brief look at this particular car’s restoration process and of Allard’s successful competition history, come join us on the following page…
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Future Collectible Factory Hot Rod: 1987 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup

November 25, 2016 in General Discussion / German / Race Car / Sleeper / Survivor / Video

This 1987 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup car was featured for sale as a BringATrailer.com exclusive almost 3 years ago already, but we still consider it to be one of the finest examples left to exist today. Only 192 of the race cars were built to compete in the worldwide single spec series, this one being 1 of only 9 of those that were imported into the United States by Al Holbert, the head of Porsche Cars North America. From new it was sold to an executive at Escort radar detectors, which just so happened to be the title sponsor for the US series at the time. The absolute holly grail of the 944 Turbo (aka 951) series, we imagine these ultimate factory prepped race versions to be the next highly collectible Porsche on this side of the 911 world and their recent asking and selling prices have been supporting that theory quite well. Let’s take a closer look at this particular example while we glimpse at the differences that distinguish the racers from their street driven brethren.

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Jaguar E Type-Based Eagle Low Drag GT

November 21, 2016 in English / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration Shop / Video

Eagle is a UK based Jaguar restoration shop that is equally as well known for their E Type rejuvenations as it is for their modern day interpretations. This E Type based Eagle Low Drag GT is the grand daddy epitome of all Jaguar E Types, a car that Enzo Ferrari himself once happened to have called the most beautiful car ever made. We wonder what he would say about this 2,280 pound 4.7 liter 346 horsepower version when compared to his current hefty, over sized and proportioned line up if he were still alive today. Somehow, we are certain that he would still agree with his original assessment and envision him yelling at his staff to step up their game. We concur…
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1939 Talbot-Lago T150 C SS

November 18, 2016 in French / Race Car / Survivor

This feature is a very special 1939 Talbot-Lago T150 C SS. This particular example proved to the world that the small eclectic French automobile manufacturer was capable of producing a vehicle so advanced before it’s time that it was able to actually place 5th at LeMans a full 10 years after it had originally been built. Remarkably, it has now endured 75 years without being restored and even still wears some of the original crude welding from when it was repaired for competition so long ago. Come take a closer look at this fascinating time capsule with us on the following page…
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Original ’56 Gullwing vs Restored at Auction

November 17, 2016 in Barn Find / General Discussion / German / Survivor / Sympathetic Restoration

We take a brief look at two almost identical Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing coupes that sold during January’s Gooding & Company auction in Phoenix. Both cars were both black on red, and both the same model year, so why “almost” identical? One was an original survivor that needed, let’s just say a bit of freshening to make all of it’s patina workable and the other was a fully restored show example. So, which one sold for more? Hemmings.com featured both of them with that very same question before they went up on the block, although we have not found a follow up so we thought that we would take it on ourselves. So stay with us onto the next page and we will answer that after the break…
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1990 Mazda Miata MX-5

November 16, 2016 in Japanese / Survivor

For today’s Survivor feature, we have decided to continue with a white theme for the weekend with this 1990 Mazda Miata MX-5. Now, before anybody goes throwing their arms up in the air questioning how a car of such recent vintage could earn the “survivor” title, all we ask is that you try and recount how many all original early Miatas you can remember seeing lately with only 30,000 miles and in such great condition. Sure, these were mass produced and there are still some out there, but the herd is thinning. Quickly. And we are partial to this first edition, as each consecutive model change got larger and more bloated, and therefore heavier while these are just over 2,000 pounds. Continue with us on the following page for a closer look at this particular cream puff (please excuse the dealer listing influenced terminology), and general Miata-esque chit chat, won’t you?…
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1969 Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV Judge Convertible Restoration

November 15, 2016 in American / Restoration Shop

Is it too soon for yet another American muscle car restoration feature from Wing’s Auto Art? We didn’t think so either. What we got here this time around is this 1969 Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV Judge Convertible which was restored by the shop for repeat customer, John Kryta. This isn’t John’s first dance with Wing’s, as it appears that he already knew that this is the shop to take your vintage American iron to if you are looking for a top shelf restoration that will win trophies. This time he brought in the rarest (omitting color options) of the ’69 GTO’s, the Ram Air IV Judge Convertible…

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1969 Mid Ohio Trans Am Race Vintage Photo Collection

November 14, 2016 in American / General Discussion / German / Italian / Race Car

We ran across this collection of cool vintage race pictures on Camaros.org, posted by forum member Jon Mello. Freelance photographer Ron Lathrop captured these epic shots at the Trans Am race at Mid Ohio in June of 1969. We especially like seeing the race from his behind the scenes perspective in the pits and of the random race car parts. Not surprisingly, Ron’s work was published in many well known car magazines of the time.
For us, there is nothing better than race cars that resemble cars that you could actually buy off the showroom floor and modify to hit the track, which is exactly what we have going on here. We love these pictures of AMC Javelins dicing it up with 911’s, Alfas, Camaros, Firebirds and Mustangs with the greats from their early years behind the wheel, including Jerry Titus, Parnelli Jones, Milt Minter and Mark Donohue. We can practically hear the V8 engines roar as they battle it out while banging fenders, or possibly we were making those noises ourselves, who can really be certain. Make your own race car sounds while scanning through the following photo compilation on the next page…

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1995 Porsche 993 RS Clubsport Tribute Build

November 11, 2016 in German / Modification Thread / Race Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration Shop

We are back on track with more build-specific content, and what we have here today is a 1995 Porsche 993 RS Clubsport tribute build by Tune RS Motorsports in Florida. It’s difficult to limit the amount of Porsche builds that we feature here, especially when the outcome is as factory correctly done as this example. Since we in the United States never received the 993 RS model, the shop took it upon themselves to recreate it but as the even more rare factory Clubsport lightweight version using all factory parts gathered for years before the build. They then took it to the next level with a few upgrades too that the originals did not benefit from, which we will cover on the next page. So hop in, let’s take this one for a virtual spin…
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Factory Special 1985 VW Porsche Bus: The B32

November 10, 2016 in German / Sleeper

Here’s an interesting vehicle that we never knew existed before, the 1985 VW Porsche B32. Porsche reportedly built up to possibly 15 of these rare 3.2 liter flat 6 cylinder vans, although we are finding conflicting reports which state that it could have been just 10 or 11 total. The concept for the original example was made when the factory wanted a support vehicle for use at the Paris to Dakar Rally when they were racing their 959 in some Group B action. Whatever the reason, we are just happy that this creation exists and can’t believe we have never heard of it before. We have seen VW Bus’s in an assortment of engine swap flavors, normally utilizing Subaru’s boxer engine as a cost effective power upgrade, but we like to keep it in the family and this example is kosher clean. Come take a closer look at it with us on the following page for more details..
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2012 Porsche RSR Getting Painted in Sponsor’s Falken Tire Scheme

November 9, 2016 in General Discussion / German / Race Car

This 2012 Porsche GT3 RSR was sponsored by Falken Tires for the American Le Mans Series and for today’s feature it is seen here getting painted in their team colors. For us, race cars (and especially street cars) look their best with a very clean factory look before they have been wrapped with busy liveries or slapped with sponsorship stickers. Take a walk with us on the following page as we follow this race car through it’s unfortunate but necessary paint process…
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Survivor Sunday: 1951 Mercedes Benz 220 B Cabriolet

November 8, 2016 in Barn Find / German / Survivor

his highly original 1951 Mercedes Benz 220 B Convertible storage find with only 5,820 miles just recently popped up for sale on eBay, making it the perfect candidate for Survivor Sunday. While we try not to make it a habit of featuring cars that are currently for sale, this black plate Cali car was too irresistible to pass up. It happens to be the original show car from the 1951 Berlin Auto Salon before being sold to it’s first owner in Santa Monica, which was all confirmed with a classic type writer written letter from the Mercedes Benz factory itself. And in our best late night infomercial voice, we declare, “But wait, there’s more!” (this is probably where we should mention that we have no affiliation whatsoever with this car or it’s sale)…
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Short Take: Datsun 240Z with Viper V10 Engine Swap

November 7, 2016 in Engine Swap / Japanese / Sleeper

This unsuspecting classic Datsun 240Z was the recipient of an engine swap of all engine swaps, receiving a Viper V10. The low key sleeper looks extremely well built and we have been scouring the internet trying to find any information regarding this car’s build to go along with it’s pictures, but have come up short time and time again. Rather than keep it selfishly to ourselves any longer, we felt that it still had to be shared even without any solid details to go with it. If/when a build thread can be found, we will update it here at that time. Until then, find what pictures we do have on the following page.

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Survivor Sunday: 1964 Shelby Cobra 289

November 4, 2016 in American / English / Survivor / Sympathetic Restoration

The subject of today’s Survivor Sunday feature is this fantastic 1964 Shelby Cobra 289, #CSX2307. It is actually the third all-original Cobra that we have already featured here so far to date, which is interesting to note because we can’t imagine that there are many more, if any, that are left unrestored. Motor Trend magazine featured it’s story in their April, 2006 issue, along with an interview with it’s character of an owner, Lynn Park. Continue with us on the following page as we paraphrase the 6 page article and take a closer look at the car…
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