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Survivor: Unrestored 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 with 8,531 Miles

January 11, 2017 in American / Barn Find / Survivor

The subject of today’s Survivor is an all original 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 that is set to hit the auction block April 25th in Pennsylvania. It has only 8,531 miles on it from when it’s first owner, Larry A. Brown bought it new and it is said to have never even been washed since sitting at the dealership. This 428 Cobra Jet 4 speed car had remained in his Pennsylvania garage since sometime before it’s registration expired in January of 1973, until he unfortunately recently passed away. The kicker to this story is that before he decided to store it away over 40 years ago, he never drove it in the rain or even washed it out of fear of water sneaking it’s way into the car’s unmentionables and rusting it. The car psychic in us attributes his tin worm anxiety to probably be the culprit of some early English or Italian car ownership sometime in his past, which would be an appropriate explanation and an understandable cause of his concern. Whatever the reason why, we wouldn’t have had the will power to let it sit untouched for so many years ourselves, so come take a closer look at a true time capsule example of self restraint with this Black Jade garage find and check out how they looked when they left the factory back in 1969…
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Video Recommendation: “Two of a Kind”:Bob Tullius and the Group 44 Jaguar Racing Car

January 5, 2017 in American / English / Race Car / Video

This video is absolutely 100% worth setting 23 minutes of your time aside to watch if you are any bit interested in the slightest about vintage racing or 1970’s video production. Brock Yates’ epic inside look at Bob Tullius’s winning effort in the 1978 Trans Am series and capture of the Manufacturer’s Championship title for Jaguar is a combination of both, and not only entertaining for seeing what it takes to be a winner but for it’s period cinematic value, as well. Without further ado, may we present to you “Two of a Kind”, a classic video that gear heads from every car culture can appreciate…

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Survivor: 2,996 Mile 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

January 4, 2017 in American / Barn Find / Survivor

We felt that this 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe would be the perfect fit for today’s Survivor feature to accompany yesterday’s 8,500 mile all original ’69 Shelby Mustang GT500. Both American V8 cars have similar back stories of being tucked away after having been driven very few miles, preserving them in the same condition that they left the factory over 40 years prior. Once again, we have no idea how either of these two guys could possibly have been able to store them for so long without driving the snot out of them, but at the same time we are thankful for people like them who possess the self restraint that we apparently don’t come close to having ourselves. Follow with us on the next page as we search for a better understanding of this garage find owner’s background to explain the who and how while we take a closer look at the 2,996 all original Survivor
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Survivor: 1963 Iso Rivolta IR 300 GT

December 16, 2016 in American / Barn Find / Italian / Survivor

This 1963 Iso Rivolta IR 300 GT is set to hit the block at the May 10th RM auction in Monaco without a reserve price set. There is no description up on RM’s site yet, but all of the leaves and dirt accumulated around it make it appear that it has been left outside for a long period of time and possibly an all original example, which would then qualify it for another Survivor feature here today. The question mark stays up until we can verify more about this car’s history, because this one has us up in arms at the moment. Up through 1969, only 797 of the rare cars were produced, which intrigues our curiosity even further. Let’s see if we can piece this one together…
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“Spirit of ’76”: First Hydrogen Peroxide Funny Car Restoration

December 12, 2016 in American / Engine Swap / Race Car / Restoration Shop

This stretched Ford Mustang II funny car has “win win win” written all over it, where do we even start with this one? First of all, what we got here is the world’s first hydrogen peroxide rocket powered drag car, and it is all wrapped up in a stars and stripes covered motif that was ever so popular back in the ’70’s era that it originally raced in. We couldn’t tell you who popularized the bicentennial look first, but Evel Knievel sure sticks out in our minds as one of the early pioneers. Regardless of whoever can claim to have coined the look, we had never seen a steam engine powered funny car before this one and had no idea that the concept lived outside of Jay Leno-esque antique cars. This particular example recently showed up on Bangshift.com and can be found in the attached link at the bottom of the following page. The jest of the story is that it’s current owner, Steve Atwell in Michigan, recently set about restoring the race car once known as the “Spirit of ’76” to make it capable of blowing off some steam at the tracks in all of it’s original glory once again. We always appreciate a good curve ball thrown at us every once in a while to mix it up, and this one certainly fits that bill perfectly. Behold…
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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..

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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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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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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Random Vintage Targa Floria Race Photos

October 28, 2016 in American / English / French / General Discussion / German / Italian / Japanese / Race Car / Video

In this feature we have plucked 130 random photos of the classic Targa Florio race from http://www.forum-auto.com/ ‘s 1,642 page thread. The open road rally-esque race was held on the public mountain roads of Sicily beginning in 1906. By 1977’s last race, it was declared “totally insane” by driver Helmut Marko because of the high speeds the race cars would achieve while ripping within inches of spectators standing on the streets without any protection between them. Throughout it’s history, miraculously only 9 people total were killed during the race, drivers included. But rather than focus on the morbid, how about we take a moment to celebrate the courageous drivers of the past from before the time of stringent safety concerns for them or their audience. And also marvel at the gorgeous war weapons that were brought out to duke it out with in the heat of battle for the overall championship title. Those were the days of guts and glory, a romantic period of time when cars were designed by artisans with vision rather than lawyers with restrictions. The drivers were fat and their tires were thin, as the saying goes. Please continue onto the following page for the featured pictorial …
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1968 Chevy Camaro Resto Mod with LS7 Engine

October 25, 2016 in American / Engine Swap / Restoration Shop / Video

This 1968 Chevy Camaro resto-mod was built by the experts at Bodie Stroud Industries for actor/comedian Tim Allen. Normally, we aren’t exactly huge advocates of most resto-mod builds. Even the name by itself immediately conjures up mental images of huge chrome wheels and other SEMA-esque anachronisms made to poor, unsuspecting classic car victims, but we can forgive the damage that term has caused when the outcome is as tastefully built up as this car here. The intention of the project was to build a car that reminded Tim of the hot rods from his youth, although this time around as an updated modern day interpretation utilizing a 427 LS7 engine with upgraded suspension and brakes, too. Finally, he wanted it to remain period-correct-stock looking to the untrained eye. Continue on the following page for a closer look…
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Survivor Saturday: 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupe

October 20, 2016 in American / Barn Find / French / Survivor

This gorgeous dirt covered 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupe caught our attention as the perfect vehicle to feature for the subject of our Survivor Saturday profile. Upon first glance, it appeared to be a Maserati Mexico or a Ferrari 250 PF Coupe to us, but then that unique ornate grill gave up it’s identity as to it’s French rather than Italian origins. It’s history is quite interesting, both of this particular car and of the manufacturer, as well. It turns out that this vehicle had been sitting inside a wooden barn in Missouri for the past 40 years, having only covered 31,152 total miles before it was stored away. In fact, this rare Franco-American car is still wearing what’s thought to be it’s original Peacock Blue paint under all of that dirt that it has accumulated while tucked away in exclusion, hiding from marque experts who had written it off as lost forever. As we scan through the photos, we can’t help but wonder if the radio stations are still preset from the time when it was last driven, and how such an elegant, rare car gets banished to solitary confinement for so many years. With such a time capsule, our questions start building up as quickly as our imaginations run away from us…
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A Closer Look at Automotive Museums

October 14, 2016 in American / Factory Photos / Factory Tour / General Discussion / German / Japanese / Race Car / Survivor

Last week, Automotive News took a look at the exorbitant costs that manufacturers pay to keep their museums operating. According to the article, General Motors apparently spends approximately $1.8 million per year to keep their Heritage Center operating, while housing 600 production, race and concept cars. At the time of the federal bailout, they had almost double that amount of cars on hand before deciding to cut it down during the desperate times as an appropriate and necessary act of good faith.
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Most Beautiful Race Car Of All Time?

October 12, 2016 in American / English / French / German / Italian / Japanese / Race Car

David Malsher at http://www.racer.com/ recently asked his readers their own personal opinion of “the most beautiful race cars of all time”. The question is not limited to his own audience, so how about we join in, too? He requested that only 5 are picked at most, and the best replies will appear in an upcoming February follow up story with the chance at some prizes. The trick is that he asks that you try and be objective with your decisions and not choose only cars that have a winning competitive history that may have influenced your own personal reasons for picking them. Normally we are told not to judge a book by it’s cover, but in this case that is exactly what we are being asked to do here.
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1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe CSX2287 Re-Makes History

October 11, 2016 in American / Barn Find / Factory Photos / Race Car / Survivor / Sympathetic Restoration / Video

Since we have recently been on the subject of unrestored vintage race cars that still have their original patina anyways, we figured that it would be the perfect time to bring up this 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (CSX2287). Rather than delve into anything regarding Phil Spector’s later ownership of the car after it was retired from racing or the twisted legal battles it has been involved in since, we felt that the only appropriate focal point should be this Cobra’s glorious competition heritage. Apparently we weren’t the only ones, as the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) announced a week ago yesterday that CSX2287 “will become the first automobile to be recorded under the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Heritage Documentation.” We had been feeling the gravitational pull of this particular car in our Daytona Coupe-shaped hearts, and now we know the reason why.

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Short Take: Geo Tracker with LS1 Corvette Engine Swap

October 7, 2016 in American / Engine Swap / Sleeper

This Geo Tracker is the recipient of an LS1 Corvette engine swap with a blower on top, no less. Although we don’t have much information about the build, we felt the absolute necessity to include it here since we knew our viewers would appreciate the pure insanity of the whole concept just as much as we did. Does it have to make sense? Not to us when it’s a sleeper build of such epic proportions.

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Pontiac Solstice Build with 427 V8 Engine Swap

October 5, 2016 in American / Engine Swap / Modification Thread

This Pontiac Solstice was the subject of a project build at Hot Rod Magazine. With the additional help of General Motors Performance Division, the two joined forces and utilized the 2 seater’s rear wheel drive platform as the basis for a 7.0 liter, 427 cubic inch V8 engine swap. Since neither take any assigned task haphazardly, naturally everything in the car was torn apart and rebuilt around the new crate engine using mostly all GM parts numbers, including suspension and brake upgrades to match it’s new found horsepower. Continue with us on the next page for a closer look…
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