All cars that are American
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.
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.
Much has been written about Steve McQueen and the cars he has had throughout his lifetime, and rightfully so because the “King of Cool” actor had discriminating automobile taste and he was a noted accomplished driver, as well. He was a true car guy through and through, having owned some of the most sought after and interesting cars in automotive history before his untimely death in 1980. Motorcycles and cars that he has owned in the past have recently sold for between 3 to 10 times the average selling price of similar models in comparison, which is referred to as the “McQueen Effect”. There has only been one so far that has not held true to that formula, it being a Siata 208S which sold for market value because there was never any proof of it’s true lineage found that proved his name was ever on the title. Although there was never any documents to support the claim of that particular car, it is still a well known fact that he did own a 208S that he stuck Ferrari badges on and that he referred to as his “little Ferrari”, most probably because of it’s resemblance to the 166 and 212 Barchettas. Furthermore, although pictured, it has been noted that he was lent the Cobra in the photos by Carroll Shelby, although never purchased one for himself. His exquisite taste will always be admired by us here at CarBuildIndex.com. Now, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the following photo retrospective…
This 2009 Ford E350 was the subject of a 4×4 van conversion by U-Joint Off Road in North Carolina, and the whole shebang was caught on tape. Watch the short time lapse video on the following page of the crew’s “One Day Build”, where they started the job at 8 a.m. and finished it in record time by 3:30 p.m. the same day. We got to say, that is one impressive project, not to mention intimidating looking f#*k truck. Looks like barrels of fun.
UPDATE: This car was one of our original features here at CarBuildIndex.com. It just sold at the Bonhams auction in Arizona today (January 16th, 2014) for $88,000, as seen HERE.
This 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback is a “Bullitt” tribute car built by a collaboration between Gateway Classic Mustangs and Year One, as seen on MustangMonthly.com. The Highland Green car was made in 2008 for Steve McQueen’s son, Chad, with the intention of recreating the same character of his father’s original movie car while at the same time utilizing improved modifications that have been developed since the movie’s debut.
Being the car nerds that we are, we are always fascinated at looking at the inner workings of cars when they are apart so we can see what really makes them tick other than our right foot and lazy steering inputs. We have previously done a few features here in the past which showcased cutaway drawings, but what’s better than an actual car that has been dissected wide open like that poor frog you had to cut open back in high school for Biology class? Autoblog.com took it upon themselves to be the professor in this case and highlight all of the engineering marvels showcased in the new 2015 Corvette Z06 that was on display at the Detroit Auto Show just a few days ago. Rather than high jack their own tutorial, we have included a link to it at the bottom of the next page. Some of the more standout features of the car include 15.5 inch carbon front brakes, carbon fiber torque tube and driveshaft, and a 6.2 liter supercharged LT4 engine producing “at least” 625 hp and 635 ft lb of torque along with an 8 speed transmission. Enjoy.
Here’s another engine swap short take involving a late model Corvette powerplant, in this case an LS9 supercharged 6.2 liter 638 hp V8 ZR1 crate engine. The recipient is a 1971 Corvette which has been given the nickname “Golden Rod” by it’s shop builders at Fast Lane in Texas.
#Here we have a continuation of the “Abandoned Cars: A Sad, Sad Pictorial” feature we did not too long ago. A few from that past post may have sneaked their way into today’s segment that we have overlooked, but what we find most interesting is that that we have featured 2 of the basket cases here as restoration projects. The goal, of course, is to track down and find the remaining to showcase on our site. Until then…
While searching for a cool Baja Bug restoration to feature here, we ran across this Meyers Manx dune buggy on http://www.dunebuggyrestorationmagazine.com/ and immediately knew that we had to share it here with our fellow eclectic auto enthusiast friends. It is in true original survivor condition, which we always prefer over a restoration whenever possible. Follow the short story with us on the next page…
While we normally like to feature mostly vintage car restorations here at CarBuildIndex, we always tend to favor those rare occurrences of discovering an unrestored, original barn find or even a sympathetic restoration story. Today we ran across the collection of the late Stan Hallinan of Bow, New Hampshire. Upon seeing the cars he stored away, Stan immediately become our poster boy for restraint. The reason why is because he held onto and kept preserved in his garage some of the most iconic sports cars in history somehow without driving them for 40 years. Although many knew of his stored cars, it was still a “barn find” of epic proportions in our books. We can’t help but wonder how on earth he he had the self control to keep a 1962 Shelby Cobra 260, a 1951 Ferrari 212, a 1958 Lister-Chevrolet “Knobbly” and a 1966 Lotus Cortina Mk I all locked away in a shed for so many years?? Flabbergasted, we just slap our foreheads and move onto the subject of the cars themselves since we will never be able to comprehend the answer to that question our feeble selves.
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