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A Look at a Home Garage 1986 Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole Restoration Blog

January 6, 2016 in Build Site / Home Garage Build / Italian / Restoration

I am re-posting this story which originally appeared on June 9th, 2015 to entice CBI readers to send in their own builds and restorations. The good, the bad, the ugly, the drop dead gorgeous, the expensive, the cheap, the mega horsepower, the sewing machine powered, we want em all. And if it has a roll bar, extra brownie [email protected]



You all know how we love a good car restoration blog, so it should come as no surprise that when we recently ran across this 1986 Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole getting a thorough refresh detailed on a website dedicated to the rebuild, we felt we had hit the vintage car demigod jackpot. After two long years of Jason Jones working on his Italian exotic in his own home garage, it is finally road worthy once again with just a few minor modifications needed to be complete. Luckily a previous owner had already fronted the $70,000 bill for the 455 hp 5,167 cc V12 engine rebuild, although Jason had no certainty that it was done correctly so that was one of the biggest concerns he had to face going in. Regardless of whether critics have called these wedges nearly impossible to drive with the slightest bit of any comfort at all or not, or even capable of having any rearward visibility for that matter, we are huge fans of the Marcello Gandini design that just seems to get sexier and sexier as the years pass on. A lot of that certainly has to do with a height of only just over 40 inches (isn’t that how the Ford GT40 got it’s moniker?) to give the impression of an impossibly angular and low slung toy when standing next to it. In total, only 610 QV’s were imported to the United States between 1985 and 1988 so it’s good to see this one being brought back to life to terrorize the streets by a real Lamborghini diehard with 2 other Sant’Agata stablemates, as well. Check out a few of the highlights on the following page, where a link to the site can be found for the whole shebang…

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Reader Submission Photos of 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Super Racer Build

September 18, 2015 in Build Site / Italian / Race Car / Reader Submission


Reader Mark Colbert just sent in a link to a photo album of his beautifully executed 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Super. It is seen being built from bare shell into full race car for the 2015 Assault of the La Carrera Panamericana coming up this October 16th-22nd. Find a few of those photos on the following page, along with a link to over 400 more and 3 videos thrown in too. Now this is how it’s done folks, color us envious. Best of luck Mark!

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Alfaholics Alfa Romeo 1750 Boat Tail Restoration/Build

August 31, 2015 in Build Site / Italian / Modification Thread / Restoration / Restoration Shop / Shop / Tuner


When Alfaholics in the U.K. take on an Alfa Romeo restoration, they don’t mess around, especially when the client supplies them with what appears to be an open check book. With all of the custom parts on hand to restore and modify this 1750 Spider any way they see fit, it’s no surprise this Avorio on burgundy leather boat tail ended up with a virtual plethora of jaw dropping performance bits that consist of the following specifications:

  • Alfaholics GTA-R Suspension Package
  • Alfaholics GTA-R Brake Package (4-pot version)
  • Alfaholics 155BHP 1750 Engine built from original matching numbers engine with its original 40mm Webers
  • Alfaholics lightweight steel flywheel, Alfaholics propshaft, Alfaholics LSD
  • Alfaholics s/s sports exhaust
  • Alfaholics 7×15″ GTA Wheels with custom paint finish
  • Wilton Wool carpets with correct Spider heel mat logos
  • Full burgundy leather interior with custom sports seats, bespoke made leather door cards and rear seat drape, all Alfa plastic trim cappings and dashboard wrapped in charcoal leather
  • Boot fully boarded out and trimmed in Wilton wool carpet
  • Alfaholics billet aluminium pedal set

Check out the build pictures on the next page that began with a rusty Florida car…
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A 1969 Jaguar E Type OTS Restoration

May 4, 2015 in Build Site / English / Home Garage Build / Restoration

We know how you all love a good home garage restoration story with a happy ending so much, so we bring you the tale of this 1969 Jaguar E Type OTS from a site dedicated to the process. We have featured a few of these gorgeous cars before, so we know through vicarious experience that they can be very laborious endeavors, but oh so rewarding when completed. Just look at those curves! They are exactly what made the man Enzo Ferrari himself swoon, and who could blame him? As a mid Series II example (1968-71), this one no longer has those sleek covered headlights (worldwide, not just here in the US) or ultra cool toggle switches on the dashboard of the previous generation, but they gained some useful improvements such as better cooling, upgraded brakes and a distinctive wrap around rear bumper, as well as headrests for the seats to meet new safety regulations. While the engines were down 20 hp (to 245 hp) compared to their U.K. counterparts because of twin Strombergs in place of the triple SUs, this one was off to a good start with the upgrade already done. Now, there’s just that one little issue about a small engine fire that led to a 6 year restoration…

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