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CSX2000: The Very First Shelby Cobra Ever Produced

April 28, 2017 in American / Engine Swap / English / Factory Photos / Patina / prototype / Race Car / Survivor

This innocuous appearing blue AC set before you just so happens to be one of, if not the most significant sports cars in automotive history to ever grace an American powerplant. You see, this vehicle is CSX2000, the very first Shelby Cobra to ever be produced. But you already knew that there was something special about this car, didn’t you? Upon first glance at it’s photos, the automotive connoisseur in you already immediately noted it’s well earned patina, ruling out the possibility of it being a later produced replica, especially when you consider that the majority of replicas wear wider flared bodies. This one’s narrow body, early unfamiliar looking vintage badges and all original looking interior were all tell tale signs that this was possibly an exceptionally iconic car that you are looking at, but would you have known that this Cobra should also possibly be considered the ultimate production car engine swap of all times? Perhaps a bit of a grandiose statement at first read, but let’s take a closer look at this car’s history and then you can be the judge yourself of that and also decide if it’s worth the claimed $20 million plus dollar estimate that has been placed as it’s value…
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Vintage Automotive Sales Literature and Brochure Photos

March 20, 2017 in American / English / Factory Photos / French / General Discussion / German / Italian / Japanese / Swedish

It’s always entertaining to take a look back at the way things used to be done in the automotive business with a gander at yesteryear’s sales literature and brochure photos. Although we still have magazine advertising and car brochures today, we don’t rely on them any longer for a definitive source of information since the invent of the internet, of course. The question really is, how much longer will these ancient relics continue being printed? Even when they are all finally extinct, we will still have the internet to view them on…

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McLaren MP4-12C Under Construction

January 12, 2017 in Build In Progress / English / Factory Photos

We always enjoy watching the process of car projects coming together and know that most die hard car enthusiast do too, therefore the whole reasoning behind the creation of this site. When we come across new exotic cars being built in a slow moving assembly line at their factories that are as clean as hospital surgery rooms, we always use the opportunity to feature them here to compare the contrasts and similarities of their builds to our other features of projects finished in everything from home garages to professional restoration shops. Autoblog.com recently had a news story about the new baby McLaren P13 that will be coming next year and had a few pictures of the existing MP4-12C under production, which we have included on the next page. For the full story on the details of the upcoming McLaren, click on the link provided after the photos, and be sure not to miss the link to the one hour BBC video that shows the production of the MP4-12C right under it, as well.

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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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Aston Martin Factory Recalls Cars Built Between 2007-2014

October 19, 2016 in English / Factory Photos / General Discussion

Aston Martin just announced that they are currently recalling all of the 2008 to 2014 model year left hand drive cars they have built thus far to date, except for any Vanquish models. Factory service departments world wide should expect to be flooded for the factory mandated fix of an accelerator pedal that could break without warning. All right hand drive cars built since May 2012 are affected, as well. More of the breaking story on the following page…
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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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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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2013 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Build On Video By Carrozzeria Touring

September 14, 2016 in Build In Progress / Factory Photos / Italian / Video

Last year ClassicDriver.com featured a 4 part series which documented the 6 month build by Carrozzeria Superleggera Touring of the gorgeous 2013 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante. The new stunner “embraces the spirit” of it’s mentor, the 1952 Alfa Romeo C52 Disco Volante by starting with an ultra rare Alfa Romeo 8C as the donor car. The coach builder then spent approximately 4,000 hours forming the Italian’s voluptuous body by the vintage method of hand beating it’s aluminum panels into form combined with the more modern use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic. Once finished it won first place in the Prototype category at the 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy. If you are fortunate enough to be one of the 500 total current owners of an Alfa 8C already and are willing to put it under the knife, Touring Superleggera will be more than happy to make you a Disco Volante that you can call your own too, for an undisclosed sum. Find the photos and build video on the following page…

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Porsche’s Private Museum Storage Warehouse

September 12, 2016 in Factory Photos / Factory Tour / General Discussion / German / Race Car / Survivor

Autoblog.com’s Michael Harley was recently asked by Porsche if he would like to take a tour of their private warehouse while he was visiting Stuttgart, to which he graciously obliged. The storage facility had 336 total cars at the time of his tour, the historic vehicles kept there as most make their rotation for display at the publicly open museum down the street, or sent out to events around the world. Filling the building were old race cars, show concepts, development mules, prototypes and engineering displays. In his own words, “…there was an overpowering smell of used motor oil, rubber and fuel…”. Fantastic.

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BMW X5 with 700 hp LeMans Race Car Engine Swap

September 9, 2016 in Engine Swap / Factory Photos / German / Modification Thread / Race Car / Sleeper / Video

Back in 2000,  BMW picked an X5 right off of their South Carolina assembly line and sent it to their factory in Munich to do an engine swap of all engine swaps…installation of ’99 Le Mans 6.0 liter V12 race engine with 700 horsepower. While the story of this ludicrous SUV has made it’s way around the internet for quite a few years already, we felt an obligation to include it here since it epitomizes what the hobby of car builds is all about. Plus, listening to a Le Mans race engine being wrung out on a track by driving legend Hans Stuck never gets old, even if we don’t understand a word of the German he speaks. Watch him rip it around the Nurburgring in the video on the following page…

Mercedes Benz AMG SLS Engine Build Pictures

August 31, 2016 in Build In Progress / Factory Photos / Factory Tour / German

We recently ran across this feature on http://www.bimmerboost.com/content.php which shows a 583 horsepower 6.2 liter V8 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG engine being produced. Since there are no female engine builders at the Affalterbach, Germany AMG factory, Sport Auto decided that they would put a temporary change to that by sending one of their own female editors to complete the task and show them how it’s done. A legitimate rhetorical question in the short article asks if Mercedes Benz plans on ever creating a program resembling what Corvette owners have the opportunity to do, which is be a part of their own engine’s build during their car’s production. What a great bonding experience that would be, not to mention marketing opportunity for AMG. We hope to see it happen sometime in the near future.
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2005 Mercedes Benz G500 Off Road Build

August 22, 2016 in Factory Photos / German / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread

This is a short but sweet build thread featuring a 2005 Mercedes Benz G500.  We have been wanting to spotlight a G Wagon build for some time now, but always seem to come up short when trying to find a worthy subject. Maybe that’s because we are more interested in finding one that has been built up with the intention of going on an off-road expedition rather than the overwhelming majority which have been pimped out with silly bling mods. Mercedes Benz originally built them as military vehicles, then offered them for sale to the general public in 1979. It’s unfortunate that the most off roading the majority of G Wagons will ever do is when their trophy wife owner is backing one of them out of the driveway and into a flower garden, not that we have anything against trophy wives. In any case, before we stick our other foot in our mouth too, we finally have one to talk about here that has been built up with some solid modifications, exactly how we like them.

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Last Gallardo Built Rolls Out of Lamborghini Factory

July 15, 2016 in Build In Progress / Factory Photos / Italian / Video

The very last Lamborghini Gallardo has been produced out of the Sant’Agata Bolognese factory, according to an official press release dated November 25th, 2013. The Rosso Mars LP 570-4 Spyder Performante was No. 14,022 and will be going to a private collector. The popular model’s replacement is rumored to be called the Cabrera, but it doesn’t feel right talking about it so soon…
Lamborghini produced about 2,000 of the V10 cars per year, making it the company’s best selling car.
Continue on the next page for a quick video and the official Press Release…

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WEEKEND QUICK OUT TAKE: Vintage Lancia Factory Photos

June 20, 2016 in Build In Progress / Factory Photos / Italian

While we are at it, how about a few vintage Lancia factory photos and one Bertone thrown in too? What is it about viewing vintage factory photos of cars during their manufacturing process that is so interesting for us car guys? We always look at all of the parts and the bare shells and think about the endless possibilities of upgraded parts that would magically take the place of the stock parts if that fantasy even been able to become a reality. In any case, there is also something that is just flat out enjoyable about looking at the vintage build process, staring at the pictures and wondering which, if any of them still remain on the road today…

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