Citroen recently opened the doors of their private storage facility to XCAR, who shot the attached video below. Near Paris, the exact location of the museum isn’t disclosed because it is unfortunately not open to the public. We are thankful for being able to take a peek at all of the amazing cars, and had no idea that Citroen was the first manufacturer to adapt front wheel drive to their cars before watching the short film. Enjoy, and be sure not to miss our previous SM restoration feature in “Related Stories” on the following page…
Over at fordraptorforum.com, an active thread by forum member “sodrty” has been chronicling the build of his 2wd Ford “Raptor” project. His day/night job is working with All American Racing and their radical Delta Wing Le Mans car. With all of the unbelievably impressive custom machining and fabricating that has gone into this build, we can safely assume that he has a active key role within the race team.
This 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing was the subject of a full restoration by Rare Drive in East Kingston, New Hampshire. Although 300 SL’s are their specialty, they have also won awards on the lawns of Pebble Beach and Amelia Island for their restorations of Ferraris, Ford GT40s and Shelby Cobras too. Their website does not include any details of this specific vehicle, but since the car is such a classic we have included it here along with a bit of history on the model. Our interest has been piqued especially since featuring the 2nd SL ever produced in a previous story that can be seen here: http://www.carbuildindex.com/7856/1952-mercedes-benz-300-sl-restoration-by-factory-2nd-every-produced-2/.
By the time this road-going 300 SL was produced 3 years after the previously mentioned ’52, they had proved to be a force to be reckoned with at the track and on the showroom floors, and this particular example finally received a much needed restoration to bring it back to it’s former glory.
The thread linked below is from Ferrarichat.com and features a “chairs and flairs” Dino that is undergoing a full rotisserie restoration by forum member “omgjon”. It’s previous owner had it for the past 33 years and it was still wearing it’s original factory paint, upholstery and carpet when he recently bought it, making it a true “survivor”. Very rare, indeed. The question then arises, why restore it?
This 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 has underwent a full nut and bolt restoration by it’s owner, who chronicled the whole process on a website that he dedicated to the 4 year build. His goal was to bring this Esprit S1 back to the way it had left the factory over 30 years ago. The end result exceeds these expectations, a car that certainly would have made Colin Chapman himself proud.
The Lotus had only 18,000 original miles on the clock when he purchased it back in 2009, and he began dismantling it before ever even driving it.
Self-driving cars are an incredible advent in modern technology and many people say that they are the only logical evolution of the automobile. There are various benefits to owning a self-driving car, and as the technology improves further, we as humans probably won’t even have to know how to operate a vehicle ourselves; the onboard computer will be able to do all the work for us. You could kick back, relax, even take a nap while your AI driver delivers you to your destination.
This Volkswagen Super Beetle is a featured build on vwvortex.com by APR in Alabama, linked at the bottom of the page. It was created in collaboration with VW of America, who chose the shop because of their well known reputation for OEM-quality modifications. The goal of this build was to create a monster all wheel drive turbo Beetle that would appear like something that might have come straight from the factory, only slightly altered for performance. They used an AWD system out of a donor Golf R 2.0, and it’s stock 4 cylinder 2.0 Turbo received modifications giving it in excess of 500 horsepower. Naturally, big brakes and suspension upgrades were installed to handle all of it’s new found power.
We are excited that the opportunity has already come up to feature the new 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C here on our site. We have been looking for a reason to bring up Alfa Romeo’s return to America, so we were stoked to have run across this short video documentary (on the following page) which shows the lightweight 4C under construction at the Maserati factory. We are a car-build site that loves Italian sports cars after all, so it was a no-brainer to feature it’s build here. Too many years have passed since we can say we have actually been eager about any new car’s release of recent memory, so we invite you to come and take a little walk with us to inspect this little guy from the inside out and discover the reasons why we like it so much…
This VW Beetle is no ordinary Bug convertible. Although it looks quite sedate from it’s outside appearance, don’t let that fool you…there is a mid mounted Ford 351 engine mounted behind the seats. What we have here is basically an Indy Car built underneath the VW body shell. The project was started when the car was new in the early 60’s by legendary race car builder Jerry Eisert for actor Paul Newman (obviously not him in the photo below).
This 1966 Ford GT40 (Chassis number 1032) Le Mans race car is the subject of a nut and bolt restoration on racing.ford.com. It’s epic 4 1/2 year project was a 100% volunteer effort by current and former Ford engineers to be completed in time for the 2013 50th anniversary of the Ford GT40’s racing program celebration. The car had been sitting on display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum unused since Ford had donated it in 1968, where it remained until 2006 when the group started the preservation style restoration project. To us, this is the automotive equivalent of a tragic war crime. How has a car of such epic proportions been left to rot as a static exhibit without exercise for so long? Do athletes after the Olympics just plop down on a couch, never to work out again? We were horrified, until we found out the rest of the story that justice had been restored, for the moment…
The 2014 Mustang Boss 302S seen here is a factory Ford race car which is built at their Flat Rock Assembly Plant, and is (unfortunately, for most of us) not street legal. We thought we ‘ought to get that out of the way quickly before anybody here had any delusions of grandeur that they could use it as their daily driver, stuffing “friends” and groceries between the roll cage and it’s empty back seats….we know what you like here, we know. With only 50 made per year since introduced in 2011 as a track weapon, Ford Motorsports has had great success in winning SCCA and NASA championships with it, so they brought it back once again for 2014.
This 1981 VW Scirocco was the subject of a resto-mod on vwvortex.com by it’s owner and builder, forum member “vwoldschoolyild”. We are huge fans of these Giugiaro-designed, first generation Scirocco’s for many reasons. The most obvious probably is that they represent an era in our own generation during growing up, a time when automobiles, and life were much more simple. After all, isn’t the reason that most of us choose to restore a classic car because we want to recapture a past moment in time that was less complicated? Only this time around we have the advantage of taking the technology that has developed since then and applying it into our cars now. There are many ways to do this, but unfortunately few turn out as tasteful as the Scirocco build featured here.
This 1952 Mercedes Benz W 194 300 SL was the subject of an extensive 9 month restoration by none other than the actual factory run Mercedes Benz Classic Center in Fellbach, Germany. What you have meandered upon here happens to be only the second 300 SL ever produced, (Chassis number 194 010 00002/52), which makes it the oldest surviving SL in existence as well as an ultra rare piece of automotive history. The #1 production car that had been built before it fell victim to the scrap yard many years ago, and both were originally hand built at Rudolf Uhlenhaut’s Stuttgart-Untertürkheim racing workshop in Germany. Perhaps the most epic factory rejuvenation story of all time? We think so. If you know of one that is close to or of equal monumental proportion, wouldn’t you please be oh so kind as to share it with us, if you are so inclined. Until then…
This Porsche 997 GT2 is the subject of project car build thread posted on 6speedonline.com. It was created in Santa Ana, California by GMG Racing’s founder, Fabryce Kutyba for a customer of theirs, with the goal of building the ultimate street car along side a race version of the same car. Because GMG is involved with professional racing in the World Challenge and ALMS, they are able to use their extensive racing experience and utilize the technology learned through competition to improve and refine their road cars ventures. These two should be poster children for the shop, but the fact is that they turn out quality projects such as these on what seems like a regular basis.
This 1969 Porsche 912 is the subject of a build thread on rennlist.com by it’s owner, forum member “Petevb”. Built by Wevo in San Carlos, California, the car that you see before you is obviously no simple 4 cylinder stock 912. That was probably unnecessary to point out, because if you are here you more than likely already know that many monster 911 street and track cars have been built from unsuspecting 901 shells. The net result of this particular blend can best be described as a “1969 912 GT3 Cup”, as it starts with the shell of a 912, takes the motor from a 2006 GT3 Cup car, utilizes a 993 series 6 speed transmission, and then PCCB carbon brakes and wraps it all up in a package weighing just 2,180 pounds. That’s quite a bit less than the 2006 Porsche GT3 Cup car’s 2,500 pound curb weight from which it’s engine originally derived, but at the same time, this vintage car does not employ all of the aerodynamic and down force advantages that the more modern car has benefited from years of development. So, which one is better? Is that even a plausible inquiry? There is no easy answer to that question, but there just happens to be a graph included that may assist you to draw your own conclusion. We will let you chew on your own verdict while reading the rest of the story here…
This 1973 Porsche 911 T is the subject of a full nut and bolt restoration by the Porsche factory’s restoration center in Germany. Porsche Classic Workshop bought the basket-case 911T off of eBay, and then renovated it at their Freiberg/Neckar facility located near their main plant in Zuffenhausen. They rebuilt the classic car over a year’s time by none other than some of the very factory workers who had assembled it 37 years prior, and then raffled it off at a 2011 Porsche Club of America event in Savannah, Georgia. Perhaps the most epic raffle drawing prize ever? We think so.
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