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Restoration of the Oldest Surviving Jaguar E-Type-“9600 HP”

June 8, 2017 in Barn Find / English / Featured / prototype / Restoration / Restoration Shop / Video

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The subject of today’s main feature is the restoration of what happens to be the oldest surviving Jaguar E-Type left in existence, taken on by the marque experts at Classic Motor Cars in the U.K. What has become internationally reknown as simply “9600 HP” was originally built as a factory prototype, used for road testing and development before it was used for the debut at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show. Could this be the very car that Enzo Ferrari laid his eyes upon for the first time when he was famously quoted as calling the new E Type “the most beautiful car ever made”? Perhaps, but considering the drop dead gorgeous cars that he had built up until that point I suspect that it was more likely an open top roadster he was looking at, although that possibility still remains. After the show 9600 HP was also used as a press car for motoring journalists to expose to auto enthusiasts around the world, therefore labeling it as possibly the single most famous E Type ever made wouldn’t be a far stretch. On the next page, check out some photos of it’s restoration, but first how about some classic old video footage of it as it leaves the Jaguar factory after production way back in 1961…

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1988 Lancia Delta Integrale Restoration/Modification

June 5, 2017 in Engine Swap / Featured / Italian / Modification Thread / Race Car

This 1988 Lancia Delta 8V Integrale Evolution is the subject of a street legal/track day/race car project on Pistonheads.com, by it’s owner, forum member”dwrights”. The story is that he already had an animal Evo 2 Delta Integrale 16 valve complete with 360 bhp, Alcon brakes and a trick suspension which he was planning on modifying for more power. His goal was to install a full roll cage and turn it into an all out track car…until he saw the 1988 Integrale 8v rally shell propped up on jack stands lurking in the corner of his friend’s shop. Who could blame him for having his imagination go wild? There is just something about seeing a race car shell with a roll cage criss-crossing through it that speaks to all of us car guys. Especially considering that he had been recently quoted  £10k plus VAT from a custom fabricator to build a similar cage in his current Integrale. The decision to sell his car and start a new build was a no-brainer. He put his street car back to stock, sold it and transferred his forged engine, Alcon brakes, RSR suspension, and associated trick hardware over to the Rally shell build. They agreed on an estimated build time, and the transformation began…

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Restoration of First Avanti Ever Produced

March 15, 2017 in American / Build In Progress / Featured / Restoration

This 1961 Avanti is the very first one ever made (#1001) and is now the subject of a much needed restoration. The whacky metallic flake green vehicle, still containing it’s original engine and seats, was donated along with another one to the LeMay Car Museum in 2001, both in very poor condition. It’s restoration back to it’s original glory started in 2011 and is currently well on it’s way to completion. Get up to date on it’s story on the following page and then follow it’s progress in the link provided after. You don’t have to be an avid Avanti enthusiast to appreciate this one’s success story…

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VIDEO: Private Citroen Museum

March 14, 2017 in Featured / French / Survivor / Video

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…

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Ford F-150 “Raptor” 2WD Build

March 13, 2017 in American / Featured / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread

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.


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Survivor: 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Bertone Competition Spider

March 9, 2017 in English / Featured / Italian / Race Car / Survivor

The subject of today’s Survivor is this 1954 Arnolt Aston Martin DB2/4 Competition Spider with a body hand built by Bertone. It is one of only 3 designed by Scaglione, and remains in unrestored original condition with less than 15,000 miles. When we ran across it’s 2008 RM and 2009 Gooding & Company auction listings, we knew we had found the perfect vehicle for this weekend’s Sunday feature. While we mainly concentrate on restorations and projects during the week, we especially appreciate true survivors such as this that still wears it’s original hammer marks and spot welds on it’s hand formed body 60 years later, even more remarkable and unheard of considering it was a race car…

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1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing Restoration

March 2, 2017 in Featured / German / Restoration Shop

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.


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2012 Volkswagen Scirocco R Modification

March 1, 2017 in Build In Progress / Featured / German / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread

This 2012 Volkswagen Scirocco R is the subject of a 79 page modification thread on http://www.vwgolf.net.au/forum.php by it’s owner, forum member “Rev555”.  While we normally don’t feature slammed stance rides with flat wraps here, we have made the exception for this particular car because of it’s impressive list of modifications. Also because we have a soft spot for the “new” Scirocco that is unfortunately not being imported here into the United States, which makes it even more difficult after seeing these photos. In any case, when a car is as modified as this feature R, there are always decisions to personalize it to one’s own unique taste that not everybody will agree upon, but we can respect that when the overall end result is more about performance than appearance. With 513 ft lbs of torque, we have no problems at all here. Moving on…

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Dino “Chairs and Flairs” Restoration

February 15, 2017 in Build In Progress / Featured / Italian

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?


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1977 Lotus Esprit S1 Restoration

February 10, 2017 in English / Featured / Home Garage Build

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.


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Car Hacking: Imminent Threat or Far-Fetched Fear?

January 2, 2017 in Editorial / Engineering / Featured

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 image provided by Google shows a very early version of Google's prototype self-driving car. The two-seater won't be sold publicly, but Google on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 said it hopes by this time next year, 100 prototypes will be on public roads. (AP Photo/Google)

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Volkswagen Super Beetle Build by APR and VW of America

December 22, 2016 in Engine Swap / Featured / German / Modification Thread / Sleeper

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.


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Lamborghini’s Sant’Agata Bolognese Museum Tour from Google Street View (and great video of two Aventadors getting air)

April 22, 2016 in Factory Tour / Featured / Italian / Video


Here is a first in which we hope there will be a series of many more to follow: Google Street View went in and did a virtual walk-through tour at Lamborghini’s Sant’Agata Bolognese Museum. They recently took the liberty to set up shop at the Raging Bull’s 16,000 square foot, 2 story showroom exhibition and took shots of every car in sight, inside and out. Scroll through the facility using your mouse as your own personal virtual feet and then proceed to open the doors to each car, peek inside of them and even climb into their cabins. Then when you are finished getting your virtual paw prints all over every car’s interior on the first floor, virtually walk upstairs and take a gander at what is up there too, and repeat the process all over again. No clean wipes or apologizes to Security necessary,and local authorities will not be called in to drag you out, even virtually (this time, this time…).
We eye spy examples of some of Lamborghini’s finest, including the uber-rare Sesto Elemento (we wish more modern day sports car took the super lightweight, small package route like this car), an LM002, a Miura, a Murcielago, a Countach, a Gallardo, Nicola Larini’s 1991 Modena 291, an Estoque, a Gallardo cop car, a Diablo, a Reventon, a, a, a, a, a, and even a Zagato Canto, just to name a few.
Regardless of where you are visiting from, Lamborghini is not very likely to let just any tourist walk in from off the street and crammer into and all over their cars in reality, so enjoy the opportunity set before you through the eyes of Google Street View. We cross our fingers that there will be more of these epic tours in our near future. We would suggest more museums tours like this one, perhaps a few restoration and race shops, and some factories too. Share with us where you would like to see pop up next on their list by telling us in the “Comments” section on the next page. But first find a video of two Aventadors jumping in air followed by Lamborghini’s press release next…
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VIDEO: Watch a 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C Being Built

April 5, 2016 in Build In Progress / Factory Tour / Featured / Italian / Video

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…


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Paul Newman’s 1963 VW Bug Convertible/Mid Engine Indy Car Transformation

March 25, 2016 in Engine Swap / Featured / German / Modification Thread / Sleeper

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).


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1966 Ford GT40 Le Mans Race Car Restoration

March 23, 2016 in American / Featured / Race Car / Sympathetic Restoration / Video

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…


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2014 Ford Mustang Boss 302S

March 11, 2016 in American / Featured / Modification Thread / Race Car

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.


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1981 Volkswagen Scirocco Resto-Mod

March 7, 2016 in Engine Swap / Featured / German / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread / Sleeper

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.


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1952 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Restoration by the Factory, 2nd Ever Produced

February 26, 2016 in Featured / German / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Sympathetic Restoration

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…


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GMG Porsche 997 WC GT2 4.0 + Race Car Builds

February 11, 2016 in Build In Progress / Featured / German / Modification Thread / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Sleeper

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.


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