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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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1969 Porsche 912 GT3 Cup

February 10, 2016 in Engine Swap / Featured / German / Modification Thread / Race Car / Video

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…

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1973 Porsche 911 T Restored by the Factory at Porsche Classic Workshop

February 2, 2016 in Featured / German / Restoration Shop

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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1966 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Series 1 Restoration

January 14, 2016 in English / Featured / Home Garage Build

This 1966 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Series 1 is the recipient of a full Concours restoration, outlined with detailed pictures and text by it’s owner, John DeLay on xkedata.com. It was returned to it’s original color combination, Opalescent Dark Green over Suede Green interior, which it had worn when it left the factory on December 6th, 1965. Not many will argue that these are gorgeous cars with great lines.  As the story goes, upon it’s release during Jaguar’s first public showing of the E-Type at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, Enzo Ferrari himself is said to have walked up to the English competition to tell the Jaguar staff that it was the most beautiful car he had ever seen. He then asked it’s price and immediately turned to his people and asked why their own cars cost so much more. One answer that may have been offered to Mr. Ferrari was that these sports cars from Coventry, England were Europe’s first mass produced sports car, which made it possible for them to be built for less money than their Italian counterparts. In addition, if they had the foresight, they may have been able to also add that in an effort to keep production costs low there was never any decent rust proofing process applied. Not exactly what could be referred to as fantastic planning for a car from a wet mother land…

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Audi R8 V10 GMG Le Mans 780 Twin Turbo Race Car Build

January 13, 2016 in Featured / German

This Audi R8 is the subject of a build/mod thread on 6speedonline.com (linked at bottom of the page) by GMG Racing’s founder, Fabryce Kutyba. Global Motorsports Group in Orange County, California races two Audi R8 LeMans Series cars in the Pirelli World Challenge, with frequent podium finishes. One of the shop’s clients already had them build his R8 V10 with their LeMans 780 Twin Turbo kit, and later decided he wanted them to turn the same 6-speed Quattro into a full blown race car. Who better then to build the ultimate street driven R8 than a winning race team who knows them from the inside out?

 

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THE TOP 15 POSTS OF 2015: #12- 1973 BMW 2002tii Restoration-The Perfect Build

December 31, 2015 in Featured / German / Modification Thread / Restoration Shop / Video

51This 1973 BMW 2002tii (chassis 2764448) was the subject of a nut and bolt restoration/modification thread on bmw2002faq.com by it’s owner, forum member “Kris” in Canada. This car is hands down our favorite road going 2002 restoration that we have ever seen. Period. The choice of parts and modifications are all very well thought out and tasteful, right down to it’s unique adaptation of sleek 635csi rear seats. We came across this car for sale on our favorite site, Bringatrailer.com and had to follow up on it’s history as soon we saw it to find out more about it. Every picture of it’s restoration has been gathered and posted here, detailing it’s gorgeous restoration. We weren’t surprised when it sold just hours after showing up on-line. Follow it’s renovation with us below…

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THE TOP 15 POSTS OF 2015: #11- 1962 VW Bus “Race-Taxi” with Porsche 993 Twin Turbo Engine

December 31, 2015 in Engine Swap / Featured / German / Race Car / Sleeper / Video

63This 1962 VW T1 Split Window Bus is already an internet super star, seen by many car enthusiasts around the world on-line for years now, but we felt it was our duty at CarBuildIndex to bring it here to the attention of anyone who may have somehow missed it.  After all, how could we call ourselves a build site if we didn’t include the most bad-ass VW Bus project of all times?

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THE TOP 15 POSTS OF 2015(and of all time): #3- Update of Piper Motorsports 1985 Mercedes Benz 190E Body Grafted onto 2010 C63 AMG Chassis and Drivetrain Project

December 31, 2015 in Build In Progress / Engine Swap / Featured / German / Modification Thread

1By far our most popular feature to-date which originally appeared here last November 26th, I have updated Piper Motorsports‘ “Frankenstein Mercedes Benz Project” once again with their latest build photos on the following page. Since the last time we checked in with their progress, the 190E/C63’s fully integrated roll cage has now been finished and suspension has been fitted, now it just awaits completion of it’s EVO 2 body work provided by Thorsten and properly sized wheels to fit inside. We look forward to seeing this one completed, but in the mean time we are thoroughly enjoying watching the amazing craftsmanship and attention to detail of it’s current build-in-progress. Check it out on the following page…

THE TOP 15 POSTS OF 2015(and of all time): #2- UPDATED and For Sale: BMW E30 M3 5.7L Dinan Stroker V10 Build by Piper Motorsport

December 31, 2015 in Engine Swap / Featured / For Sale / German / Modification Thread / Sleeper / Video

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UPDATE: We originally ran this story back on November 5th, 2013. It seems it is now listed on eBay with a Buy it Now price of $224,500 HERE. No comment from us on the asking price, but find the original feature below.
This BMW E30 M3 was the build project of Piper Motorsports in Virginia. We were in a bit of sensory overload ourselves when we first saw this car on-line, so it’s understandable if reading this feature’s title left you in a bit of shock and awe, too. After all, at first it’s hard to imagine an 80’s box-flaired M3 with an M5 10 cylinder engine and 6 speed manual transmission stuffed into it, but we gathered ourselves together and summed up their build the best we could while in our weakened, fragile state. If more detailed of an explanation is needed, a link to Piper Motorsport’s website can be found at the bottom of the page. After all, we are just here to point you in the right direction with the suggestion of an epic build thread or project and a Cliff Notes-esque summary of it, and upload every single necessary relevant or irrelevant photo. SO, with that disclaimer disclaimed, here we go…
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