General Discussion

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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1970’s PimpMobiles

March 28, 2017 in American / General Discussion / Uncategorized

And just because, how about a gallery of some 1970’s pimpmobiles, complete with Rolls Royce (esque) grills, landau top bars (to simulate the look of a convertible) and Continental Kit trunks, to of course suggest that there is a spare tire back there. A big one. Each is as unique as a snowflake, although we would never claim quite as naturally beautiful. Brace yourself and behold (you have been forewarned)!
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1971 Ford Transit Supervan

March 23, 2017 in American / English / General Discussion / Race Car / Sleeper / Video

Oh, okay now this is absolutely glorious. Not so sure this beast could get away with being labeled a “sleeper”, but nonetheless what we have here is a 1971 Ford Transit that is basically a GT40 wrapped in the body of a cargo van. It was built by Terry Drury Racing, who was no stranger to Ford GT40’s, having campaigned them in competition back in the days as a privateer. The “Supervan” had the chassis, along with independent suspension and brakes from the GT40, paired with a mid mounted 400 bhp Gurney Weslake V8 and 5 speed transmission. It first appeared at Brands Hatch on Easter of ’71 wearing typical Ford racing white paint and blue stripe livery and arched wheel flares to cover the wide rims. We’d love to know what happened to it since. Find a period video on the following page…

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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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Concept Cars From 1970

March 6, 2017 in American / English / French / General Discussion / German / Italian / Japanese

We tend not to pay too much attention to concept cars because if/when they make it into production we know that the resemblance to their original show car features will be vague, at best. Wheels end up sitting further inside the wheel wells, paint is not nearly as nice and interiors and trim are made out of cheaper materials once they hit production, if they ever actually do. Nevertheless, we took a few minutes out of our normal schedule to put together as many pictures of concept cars from 1970 as we could find in a reasonable amount of time and have shared them on the following page. Scrolling over the pictures will reveal the manufacturer and model type on the bottom left of your screen, if they are not blatantly obvious from first sight. Enjoy…

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Random Vintage Photographs

February 22, 2017 in American / English / French / General Discussion / German / Italian / Japanese / Race Car / Vintage Dealership Photos

We put this collection of random vintage photographs together from a 196 page-and-counting thread on VWVortex.com simply titled “Vintage photos…..Awesome!” by forum member “G60toR32”. Thousands of pictures are included from every era all around the populated world, including some that we particularly found interesting of our native Los Angeles before today’s plague of traffic and congestion. Get lost while looking at over 100 photos attached on the following page, or if you really have some time for a journey you can find the link to the original thread at the bottom of the next page.

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Recommended Read: Mass HP Front Wheel Drive Cars In Formula Form

February 3, 2017 in General Discussion / Race Car / Video

Here’s an interesting story that we found pop up a few days ago on http://www.wired.com/, titled “The Physics of a Front-Wheel Drive Muscle Car”. In it, Rhett Allain breaks down into formula form the equation to what it takes to make a nose-puller economy car able to withstand mass amounts of horsepower during acceleration. While the recipe looks too complicated for our simple minds to compute with even the slightest bit of any comprehension, as an Associate Professor of Physics at Southeastern Louisiana University, we will just have to take his word for it…

Before hopping to the brain power content, cited as an example is the video of this impressive 736 horsepower VW Rabbit being put through it’s fore paw paces.

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Video Recommendation: Canepa Shop Walk-Through

December 5, 2016 in American / General Discussion / German / Italian / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Video

We always find it fascinating to see what is currently going on in Bruce Canepa‘s Scott’s Valley, California shop during their weekly video walk throughs. No sound is necessary, the images speak volumes. We have had our eye on the black Interscope 934 in particular, but wonder what the lowered Duesenberg with stock wheels all about, too. In fact, everything in the shop peaks our interest, it’s absolute sensory overload! Enjoy..

Future Collectible Factory Hot Rod: 1987 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup

November 25, 2016 in General Discussion / German / Race Car / Sleeper / Survivor / Video

This 1987 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup car was featured for sale as a BringATrailer.com exclusive almost 3 years ago already, but we still consider it to be one of the finest examples left to exist today. Only 192 of the race cars were built to compete in the worldwide single spec series, this one being 1 of only 9 of those that were imported into the United States by Al Holbert, the head of Porsche Cars North America. From new it was sold to an executive at Escort radar detectors, which just so happened to be the title sponsor for the US series at the time. The absolute holly grail of the 944 Turbo (aka 951) series, we imagine these ultimate factory prepped race versions to be the next highly collectible Porsche on this side of the 911 world and their recent asking and selling prices have been supporting that theory quite well. Let’s take a closer look at this particular example while we glimpse at the differences that distinguish the racers from their street driven brethren.

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Original ’56 Gullwing vs Restored at Auction

November 17, 2016 in Barn Find / General Discussion / German / Survivor / Sympathetic Restoration

We take a brief look at two almost identical Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing coupes that sold during January’s Gooding & Company auction in Phoenix. Both cars were both black on red, and both the same model year, so why “almost” identical? One was an original survivor that needed, let’s just say a bit of freshening to make all of it’s patina workable and the other was a fully restored show example. So, which one sold for more? Hemmings.com featured both of them with that very same question before they went up on the block, although we have not found a follow up so we thought that we would take it on ourselves. So stay with us onto the next page and we will answer that after the break…
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1969 Mid Ohio Trans Am Race Vintage Photo Collection

November 14, 2016 in American / General Discussion / German / Italian / Race Car

We ran across this collection of cool vintage race pictures on Camaros.org, posted by forum member Jon Mello. Freelance photographer Ron Lathrop captured these epic shots at the Trans Am race at Mid Ohio in June of 1969. We especially like seeing the race from his behind the scenes perspective in the pits and of the random race car parts. Not surprisingly, Ron’s work was published in many well known car magazines of the time.
For us, there is nothing better than race cars that resemble cars that you could actually buy off the showroom floor and modify to hit the track, which is exactly what we have going on here. We love these pictures of AMC Javelins dicing it up with 911’s, Alfas, Camaros, Firebirds and Mustangs with the greats from their early years behind the wheel, including Jerry Titus, Parnelli Jones, Milt Minter and Mark Donohue. We can practically hear the V8 engines roar as they battle it out while banging fenders, or possibly we were making those noises ourselves, who can really be certain. Make your own race car sounds while scanning through the following photo compilation on the next page…

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2012 Porsche RSR Getting Painted in Sponsor’s Falken Tire Scheme

November 9, 2016 in General Discussion / German / Race Car

This 2012 Porsche GT3 RSR was sponsored by Falken Tires for the American Le Mans Series and for today’s feature it is seen here getting painted in their team colors. For us, race cars (and especially street cars) look their best with a very clean factory look before they have been wrapped with busy liveries or slapped with sponsorship stickers. Take a walk with us on the following page as we follow this race car through it’s unfortunate but necessary paint process…
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Random Vintage Targa Floria Race Photos

October 28, 2016 in American / English / French / General Discussion / German / Italian / Japanese / Race Car / Video

In this feature we have plucked 130 random photos of the classic Targa Florio race from http://www.forum-auto.com/ ‘s 1,642 page thread. The open road rally-esque race was held on the public mountain roads of Sicily beginning in 1906. By 1977’s last race, it was declared “totally insane” by driver Helmut Marko because of the high speeds the race cars would achieve while ripping within inches of spectators standing on the streets without any protection between them. Throughout it’s history, miraculously only 9 people total were killed during the race, drivers included. But rather than focus on the morbid, how about we take a moment to celebrate the courageous drivers of the past from before the time of stringent safety concerns for them or their audience. And also marvel at the gorgeous war weapons that were brought out to duke it out with in the heat of battle for the overall championship title. Those were the days of guts and glory, a romantic period of time when cars were designed by artisans with vision rather than lawyers with restrictions. The drivers were fat and their tires were thin, as the saying goes. Please continue onto the following page for the featured pictorial …
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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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Help a Man with Lymphoma Fund His Dream:1965 Lotus Elan Restoration

September 27, 2016 in Build In Progress / English / General Discussion / Home Garage Build

We ran across this story on http://jalopnik.com/ where 2 sons in Ann Arbor, Michigan are asking for donations to help them fund their father’s dream of finishing his 1965 Lotus Elan restoration. Robert Tischler is battling stage III Hodgkins Lymphoma and has become non responsive to his chemotherapy. He is a gearhead of the truest form, having started his Lotus restoration in the early 80’s but having to shelve it before completion because of work obligations and a new family. Without the means to do it themselves, the sons ask that he be given the opportunity to finish his dream with our help, with promises of video updates of the Lotus’s restoration work and progress along the way. The pledge ends in a few days on January 11th, and they have so far reached $3,297 out of the $5,000 needed for parts to start the project. The countdown is on, let’s pull together and do what we can to help.
Find their Indiegogo project page copied on the following page, with a link to it at the bottom.
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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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