THE TOP 15 POSTS OF 2015: #6- Radio Flyer Low Rider Build

December 31, 2015 in American / Home Garage Build / Homologation / Italian / Modification Thread / prototype / Race Car

18I ran across this low-rider Radio Flyer wagon build that I thought would make an interesting feature to mix it up a bit and keep the content eclectic. Plus, if you have kids it’s never too early to get them interested from a young age. There’s some impressive and imaginative skill involved with this project, we’d like to see this guy’s cars! Check out the pictures on the following page and find the link to the full build after…
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How a Porsche was King of the Dunes

December 19, 2015 in German / guest contributor / History / Homologation / Race Car / Rally / Reader Submission / Wallace Wyss

KingsFeature Story by Wallace Wyss

Yes, it’s true, and I am sure most Porsche 911 owners would faint dead away if you proposed rocketing their car across the open desert. But the Porsche Rally variant of the 959 was made for that. It started when the FIA inaugurated the Group B rally category in 1982. Each automaker participating was to make 200 of their proposed race car.

Porsche had developed a four wheel drive car but didn’t want to make hundreds, and fortunately they read the rule books and discovered that, for desert racing, you didn’t have to make that many. It didn’t matter that only 20% of the folks who race Porsches race them off road, they were thinking of the publicity if, out on the desert sands, a Porsche rocketed by vehicles built for the sand from scratch! Continue reading →

A 1969 Dodge Daytona Car Port Find from Alabama

December 16, 2015 in American / Auction / Barn Find / For Sale / Homologation


So, what do you all make of this 1969 Dodge Daytona barn find car port find from Alabama? It’s set to hit the auction block next month at Mecum with an expected hammer price attached to it of somewhere between $150k and $180K. Just to get the facts straight before meandering onto the staged photos of it in a barn (staged photos by an auction house?! say it ain’t so!) mixed in on the following page, the rare car is 1 of only 503 built and has had 2 owners from new with a claimed 20k original miles. Intrigued? Then let’s move on and delve a little deeper on the next page, shall we? Continue reading →

Video from Kidston: “Hot Wheels”

December 11, 2015 in Homologation / Italian / Video

Okay, soooo this is pretty glorious. I have been checking back and waiting for Kidston to release this video titled “Hot Wheels” since they teased its trailer ions ago. This is what it is all about- a Ferrari F40. Driving it the way it was originally intended to be driven. Not to own it for showboating on the Sunset Strip or for all the wrong reasons such as just to be seen in or solely for a status statement. Or possibly even worse, as an investment. Nope. It’s for yourself, and perhaps a good friend along for the ride to enjoy and appreciate. Taking it on your favorite back roads and driving the absolute shit out of it. Man and machine bonding.

Yep, glorious.

Engine Reunited with ’64 Ferrari 250 LM After 40 Years

October 30, 2015 in Homologation / Italian / prototype / Race Car / Restoration / Restoration Shop / Video

Since posting DK Engineering‘s open house video tour, it’s only appropriate that we now feature their 1964 Ferrari 250 LM that they have reunited with it’s original engine after being absent for almost 40 years. More rare than a GTO, Serial Number 6045 is the 19th of only 32 250 LM’s ever built, originally having been sold to Bill Harrah for scooting to and fro his casino in Reno, Nevada. He drove the Pininfarina designed, Scaglietti built street/race car a mere 800 miles before selling it. Then the car went on to have a particularly colorful history from that point on, as one might imagine with any vintage road going race Ferrari from that era, but this is where this one gets particularly interesting…

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A left-for-dead BMW E30 M3 brought back to life

October 21, 2015 in Barn Find / Build Thread / Engine Swap / German / Home Garage Build / Homologation / Restoration

Ok, this one isn’t exactly for the concours judges or nitpickers out there, but it makes for a good story nonetheless and it’s been awhile since featuring our last restoration thread so here we go. Over on r3vlimited.com, forum member Tippey764 from Maryland happened upon info about an E30 M3 that appeared to have been long abandoned, so he made it his mission to track down the (original) owner and offer to buy it. Turns out it was put out to pasture after the S14 engine blew up and basically forgotten about, so a purchase price of $2,500 was agreed upon and the beginning of a project began…

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2000 Acura DC2 Integra Type R Build

October 2, 2015 in Homologation / Japanese / Modification Thread / Sleeper

This 2000 Acura DC2 Integra Type R was the subject of a build thread on www.type-r-owner.co.uk by forum member “Gunn79”. Even though the project was originally posted a few years ago already, we think the tasteful build of this example still remains relevant today since Type R’s are still considered some of the most entertaining driving fwd cars ever produced. Just consider their standard specs for a moment: hand built 1.8 liter DOHC 16 valve engines with 200 hp and rev limiters set as high as 8,700 rpm, close ratio 5 speed manual transmissions, helical LSDs and almost 100 pounds shed out of them before a good chunk gets returned through additional chassis strengthening, a trade off we’ll happily accept every time. Then throw in the fact that Honda reportedly lost money on every example they sold just so the street Type R’s improvements could be FIA homologated for N-series and World Cup racing, and what we got is a factory sleeper with a proper racing pedigree worthy of closer inspection. Especially when modified even further such as this example here today…

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The IIl-Fated Jaguar XJ-220: Where a 225 mph car morphed into something less before the first ones were even delivered

September 12, 2015 in English / guest contributor / History / Homologation / Reader Submission / Wallace Wyss

1Feature Story by Wallace Wyss

There’s a law against “bait and switch”  but car companies try it once in a while. Say, Shelby during the 427 Cobra era, where the former general manager told me: “if you looked like a weenie, we would sell you a car with a 428 in it, not a 427 and make $200 more profit.”

This is a story of when Jaguar tried a similar bait and switch with a very advanced car called the XJ220.

The car reeked of innovation when first shown, seeing as it promised  a street version of the XJR-9 V12 that had won LeMans. The 6. 2 liter engine boasted  dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. Horsepower was going to be around 500.

So what happens? A bunch of fans put in their orders and Jaguar starts building it along with their development partner Tom Walkinshaw and he goes ahead and installs a quad-cam, 24 valve, twin-turbo 3.5 liter V6 first developed for  the Metro 6R4 Group B rally car. Continue reading →

Photo of the Day – 25 Ferrari 512 S Race Cars All Lined Up

September 11, 2015 in Factory Photos / Homologation / Italian / Photo of the Day / Race Car


Photo of the Day – 25 brand spanking new Ferrari 512 S race cars sit in a row at the Maranello factory sometime in late 1969 or early 1970 (before the 1970 24 hours of Daytona). For the FIA’s allowance of homologation into their Group 5 category of Sports Car racing, Ferrari presented them with 17 complete examples while the remaining 8 were shown in unassembled kit form. Take a close look (with a magnifying glass if you’re feeling old like us) and see if you can spot any of the 5 spyders built out of the bunch.

Group B Revival: Ford RS200 Repaint

September 9, 2015 in American / Homologation / Restoration / Video

The odds of finding a Ford RS200 full restoration to feature here are far and few between since not many were ever produced to begin with, so I lucked out to come across this example’s short repaint thread to share from RSownersclub.co.uk. While it’s apart, it gives us an opportunity to take a closer look inside the street version of the purpose-built mid engined, four wheel drive sports car originally designed for Group B rally competition. Ford had them produced from 1984 to 1986, but the short lived series was ultimately cancelled because the technology the race cars employed was considered as advancing at too quick of a rate. They were deemed as too fast and therefore too dangerous for spectators and drivers alike, especially after several unfortunate casualties…

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Build Thread Referral: Ferrari F40 Receiving Engine and Suspension Mods

August 31, 2015 in Build In Progress / Build Thread / Engineering / Homologation / Italian / Modification Thread / Video


If you’re here, then it’s safe to assume that you’re into pictures of vintage cars, stories by Wallace Wyss and interesting eclectic build threads gathered from all over the web and put into one place. If that describes you then today I’ve got something definitely worth checking out that won’t leave you disappointed: a Ferrari F40 getting a host of engine and suspension modifications. The current in-progress build thread appears on Ferrarichat.com by forum member “Carolina Dyno”, a humble and very talented fellow who works in a small but specialized shop located in Wilmington, North Carolina. While you would normally have to be a member of fchat to view the pictures, I have included them on the following page for those who are not signed up but suggest joining because there are many more great build threads there that I haven’t covered (yet). Without any further ado, behold!
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An Off Road Adventure for Sale in Monterey: 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution Rally Car

August 7, 2015 in American / English / For Sale / guest contributor / Homologation / Rally / Reader Submission / Wallace Wyss

6By Wallace Wyss

One of the more scary adventures I had in my life as a car writer was volunteering to ride up to Angeles’ Crest Highway, a mountaintop road above Los Angeles, in a RS200 “Evolution” model. So not only was it a rare mid-engined rally Ford but it was a further evolution of the original model. We were blasting 100 mph uphill and, amazingly, at the same time being passed by café racers on motorcycles who thought we were going too slow!

Gooding Auction Co., at Monterey in mid-August, will be selling an almost identical RS200. I think it is a formidable sports car, and the joy of it is that you can drive it off road, which you can’t exactly do with a Ferrari. (Editor’s note: ah, but let’s not forget that Harry Metcalfe recently drove a Testarossa across the Sahara)

The RS200 was conceived by Ford Motorsport in England in the early ‘80s.

It was basically built to showcase Ford engineering, and in a way showed that differently than the previous mid-engined Ford, the GT40 which ran only on nice smooth racetracks like LeMans. .

The RS200 boasted an advanced four-wheel drive system, a turbocharged Cosworth engine, and a sophisticated suspension system that would take all the bumps and dips and rough surface of the rally routes of the world.

Ford says the bodywork was designed by Ghia. I believe it but wonder if it was to a British design, I don’t see much of the grace of an Italian designed car, so maybe that was when Ford owned Ghia and they built the design to whatever Ford design studio sent them.

Gooding says in their catalog that, for many years, The Guinness Book of Records listed the RS200 as the world’s fastest accelerating production automobile, achieving 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.2 seconds and a 0-100-0 time of just 12.6 seconds. I think the one I had a ride in up the mountain was faster, but let me tell you, you don’t want to go any faster, particularly on a dirt road… Continue reading →

Renault R5 Turbo II Restoration

August 7, 2015 in Build Thread / For Sale / French / Homologation / Rally


We’ll make any excuse to talk about Renault R5 Turbos, so when this restoration recently popped up on dragint.com we were more than happy to take the opportunity to share it just for that reason. As legend has it, Renault needed a rally car to go up against Lancia’s successful Stratos back in the glory days of racing so they employed Marcello Gandini at Bertone to take on the honors. He was assigned to design the box flared rear bodywork for the otherwise pedestrian 5 hatchback model since they were about to take the economy car and twist everything about it around in a full 180. You see, they would need those wide arches to house steamroller tires since the engine would be now transplanted to the middle for better handling and more direct rear wheel drive action. The first run of 400 Turbo 1’s satisfied Group 4 homologation requirements, but they continued production with the following Turbo II’s outside of the Alpine factory just for the glory of it all. And who could blame them? Stock the 1.4 liter turbo 4’s had about 160 hp in the lowest available configuration, but with the modifications this example has seen it should make quite a bit more. Racing “Maxi” examples were known to make well over double that amount, and we’d love to test drive this car, which happens to be for sale by the way, to give our own seat-of-the-pants estimate. Check its restoration out on the following page… Continue reading →


August 5, 2015 in For Sale / German / guest contributor / Homologation / Reader Submission / Wallace Wyss

2Feature by Wallace Wyss

You have to kind of laugh at those US laws designed to keep cars out. Back in the late ’80s, standing on the belief that a few laws about bumpers and such would keep out progress, the US gum’mint said the Porsche 959 was persona non grata, never mind that it was a high tech car bringing some great new things to the table. Even Bill Gates, who founded a computer software company way back when couldn’t bring his in. Oh, he bought one, he just couldn’t legalize it. He finally sponsored a law that allowed people to bring in non-conforming cars if they were low production, etc.

And now that all these years have passed, anyone can buy a 959 in the U.S., if they can afford one, that is. In the meantime since the ’80s,  they went up to a million and more.

Gooding will be offering this one at their Monterey auction. First a little history, straight from their catalog… Continue reading →

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