CarTorque Video: The Alpine A110

May 18, 2017 in French / Homologation / Race Car / Restoration / Uncategorized / Video

In the video on the following page, CarTorque brings us the story of an Alpine A110 restoration, a car which just seems to grow on us the more and more we learn about them. After viewing the video, make sure to check out our previous feature of the restoration of a 1975 Alpine A110 by AlpineLAB, then check out Petrolicious.com’s feature of them too, and tell us that one has not made it to the top of your dream garage must-have list. After all, even vintage Ferrari expert Tom Shaugnessy had one for sale recently on Bringatrailer.com


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EVO Video: Lancia Delta Integrale Evo II

May 15, 2017 in Homologation / Italian / Race Car / Video

In the video on the following page, the head of EVO magazine, Harry Metcalfe, talks about his gorgeous “Giallo Ginestra” (the Italian language itself is just as beautiful as their art, design, food, landscape,automobiles and culture, isn’t it?) yellow Lancia Delta Integrale Evo II while covering the model’s glorious racing history, as well. This one’s not to be missed, but if you still find yourself jonesing for more Delta Integrale content after this video, then be sure not to miss our previous features of an ’88 Project Build here, an ’86 Restoration here, and an all out ’92 “La Supra” Delta Evo 1 Build here. Enjoy:


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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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