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Survivor Sunday: Garage Francorchamps’s 1978 Fiat 900T Team Van

May 25, 2017 in Italian / Survivor

This 1978 Fiat 900T service van was originally used for parts delivery and race assistance in the 70’s and 80’s by the infamous Ferrari Francorchamps garage of Belgium. It was purchased brand new by reknown former Ferrari race car driver, team manager and importer Jacques Swaters and has remained unrestored to this day, racking up only 18,642 total miles. What we appreciate most is that it still wears it’s original hand painted livery, making it the perfect character of a candidate for today’s Survivor Sunday feature continued below…
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Rolling Restoration Project: 1971 Fiat 124 Sport Spider

May 24, 2017 in Engine Swap / Home Garage Build / Italian / Modification Thread

This 1971 Fiat 124 Sport Spider was the subject of a tasteful rolling restoration by it’s owner, a crafty home garage mechanic and avid Fiat enthusiast. With all of the high priced heavyweights we have been talking about here recently, we thought it was long past due for us to get back to our roots (and back down to reality) and feature a fun lightweight Italian convertible restoration, and this project hit that nail slam right on the head. Let’s take a closer look at it, shall we?
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Mind Blowing F40 LM Short Video

May 22, 2017 in Italian / Race Car / Video

The following video is perhaps one of the top YouTube videos I have personally ever witnessed, regardless of it’s grainy poor quality. Somehow, I am sure that you’ll overlook it’s low definition too the second you hear the audio bliss of this 720 bhp Ferrari F40 LM being wrung out by ex Formula 1 driver Jacques Lafitte at circuit du Mas du Clos. I especially enjoyed the fact that the monsieur is rocking it in his street clothes and no helmet, the following day after Christmas no less back in ’92. How do we get Santa to grant that same wish for us this year? In any case, be sure not to miss our previous features that include an F40 LM undergoing a full restoration HERE and the Japanese F40 promotional video HERE after. Behold:

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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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1937 Bugatti Atalante 57S Barn Find

May 10, 2017 in Barn Find / French / Italian / Race Car / Restoration / Survivor / Video

Here’s an interesting video that I highly recommend watching. It tells the story of a doctor’s Bugatti that had been stored away unused for many years until it was discovered in 2008 after his passing, having only accumulated about 26,000 total miles. It has since (unfortunately) been given a full restoration, although you can’t argue that it doesn’t look gorgeous now, regardless of which rear bumper was ultimately used. Judge for yourself:

More information about it’s history and 2009 Bonham’s Retromobile sale HERE.

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1960 FIAT Abarth Monomille Duck Tail‏ Restoration

May 8, 2017 in Build In Progress / Home Garage Build / Italian / Race Car

This Fiat Abarth Monomille Duck Tail is the subject of an on-going restoration thread on affbb.com by it’s owner, forum member Andrew Schank. He took on the “resurrection” project for a client, starting with a rough car that had been sitting for the past 33 years. It’s always a crime to witness these rare vintage cars left outside to rot, and we can’t help but wonder if it had been rescued even 10 years earlier if some of that cool patina could have been savable. Sympathetic restorations are always favorable over full nut and bolts when possible, but this one was too far gone by that point, unfortunately. It’s previous owner had purchased it second hand in the early 70’s, and luckily it appeared to remain 100% complete with it’s original Abarth 1000 CC engine included as well as a set of rare magnesium Campagnolo “Electron” 13X4 wheels that it was still wearing. Original Campy wheels + roll bar + Abarth badges = always the right mix of ingredients when authentic. In theory it appears to be such a simple formula, but in reality it is oh so very elusive.

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Lamborghini LM002 Restoration

May 3, 2017 in Italian / Restoration

This Lamborghini LM002 was restored over the course of 2,400 work hours by the crew at Lamborghini Wycombe in the U.K. They started with what looked like a very nice blue on gray example, but then did what they had to do by stripping it down to the bone for completing it a to a full show quality restoration that included a color change to black on beige, their 6th LM002 rebuild to date. We have always been huge fans of the model and are trying to imagine a manufacturer today creating a modern interpretation that is as brute and so perfectly politically incorrect as the raging bull has proven to be, but somehow we just can’t envision anything to ever be as raw and sinister again…
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Ferrari’s in Commercials

April 18, 2017 in Italian / Race Car / Video

Perhaps one of the all time best commercials ever to air on the television, to car enthusiasts, anyways. Behold, the Shell Ferrari advertisement. It never gets old…

And did you have any idea that Enzo Ferrari actually appeared in a Goodyear tire commercial, because we didn’t until just seeing this one:

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Lancia LC2 Group C Car

April 11, 2017 in Italian / Race Car / Video

Lancia rally and race cars from the 70’s and 80’s remain to be the stuff of automotive legend, and when it comes to Group C cars nobody will argue that the LC2 with Martini sponsored livery is amongst the most memorable. Co-developed with Ferrari, the all Italian racer is powered by what is essentially a 308 engine with twin turbos attached to it, giving it an astounding 750 hp to enable it to compete against their German rivals at Porsche who were fielding 956’s, then later 962’s. Unfortunately, even though they didn’t prove to as reliable as they were gorgeous, they were still able to manage a few wins for the manufacturer between 1983 and 1986. Lancia therefore terminated any further attempts at Group C in 1986 to concentrate their efforts on rallying with the Delta Integrale, which turned out to be one of the most successful rally cars in history. Continue onto the next page for an in-car video of an LC2 at the 2013 Donington Historic Festival as well as a very insightful overview of it by it’s owner/driver…

 

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The Rod Tempero Replica ’64 Ferrari Series 2 GTO

April 3, 2017 in Italian / Race Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration Shop

The hot vintage car topic on the internet this week has no doubt been the ’64 Ferrari Series 2 GTO since Petrolicious.com released their video of an original one being flogged by none other than it’s original driver Phil Hill’s son Derek. Then another Rod Tempero Coach Builders-built ’64 replica popped up on e-Bay and was subsequently featured on Bringatrailer.com. Considering the current value of an original, it will be interesting to see where this one ends up selling at, but exactly how accurate to a real one is it? How about we take a closer look at the New Zealand custom coach builder on the following page to get a better understanding of how to answer that question…
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Video: /Chris Harris on Cars, “Rally Heaven-Shotgun in a Lancia Stratos and Delta S4”

March 27, 2017 in Italian / Race Car / Video

As a follow up to yesterday’s New Zealand Lancia video, we just had to find the in-car footage that they showed of the legendary rear wheel drive 037 being put through it’s paces during a vintage tarmac rally. We took it upon ourselves to locate that clip, which low and behold can be found in the following /Chris Harris on Cars video below titled “Rally Heaven-Shotgun in a Lancia Stratos and Delta S4“. The whole video is epic and worth watching, but that particular segment starts at the 11 minute mark. Enjoy the glorious film below and be sure to turn up the volume on your speakers:

Continue on the following page for more Lancia content suggestions in “Related posts”…

1972 Abarth Osella SE/21 Restoration

March 24, 2017 in Barn Find / Italian / Race Car / Restoration / Restoration Shop

This 1972 Abarth Osella was the subject of a restoration by Robin Automotive in Sonoma, California back in 2000 and has since popped up for sale at Symbolic Motors in La Jolla. The first of only six confirmed to have been fully completed, it was originally used as Enzo Osella’s testing and development car and was also a “loaner” car, given to teams when their cars were out of service. We love the look of these mini Ferrari Can Am-esque racers, and this one’s 2 liter 4 cylinder engine was rebuilt and dyno tested at 244 horsepower at 7,900 rpm with 173 ft/lb or torque at 6,000 rpm when it was restored. Those aren’t exactly figures that you would want to be putting around town with but work as an absolute screamer on the track. Now this is what we’re talking about! Follow this one’s restoration and interesting history with us on the next 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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Video: Maserati Alfieri Concept Car Creation and Build

March 16, 2017 in Build In Progress / Italian / Video

As you may already know if you follow our posts with any bit of frequency at all, modern cars just don’t motivate us as much as the more visceral and lighter weight vintage vehicles of our past. Although we can’t claim to be overly enthralled by the design of Maserati’s new Alfieri concept car, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to showcase the following video of it’s build and creation here because of it’s connection to the gorgeous 1950’s Pinin-Farina designed A6GCS model that inspired it. The original is a car that we happen to consider one of the finest looking automobiles of all time and while many consider that honor to go to the 1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, we feel that the Maserati slightly trumps that car’s design by a few fractions of a point. In any case, 2014 also happens to mark Maserati’s 50th anniversary so expect many more of the automaker’s cars to show up here this year. In the meantime, here’s a warm up…

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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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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