Survivor: 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona NASCAR

May 1, 2017 in American / Patina / Race Car / Survivor

The subject of today’s Survivor feature is this slick red 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, which is said to have been the first NASCAR Grand National vehicle to post a 200 + mph race lap. It has remained in incredibly original condition, all of the way down to it still wearing the same vintage slick tires that it had last worn while competing for it’s final time. Now coated with a silicon sealant on their insides, they are certainly period correct for show purposes, but obviously not a safe or sticky tire any longer for any manner of spirited driving, whatsoever. What really impressed me the most about this vintage racer is the fact that it was “not restored, but thoroughly cleaned, detailed and all mechanical components checked. It is just as it was last raced in 1970”, as per Bruce Canepa’s site where it is listed for an undisclosed sum. A true time capsule. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?…

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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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1987 Porsche 959 Refresh of a Well-Used Example

April 20, 2017 in German / Patina / Restoration Shop / Survivor / Sympathetic Restoration / Video

This 1987 Porsche 959 arrived at TuneRS Motorsports in Florida straight from Germany after being recently purchased by it’s new owner. He requested it be freshened up mechanically and cosmetically inside and out, top to bottom, and seeing that this is the same shop that built this 1995 993 RS clone, we have no qualms about the quality or ability of their work. The 47k kilometer super car appears to have been well used by it’s previous owner, who looks to have rode it hard and put it away wet, not that there’s anything wrong with that. We’d rather see them having been used as intended than never driven. Back in ’87, these vehicles were technological marvels far ahead of their time with twin turbos, all wheel drive, tire pressure monitoring sensors and slippery futuristic aerodynamic styling allowing a .31 drag coefficient. They were originally produced for Group B homologation purposes before the race series was ultimately canceled for being deemed too dangerous because of too many deaths of both drivers and spectators. While most existing examples of the rare road version models have been pampered and rarely driven, it’s nice to see one that has been properly used throughout the past 27 years. Follow along with us on the next page as we watch this one being refreshed back to like-new condition without the necessity of a full blown restoration tear down…

Video from Mercedes Benz: “Mercedes-Benz 300 d: Only Original Once”

December 21, 2015 in German / Patina / Sympathetic Restoration

Yep, everything JG says.

One of approximately forty-five 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 d, Robert and Janet Eng’s “Mercedes-Adenauer” is certainly one of the best restored of the original fleet. With an appreciation for the care required to refurbish a family heirloom, JG Francis from Mercedes Motoring helped to bring the Adenauer out of its post in the Eng family’s garage, and back out onto the streets where it belongs. Today, the couple has little respite from the throngs of classic car fanatics eager to buy the immaculately restored vehicle

The Minnestora Facel, by Wallace Wyss

December 14, 2015 in Barn Find / French / guest contributor / Patina / Reader Submission / Survivor / Wallace Wyss


[Editor’s Note: Before we start, if you have been with us a while then you might recognize this car and these photos. We previously did a feature on it before but we still couldn’t turn down the opportunity of another tale about it told by Wallace Wyss from his own unique perspective, so here it is.]

Now one of my rules of barn finding (I write the Incredible Barn Finds series of books wherein I dispense lots of advice) is that you look where no one else is looking.

Like Minnesota for an exotic like the Facel II, made by Facel Vega, a French firm.

That’s because when things break on an odd foreign car, a brand that no one in the vicinity has ever seen, such cars tend to be parked.

In the barn.


Well, in this case somehow Mark Hyman, a famous classic car dealer, found it and took it to the homeland of the Facel cars, France, and sold it at the Artcurial auction for a pretty penny, despite the fact it was still lookin’ like it just came out of the barn.  Continue reading →

1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Garage-Find of the Original James Bond Q-Ship

December 14, 2015 in Barn Find / English / Patina


Although this garage-find 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback was a no-sale at $1.1 million at the Gooding auction a few months back in Pebble Beach, it can be found for sale now at Gullwing Motor Cars in New York for $1,495,000. Yeah, that didn’t make sense to us either. But rather than talk about mundane numbers that have no real relevance to our everyday life, how about we talk about the history of this particular car, because it is quite sensational. It was originally ordered and purchased by James Bond creator Ian Fleming for his buddy Ivar Bryce, who was the inspiration of the character Felix Leiter, 007’s friend and CIA liaison in the fictional series.

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Reader Submission- An Actual K Code ’66 Ford Mustang GT Survivor That Shouldn’t be Overlooked

November 25, 2015 in American / guest contributor / Patina / Reader Submission / Survivor


[Editor’s Note: Today’s feature was written and sent in to us by CBI follower Phil via Reader Submission]

“If you walk around Jim & Earla Turcich’ s 1966 K code GT Mustang fastback a few times you may begin to notice that something is different. It’s the type of things that go largely unnoticed when you first see the car and perhaps therein lies the rub. The car doesn’t get out much, in fact prior to last year’s Lake Mirror (Fla) Concours it had been decades since it’s last show and even longer since it had been driven any significant miles. Continue reading →

“Preserved”, “Patina”, “Originality”- there, we used all the catch phrases! A 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial bodied by Scaglietti

November 9, 2015 in Auction / For Sale / Italian / Patina


Let me tell you, it took some huge amount of restraint to publish only half of the photos taken by Remi Dargegen of this 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial bodied by Scaglietti. A 1,984 cc DOHC Lampredi in-line four cylinder, the car has been making its rounds about the internet already as it is scheduled to hit the auction block in New York on December 10th. While each car RM/Sotheby’s are featuring in their upcoming sale is an example of absolute perfection in their own right, none offer the character epitomized by this particular old race car. As the story goes…

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UPDATED Reader Submission: Kris H.’s 1960 Fiat Abarth 750 Zagato Record Monza Restoration Project

October 5, 2015 in Build In Progress / Home Garage Build / Italian / Patina / Race Car / Reader Submission / Restoration


Today we just received an e-mail update of Kris Hicks’ project, pictured above in its latest state of progress. From him:

“Just wanted to give you and the readers an update on the restoration of my Fiat Abarth 750 Record Monza. I attached a photo showing how it currently sits. I had the frame bead-blasted and also sourced a set of floor pans and am currently fixing the rust issues as well as installing the new floors. Also, through my research I found that it is in fact an early 1958 model, not a 1960.”

Original Feature Posted August 31st, 2014:

I am pleased to report that apparently my “Share Your Own Car Story” fishing request which I have lately been so relentless about refreshing to the top of the page everyday has done its job and hooked us a big fish to read about this holiday weekend. Today, reader Kris H. shares the story of his 1960 Fiat Abarth 750 Zagato Record Monza restoration on the following page in our latest “Reader Submission” feature. Hopefully we can coax him into sending us progress reports to update here as he goes along, as it looks like an exciting project. Enjoy…
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1967 Shelby GT 350 Restoration: Mechanical Resto-Mod Left With Original Cosmetic Patina

September 28, 2015 in American / Barn Find / Engine Swap / Patina / Restoration / Sympathetic Restoration

31The subject of today’s feature is the following 1967 Shelby GT 350 project by Classic Motorsports Magazine. They came across the clean, rust free, Lime Gold 59k original mile survivor after it had been neglected and relegated to a barn for an undisclosed amount of time. The plan for it was simple: clean it up and give it a mechanical refresh to get it ready for the “Going to the Sun Rally” in Montana. Or so they initially thought…

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Whenever Possible, I Choose Banged Up Originality Over Restorations Every Time

September 16, 2015 in American / Barn Find / Concours Show / Design / English / Featured / French / General Discussion / German / Italian / Japanese / Patina / Race Car / Restoration / Survivor / Swedish / Sympathetic Restoration

By David Greenbaum
In our vintage car hobby, it is common practice to run across a classic car that has received a restoration of varying degree, in fact in more cases than not, but in my humble opinion it is far too often to find one that has been overly restored. It seems that the higher the car’s value, the more likely it is that they have received a restoration to a far higher standard than they had ever had from when they left the factory when new, whether we are speaking of an Italian made Ferrari, an American Shelby Cobra or possibly even a French Talbot-Lago. Within the last decade or so, though, there has been a movement towards honoring all-original “survivor” cars, and even the Pebble Beach Concours D’ Elegance now has a category for them at their world class show. In fact, judges now even deduct points for inaccuracies in over restorations. This new trend is changing the way we look at classic cars, literally, and I for one am all for it.
While you will never see me complain about saving a classic car that was destitute for the dumpster had it not been saved from the scrap heap by a nice restoration job, there are an unfortunate number of cars that receive unnecessary rejuvenations that would otherwise have been able to share their original story through patina, something that is hard earned over decades of use but can be wiped away forever so easily…

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1956 Abarth 750 GT Corsa Competition Coupe Sympathetic Restoration

August 31, 2015 in Italian / Patina / Race Car / Sympathetic Restoration


The story of this 1956 Abarth 750 GT Corsa Competition Coupe‘s sympathetic restoration is graciously shared with us by it’s current owner, John K. of North Canton, Ohio. He created a website dedicated to the car’s history, but was kind enough to send me additional pictures of it during it’s resurrection back to exactly how it was originally raced in-period, which can be found on the following page after an abbreviated summary of it’s colorful life story…

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1976 Porsche 934

August 31, 2015 in German / Patina / Race Car / Survivor / Sympathetic Restoration


Although this 1976 Porsche 934 is neither the subject of a build or a restoration thread, the original unmodified and unrestored condition that it’s in (which is the same as way back when it left Porsche’s racing department almost 40 years ago) was reason enough to feature it here today. In fact, I can’t recall ever coming across another all original 934, as they were built to be raced and most every other one has been modified into a 935 slant nose or other such concoction to stay competitive. This bad boy here is the real deal. After living in private collections for most of its existence, we’d say it’s most likely due for a sympathetic restoration to get it in reliable up-and-running condition again, but that’s a job for the new owner since it was recently sold by Symbolic Motor Cars in La Jolla, California. Lets just hope they don’t take a buffer out and polish the hell out of it and slap Armor All all over the tires, we think it happens to look good wearing a little bit of age on it. In any case, it is one of only 2 black on black 934 ever produced and has an interesting history, as told on the following page…

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1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Preservation

August 26, 2015 in Auction / Barn Find / Concours Show / Italian / Patina / Restoration / Sympathetic Restoration


We always prefer a preservation over a restoration any day (especially an over restoration), so it’s good to see this 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS that was purchased last year at the Gooding auction in Scottsdale for over $2 million having exactly that done. Scott Grundfor & Company, the Mercedes Benz Gullwing experts, were preparing it for the Pebble Beach show, probably for the Preservation class, but we have not been able to find any photos of it finished or at the show. Did any of our viewers see it there and have any photos of it they would like to share? What’s interesting about this car is that it’s the 5th of only 99 built (auction jargon hype talk) and was originally owned by a prominent cosmetic surgeon named Dr. Samuel L. Scher, a man who pioneered the whole concours car restoration movement. Ironic that this example is not being fully restored, as even the auction blog called it too far gone to be preserved since an engine fire back in 1969 relegated it to sitting in a garage ever since… Continue reading →

1964 Shelby Cobra 289 # CSX2289 – A Barn Find Tale Akin to be Stricken by a Bolt of Lightening (or bitten by a snake…)

August 11, 2015 in American / Barn Find / English / Patina / Survivor

Here’s an interesting barn find which we have so far never reported on before, and although the discovery occurred several years ago already, it still makes for a worthwhile tale. The car? An all original and unmodified 1964 Shelby Cobra 289, chassis #CSX2289 to be exact. With only 47,233 miles accumulated on the odometer since new, I can already anticipate the progression of questions naturally starting to rapidly accumulate in all of your collective vintage car enthusiasts’ inquiring minds. The answers to all of them, I assure you, will be addressed within the confines of this article. But even after hearing them, as mere mortals, are we really expected to compute the mindset at the time that put this car away wet in 1974? After all, the vehicle’s now worth well over half a million of the good ‘ol U.S. of A.’s greenbacks- makes one wonder how we never had the foresight to recognize back then that rare and exotic machinery such as this might be actually worth the big bucks some day, as that was not the rationale behind parking this one for so long. I suppose we never anticipated that some 25, 30, even 40 years later car enthusiasts would still be attempting to emulate these original old sports cars from a bygone era in the form of replicas, continuations and clones. Yet, there is still nothing that can take the place of an original, even with whatever “improvements” the newer ones may offer. History is earned, not bought. So, with that said it’s time to cover the who, what, when, where and why on the following page, in between a variety of photos of the gloriously dirty English/American hybrid, of course. Shall we?…

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Buying that Barn Find: Tips from a Former Pro

July 15, 2015 in Barn Find / Featured / Future Collectible / General Discussion / guest contributor / Patina / Reader Submission / Wallace Wyss

5Feature Story by Wallace Wyss


The finding of the car, that’s one big subject, covered at length in my three books called the Incredible Barn Finds series (see ordering info on the following page after the story).

But maybe a lot harder than finding the car of your dreams is buying the damn thing.

Say the wrong word and you’re out of the running.

Look at the shows on TV where they are pickers. Going from one old barn full of antiques to another. There’s a certain art to buying, with some technicalities to back it up. As a former barn finder (paid by clients to find and buy certain rare cars) here’s what I learned…
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The Queen’s English: Report on the All British Car Meet and Auto Jumble Woodley Park. By Wallace Wyss

May 1, 2015 in Concours Show / English / Featured / General Discussion / guest contributor / Patina / Reader Submission / Replica/Tribute Build / Wallace Wyss

These two shows, one on British cars, the others on French & Italian cars, are I should venture to say, the lifeblood of the foreign car collecting community in Los Angeles. Why? Because they don’t demand restored cars. In fact, why I like going to these shows is that there are some cars living on the edge, as they say, one step away from the scrapyard except that an owner somewhere loves them. This year at the April 16th Queen’s English meet I would say there were well over 100 cars, but each year that I go to this event in a nice shaded public park near the meeting of the 124 and 101 freeways, the”mix” of cars is different.

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