Replica/Tribute Build

1968 Ford Escort Restoration Video

June 7, 2017 in American / Barn Find / Build In Progress / Engine Swap / English / Home Garage Build / Race Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration / Video

The following video on the next page chronicles the complete rebuild of a 1968 Ford Escort Mk 1 in the style of the vintage Rothmans cars, although it’s livery is hopefully intentionally misspelled as “Rotmanns”. Not only does the inspirational film show the car being taken from a basket case to a very capable vintage stage racer, it also shows some epic in-car action shots during several competitions from when it’s finished. Now, if this doesn’t entice you to work on your own car this 4th of July weekend, maybe it’s time to pick another project car that will motivate you more. Say, an Escort Mk 1, perhaps? (see what we did there?) Enjoy…


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1971 Ford Capri Perana Gunston V8 Replica Project

April 17, 2017 in Engine Swap / Home Garage Build / Race Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration / Video

This 1971 Ford Capri Perana Gunston Replica was the 8 year project of a South African man who set out to create an exact tribute to the original “A2” race car built by Basil Green. The South African Ford dealer originally made approximately 560 road cars and 6 race cars powered by Mustang 302 V8 engine swaps, which were the only modified cars other than Carroll Shelby’s that were authorized by Ford Motor Company to be sold at their dealerships while offering full factory warranties. Known as the “GT40 killers”, it’s no wonder that the owner of this vehicle chose a Perana to be the subject of his replica build. Until you actually hear it, you could almost get away with calling it a sleeper…

Restoration of 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight with Low Drag Body

April 6, 2017 in English / Race Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration / Restoration Shop

Jaguar announced just yesterday that they will be building 6 brand new 1963 Lightweight E-Type “exact reproductions” utilizing unused chassis numbers that had been laying dormant at the factory (link) for the past 51 years. Therefore, when better than now to feature the mesmerizing restoration story of 1 of those original 12 that was horrifically crashed on track back in 1964 and thought unrepairable but then resurrected some 50 years later? The U.K. based Jaguar marque experts at Classic Motor Cars were the brave souls who took on that very challenge, and as a consolation prize they rolled away with a pair of twins…

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Ford Mustang Convertible Shelby Resto Mod From Norway

April 4, 2017 in American / Engine Swap / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration / Restoration Shop

Other than the pictures attached of this Ford Mustang convertible Shelby resto-mod build by Pony Performance in Norway, we unfortunately don’t have any other information on this featured car. You don’t have to be a Mustang enthusiast to appreciate what is going on here though, with lots of custom fabrication including a side exiting exhaust, a hand made steel hood and independent rear suspension assembly. The shop’s site looks to have been down for a while other than the front page, but regardless of all of the dead ends I felt that we had to feature this car anyways. It’s that good. Sometimes pictures alone can tell a full story themselves. Judge for yourself….


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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 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 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…

1/8th Scale Model Build of a Talbot Lago T26C

January 23, 2017 in French / Home Garage Build / Race Car / Replica/Tribute Build

The 10 page build thread of this Talbot Lago T26C 1/8th scale model replica was featured on by it’s creator, forum member PROPELLER. While we by no means have any immediate plans to change our name to any time soon, we did, however, get a bit overly giddy about this miniature race car and uploaded over 200 photos of it’s build on the following page. Continue with us on the next page as we take an extreme close up look at this fascinating project…

The F1-67

January 6, 2017 in English / Race Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration Shop / Video

While growing up as young and impressionable gear heads, many of us now prefer race cars from the time period when we were first exposed to them as children or young adults. Ian Gray at Stuart Taylor Motorsport in the U.K. has a specific era in racing history that motivated him to build race cars of his own, and that’s the time between 1967 and 1968 when Indy and Formula 1 cars had moved from front to mid engine placement and before the introduction of slicks or the “cluttered” look of wings attached for down force. Their car, which is called the “F1-67”, is a modern day interpretation of the 1967 Honda RA273 Formula 1 car, but it is built to be economical to run. Come follow it’s build with us on the next page for a closer look…

Jaguar E Type-Based Eagle Low Drag GT

November 21, 2016 in English / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration Shop / Video

Eagle is a UK based Jaguar restoration shop that is equally as well known for their E Type rejuvenations as it is for their modern day interpretations. This E Type based Eagle Low Drag GT is the grand daddy epitome of all Jaguar E Types, a car that Enzo Ferrari himself once happened to have called the most beautiful car ever made. We wonder what he would say about this 2,280 pound 4.7 liter 346 horsepower version when compared to his current hefty, over sized and proportioned line up if he were still alive today. Somehow, we are certain that he would still agree with his original assessment and envision him yelling at his staff to step up their game. We concur…

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1995 Porsche 993 RS Clubsport Tribute Build

November 11, 2016 in German / Modification Thread / Race Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration Shop

We are back on track with more build-specific content, and what we have here today is a 1995 Porsche 993 RS Clubsport tribute build by Tune RS Motorsports in Florida. It’s difficult to limit the amount of Porsche builds that we feature here, especially when the outcome is as factory correctly done as this example. Since we in the United States never received the 993 RS model, the shop took it upon themselves to recreate it but as the even more rare factory Clubsport lightweight version using all factory parts gathered for years before the build. They then took it to the next level with a few upgrades too that the originals did not benefit from, which we will cover on the next page. So hop in, let’s take this one for a virtual spin…

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1968 Ford Mustang BULLITT Movie Tribute Car

September 22, 2016 in American / Engine Swap / Modification Thread / Movie Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration Shop / Sleeper

UPDATE: This car was one of our original features here at It just sold at the Bonhams auction in Arizona today (January 16th, 2014) for $88,000, as seen HERE

Original Feature:

This 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback is a “Bullitt” tribute car built by a collaboration between Gateway Classic Mustangs and Year One, as seen on The Highland Green car was made in 2008 for Steve McQueen’s son, Chad, with the intention of recreating the same character of his father’s original movie car while at the same time utilizing improved modifications that have been developed since the movie’s debut.


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Exploded Parts View Pictures

May 20, 2016 in Build In Progress / Engine Swap / General Discussion / Home Garage Build / Italian / Japanese / Modification Thread / Race Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration Shop

We have come across a great segment on which features photos of car,  (a) plane and motorcycle parts laid out for expanded views before their builds. We would like to build upon (see what we did there?) this base and create a new section on this site that will be dedicated to the subject and linked on the front page. If you know of any, then please by all means send them to us at [email protected], or include a link to them in the “Comments” section on the following page. Credit will be received and the universe will be a better place because of it. We thank you, in advance.
Here’s a 2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Engine in all of it’s glory:
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Abandoned Cars: A Sad, Sad Pictorial

April 27, 2016 in American / Barn Find / English / French / General Discussion / German / Italian / Japanese / Race Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Swedish / Sympathetic Restoration / Uncategorized

Warning: The following page contains graphic photos of neglected, abandoned and generally mistreated rare and exotic sports cars. The majority are vintage, but there are a few later model years included too that have deteriorated at an extremely quick rate. All car enthusiasts should prepare themselves for feelings of grief, anguish, and confusion along with questions of disbelief for what is about to be witnessed, if one indeed does decide to proceed with this disturbing endeavor any further. The photos were all sourced from a three part series on with no further information provided other than the actual pictures themselves. We recognize a few as well known historic cars which have since been saved, while others languish in automotive purgatory, their whereabouts unbeknownst to anybody but the lone soul who snapped their picture and the misguided derelict who so callously left them behind for dead. If only we could be so omniscient as to know the exact location and story behind each and every one of them and feature their resurrection process here, our mission in this universe would finally be complete. Until then, at best all that we can do is hope that each has a rescue story with a happy ending. 116 photos, and no explanation of even one of them in sight. When you are ready, please proceed with extreme precaution by hitting the “Continue reading” tab below. You have been fore-warned…
We have included a few of the more notable cars below. You may find all 116 by clicking on each one individually in the right hand column.

1973 BMW E9 3.0 CSi -3.5 CSL Resto-Mod

April 8, 2016 in Engine Swap / German / Modification Thread / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration Shop

This 1973 BMW E9 3.0 CSi  was the subject of a restoration on by it’s owner, Alvin Tan. It’s thread is shared with the restoration of his factory 1974 2002 Turbo, as well, which we have incidentally done a previous feature on: . Both projects were very tastefully executed so we figured that they were each deserving of their own separate story here. We have always been big fans of the E9 series, which were produced a few decades before the whole Chris Bangle design debacle of more recent years. It is unfortunate that BMW’s have lost their classic sports sedan appearance, but at least each model year’s re-skinnings are becoming less “Bangle-ized”. It is not until you see a vintage car in the flesh that you realize how bloated all cars in general have become now-a-days in comparison. A new 3 Series is larger in overall proportions than this classic, which actually should be more of an equivalent to an 8 Series in their current model range line up position and size.
In any case, it’s easy to get side-lined so let’s just stay focused on this particular 3.0 CSi and appreciate how they used to design them starting by stripping this one to the bone and then rebuilding it to better-than-new (for 1973 and 2013).

1960 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Recreation

March 31, 2016 in Engine Swap / English / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration Shop

We first spotted this 1960 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato recreation on after they ran across it’s for-sale feature on E-bay. The selling dealer, Collector Cars of Houston has quite the lofty narrative surrounding it’s sale to go along with their staggering asking price of $2.4 million. That is a huge lump sum of cash to drop on anything, particularly an E-bay auction of a resto-mod powered by an early DB-7 supercharged inline 6 from Aston Martin’s dark years. After all, that motor was produced during a period of time before Ford’s involvement to help their resurgence back as an exotic car manufacturer of significance once again. Without them, there would most likely never have been the glorious 6 liter V12 that was first seen gracing the DB7 Vantage in 2000.

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VIDEO: J&L Fabricating on eGarage

March 17, 2016 in American / Barn Find / Build In Progress / Engine Swap / English / French / General Discussion / German / Home Garage Build / Italian / Japanese / Modification Thread / Race Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration Shop / Sleeper / Swedish / Sympathetic Restoration / Video

eGarage & DonVintage present this video profile of a renowned yet humble fabrication shop in the quiet town of Puyallup, Washington that rebuilds and restores vintage race cars. This is one of the most inspiring classic car documentaries that we have ever seen, so we felt we had to share it with our audience as well, naturally. Working for J&L Fabricating would be every true car-guy’s dream job. Enjoy…


1964 Shelby Cobra 289 Comp Build in Hertz Gold

January 6, 2016 in American / Build In Progress / Home Garage Build / Replica/Tribute Build / Video

I am re-posting this story which originally appeared on September 30th, 2014 to entice CBI readers to send in their own builds and restorations. The good, the bad, the ugly, the drop dead gorgeous, the expensive, the cheap, the mega horsepower, the sewing machine powered, we want em all. And if it has a roll bar, extra brownie [email protected]
This slab-side Hertz Gold Shelby Cobra 289 replica is the subject of an active 60 page build thread on by it’s owner/builder, forum member “1985 CCX”. While there are a ton of poorly built fake Cobras out there that give a bad name to reproductions in general, this detailed build should rebuild faith in those who have previously lost it in anything this side of a Kirkham Motorsports edition or an original. The hand laid fiberglass body by Sagebrush Roadsters that he uses is said to be lightweight and stiff, and it has been matched up with aluminum doors, trunk and hood. Come take an abbreviated look at the build on the following page, and find a link to the full thread after for more complete detail…

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VIDEO: Wallace and Carlos get out there in the field with a look inside FIBERSTEEL and their 550 Porsche Speedster Replicas

January 6, 2016 in General Discussion / guest contributor / Reader Submission / Replica / Replica/Tribute Build / Tribute / Video / Wallace Wyss

“Future Car and Past, an episodic documentary format TV show about what’s going on with cars out in the west coast, and beyond. The talent includes Wallace Wyss, author of more than fifteen car histories, and Carlos R’, a up and coming auto journalist. Each episode investigates a different aspect of California’s diverse Car Culture, from classic cars to modern cars, and even explores such tributaries as rat rods, and custom cars. Every episode will include current auto news from all over the world. So, please join us, and fasten your seat belts, it’s gonna be some ride ride!”

THE TOP 15 POSTS OF 2015: #4- The Pur Sang Replica of a Bugatti Type 35

December 31, 2015 in French / Race Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Top Story of the Week / Video


This gorgeous Bugatti Type 35 wheeled it’s way onto Jay Leno’s Garage is actually a replica that was recently built in Argentina by Pur Sang, rather than in 1926 France, as the original. Using the word “replica” or “recreation” normally has an unflattering stigma attached to it, so we hesitate to use the term here before actually defending the subject vehicle, even though the pictures of this car really should speak for themselves. Pur Sang’s replicas are legit. They are so legit, in fact, that Bugatti themselves even recognize the craftsman by building their own Pur Sang limited edition version of the modern Veyron supercar. Furthermore, just the fact that Jay Leno had one on his show should be enough proof because we all know that he would not have some VW Bug-based display of poor taste on it, after all. In any case, it’s apparent that we get a bit defensive around those normally-disrespectful words, but the case has been made, so let’s move on, shall we?…

The New Lancia Stratos That Never Actually Took Flight

December 3, 2015 in Factory Photos / Italian / Replica/Tribute Build / Video

This New Lancia Stratos was built as a modern day interpretation of the original 70’s road, track and rallying Dino-engine’d icon that we here at CBI adore so much. It was built on the shortened chassis of a 430 Scuderia by a German millionaire who had the ultimate car-guy vision of building additional units based on 360 or 430’s, as per customer order. With a body honed in the wind tunnels of Pininfarina and the heart and soul of Enzo and Gandini themselves, 50 orders were received before Ferrari put the big kibosh on the whole project, but not before their president Luca di Montezemolo took a few laps behind the wheel of it and gave the reincarnation his highest praise. In Italian, of course. So, what exactly happened? Was it just too good, perhaps, so much so that Ferrari saw it as an unwanted competitor? Evidently, but the reasons why weren’t given so directly…

A Similar Tragic History to the James Dean 550 but with an Italian body- The 1958 Porsche 356A/166 Zagato Speedster

October 20, 2015 in German / Italian / Race Car / Replica/Tribute Build

[Editor’s Note: I am re-posting this story to the top which I originally wrote in April as an addendum to the Wallace Wyss feature story above]
This 1958 Porsche 356A/166 Zagato Speedster happens to be the very first Porsche ever commissioned by the Italian Atelier, a workshop not often associated with German sports cars. It was ordered by one of France’s top gentleman drivers at the time, Claude Storez. The Porsche pilot came to recognize Zagato’s lightweight racing bodies during his attendance at Mille Miglia races in the mid 1950’s, where they had already built up a long standing reputation for creating competitive cars that were absolute gorgeous head turners to boot. After being disappointed with a 6th place finish at the 1957 Tour de France while driving his 356 Carrera Speedster, Claude decided that it was time to order a brand new 356A Speedster from Porsche. And he didn’t mess around, it was to come complete with a 4 cam Carrera engine and lightweight GS specifications, its rolling chassis taken from the Zuffenhausen plant to the Milan coach builder before delivery. There, Zagato would design and install an even lighter and more aerodynamic aluminum body hand crafted around it, at which point a short lived but bright shining star was created by the German-Italian partnership for the first time…

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