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1958 Berkeley Gilmore SE492 Period Race Car Restoration

June 27, 2017 in English / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Video

This 1958 Berkeley Gilmore SE492 was the subject of a restoration by Pete’s Custom Coachbuilding in Ohio. You may remember the shop from our previous feature of their restoration of a beautiful eggshell white 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce, linked at the bottom of the following page. While there is no information on their site about this particular Berkeley other than the photos attached, we located and embedded their YouTube video on the next page that gives the full low down of it’s history and restoration, but not before a brief history of the small car company for a little more insight to what they were all about…
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1968 Ford Bronco Restoration

June 26, 2017 in American / Engine Swap / Restoration / Restoration Shop / Sleeper

This 1968 Ford Bronco was completely restored with help from The Bronco Graveyard over the course of just 1 week on (where else) the TV “reality” show Overhaulin‘. While my own personal preferences normally don’t coincide with Chip Foose’s choices of multi-toned striped paint jobs and giant billet aluminum rims to go with his slammed resto-mod look, I still respect the man’s talent for what he’s capable of accomplishing, nonetheless. During this project he thankfully respected the truck owner’s wishes for it to remain stock appearing with uncut fenders and the tasteful end results look like something we at CarBuildIndex would have spec’ed out ourselves…
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Elvis Presley’s BMW 507 Heading for Restoration

June 22, 2017 in Barn Find / German / Race Car / Restoration / Restoration Shop

Elvis Presley’s infamous 1957 BMW 507 that he purchased while being stationed as a G.I. in Germany has recently resurfaced and is heading back to Germany for restoration at the BMW Classic Center. While the “King of Rock and Roll” originally purchased the sports car second hand, the car’s history before and after he owned it (shared on the following page) is equally as entertaining as the singer who once owned it…

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1952 Frazer Nash Mille Miglia Restoration

June 19, 2017 in English / Restoration / Restoration Shop

Since we were on the subject just yesterday of English cars of historical significance that have sat around since the 70’s waiting to be restored, it would only make sense to include today’s feature, a 1952 Frazer Nash Mille Miglia. It was purchased by it’s current owner, Bob S. in a neglected and dilapidated state of disrepair in 1975 and it’s restoration didn’t begin until 2004. He had purchased S/N 421 100 168 in ’75 along with 2 partners on a shoestring budget while going through law school, knowing that the car was special and deserving of a resurrection back to it’s former glory one day when he had time and could afford it. While each and every Frazer Nash is normally always unique and rare, what makes this particular example stand out is that it was actually originally Frazer Nash’s very own company show car used for display at the 1952 Turin Auto Show.

 

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1958 BMW 503 Restoration

June 16, 2017 in German / Restoration Shop

This 1958 BMW 503 was the subject of a nut and bolt restoration by RKH-Classic in Germany, found linked at the bottom of the following page. We do not have an excess of information about this particular example from their site, but we still felt compelled to include a bit of the model’s interesting history here on CBI since they are such rare cars and this particular one is such an outstanding example. Come see what we mean…

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Restoration of the Oldest Surviving Jaguar E-Type-“9600 HP”

June 8, 2017 in Barn Find / English / Featured / prototype / Restoration / Restoration Shop / Video

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The subject of today’s main feature is the restoration of what happens to be the oldest surviving Jaguar E-Type left in existence, taken on by the marque experts at Classic Motor Cars in the U.K. What has become internationally reknown as simply “9600 HP” was originally built as a factory prototype, used for road testing and development before it was used for the debut at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show. Could this be the very car that Enzo Ferrari laid his eyes upon for the first time when he was famously quoted as calling the new E Type “the most beautiful car ever made”? Perhaps, but considering the drop dead gorgeous cars that he had built up until that point I suspect that it was more likely an open top roadster he was looking at, although that possibility still remains. After the show 9600 HP was also used as a press car for motoring journalists to expose to auto enthusiasts around the world, therefore labeling it as possibly the single most famous E Type ever made wouldn’t be a far stretch. On the next page, check out some photos of it’s restoration, but first how about some classic old video footage of it as it leaves the Jaguar factory after production way back in 1961…

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Stunning 1967 OSI 20m Restoration

May 31, 2017 in American / German / Italian / Restoration / Restoration Shop

This 1967 OSI 20m TS Coupe was the year-and-a-half long project of “Nathan R”, who refers to it as one of the most difficult restorations that he has ever taken on. The rust was extensive, covering about half of the car and requiring the old world craftsmen at his shop in Vietnam shop to hand form new panels for practically half of the vehicle, but that didn’t stop them as it would others who have been defeated by less. In addition, during the process of restoring the car, Nathan found that the OSI classic car community could benefit from his company reproducing quality parts that would otherwise be unobtainable, such as grills, headlight pods, window rubbers and rear light surrounds, which they now offer for sale. With only around 200 of these rare Italian/German/American hybrids survivors left remaining today out of the 2000+ originally built, it’s great to see that the hobby can perpetually benefit from one man’s quest to restore his own example to the highest standard possible.
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Lotus Type 79/1 Restoration

May 23, 2017 in English / Race Car / Restoration / Restoration Shop

This Lotus Type 79/1 Formula 1 vintage race car was the subject of a restoration by Classic Team Lotus in the U.K. The vehicle was originally used as a prototype for the development of under car aerodynamics with help from none other than Mario Andretti, and was also the first Formula 1 car designed using wind tunnel and computer design aids. Later, it was used as his spare race car for the 1978 season. When Lotus enthusiast Paul Rego of Regogo Racing in Texas found out that it was available for sale back in 2010, he took advantage of the opportunity to purchase the rare 1 of 5 car and promptly had it sent back to England where it received it’s renovation under the supervision of Clive Chapman, son of Lotus “add lightness” legend Colin.
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Tastefully Built 1969 Datsun Roadster Resto-Mod

May 12, 2017 in Engine Swap / Japanese / Restoration Shop

This 1969 Datsun Roadster was built as a resto mod utilizing an assortment of interesting and clever features by the crew at Spriso Motorsports in Corvallis, Oregon. This project wasn’t exactly their first tango at swapping a modern SR20DE engine into one of the iconic Japanese convertibles. In fact, they had completed several before, using “test drivers” to sort out any possible bugs before selling their conversions to customers looking for upgraded power, handling and brakes featuring modern reliability all wrapped up in a vintage package. This particular ’69 S13 SR20DET came about as the result of one man’s new found interest in the vintage convertible after many years of 510 dedication, and the following story is about his build and what changed his perspective forever. Let’s take a closer look at exactly what would make someone simply walk away from a previous devotion and never look back…
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Twiggy’s 1968 Toyota 2000GT Paint and Body Restoration

May 10, 2017 in Japanese / Restoration Shop

This 1968 Toyota 2000GT (VIN# MF10-10130) was the subject of a body restoration and repaint by expert craftsman Shin Yoshikawa of Studio Time Capsule in Lebec, California. The million dollar car, which was previously owned when new by the supermodel known worldwide as “Twiggy”, was entrusted to Shin by the Toyota Museum to repair some engine compartment fire damage and an older botched bodywork job. We love the shape of these iconic Japanese sports cars, which look like a much more intricate and delicate version of Datsun’s later-introduced 240Z. With only 337 total built between 1967 and 1970, we are happy to see that this one was returned to it’s former glory.
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1977 Mercedes Benz 450 SEL 6.9 Restoration from Brazil

May 9, 2017 in German / Restoration Shop / Sympathetic Restoration

This 1977 Mercedes Benz 450SEL 6.9 is the subject of a restoration thread on www.mbca.org by “Joe Brasileiro“. His name and impressive work were immediately recognizable, so a quick search confirmed that it was the same person as “jbrasile” who had restored the 1970 Mercedes Benz 300 SEL 6.3 that we previously featured. After all, how many Joe’s could there be restoring vintage Mercedes in Brazil? We gave high accolades to his craftsmanship on the last 6.3, and this latest 6.9 project is no different. The color combination is equally as striking, and as we said before about the last car’s tones, it is so very period of that era. Come take a closer look on the following page, won’t ya?…

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Stanceworks.com Story Referral:1966 Ford GT40 Restoration

April 26, 2017 in American / Race Car / Restoration / Restoration Shop

Mike Burroughs from Stanceworks.com wrote a great piece titled “A LIVING LEGEND-HENRY A DAVIS’S 1966 FORD GT40 MK1 LE MANS RACE CAR” for their site, which shouldn’t be missed. The story is very well written and befitting to what we are all about here at CarBuildIndex, covering the car’s restoration and embarking upon it’s history, as well. If that doesn’t quite satisfy your 1966 Ford GT40 appetite though, be sure to check out RacingIcons.com for more detail on chassis #1040‘s restoration and then check out our three additional features below from our own past files for GT40-related overload bliss. How better to celebrate your American pride for this Memorial Day weekend? Enjoy!
1966 GT40 Mk1 Garage Find (chassis #1067)
1966 Le Mans Race Car Restoration by the Men Who Originally Built It (chassis #1032)
1971 Ford Supervan with entire GT40 driveline, chassis and mid engine

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…
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1987 Aston Martin V8 Zagato Modification

April 13, 2017 in English / Modification Thread / Restoration Shop

This 1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato was the subject of a few enthusiastic upgrades by the marque experts at Richard Stewart Williams Limited in the U.K., per their French client’s request. If you are not familiar with who the shop is or of the quality of work that they perform, rest assured in 1992 the shop was entrusted by Aston Martin Lagonda, LTD with producing 2 “Sanction III” re-issues of the original 1960’s DB4 Zagatos, to give an idea to what they are capable of. But back to the subject at hand, the Aston Martin specialist shop modified this later 80’s Italian Zagato bodied English car from right to left hand drive, upgraded it with a 7 liter engine, a higher ratio differential, a Brembo big brake kit and a few other interior changes, as well. Come check it out with us on the following page for more detail…
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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 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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1986 MG Metro 6R4 Restoration by Mäkelä Auto Tuning in Finland

March 31, 2017 in English / Race Car / Restoration / Restoration Shop / Video

What car nerd among us doesn’t thoroughly enjoy seeing a race car being built from the ground up, especially when it is from the golden era of Group B competition such as this 1986 MG Metro 6R4 (AD570091)? Mäkelä Auto Tuning in Finland is the shop that handled the honors, who you just might remember from our previous feature of their Ferrari 308 to Michelotto Group B specification build (found in “Related posts” on the next page) from back in September. The shop completes some absolutely astounding, jaw dropping to ground, tongue rolling out, eyes bulging out projects, which we are sure nobody here would argue with after seeing some of their work. So, while we try to compose ourselves, why don’t you watch the build of this obscure little MG unfold on the next page, which we hesitate to label “hot hatch” in fear of some brutal retaliation from it. This evil machine is far too serious for that nomenclature, check it out for yourself…
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