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Andy Rooney’s 1966 Sunbeam Alpine Tiger Restoration

February 24, 2017 in American / English / Restoration / Restoration Shop

We are back with another restoration recommendation from Hemmings.com to take a look at, this time around a touching story about a 1966 Sunbeam Tiger that belonged to Andy Rooney from 60 Minutes. He had originally purchased it brand new and always thoroughly enjoyed driving while he was still amongst us, but unfortunately never got to see it’s restoration finished by Whitehall Auto Restorations in Massachusetts while he was still alive. His daughter Emily shares the story, which can be found in full in the link provided on the following page. But first, how about some pictures?

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1984 Porsche Rothmans Prodrive 911 SCRS Restoration

February 21, 2017 in Build In Progress / German / Restoration / Restoration Shop

Today’s Friday feature is the restoration of an authentic 1984 Porsche 911 SCRS which was originally built by Prodrive for racing in period with title sponsor Rothmans. This car is the real deal, 1 of only 20 cars built by the factory before being sent to the master gurus of Suburu WRC rally fame back in the day. It had been successfully campaigned in the Middle East in Group B competition before it’s latest owner here in the United States took custody of it. He had it’s engine rebuilt and had modifications given to it by Pat Williams Racing in 2005 so that he could street drive it when not participating in rally events here on our own home soil. Exactly our type of guy. More recently, Vintage Sports Cars Restorations gave it a full nut and bolt restoration, which is what you are about to witness on the following page. Behold…
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Lamborghini Countach S Rosso/Rosso Bare Metal Repaint

February 14, 2017 in Build In Progress / Italian / Restoration Shop

Over at ferrarichat.com, member “sp1der” left his Rosso/Rosso Lamborghini Countach LP5000S in the hands of the experts at U.K. based Alsa Automotive for a bare metal repaint, as well as for removal of it’s rear wing and ariel antennae. Anything that mentions a Lamborghini Countach and our ears immediately perk up here at CarBuildIndex. We love Marcello Gandini’s exotic wedge car design, which just seems to get better with age.

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Citroen Maserati SM Restoration

February 13, 2017 in French / Italian / Restoration Shop

This Citroen Maserati SM is the subject of a ground up restoration by a collaboration between two shops in France: Classic-Car-Charolais for the body work, and Patrick Regembeau for the mechanical. Although they do not include any background narrative of this particular SM’s history on either of their sites, there are more than enough restoration pictures posted to piece together it’s rejuvenation story. We have also included pictures of one of the historic work shops where the transformation occurred because it fits so well as the perfectly appropriate setting for the renovation of this French and Italian mixed exotic. In the end, the car’s final results look absolutely stunning in it’s show quality finish. 

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UPDATED: BMW E30 M3 Race Car Restoration/Build

February 1, 2017 in Build In Progress / German / Modification Thread / Race Car / Restoration Shop

Update: Since our original November 6th post, this M3 build is almost finished and can be seen on the following page after the original feature starting below.

We ran across this BMW E30 M3 race car’s build featured on CrankAndPiston.com, linked at the bottom of the page. Appropriately titled “E30 M3 Perfection”, it is the undertaking of MSW Dubai’s Jon Simmonds, who’s goal was to restore it as a no expense spared project utilizing modern race technology. The quality of the build is nothing short of astounding. We have said it before and we will say it again…there is always just something about seeing a caged E30 M3 on jack stands in the corner of a shop that gets us all fired up, especially in white for whatever reason. Probably has something to do with the motorsports connection. And we always appreciate when the stock dashboard is kept in place in an otherwise stripped out interior. This one is already off to a good start…

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Video: Jay Leno’s Garage 1966 Lotus Elan 26R Restoration

January 20, 2017 in English / Race Car / Restoration / Restoration Shop / Video

Now thiss is what we’re talking about! Jay Leno’s Garage just completed the restoration of an amazing ’66 26R with many trick and custom fabricated parts, but we won’t spoil the surprise of what they are by letting them out of the bag beforehand. They filmed many stages of the build and wrapped it all up in the video below, and then followed it up with an epic drive. In our (not so) humble opinion, definitely one of, if not The finest Elan existing today. Enjoy:

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Toyota Mk1 MR-2 Restoration

January 19, 2017 in Japanese / Restoration Shop / Video

This Mark 1 Toyota MR-2 is the subject of a nut and bolt restoration thread on detailingworld.co.uk by it’s owner, forum member “Beeste”. Before anybody throws up their arms and starts questioning the sanity of this car’s owner for spending so much money on the rejuvenation of a car of such meager current economic value, it should be pointed out that Japanese cars are among the next crop of future vintage cars which are likely to see an appreciation in worth. Our information source, Hagerty Insurance, recently wrote an on-line article outlining the top 5 Japanese cars that they predict will become future collectibles. We have cut and pasted it at the bottom of this page, as it makes for an interesting and educational read. Although the MR-2 did not make their short list, we anticipate that they would have included one in their top 10, had that list been extended.

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Survivor: 1935 Mercedes Benz 290A Cabriolet

January 18, 2017 in Barn Find / German / Restoration Shop / Survivor

The subject of today’s Survivor is this stately, almost all original pre-war 1935 Mercedes Benz 290a Cabriolet. One of only 19 short wheel based drop top 290’s built between ’35 and ’36, it was originally ordered by a vintner to drive around his winery in his home town of Burgundy, France. We can just picture the scenario now…the top down, a well dressed gentleman rowing it’s 4 speed manual box through the gears while putting it’s 60 horsepower 6 cylinder motor through it’s paces on a beautiful summer night on a twisty mountain road, gorgeous French girl by his side and a bottle of their finest wine flowing. Perhaps he ordered it’s interior in red to hide any spills? That would be just all too appropriate, the image alone certainly adding to this classic’s provenance for us. But we digress, so back on topic with actual facts that we do know for certain…

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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…
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Ex-Jim Clark Lister Jaguar “Flat Iron” Restoration for Goodwood Revival

December 28, 2016 in Build In Progress / English / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Video

This ex-Jim Clark Lister Jaguar “flat iron” is the subject of a two part restoration video series on FortyOneSix.com. The iconic race car was being finished for the Goodwood Revival meeting by CKL Developments in the UK. The car was originally built with a Bristol engine, but after it was crashed badly during it’s early racing career, a privateer team bought it and a Jaguar XK engine found it’s way into the bay. Jim Clark recently had a few choice words to say about the driving experience…

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Panel Beating and Restoration Training Course

December 19, 2016 in Build In Progress / English / Restoration Shop

Always wanted to learn how to restore a car but didn’t want to take on a mystery project without the necessary skill set already? Be taught by the experts at CC Coachwork in the U.K. during their 3 day course. Heck, you have done 3 day training courses with race car driving school, now how about taking the hobby to the next level? They only accept a maximum of 2 students per course, so no lesson should go unlearned. Don’t expect to finish a whole car in such a short period of time, of course but this should lay down the groundwork for a whole new hands on approach to building your own Jaguar Low Drag GT, should that be the desired end result. Opens up a whole new world that you knew existed before but never thought that you would be able to do, now doesn’t it? Find their contact information on the following page..
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“Spirit of ’76”: First Hydrogen Peroxide Funny Car Restoration

December 12, 2016 in American / Engine Swap / Race Car / Restoration Shop

This stretched Ford Mustang II funny car has “win win win” written all over it, where do we even start with this one? First of all, what we got here is the world’s first hydrogen peroxide rocket powered drag car, and it is all wrapped up in a stars and stripes covered motif that was ever so popular back in the ’70’s era that it originally raced in. We couldn’t tell you who popularized the bicentennial look first, but Evel Knievel sure sticks out in our minds as one of the early pioneers. Regardless of whoever can claim to have coined the look, we had never seen a steam engine powered funny car before this one and had no idea that the concept lived outside of Jay Leno-esque antique cars. This particular example recently showed up on Bangshift.com and can be found in the attached link at the bottom of the following page. The jest of the story is that it’s current owner, Steve Atwell in Michigan, recently set about restoring the race car once known as the “Spirit of ’76” to make it capable of blowing off some steam at the tracks in all of it’s original glory once again. We always appreciate a good curve ball thrown at us every once in a while to mix it up, and this one certainly fits that bill perfectly. Behold…
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Video Recommendation: Canepa Shop Walk-Through

December 5, 2016 in American / General Discussion / German / Italian / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Video

We always find it fascinating to see what is currently going on in Bruce Canepa‘s Scott’s Valley, California shop during their weekly video walk throughs. No sound is necessary, the images speak volumes. We have had our eye on the black Interscope 934 in particular, but wonder what the lowered Duesenberg with stock wheels all about, too. In fact, everything in the shop peaks our interest, it’s absolute sensory overload! Enjoy..

1955 SIATA 208 CS Balbo Coupé Restoration

December 2, 2016 in Italian / Restoration Shop

This 1955 SIATA 208 CS Balboa Coupe was renovated by Auto Restorations in New Zealand, who are well known among the concours crowd for their award winning restorations of rare cars which are brought to them by customers from around the globe. SIATA (Societa Italiana Applicazioni Trasformazioni Automobilistiche) was established in Turin in 1926 by amateur racing driver Giorgio Ambrosini as a manufacturer of tuning accessories for Fiats. He sold high performance cylinder heads with over head valves and superchargers to make these beauts scoot as good as they looked before actually producing his very first car in 1948.
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1951 Allard J2 Competition Restoration

November 28, 2016 in American / English / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Video

Since we have recently been on the subject of mixed breeds with bodies and chassis’ made in one country and engines from another anyways, we figured when would be a better time to bring up this 1951 Allard J2 Competition than right now. Gassman Automotive in Waynesboro, Virginia took on the restoration of the English/American hybrid, earning it the self proclaimed title as the “Ultimate Allard”, and we can see why. For a brief look at this particular car’s restoration process and of Allard’s successful competition history, come join us on the following page…
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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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1969 Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV Judge Convertible Restoration

November 15, 2016 in American / Restoration Shop

Is it too soon for yet another American muscle car restoration feature from Wing’s Auto Art? We didn’t think so either. What we got here this time around is this 1969 Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV Judge Convertible which was restored by the shop for repeat customer, John Kryta. This isn’t John’s first dance with Wing’s, as it appears that he already knew that this is the shop to take your vintage American iron to if you are looking for a top shelf restoration that will win trophies. This time he brought in the rarest (omitting color options) of the ’69 GTO’s, the Ram Air IV Judge Convertible…

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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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1962 Triumph Italia 2000 Coupe Restoration

November 3, 2016 in English / Italian / Restoration Shop

This 1962 Triumph Italia 2000 was the subject of a restoration by British Sports Cars in San Luis Obispo, California. The car was brought to the shop in mechanically sound condition running under it’s own power, although it’s physical condition at the time was not quite as fortunate. The rare car’s Italian body had been so poorly repaired from previous accident damage that a metal shop had to fabricate all new panels for it since none still exist for the model. In fact, even back when these Coupes were new purchasers were asked to sign a letter of acknowledgment stating they were aware and accepted that body parts were not stocked outside of Turin. That’s a fairly strong statement to make way back in 1962 before today’s overly litigious society where signing release of liability forms is now a common place practice. The clear message here was: “Buy at your own risk”…

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