This Volkswagen Super Beetle is a featured build on vwvortex.com by APR in Alabama, linked at the bottom of the page. It was created in collaboration with VW of America, who chose the shop because of their well known reputation for OEM-quality modifications. The goal of this build was to create a monster all wheel drive turbo Beetle that would appear like something that might have come straight from the factory, only slightly altered for performance. They used an AWD system out of a donor Golf R 2.0, and it’s stock 4 cylinder 2.0 Turbo received modifications giving it in excess of 500 horsepower. Naturally, big brakes and suspension upgrades were installed to handle all of it’s new found power.
This 1987 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup car was featured for sale as a BringATrailer.com exclusive almost 3 years ago already, but we still consider it to be one of the finest examples left to exist today. Only 192 of the race cars were built to compete in the worldwide single spec series, this one being 1 of only 9 of those that were imported into the United States by Al Holbert, the head of Porsche Cars North America. From new it was sold to an executive at Escort radar detectors, which just so happened to be the title sponsor for the US series at the time. The absolute holly grail of the 944 Turbo (aka 951) series, we imagine these ultimate factory prepped race versions to be the next highly collectible Porsche on this side of the 911 world and their recent asking and selling prices have been supporting that theory quite well. Let’s take a closer look at this particular example while we glimpse at the differences that distinguish the racers from their street driven brethren.
Here’s an interesting vehicle that we never knew existed before, the 1985 VW Porsche B32. Porsche reportedly built up to possibly 15 of these rare 3.2 liter flat 6 cylinder vans, although we are finding conflicting reports which state that it could have been just 10 or 11 total. The concept for the original example was made when the factory wanted a support vehicle for use at the Paris to Dakar Rally when they were racing their 959 in some Group B action. Whatever the reason, we are just happy that this creation exists and can’t believe we have never heard of it before. We have seen VW Bus’s in an assortment of engine swap flavors, normally utilizing Subaru’s boxer engine as a cost effective power upgrade, but we like to keep it in the family and this example is kosher clean. Come take a closer look at it with us on the following page for more details..
This unsuspecting classic Datsun 240Z was the recipient of an engine swap of all engine swaps, receiving a Viper V10. The low key sleeper looks extremely well built and we have been scouring the internet trying to find any information regarding this car’s build to go along with it’s pictures, but have come up short time and time again. Rather than keep it selfishly to ourselves any longer, we felt that it still had to be shared even without any solid details to go with it. If/when a build thread can be found, we will update it here at that time. Until then, find what pictures we do have on the following page.
This Geo Tracker is the recipient of an LS1 Corvette engine swap with a blower on top, no less. Although we don’t have much information about the build, we felt the absolute necessity to include it here since we knew our viewers would appreciate the pure insanity of the whole concept just as much as we did. Does it have to make sense? Not to us when it’s a sleeper build of such epic proportions.
UPDATE:This car was one of our original features here at CarBuildIndex.com. It just sold at the Bonhams auction in Arizona today (January 16th, 2014) for $88,000, as seen HERE.
This 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback is a “Bullitt” tribute car built by a collaboration between Gateway Classic Mustangs and Year One, as seen on MustangMonthly.com. 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.
This 1965 Alfa Romeo Sprint GT feature is brought to us by CarBuildIndex.com reader, Phil Knudsen. He purchased this tastefully upgraded ’65 earlier this year with Alfaholics.com’s “Fast Road Suspension Kit”, their 14″ alloys, bigger brakes and hydraulic clutch. Regarding the engine, he tells us, “What lies beneath is a wonderful 2L conversion with high compression heads and bigger cams and Alfaholic’s exhaust. This one is for keeps.”We would have to agree.
Since we have been on the subject of ridiculous engine swaps, how about this Citroen 2CV French bread van with a 380 hp 3.5 liter, 5 valve per cylinder (thus the nomenclature “355”, if you were not already aware) Ferrari V8 engine. Let’s just skip right to the video, shall we?
Back in 2000, BMW picked an X5 right off of their South Carolina assembly line and sent it to their factory in Munich to do an engine swap of all engine swaps…installation of ’99 Le Mans 6.0 liter V12 race engine with 700 horsepower. While the story of this ludicrous SUV has made it’s way around the internet for quite a few years already, we felt an obligation to include it here since it epitomizes what the hobby of car builds is all about. Plus, listening to a Le Mans race engine being wrung out on a track by driving legend Hans Stuck never gets old, even if we don’t understand a word of the German he speaks. Watch him rip it around the Nurburgring in the video on the following page…
This 2013 Ford Focus ST is the subject of a current shop project thread on http://www.focusst.org/index.php by Rally Sport Direct in Utah. The shop bought the car new and set about creating the absolute most comprehensive build thread that we have ever come across, covering each and every modification with before and after reviews of each product, a plethora of pictures for their each and every DIY guides that even included some video, too. This, our dear friends, is how it’s done. The bar has been raised and set to the highest possible level, of which Rally Sport Direct has created the template for how a build thread should be written, no matter what make, model or year of car. Tahhh Dahhh. And now following that grandiose smooch ass build up, how about a little bit about the car…
While doing a search for an interesting AMG engine swap to feature here, we came across this story that we actually remember reading about a few years back. It involved taking a brand spanking new 518 horsepower, 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 engine normally found in the late model E63 and S63 AMG series sedans and transplanting it into a vintage 300SEL 6.3. It apparently already had tallied up around 300,000 miles on it, which we thought we should mention just in case the period-correct police began to turn on their sirens…
This 1972 Chevrolet Nova was the subject of a sleeper build by Kurt Urban at Wheel 2 Wheel Powertrains in Michigan for their customer, Dru Diesner. And when we say “sleeper build”, we should really have emphasized that with the much more descriptive word “ultimate” in front of it, because that is exactly what we have here. From looking at it as a casual glance, you would be hard pressed to have noticed anything to give away the fact that this bad boy is generating 1,160 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 825 lb-ft of torque through use of a twin supercharged LS2. Everything in this build was custom fabricated with the goal of hiding every last bit of it’s true potential. Can you say “bad ass”? This thing just screams of anger management issues, which is exactly why we love it.
This 2008 VW R32 was the subject of a turbo engine build thread on VWVortex.com, which can be found linked at the bottom of the following page. The car had already received a host of proper suspension and brake mods before the installation of their HPA 20th Anniversary Turbo Kit began. We were glad to have run across this one to feature here because we are big R32 fans and this one was tastefully set up by the crew at New Jersey’s Linden VW and HPA, who were both contributing to the thread. Continue on the next page for more detailed info and a boatload more pictures, too…
This 2010-2012 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0 6 speed was the subject of a sleeper build by the VW/Audi/Porsche and Skoda aftermarket performance experts at APR in Australia. The shop transformed it’s stock turbocharged, 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine from 271 to 420 horsepower with their Stage 3 kit, and installed suspension and brake mods to help keep a handle on it’s new found power, as well.
We are huge advocates of sleeper builds and this particular VW couldn’t look any more sedate than with it’s plain white exterior color and sticker-less body, which is exactly how we like them. That is part of the appeal of flying under the radar since it’s not about winning stoplight races by surprise for us, it’s about wanting to drive a performance car without looking like a boy racer or poser. Welcome to the land of subtlety, where less is more and self confidence is paramount.
This Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider Veloce was the subject of a resto-mod build by the U.K. marque experts at Alfaholics. Starting with a tired old donor car, the car’s owner wanted them to build him a track day car that would be as quick and handle as well as their own GTA-R showcase car, a feat which would not be easily accomplished with an open bodied road car. Since we are huge fans of the shop and of Spider Veloces in general, it was only natural that we feature this project car after running across it on-line. Continue with us on the next page as we cover the process that made it possible for them to achieve those lofty goals. Also, don’t miss taking a look at our previous story of an awesome 1970 Alfaholics Step Nose GTA-R resto-mod after this one, which can be seen in “Related posts” at the end…
This Canary Yellow 1970 Porsche 914-6 was the subject of a bare metal rotisserie restoration and build by Vintage Excellence in San Diego, California. We always enjoy seeing a car that has been restored while taking full advantage of performance upgrades at the same time. More “sleeper” than “resto-mod”, if you will. With it’s modified 3.0 SC engine, Brembo AM brakes and reworked suspension and transmission, it’s builder says, “This car is now faster and handles better than a 911 RS lightweight”. Not to mention the car looks entirely innocent and stock, exactly how we like them. Follow along with us below for more details of this particular car’s build…
This 2002 Mazda Miata was the subject of a sleeper build by Flyin’ Miata in Palisade, Colorado. The shop is known for their outlandish American V8 engine swaps that get squeezed into the tiny Japanese roller skates, a formula which we at CarBuildIndex absolutely love. Carroll Shelby started shoe horning Ford 289 and 427 motors into the small, British Ace roadsters back in the 60’s, a concept which never gets old.
Miata’s are known among true grit car enthusiasts (who are entirely secure with their own sexuality) to be awesome handling, fun to drive, lightweight, tossable canyon carving banshees. Stock or even lightly modified, they are referred to as “momentum racers” because they require a driver to be precise with their apexes and braking points to carry their speed through corners since there’s not enough horsepower to cover or make up for any possible mistakes. Ultimately, these are the qualities in a car that truly hone a driver’s skill behind the wheel.
Continue with us on the next page as we follow this build start to finish…
This 2012 Nissan Qashqai and GT-R are both being blended together to produce the ultimate SUV sleeper build featured in a thread on gtr.co.uk, linked at the bottom of this page. The GT-R experts at Severn Valley Motorsport in the UK are the English madmen who are responsible for handling the epic drivetrain and chassis swap from the sports car over to the SUV. As the title holder of the “tuner’s of the world’s fastest G35 GT-R”, we are not sure that anybody else could possibly be quite as qualified as SVM to perform the transformation. Actually, make that two transformations as this white OEM-powered 550 bhp car started out as the more discreet of the 2 projects that involves another not-quite-as-innocent 900 bhp black edition too. A cheesy yin and yang reference is tempting here, but since both modifications are pretty, pretty, pretty (you’re getting the Larry David reference, right?) yang, we are thinking that it probably doesn’t apply so appropriately here..
This rare 1962 Porsche Roadster Twin Grill was the subject of a restoration by Willhoit Auto Restoration in Long Beach, California. The shop has been churning out award winning 356 restorations since they first opened their doors way back in 1976. They happen to know these little iconic cars very well, as this particular car was the 6th Twin Grill that they have restored out of a total of only 248 built. When it arrived, this mixed German/Belgium sports car was in extremely poor cosmetic and mechanical condition. Their plans were to return it to it’s former glory by respraying it back to it’s original colors and modify it with some upgrades that would make it more enjoyable to drive. We love the black and green colors together. As an odd side note, we think that this car would make the perfect stable mate to Jamiroquai’s lead singer Jay Kay’s Ferrari Enzo which wears the same unique color combination. One very simple vintage sports car with absolutely no frills along with another much more modern technical marvel. The perfectly contrasting pair. But we digress, let’s move on starting with a little bit of the Porsche’s history, shall we?
This 1967 Volvo 122S was the subject of a race car build by VClassics Motorsport for Apple Farmer Racing in Royal City, Washington. The car had originally been built for running in the 2007 LaCarrera Panamericana, but unfortunately it retired early after engine problems arose. It’s owner brought it to VClassics with the intention of having them prep just a few little items for another stab at the race but it was clear to them that the car would need quite a bit more work than originally anticipated to make it competitive.
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