#Here is a subject that we beat to death on our site over and over again: a car’s weight. We discuss it in one form or another in what seems like each and every one of our featured posts. The reason why is because the performance cars of today have gotten far too bloated in size, heavy in weight and complicated with electronic gizmos over the years.
Rather than reiterate everything that we have said before here once again, we have included this recent video from the guys at AFTER/DRIVE which absolutely nails every point that CarBuildIndex ultimately stands for. It hits upon topics which we hope to see in our car world’s near future, as well.
This half hour video interview is well worth watching for all car enthusiasts from every car culture background. After, please feel free to join in a discussion in the “Comments” section on the next page.
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…
A cool little video from CineCars about a Saab Sonett 2. Be sure to hit the “CC” button in the lower right hand corner of the screen for English subtitles.
A nice video from Cine Cars TV about a Volvo P1800 nicknamed “Angela”.
Anyone want to guess what this interior is to? Well, better stop reading quick because we’re no good with secrets…it’s a Citroen GSA Club, as seen from the exterior too in the first photo on the following page. Today’s Vintage Car Photos session is filled with Swedish, French and German wonders. Do enjoy, won’t you?
Sold between the 1985 and 1989 model years, Volvo 740 Turbo wagons had an imaginative ad campaign whose pictures spoke volumes without having to resort to words, although their one-liners have proved to be classics. Check them out on the next page, and be sure not to miss the link to Hemmings.com’s behind the scenes story titled “Hauling, and Hauling! Volvo’s ads for the 740 Turbo Wagon” following right after…
RanWhenParked.net shares their recent 2 part series on the following page which takes a look at side by shots of modern cars right next to their vintage ancestors. It’s easy to see how bloated cars have become in this day and age when comparing them so closely, although many of the manufacturer’s photographers have disguised the newer cars larger proportions by the angle of their shots…
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On the following page are a few shots that I snapped at the weekly Super Car Sunday meet held in Woodland Hills, California. It was an eclectic mix of late model and classic cars, including the debut of the new Alfa Romeo 4C that showed up looking particularly stellar. Even with carrying a few hundred extra pounds over it’s European-spec counterparts by use of thicker carbon fiber, heavier US spec airbags and other standard features such as air conditioning and stereo, it still hits the scales at under 2,500 pounds. Help us grow at CarBuildIndex.com so that we can make one the official vehicle of the site 🙂 Find all of Sunday’s pictures on the following page, and watch an Alfa 4C being built in our previous feature HERE.
Update to our March 11th feature: We just ran across this video of the Koenigsegg One:1 final production steps on CrankandPiston.com which we would like to include here as a supplement to our photo collection on the following page. Enjoy:
It’s always entertaining to take a look back at the way things used to be done in the automotive business with a gander at yesteryear’s sales literature and brochure photos. Although we still have magazine advertising and car brochures today, we don’t rely on them any longer for a definitive source of information since the invent of the internet, of course. The question really is, how much longer will these ancient relics continue being printed? Even when they are all finally extinct, we will still have the internet to view them on…
While we normally do not feature cars here that are for sale, we had to make a rare exception after we ran across Paul Newman’s Supercharged 5.0 V8-converted 1995 Volvo 960 station wagon on DailyTurismo.com. In fact, we made another one of those “rare” exceptions for one of his other cars previously with our feature of his ’63 Bug convertible that had a mid mounted Indy car engine, which can be found in “Related Links” at the bottom of the following page. Seems the guy had a real penchant for Ford V8 engine swaps. Ain’t nothing wrong with that. This was a guy who used to trailer his race cars up to Mulholland Drive back in the day and street race them on the famous curvy stretch of mountain road when he wasn’t busy with his professional racing or acting careers. James Dean, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, and now Paul Walker, all prominent Hollywood actors who loved driving the hell out of their sports cars (and wagons) more than anything else, RIP.
We have included DailyTurismo’s story in italics on the following page, which can be found linked at the end.
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