Garaged for 42 years.
Like most cars this age, they have a history and a story.
This is the story of my ’66 Stingray Roadster. It was sometime late 1970, my father was barely in his mid 20’s, full time member of the military in the Connecticut Army National Guard and three kids all under the age of 4. My dad was very ambitious and always seemed to have a project keeping him busy. 1970 was no different when he came home with a “fixer-upper” 1966 Corvette Convertible 327/300hp.
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The following photos of the damage inflicted by 2004’s Hurricane Charley to a vintage car collection in Florida are definitely not for the feint of heart, although we find them mesmerizing for some twisted reason which we are unable to explain. The collection, consisting mostly of vintage Ferrari’s is said to have been owned by Walter Medlin, a real estate developer and convicted tax evader who was apparently keeping the cars hidden away from the government in the secret shed before mother nature came along and decided to expose their whereabouts. Apparently, the IRS had previously confiscated his Ferrari P3 and his P4 in 1990 due to owing $540,000 in back taxes, although we seem to remember reading somewhere that he bought them back before they actually went to auction. Certainly an interesting collection of cars, not to mention character of a personality.
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With your help, we would like to develop a new category that features vintage dealership photos to expand further upon what we have attached here. Although we always enjoy seeing pictures of recently restored vintage cars, nothing beats seeing old pictures of them when they were still brand new and sitting on the showroom floor. It’s amazing that the dreadful tradition of haggling over the price of a car is still commonplace in our society, a practice that everybody hates to do and yet it unbelievably still exists to this day. In any case, please enjoy the few photos we actually have gathered up so far on the following page and if you have something interesting to include, please put a link to it in the “Comments” section below, or e-mail them to us at admin@CarBuildIndex.com for us to update here. Help us make this into a new category filled with showroom shots of all types of vehicles from all different time periods. Until then, enjoy the 70+ photos on the following page…
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Although not an actual build thread or restoration, we wanted to share this Google Street View virtual tour of The Honda Collection in Japan since it is an historically significant slice of automotive culture, and an uber-cool piece of new technology at the same. Ever since we featured Google’s first tour of the Lamborghini factory a few stories back we have been excited for a follow up, so here it is in all of it’s glory only a handful of days later. The only drawback is that in this virtual tour you are not able to climb into any of the cars like you are at Lamborghini but we can live with that, until their next tour at least. Use the mouse as your virtual feet and walk through the museum in the comfort of your own home.
Open since 1998, The Honda Collection hall is a 3 story museum in Japan’s Tochigi Prefecture. Take a gander at all that Honda has been involved with throughout their diverse history, ranging in everything from race cars and production vehicles to scooters and robots. Then back to our regularly scheduled programming with car restorations and builds in future story features here on CBI.
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 http://motoresanu.blogspot.it
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
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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.
Here you will find an interesting build video of the extremely rare Aston Martin One 77 from it’s conception to it’s complete execution. A new factory was even created to build the limited production car.
National Geographic does a great job commentating during the documentary, without any of the over exaggerated nonsense dialog that some other films seem to produce.
Find it below, it is definitely a recommended watch:
One of the most essential parts of driving your Jeep at night is having headlights. Headlights help to illuminate the road before you so you can navigate your way home even in the darkest of situations. For many years now, the only type of Jeep headlight available was the halogen headlight. These lights give off a yellowish hue and in most cases are not that bright, which can create a dangerous situation for the driver of the Jeep. LED headlights have made quite a mark in the short time that they have been around due to the many features and benefits that they bring. The following are a few of the many benefits of using jeep led headlights bulbs.
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Does any of our viewers have any information they can share about the original Cannonball Run races run in the 1970s? Gero Hosche from MotorReporters.com is working on a documentary film about the legendary outlaw race, its pop-cultural and even political impact, and how Hollywood turned it into the 1981 comedy blockbuster, and has asked us to help.
Involved so far are, among others, Brock Yates’ family, some Car and Driver magazine veterans and documentary experts from German Sport University.
They are looking for people that were there in the 1970s and have motion films or still photos – they could still be virtually anywhere out there.
Please find their press release attached on the following page. So many people love the classic movie (as a guilty pleasure), but know so little about the real story. Let’s help them with whatever we know! Continue reading →
Another day and another POD installment of vintage car photos to rummage through:
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NASCAR driving legend Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has an interesting piece of property in North Carolina that not only houses his main residence, but also features an old wild west town, 3 oval race tracks for practice and best yet, between 40 and 50 crashed race cars strewn across it in vicarious positions, including hanging from trees. The cars come from his own personal past wreckages, and others too including his biggest contributor, Sonny Lunsford Keselowski. The good-‘ol-boy oasis is aptly named “Dirty Mo Acres”, and although it is not open to the public, it has been used in commercials and for private party events. Dale says he doesn’t plan to live there forever and hints that he may open it up for property tours before settling down to a more humble lifestyle sometime in the not too distant future. Until that day happens, be sure to enjoy the pictures of the carnage on the following page…
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And just because, how about a gallery of some 1970’s pimpmobiles, complete with Rolls Royce (esque) grills, landau top bars (to simulate the look of a convertible) and Continental Kit trunks, to of course suggest that there is a spare tire back there. A big one. Each is as unique as a snowflake, although we would never claim quite as naturally beautiful. Brace yourself and behold (you have been forewarned)!
We don’t know about you, but we found it pretty funny to learn in Part 1’s earlier video that Shin Yoshikawa of Studio Time Capsule actually hates the Toyota 2000GT. Doesn’t like it a bit. Nevertheless, it’s a car that he just so happens to be the utmost worldwide authority of and has written a book about, too. Could it be the sign of a complex, brilliant mind? We think so, not that we know anything about complex, brilliant minds. The Psych 101 student in us who is desperately trying to make any bit of sense to it justifies it as more likely a love/hate relationship, because we have no other way to explain how he is capable of hand crafting the aluminum body so flawlessly if it were done purely out of sheer hatred alone.
Continue with us on the following page for Part 2 where we take a closer look at the uber talented Shin Yoshikawa with his creation of a Toyota 2000GT made entirely out of aluminum. That he hates, of course.
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