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Video Recommendation: Porsche 911 by Head of Design for Bugatti

March 21, 2017 in German / Video

In this short video, /DRIVEN takes a look at Achim Anscheidt’s 1981 Porsche SC. As the Head of Design for Bugatti, it is interesting to see his minimalist build, surely a sharp contrast to the luxurious power barges that consume his daily job duties. His 911 has been backdated to an early long hood car specification and was made extremely lightweight from use of Kevlar fenders, door skins and front and rear lids, as well as from gutting the interior, too. It’s beautifully simplistic yet effective build is exactly the kind that we like to feature here, and somehow we are sure that you’ll agree that this one was finished properly:

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Survivor: 1979 Porsche 930

March 17, 2017 in German / Survivor / Video

The subject for today’s Survivor is this all original 1979 Porsche 930 with only 15,624 miles from new. It had remained in one family it’s whole life until it’s recent sale and still possesses all of it’s original paperwork and equipment, down to it’s silly federally mandated 85 mph speedometer that the U.S. required at the time. We have no idea what the government was thinking back then, maybe that it would be less tempting to drive fast if the it looked pinned at 85? Whatever the case, that didn’t stop most 911 Turbos from being tossed off the road backwards because of drop throttle oversteer caused by the pendulum effect in full swing (pun intended), a fate that this one fortunately escaped. Come take a closer look at this museum piece with us on the following page as we check this particular car out and touch upon the subject of their current value, amongst other related rantings…
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Video: Maserati Alfieri Concept Car Creation and Build

March 16, 2017 in Build In Progress / Italian / Video

As you may already know if you follow our posts with any bit of frequency at all, modern cars just don’t motivate us as much as the more visceral and lighter weight vintage vehicles of our past. Although we can’t claim to be overly enthralled by the design of Maserati’s new Alfieri concept car, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to showcase the following video of it’s build and creation here because of it’s connection to the gorgeous 1950’s Pinin-Farina designed A6GCS model that inspired it. The original is a car that we happen to consider one of the finest looking automobiles of all time and while many consider that honor to go to the 1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, we feel that the Maserati slightly trumps that car’s design by a few fractions of a point. In any case, 2014 also happens to mark Maserati’s 50th anniversary so expect many more of the automaker’s cars to show up here this year. In the meantime, here’s a warm up…

VIDEO: Private Citroen Museum

March 14, 2017 in Featured / French / Survivor / Video

Citroen recently opened the doors of their private storage facility to XCAR, who shot the attached video below. Near Paris, the exact location of the museum isn’t disclosed because it is unfortunately not open to the public. We are thankful for being able to take a peek at all of the amazing cars, and had no idea that Citroen was the first manufacturer to adapt front wheel drive to their cars before watching the short film. Enjoy, and be sure not to miss our previous SM restoration feature in “Related Stories” on the following page…

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Video Recommendation: The Secret Storage Facility of Audi Sport

February 27, 2017 in Factory Tour / German / Race Car / Video

Since our feature of Porsche Museum’s secret storage facility exactly 2 months ago today (http://www.carbuildindex.com/20165/porsches-secret-museum/), we thought that it would only be appropriate to follow that up with /DRIVE’S inside look at Audi Tradition in south eastern Germany. There, they store all of their historic race cars from every era they have raced in, including the iconic original Silver Arrows. We particularly enjoyed their in-car footage while ripping in a rally Quattro Coupe, and their look at the Trans Am series 200’s and 90 GTO cars, a few examples of the original competition cars that first bonded our interest in the marque that remains piqued to this day…

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1951 Bandini Siluro Motto Crosley Mercury 750cc Devin Monza‏ Barn Find

February 20, 2017 in American / Barn Find / Home Garage Build / Italian / Race Car / Sympathetic Restoration / Video

This 1951 Bandini Siluro Motto Crosley Mercury 750cc Devin Monza has a compelling, storied history to explain it’s ridiculously long and complicated name. Let’s take a crack at it and see if we can sort this out…
What started out as a cycle-fendered Bandini race car was ultimately transformed into this Devin Monza-bodied car for the 1958 racing season when an SCCA rules change dictated that they no longer allowed cars with cycle fenders to compete. It went on to race successfully for many more seasons before it was put away in storage for over 50 years, until it was finally exhumed out of it’s original owner’s garage in 2007. The term “barn find” is incorrectly over-used far too often these days, but if there were any car to qualify it would certainly be this one.

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1991 Mazda 787B Restoration

February 16, 2017 in Japanese / Race Car / Restoration / Video

This 1991 Mazda 787B was the overall winner of LeMans that year, and was treated to a restoration by Mazda in 2011 to celebrate it’s 20 year anniversary of that victory. Mazda is the only Japanese manufacturer to have ever won the race, and this vehicle is the only car powered by a rotor engine to have won LeMans, too. Check out it’s short restoration video on the following page, and an on-board demonstration lap at LeMans with Johnny Herbert at the wheel. Great stuff:

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Video: Senna’s 91 McLaren Honda V12 Fired Up For First Time in 20 Years

February 8, 2017 in English / Japanese / Race Car / Video

In this video, legendary late Formula 1 driver Aryton Senna’s 1991 McLaren Honda MP4/6 3.5 liter V12 was recently fired up for the first time in 20 years. He used the land bound missile to win 7 races in 1991, therefore clinching the World Championship that year. Is it just us, or would you also agree that Senna represented the tale end of the golden era of F1? Before you make your own conclusion, listen to this engine while looking at the design of the chiseled vintage race car’s body and chassis, then compare it to today’s phallic nose F1 cars cluttered with billboard advertisements and overly complicated technology. Is there really any comparison? For us, quicker is not necessarily always better…

Factory Tour at Morgan

February 7, 2017 in English / Factory Tour / Video

We always enjoy watching the process of a car being built from the ground up, whether it be the restoration of a vintage car or a new car getting built from scratch. Morgan Motor Company happens to occupy a bit of both of those two descriptions, as they are a present day car manufacturer who still employs the same old school craftsmanship techniques, and even tools that they have been using on basically the same car design since their Morgan +4 began production in 1950. Last week, Automobiliac.com made a visit to the Malvern, England factory and have shared the pictures of the tour on their site. Be sure to visit it linked on the following page, where they give an educational and interesting description to go along with the photos. Barring a few anachronisms, such as the use of modern tires, they look like they could have been taken at any time during the last 60+ years. After, be sure not to miss the (unassociated to Automobiliac.com) factory tour video attached, as well. Tally hoe, our good ‘ol chaps! puts goggles on, tosses scarf around shoulder and drives off (Our weak attempt at English humor)…
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Reader Submission: 1960 Austin Seven Mk 1 Mini Restoration/Yamaha Engine Swap

February 6, 2017 in Build In Progress / Engine Swap / English / Home Garage Build / Reader Submission / Restoration / Video

This 1960 Austin Seven Mk1 project is brought to us today by CarBuildIndex.com reader Joe, who wanted to share with fellow viewers his epic build that includes an engine and transmission swap from a 2003 Yamaha YZF-R1 motorcycle. The 11,000 rpm, 998 cc motor is said to produce in the range of 164 horsepower and weigh merely a scant 150 pounds. At 200 pounds less than the stock one it replaces and in excess of 30 more horsepower than a fully built 1275cc Series A engine, that’s a win/win formula which you will never find us arguing with. The project started almost 6 years ago and it is currently in it’s final stages of completion, so come take a closer look at it with us on the following page and then be sure not to miss his linked site that details his build in full.
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Recommended Read: Mass HP Front Wheel Drive Cars In Formula Form

February 3, 2017 in General Discussion / Race Car / Video

Here’s an interesting story that we found pop up a few days ago on http://www.wired.com/, titled “The Physics of a Front-Wheel Drive Muscle Car”. In it, Rhett Allain breaks down into formula form the equation to what it takes to make a nose-puller economy car able to withstand mass amounts of horsepower during acceleration. While the recipe looks too complicated for our simple minds to compute with even the slightest bit of any comprehension, as an Associate Professor of Physics at Southeastern Louisiana University, we will just have to take his word for it…

Before hopping to the brain power content, cited as an example is the video of this impressive 736 horsepower VW Rabbit being put through it’s fore paw paces.

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VIDEO: BMW Factory Tour on National Geographic

February 2, 2017 in American / Build In Progress / Factory Tour / German / Video

Although we will by no means ever endorse the over-exaggeraged, comedic Will Arnett Arrested Development-like style of this narrator, we will never hold back a good factory tour documentary when we come across one. Just don’t blame us for this one’s overemphasized commentary…
Follow the build of a Z4 in BMW’s Spartanburg, South Carolina factory on National Geographic here:

 

1988 Pro Car Alfa Romeo 164

January 25, 2017 in Italian / Race Car / Sleeper / Video

Here’s a car that’s absolutely ludicrous (in a fantastic way) that we never knew existed until we recently ran across it on Jalopnick.com: the 1988 Pro Car Alfa Romeo 164 with mid mounted 3.5 liter V10 Formula 1 engine. Only two were ever built to participate in the Pro Car race series to support F1 Gran Prix races before plans for the series were cancelled because of high development costs. That’s too bad, because we would like to have seen what manufacturers came up with in the 80’s for race cars which used F1 technology but resembled street cars. Sleeper cars is our favorite subject, after all. They had chassis made by Brabham, and a full 620 hp at 13,300 rpm to propel just 1,623 pounds, which is just rubbing more salt into our open wounds. For more self inflicted pain, check out the two videos on the following page…
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BMW 1M with M5 V10 Engine Swap

January 24, 2017 in Engine Swap / German / Video

We haven’t featured a late model car receiving an engine swap recently, so when we came across this behemoth we thought that we would throw it in the mix. It’s a BMW 1M that has received a 5 liter V10 engine from a 2005-2010 model year M5 shoe horned into it along with it’s SMG gearbox, as well. Normally that would be good for 507 horsepower, but the madmen at TJ Fahrzeug Design in Germany who were responsible for the engine swap re-tuned it to closer to 555.
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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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