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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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2011 Fiat 500 Abarth with Mid Engine and Rear Wheel Drive

January 10, 2017 in Engine Swap / Italian / Modification Thread / Video

This 2011 Fiat Abarth was taken and made into something that more closely resembles the original classic Abarth by moving it’s engine behind the seats and giving it rear wheel drive. Although this one has mid engine placement rather than rear, we would have to agree that it was a better choice than having it hang out over the rear axle like the classic version. It’s called the “Motore Centrale R230” (which we hopefully don’t have to translate for you) by the Italian aftermarket tuner Aznom, the “R230” representing what the little Fiat engine’s horsepower was tuned up to. With a custom cradle made to hold it, suspension by Bilstein and larger brakes by Tar-Ox, could this be the closest thing to an Renault R5 that we have seen since the Ford Shogun? We say take it one step further and give it flares, more horsepower and less weight, which sounds like something close to what they have planned for it with a possible track day version in the future. Until then, check out the pictures and videos on the following page for a bit of entertainment…
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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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Video Recommendation: “Two of a Kind”:Bob Tullius and the Group 44 Jaguar Racing Car

January 5, 2017 in American / English / Race Car / Video

This video is absolutely 100% worth setting 23 minutes of your time aside to watch if you are any bit interested in the slightest about vintage racing or 1970’s video production. Brock Yates’ epic inside look at Bob Tullius’s winning effort in the 1978 Trans Am series and capture of the Manufacturer’s Championship title for Jaguar is a combination of both, and not only entertaining for seeing what it takes to be a winner but for it’s period cinematic value, as well. Without further ado, may we present to you “Two of a Kind”, a classic video that gear heads from every car culture can appreciate…

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Volkswagen Golf Build for U.K. Time Attack Series

January 3, 2017 in Engine Swap / English / German / Modification Thread / Race Car / Video

This Volkswagen MKVI Golf is the subject of a race car build thread on VWVortex.com by forum member “Greg@Griffin”. The car started as a wrecked plain Jane base model Golf, but was given the full work over for Time Attack racing by Milltek Sport in the U.K., which included a warmed over 415 hp Golf R 4 cylinder turbo engine. There is no mention whether it received the R’s 4 Motion drive system too, so we are left to assume that it retains the base model’s front wheel drive platform, perhaps for weight savings or race class regulations. We have always been big fans of modified VW’s when they are tastefully and properly built like this car, which shouldn’t be confused with a drift car, not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course. Otherwise, the name of the series that this VW is racing in wouldn’t be called “Time Attack”, since going sideways isn’t exactly the quickest way around a track…
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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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Video Recommendation: Luciano Rupolo’s Collection

December 26, 2016 in German / Italian / Race Car / Survivor / Video

How about starting off the day with a short film about fellow vintage automobile enthusiast Luciano Rupolo, who is living out our classic car filled dreams. The Italian talks about his collection of rare cars and his passion for keeping them for long periods of time to age like fine wine, waiting patiently for their history to finally be appreciated. He scoffs at the wealthy who materialistically buy historic cars with no actual ties to them other than the ability to purchase. What an awesome position to be in, an inspiration for sure. The Italians are romantic and passionate people, which is why we love them so much and have included this video here on Valentine’s Day. This guy is the real deal, and if you are a true enthusiast, we are sure that you will agree too, so enjoy:

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