1968 Fiat Dino Spider Restoration

January 30, 2017 in Home Garage Build / Italian

This 1968 Fiat Dino Spider’s restoration project was posted in a thread on Fiat500USAForum.com by it’s owner, forum member “fredfrey”. The car was light blue when it originally left the factory 40 something years ago, but had been re painted resale red at some point by a previous owner. We are guessing that the Ferrari prancing horse emblem was slapped on the front grill at the same time, which is something that was never applied by either factory during their production run. A small quibble perhaps, considering otherwise discerning good taste is witnessed by both the light blue “Ferrari” Dino color that was chosen for it to be resprayed in and the fact that it has an awesome Alfa Romeo Jr. Zagato and a Fiat 600 both as stablemates. Sometimes, just seeing a garage with interesting cars gives their owner credibility to some of their personal choices that are made during another car’s restoration. Call us car snobs, but would we be second guessing his color choice and emblem decision if he had a PT Cruiser instead of a Zagato as one of his other cars? Probably.

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1959 Maserati 3500GT Vignale Spyder Prototype Restoration

January 26, 2017 in Italian

This 1959 Maserati 3500GT Vignale Spyder Prototype (AM101.504) was the subject of a restoration that can be seen at thecarnut.com, a site which was created by it’s owner. It is said that this car was not only the very first production 3500GT convertible and the first prototype of the Vignale Spyder, it was also the actual car featured by Maserati at the 1959 Turin Motor Show. We are not sure how it could have been both the first production car and the first prototype at the same time, but stranger things have happened we suppose. With a vehicle as gorgeous as this one, we’ll just let it slide for the moment while we gawk at the pictures. We are always such helpless suckers for a curvy topless Italian body, especially when they are so close in relation to other sexy models such as the Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder. Hey, we were talking about cars, come onnn!

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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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1/8th Scale Model Build of a Talbot Lago T26C

January 23, 2017 in French / Home Garage Build / Race Car / Replica/Tribute Build

The 10 page build thread of this Talbot Lago T26C 1/8th scale model replica was featured on scalemotorcars.com by it’s creator, forum member PROPELLER. While we by no means have any immediate plans to change our name to ModelCarBuildIndex.com any time soon, we did, however, get a bit overly giddy about this miniature race car and uploaded over 200 photos of it’s build on the following page. Continue with us on the next page as we take an extreme close up look at this fascinating project…
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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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Survivor: 1935 Mercedes Benz 290A Cabriolet

January 18, 2017 in Barn Find / German / Restoration Shop / Survivor

The subject of today’s Survivor is this stately, almost all original pre-war 1935 Mercedes Benz 290a Cabriolet. One of only 19 short wheel based drop top 290’s built between ’35 and ’36, it was originally ordered by a vintner to drive around his winery in his home town of Burgundy, France. We can just picture the scenario now…the top down, a well dressed gentleman rowing it’s 4 speed manual box through the gears while putting it’s 60 horsepower 6 cylinder motor through it’s paces on a beautiful summer night on a twisty mountain road, gorgeous French girl by his side and a bottle of their finest wine flowing. Perhaps he ordered it’s interior in red to hide any spills? That would be just all too appropriate, the image alone certainly adding to this classic’s provenance for us. But we digress, so back on topic with actual facts that we do know for certain…

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Survivor: 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 with 308 Miles

January 17, 2017 in Survivor

The subject of today’s Survivor feature is this all original 308 mile 1981 De Lorean DMC-12 time capsule. We have no idea where the “12” in their name originates from, as they are powered by Peugeot-Renault-Volvo’s anemic 2.8 V6 with 150 hp. Kinda a let down for such a flashy car with gull wing doors, but in any case what we are celebrating here is the fact that it has remained untouched for so many years, still wearing the plastic on it’s seats and paper floor mats that it was originally delivered with. You don’t have to be a cheerleader for the car’s style or history to appreciate that as true car people, right? Don’t judge us. Moving on…

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Guest Writer: Kyle Manseau, his 1966 Stingray Roadster Restoration.

January 16, 2017 in Uncategorized

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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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McLaren MP4-12C Under Construction

January 12, 2017 in Build In Progress / English / Factory Photos

We always enjoy watching the process of car projects coming together and know that most die hard car enthusiast do too, therefore the whole reasoning behind the creation of this site. When we come across new exotic cars being built in a slow moving assembly line at their factories that are as clean as hospital surgery rooms, we always use the opportunity to feature them here to compare the contrasts and similarities of their builds to our other features of projects finished in everything from home garages to professional restoration shops. Autoblog.com recently had a news story about the new baby McLaren P13 that will be coming next year and had a few pictures of the existing MP4-12C under production, which we have included on the next page. For the full story on the details of the upcoming McLaren, click on the link provided after the photos, and be sure not to miss the link to the one hour BBC video that shows the production of the MP4-12C right under it, as well.

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Survivor: Unrestored 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 with 8,531 Miles

January 11, 2017 in American / Barn Find / Survivor

The subject of today’s Survivor is an all original 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 that is set to hit the auction block April 25th in Pennsylvania. It has only 8,531 miles on it from when it’s first owner, Larry A. Brown bought it new and it is said to have never even been washed since sitting at the dealership. This 428 Cobra Jet 4 speed car had remained in his Pennsylvania garage since sometime before it’s registration expired in January of 1973, until he unfortunately recently passed away. The kicker to this story is that before he decided to store it away over 40 years ago, he never drove it in the rain or even washed it out of fear of water sneaking it’s way into the car’s unmentionables and rusting it. The car psychic in us attributes his tin worm anxiety to probably be the culprit of some early English or Italian car ownership sometime in his past, which would be an appropriate explanation and an understandable cause of his concern. Whatever the reason why, we wouldn’t have had the will power to let it sit untouched for so many years ourselves, so come take a closer look at a true time capsule example of self restraint with this Black Jade garage find and check out how they looked when they left the factory back in 1969…
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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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1973 Brumos Porsche 911 S Current Restoration/Build Thread

January 9, 2017 in Build In Progress / Engine Swap / German / Home Garage Build / Race Car / Restoration

There’s a really interesting 1973 Porsche 911 S home garage build thread currently unfolding on PellicanParts.com, which can be found linked on the following page. For those of you who want to be caught up to date with the Cliff Notes version first, all you got to do is continue reading here for the highlights before jumping in. The project starts with a long hood which was originally built by Florida based championship race winning Brumos Porsche as their own iteration of a factory lightweight RS or Clubsport package car. It includes an actual genuine “retired” IROC 3.0 RSR engine that was first installed back in ’74, the crown jewel of this project. Since it is being rebuilt as a street car still, forum member/car owner “chriskimmelshue” is keeping it’s electric sunroof and windows, heat and carpet and is building it exactly to his spec, regardless of others are suggesting he does with the rare race engine or original Brumos history, and here’s how it is going down…
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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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Survivor: 2,996 Mile 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

January 4, 2017 in American / Barn Find / Survivor

We felt that this 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe would be the perfect fit for today’s Survivor feature to accompany yesterday’s 8,500 mile all original ’69 Shelby Mustang GT500. Both American V8 cars have similar back stories of being tucked away after having been driven very few miles, preserving them in the same condition that they left the factory over 40 years prior. Once again, we have no idea how either of these two guys could possibly have been able to store them for so long without driving the snot out of them, but at the same time we are thankful for people like them who possess the self restraint that we apparently don’t come close to having ourselves. Follow with us on the next page as we search for a better understanding of this garage find owner’s background to explain the who and how while we take a closer look at the 2,996 all original Survivor
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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 “[email protected]”. 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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