1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing Restoration

March 2, 2017 in Featured / German / Restoration Shop

This 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing was the subject of a full restoration by Rare Drive in East Kingston, New Hampshire.  Although 300 SL’s are their specialty, they have also won awards on the lawns of Pebble Beach and Amelia Island for their restorations of Ferraris, Ford GT40s and Shelby Cobras too. Their website does not include any details of this specific vehicle, but since the car is such a classic we have included it here along with a bit of history on the model. Our interest has been piqued especially since featuring the 2nd SL ever produced in a previous story that can be seen here: http://www.carbuildindex.com/7856/1952-mercedes-benz-300-sl-restoration-by-factory-2nd-every-produced-2/.
By the time this road-going 300 SL was produced 3 years after the previously mentioned ’52, they had proved to be a force to be reckoned with at the track and on the showroom floors, and this particular example finally received a much needed restoration to bring it back to it’s former glory.

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2012 Volkswagen Scirocco R Modification

March 1, 2017 in Build In Progress / Featured / German / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread

This 2012 Volkswagen Scirocco R is the subject of a 79 page modification thread on http://www.vwgolf.net.au/forum.php by it’s owner, forum member “Rev555”.  While we normally don’t feature slammed stance rides with flat wraps here, we have made the exception for this particular car because of it’s impressive list of modifications. Also because we have a soft spot for the “new” Scirocco that is unfortunately not being imported here into the United States, which makes it even more difficult after seeing these photos. In any case, when a car is as modified as this feature R, there are always decisions to personalize it to one’s own unique taste that not everybody will agree upon, but we can respect that when the overall end result is more about performance than appearance. With 513 ft lbs of torque, we have no problems at all here. Moving on…
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Survivor: 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lightweight

February 28, 2017 in German / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Survivor / Sympathetic Restoration

This 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lightweight was the subject of a sympathetic restoration by the Porsche marque experts at Autofarm in the U.K. What came to be known as the “Beirut RS”, we cannot fathom a truer poster child automobile that defines the term “survivor” better than this. During the war in Lebanon in the mid 80’s, a mortar shell hit the building that this rare car was being stored in and part of the structure fell on top of the car. The car was entombed until it was more recently resurrected by property developers who contacted the original owner’s family asking what they wanted to do with it…
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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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Andy Rooney’s 1966 Sunbeam Alpine Tiger Restoration

February 24, 2017 in American / English / Restoration / Restoration Shop

We are back with another restoration recommendation from Hemmings.com to take a look at, this time around a touching story about a 1966 Sunbeam Tiger that belonged to Andy Rooney from 60 Minutes. He had originally purchased it brand new and always thoroughly enjoyed driving while he was still amongst us, but unfortunately never got to see it’s restoration finished by Whitehall Auto Restorations in Massachusetts while he was still alive. His daughter Emily shares the story, which can be found in full in the link provided on the following page. But first, how about some pictures?

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Koenigsegg Factory Visit

February 23, 2017 in Build In Progress / Factory Tour / Swedish

As a follow up to our other day’s feature of a Koenigsegg One:1’s final build steps for the Geneva Auto Show, we thought it would only be appropriate to take a further look inside their Angelhom, Sweden based factory. Jalopnik.com’s GFWilliams took the following additional photos, which we are sure you will agree just never seems to get old looking at. It’s always interesting to see how a modern super car is made in between the majority of vintage car builds that we feature here, regardless of where your loyalty ultimately lies. Find the talented photographer’s collection of pictures on the next page, then be sure to check out his work in his Facebook link after.

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Random Vintage Photographs

February 22, 2017 in American / English / French / General Discussion / German / Italian / Japanese / Race Car / Vintage Dealership Photos

We put this collection of random vintage photographs together from a 196 page-and-counting thread on VWVortex.com simply titled “Vintage photos…..Awesome!” by forum member “G60toR32”. Thousands of pictures are included from every era all around the populated world, including some that we particularly found interesting of our native Los Angeles before today’s plague of traffic and congestion. Get lost while looking at over 100 photos attached on the following page, or if you really have some time for a journey you can find the link to the original thread at the bottom of the next page.

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1984 Porsche Rothmans Prodrive 911 SCRS Restoration

February 21, 2017 in Build In Progress / German / Restoration / Restoration Shop

Today’s Friday feature is the restoration of an authentic 1984 Porsche 911 SCRS which was originally built by Prodrive for racing in period with title sponsor Rothmans. This car is the real deal, 1 of only 20 cars built by the factory before being sent to the master gurus of Suburu WRC rally fame back in the day. It had been successfully campaigned in the Middle East in Group B competition before it’s latest owner here in the United States took custody of it. He had it’s engine rebuilt and had modifications given to it by Pat Williams Racing in 2005 so that he could street drive it when not participating in rally events here on our own home soil. Exactly our type of guy. More recently, Vintage Sports Cars Restorations gave it a full nut and bolt restoration, which is what you are about to witness on the following page. Behold…
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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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1959 Maserati 3500GT

February 17, 2017 in Home Garage Build / Italian / Sympathetic Restoration

This 1959 Maserati 3500 GT is the subject of a sympathetic restoration on ferrarichat.com by member “mfletch”.
Back when he was only 17, “mfletch” talked his brother into buying the Maserati out of a local paper for only $3,500. That was over 30 years ago and ever since then it sat in his garage with a bad transmission. Not too long ago he pulled the car out of his brother’s garage with the intention of gracing it with a sympathetic restoration. He wanted to keep enough of the car’s original paint and interior for it to remain to be considered a “survivor”, with plans to refresh it’s mechanicals to safe operating condition, as well.

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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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Dino “Chairs and Flairs” Restoration

February 15, 2017 in Build In Progress / Featured / Italian

The thread linked below is from Ferrarichat.com and features a “chairs and flairs” Dino that is undergoing a full rotisserie restoration by forum member “omgjon”. It’s previous owner had it for the past 33 years and it was still wearing it’s original factory paint, upholstery and carpet when he recently bought it, making it a true “survivor”. Very rare, indeed. The question then arises, why restore it?

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Lamborghini Countach S Rosso/Rosso Bare Metal Repaint

February 14, 2017 in Build In Progress / Italian / Restoration Shop

Over at ferrarichat.com, member “sp1der” left his Rosso/Rosso Lamborghini Countach LP5000S in the hands of the experts at U.K. based Alsa Automotive for a bare metal repaint, as well as for removal of it’s rear wing and ariel antennae. Anything that mentions a Lamborghini Countach and our ears immediately perk up here at CarBuildIndex. We love Marcello Gandini’s exotic wedge car design, which just seems to get better with age.

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Citroen Maserati SM Restoration

February 13, 2017 in French / Italian / Restoration Shop

This Citroen Maserati SM is the subject of a ground up restoration by a collaboration between two shops in France: Classic-Car-Charolais for the body work, and Patrick Regembeau for the mechanical. Although they do not include any background narrative of this particular SM’s history on either of their sites, there are more than enough restoration pictures posted to piece together it’s rejuvenation story. We have also included pictures of one of the historic work shops where the transformation occurred because it fits so well as the perfectly appropriate setting for the renovation of this French and Italian mixed exotic. In the end, the car’s final results look absolutely stunning in it’s show quality finish. 

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1977 Lotus Esprit S1 Restoration

February 10, 2017 in English / Featured / Home Garage Build

This 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 has underwent a full nut and bolt restoration by it’s owner, who chronicled the whole process on a website that he dedicated to the 4 year build. His goal was to bring this Esprit S1 back to the way it had left the factory over 30 years ago. The end result exceeds these expectations, a car that certainly would have made Colin Chapman himself proud.
The Lotus had only 18,000 original miles on the clock when he purchased it back in 2009, and he began dismantling it before ever even driving it.

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Vintage Photos of Crashed Ferraris

February 10, 2017 in Italian / Race Car

Since we are on the subject of vintage Ferrari’s anyways, we thought that we would include vintage pictures of crashed Ferraris from a thread started on Ferrarichat.com. It seems that forum member Michael Platzer can be given credit for a good portion of them, which can be found in the provided link on the following page. Please refrain from cringing too loudly if you can help it…
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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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