Ferrari expert Michael Sheehan has an interesting article on his site, http://ferraris-online.com/ that was reprinted from a story that he wrote for the February 2006 issue of Sports Car Market, titled “Restoration to the Highest Level”. In the short article he covers the exorbitant expenses associated with building a Dino to a 90 point show car. It’s a great read, somewhat of a shocker while it really shouldn’t be considering it is a Ferrari we are speaking of here, whether Enzo wanted them labeled that way, or not. Then you realize that it is speaking in the financial terms of 2006 money which need to be recalculated for the current market and the readjustment of shock happens all over again. Are we really still in a bubble that is ready to burst at any moment, or are the expenses associated with being a vintage car enthusiast only growing to a level that will make every single “driver” left to be restored only as trailer-queen show museum pieces and out of reach to anybody but speculators and investors? We at CarBuildIndex represent the diminishing few left who say that wear and tear on a vintage Ferrari or other exotic sports car represents character, just drive the damn things and enjoy the hell out of them. These vehicles were built to be hammered, and hammered often, they don’t like sitting, that’s when things go wrong. Period. We predict a time in the not-so-distant future when original “survivor” Ferraris will be far more sought after than the dime a dozen restored examples, and not because they make great bases for overly restored rejuvenations. Something to think about after reading our “Related Posts” Dino Chairs and Flairs feature, linked below, too…
This 1970 Datsun 240Z is the subject of a 31 page-and-counting build thread by it’s owner/builder, forum member “gmac708” on Nicoclub.com. He originally picked the car up in Arizona in 2009, then put it on a trailer and brought it home to Ohio where he promptly set about stripping it apart in preparation of an epic build, certainly unaware of the publicity that lurked ahead for himself and “Betzy”. Everything is addressed during the project build, from brakes to suspension, with the crown jewel being the RB26 Nissan Skyline GTR RB26 DETT engine that he stuffed into it, which ended up dynoing in at 360 whp with 9 lbs of boost. On the following page, find the majority of the thread’s build pictures featured in the right column, as usual how we do it here at CBI, then watch it go up against a new generation, fully modded 370Z on the race track in a 17 minute video put together by Motor Trend magazine. Behold, our Thanksgiving Day friends. Goggle gobble….
If you have 27 minutes to spare, we highly recommend that you watch Ingenuity In Action, produced in 1959 by Hot Rod Magazine about a team who prepares a car and races it at NHRA Nationals. It is oh so very Leave it to Beaver, had Wally been a drag racer. Better yet, get Beaver behind the wheel as he is lighter and let Wally wrench. Grab your popcorn and make sure you have extra melted butter, and then after the film be sure to go to the drive-in for a bite or the local drug store for a malt.
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