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Vintage Shelby Factory Photos

June 28, 2017 in American / Engine Swap / English / Factory Tour / Race Car

If you’re here browsing this site, then chances are you’re a gear head of the highest magnitude and it wouldn’t be necessary to introduce who Carroll Shelby is, because that would be insulting and redundant. To each and everyone one of us. We understand. So, we’ll skip the formalities and leave you to drool over the following vintage period photos of his sport cars during different stages of production at his factory in Venice, which never seem to get old. Enjoy…

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1958 Berkeley Gilmore SE492 Period Race Car Restoration

June 27, 2017 in English / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Video

This 1958 Berkeley Gilmore SE492 was the subject of a restoration by Pete’s Custom Coachbuilding in Ohio. You may remember the shop from our previous feature of their restoration of a beautiful eggshell white 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce, linked at the bottom of the following page. While there is no information on their site about this particular Berkeley other than the photos attached, we located and embedded their YouTube video on the next page that gives the full low down of it’s history and restoration, but not before a brief history of the small car company for a little more insight to what they were all about…
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Elvis Presley’s BMW 507 Heading for Restoration

June 22, 2017 in Barn Find / German / Race Car / Restoration / Restoration Shop

Elvis Presley’s infamous 1957 BMW 507 that he purchased while being stationed as a G.I. in Germany has recently resurfaced and is heading back to Germany for restoration at the BMW Classic Center. While the “King of Rock and Roll” originally purchased the sports car second hand, the car’s history before and after he owned it (shared on the following page) is equally as entertaining as the singer who once owned it…

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1958 BMW 503 Restoration

June 16, 2017 in German / Restoration Shop

This 1958 BMW 503 was the subject of a nut and bolt restoration by RKH-Classic in Germany, found linked at the bottom of the following page. We do not have an excess of information about this particular example from their site, but we still felt compelled to include a bit of the model’s interesting history here on CBI since they are such rare cars and this particular one is such an outstanding example. Come see what we mean…

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1968 Ford Escort Restoration Video

June 7, 2017 in American / Barn Find / Build In Progress / Engine Swap / English / Home Garage Build / Race Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration / Video

The following video on the next page chronicles the complete rebuild of a 1968 Ford Escort Mk 1 in the style of the vintage Rothmans cars, although it’s livery is hopefully intentionally misspelled as “Rotmanns”. Not only does the inspirational film show the car being taken from a basket case to a very capable vintage stage racer, it also shows some epic in-car action shots during several competitions from when it’s finished. Now, if this doesn’t entice you to work on your own car this 4th of July weekend, maybe it’s time to pick another project car that will motivate you more. Say, an Escort Mk 1, perhaps? (see what we did there?) Enjoy…

 

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1988 Lancia Delta Integrale Restoration/Modification

June 5, 2017 in Engine Swap / Featured / Italian / Modification Thread / Race Car

This 1988 Lancia Delta 8V Integrale Evolution is the subject of a street legal/track day/race car project on Pistonheads.com, by it’s owner, forum member”dwrights”. The story is that he already had an animal Evo 2 Delta Integrale 16 valve complete with 360 bhp, Alcon brakes and a trick suspension which he was planning on modifying for more power. His goal was to install a full roll cage and turn it into an all out track car…until he saw the 1988 Integrale 8v rally shell propped up on jack stands lurking in the corner of his friend’s shop. Who could blame him for having his imagination go wild? There is just something about seeing a race car shell with a roll cage criss-crossing through it that speaks to all of us car guys. Especially considering that he had been recently quoted  £10k plus VAT from a custom fabricator to build a similar cage in his current Integrale. The decision to sell his car and start a new build was a no-brainer. He put his street car back to stock, sold it and transferred his forged engine, Alcon brakes, RSR suspension, and associated trick hardware over to the Rally shell build. They agreed on an estimated build time, and the transformation began…

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Stunning 1967 OSI 20m Restoration

May 31, 2017 in American / German / Italian / Restoration / Restoration Shop

This 1967 OSI 20m TS Coupe was the year-and-a-half long project of “Nathan R”, who refers to it as one of the most difficult restorations that he has ever taken on. The rust was extensive, covering about half of the car and requiring the old world craftsmen at his shop in Vietnam shop to hand form new panels for practically half of the vehicle, but that didn’t stop them as it would others who have been defeated by less. In addition, during the process of restoring the car, Nathan found that the OSI classic car community could benefit from his company reproducing quality parts that would otherwise be unobtainable, such as grills, headlight pods, window rubbers and rear light surrounds, which they now offer for sale. With only around 200 of these rare Italian/German/American hybrids survivors left remaining today out of the 2000+ originally built, it’s great to see that the hobby can perpetually benefit from one man’s quest to restore his own example to the highest standard possible.
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Rolling Restoration Project: 1971 Fiat 124 Sport Spider

May 24, 2017 in Engine Swap / Home Garage Build / Italian / Modification Thread

This 1971 Fiat 124 Sport Spider was the subject of a tasteful rolling restoration by it’s owner, a crafty home garage mechanic and avid Fiat enthusiast. With all of the high priced heavyweights we have been talking about here recently, we thought it was long past due for us to get back to our roots (and back down to reality) and feature a fun lightweight Italian convertible restoration, and this project hit that nail slam right on the head. Let’s take a closer look at it, shall we?
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Lotus Type 79/1 Restoration

May 23, 2017 in English / Race Car / Restoration / Restoration Shop

This Lotus Type 79/1 Formula 1 vintage race car was the subject of a restoration by Classic Team Lotus in the U.K. The vehicle was originally used as a prototype for the development of under car aerodynamics with help from none other than Mario Andretti, and was also the first Formula 1 car designed using wind tunnel and computer design aids. Later, it was used as his spare race car for the 1978 season. When Lotus enthusiast Paul Rego of Regogo Racing in Texas found out that it was available for sale back in 2010, he took advantage of the opportunity to purchase the rare 1 of 5 car and promptly had it sent back to England where it received it’s renovation under the supervision of Clive Chapman, son of Lotus “add lightness” legend Colin.
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1967 Renault R4 Restoration with Gordini 1387 cc Engine Swap

May 19, 2017 in Engine Swap / French / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread / Sleeper

This 1967 Renault R4 was the subject of a restoration complete with a 1387cc Gordini engine swap, as seen on www.Renault4.co.uk. We have always been big fans of tiny cars, which would be obvious if you follow our posts with any bit of frequency in the slightest. We especially appreciate them when they have been warmed over by enthusiasts who know which parts to pick from their various years of manufacture and then assembles them all together using the most choice pieces, which is exactly the case of this project featured here today. While it would normally be a bit odd to label a car with only 94 horsepower a “sleeper”,  one has to take into consideration that that figure is now more than 3 times the amount of power of it’s original stock 847 cc engine, which makes it quite befitting of the title now, wouldn’t you agree?
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EVO Video: Lancia Delta Integrale Evo II

May 15, 2017 in Homologation / Italian / Race Car / Video

In the video on the following page, the head of EVO magazine, Harry Metcalfe, talks about his gorgeous “Giallo Ginestra” (the Italian language itself is just as beautiful as their art, design, food, landscape,automobiles and culture, isn’t it?) yellow Lancia Delta Integrale Evo II while covering the model’s glorious racing history, as well. This one’s not to be missed, but if you still find yourself jonesing for more Delta Integrale content after this video, then be sure not to miss our previous features of an ’88 Project Build here, an ’86 Restoration here, and an all out ’92 “La Supra” Delta Evo 1 Build here. Enjoy:

 

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Tastefully Built 1969 Datsun Roadster Resto-Mod

May 12, 2017 in Engine Swap / Japanese / Restoration Shop

This 1969 Datsun Roadster was built as a resto mod utilizing an assortment of interesting and clever features by the crew at Spriso Motorsports in Corvallis, Oregon. This project wasn’t exactly their first tango at swapping a modern SR20DE engine into one of the iconic Japanese convertibles. In fact, they had completed several before, using “test drivers” to sort out any possible bugs before selling their conversions to customers looking for upgraded power, handling and brakes featuring modern reliability all wrapped up in a vintage package. This particular ’69 S13 SR20DET came about as the result of one man’s new found interest in the vintage convertible after many years of 510 dedication, and the following story is about his build and what changed his perspective forever. Let’s take a closer look at exactly what would make someone simply walk away from a previous devotion and never look back…
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Twiggy’s 1968 Toyota 2000GT Paint and Body Restoration

May 10, 2017 in Japanese / Restoration Shop

This 1968 Toyota 2000GT (VIN# MF10-10130) was the subject of a body restoration and repaint by expert craftsman Shin Yoshikawa of Studio Time Capsule in Lebec, California. The million dollar car, which was previously owned when new by the supermodel known worldwide as “Twiggy”, was entrusted to Shin by the Toyota Museum to repair some engine compartment fire damage and an older botched bodywork job. We love the shape of these iconic Japanese sports cars, which look like a much more intricate and delicate version of Datsun’s later-introduced 240Z. With only 337 total built between 1967 and 1970, we are happy to see that this one was returned to it’s former glory.
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1977 Mercedes Benz 450 SEL 6.9 Restoration from Brazil

May 9, 2017 in German / Restoration Shop / Sympathetic Restoration

This 1977 Mercedes Benz 450SEL 6.9 is the subject of a restoration thread on www.mbca.org by “Joe Brasileiro“. His name and impressive work were immediately recognizable, so a quick search confirmed that it was the same person as “jbrasile” who had restored the 1970 Mercedes Benz 300 SEL 6.3 that we previously featured. After all, how many Joe’s could there be restoring vintage Mercedes in Brazil? We gave high accolades to his craftsmanship on the last 6.3, and this latest 6.9 project is no different. The color combination is equally as striking, and as we said before about the last car’s tones, it is so very period of that era. Come take a closer look on the following page, won’t ya?…

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1960 FIAT Abarth Monomille Duck Tail‏ Restoration

May 8, 2017 in Build In Progress / Home Garage Build / Italian / Race Car

This Fiat Abarth Monomille Duck Tail is the subject of an on-going restoration thread on affbb.com by it’s owner, forum member Andrew Schank. He took on the “resurrection” project for a client, starting with a rough car that had been sitting for the past 33 years. It’s always a crime to witness these rare vintage cars left outside to rot, and we can’t help but wonder if it had been rescued even 10 years earlier if some of that cool patina could have been savable. Sympathetic restorations are always favorable over full nut and bolts when possible, but this one was too far gone by that point, unfortunately. It’s previous owner had purchased it second hand in the early 70’s, and luckily it appeared to remain 100% complete with it’s original Abarth 1000 CC engine included as well as a set of rare magnesium Campagnolo “Electron” 13X4 wheels that it was still wearing. Original Campy wheels + roll bar + Abarth badges = always the right mix of ingredients when authentic. In theory it appears to be such a simple formula, but in reality it is oh so very elusive.

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Custom Citroen 2CV Build

May 5, 2017 in French / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread / Video

This quirky little French Citroen 2CV snail was the subject of a custom home garage build thread on jalopyjournal.com. Forum member “mika112” in Northern France is the owner/builder and as you will see his metal work is extremely impressive, especially considering that he is in the chemical business as a trade and this was his first car project that he has ever completed. The H.A.M.B. site is home to some very interesting “kustom” builds, usually American iron, so it was refreshing to see one of these being modified for a change of pace. Mika’s overall goal was to retain the car’s original classic shape so that it wouldn’t be modified beyond recognition, and not mistaken for a modified VW Bug or Tatra when finished. Although it is illegal to modify or swap engines in France, everything else is apparently open to interpretation if the completed project is any indication, so come with us and take a look at the absurdly brilliant metal forming talent of this project’s owner as this build unfolds on the following page…
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Lamborghini LM002 Restoration

May 3, 2017 in Italian / Restoration

This Lamborghini LM002 was restored over the course of 2,400 work hours by the crew at Lamborghini Wycombe in the U.K. They started with what looked like a very nice blue on gray example, but then did what they had to do by stripping it down to the bone for completing it a to a full show quality restoration that included a color change to black on beige, their 6th LM002 rebuild to date. We have always been huge fans of the model and are trying to imagine a manufacturer today creating a modern interpretation that is as brute and so perfectly politically incorrect as the raging bull has proven to be, but somehow we just can’t envision anything to ever be as raw and sinister again…
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CSX2000: The Very First Shelby Cobra Ever Produced

April 28, 2017 in American / Engine Swap / English / Factory Photos / Patina / prototype / Race Car / Survivor

This innocuous appearing blue AC set before you just so happens to be one of, if not the most significant sports cars in automotive history to ever grace an American powerplant. You see, this vehicle is CSX2000, the very first Shelby Cobra to ever be produced. But you already knew that there was something special about this car, didn’t you? Upon first glance at it’s photos, the automotive connoisseur in you already immediately noted it’s well earned patina, ruling out the possibility of it being a later produced replica, especially when you consider that the majority of replicas wear wider flared bodies. This one’s narrow body, early unfamiliar looking vintage badges and all original looking interior were all tell tale signs that this was possibly an exceptionally iconic car that you are looking at, but would you have known that this Cobra should also possibly be considered the ultimate production car engine swap of all times? Perhaps a bit of a grandiose statement at first read, but let’s take a closer look at this car’s history and then you can be the judge yourself of that and also decide if it’s worth the claimed $20 million plus dollar estimate that has been placed as it’s value…
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