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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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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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RM Auctions: Pick #1 for Street Driven Sports Car

December 20, 2016 in Italian

For today’s feature stories, we have decided to do something a little bit different. We have chosen to make something of a game out of picking 3 of our favorite cars from the upcoming March 8th Amelia Island RM Auction, separated into 3 categories: Street Driven Sports Car, Track Car and Daily Driver. The twist here is that these are to hypothetically be our only cars in the stable, so all of the choices have to work together in conjunction with each other in order to make sense. For us, this has proven to be an exercise in self restraint of epic proportions, because how on earth does one go about plucking only 3 out of such a talented cast? Now that the rules have been laid out, and before we go changing our votes yet another time, here are the cars we have chosen and the reasoning behind each said decision. Let’s start here with our choice for the first category, Street Driven Sports Car:

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A Look Back at 2004 Hurricane Charley Damage to Car Collection

December 13, 2016 in Barn Find / Italian / Race Car / Uncategorized

The following photos of the damage inflicted by 2004’s Hurricane Charley to a vintage car collection in Florida are definitely not for the feint of heart, although we find them mesmerizing for some twisted reason which we are unable to explain. The collection, consisting mostly of vintage Ferrari’s is said to have been owned by Walter Medlin, a real estate developer and convicted tax evader who was apparently keeping the cars hidden away from the government in the secret shed before mother nature came along and decided to expose their whereabouts. Apparently, the IRS had previously confiscated his Ferrari P3 and his P4 in 1990 due to owing $540,000 in back taxes, although we seem to remember reading somewhere that he bought them back before they actually went to auction. Certainly an interesting collection of cars, not to mention character of a personality.

 

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Survivor: 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing

December 9, 2016 in Barn Find / German / Race Car / Survivor / Video

The subject of today’s Survivor feature is this 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing, which was found sitting inside a storage container in the California desert since the late 1970’s until Jay Leno more recently came to it’s rescue. As the third owner of the vintage race car that competed at west coast venues such as the now defunct Riverside Raceway, he did exactly what we would have done with it and treated it to a sympathetic restoration. Come check it out with us on the next page, won’t ya?…
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Survivor: 1966 Alloy Body Ferrari 275 GTB

December 8, 2016 in Barn Find / Italian / Survivor / Sympathetic Restoration

If you are into vintage cars like we are, then chances are you already know the story about this 1966 Ferrari alloy-body long nose 275 GTB survivor. Even if you have seen it before, we’re sure that you will agree that this one’s definitely worth a revisit. As the story goes, the car was excavated by Ferrari barn find expert Tom Shaughnessy after sitting in the corner of a Ferrari mechanic shop in Southern California since the early 70’s. We have no idea how the car could have gone unnoticed there for so long, but if you have heard of Tom before then you know he pulls together some serious hat tricks when uncovering these once-lost cars. In fact, you may remember him from his more recent garage find from a few weeks ago of a Ford GT40, another jaw dropping story not to be missed. So, come take a closer look at this all original vintage Ferrari with us on the following page, then be sure to check out his GT40 find after in “Related Posts” if you haven’t already, you won’t be disappointed if you like “barn” finds.
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Survivor: 1955 Maserati Tipo 52 200 SI

December 7, 2016 in Italian / Race Car / Survivor

For today’s Survivor feature installment, we chose to highlight this handsome 1955 Maserati Tipo 52 200 SI (chassis #2401). It’s probably entirely unnecessary to point out that this ex-works factory prototype has remained unbelievably original if you have already done what we would have and sneaked a peek at the pictures in advance, but it’s also the finer points of this thoroughbred that we will touch upon below which are still worth sticking around for. Oh yeah, and also Patina. You had to have known we were going to throw that in here somewhere. So, please continue with us on the following page for more about this survivor’s glorious life…
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Video Recommendation: Canepa Shop Walk-Through

December 5, 2016 in American / General Discussion / German / Italian / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Video

We always find it fascinating to see what is currently going on in Bruce Canepa‘s Scott’s Valley, California shop during their weekly video walk throughs. No sound is necessary, the images speak volumes. We have had our eye on the black Interscope 934 in particular, but wonder what the lowered Duesenberg with stock wheels all about, too. In fact, everything in the shop peaks our interest, it’s absolute sensory overload! Enjoy..

Survivor: 1961 Mercedes Benz 300 SL

December 1, 2016 in German / Survivor

We are on the subject of comparing Mercedes Benz 300 SL survivors anyways, how about a little overkill with one more feature of the story of two 1961 300 SL’s? We don’t have a lot of information on either one other than the photos this time around, but the final numbers tell the tale of these two that were both sold by Gooding & Company in 2011.
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Factory Build of the 2014 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4

November 30, 2016 in Factory Photos / Italian / Video

Since featuring the story of the very last Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder built last November 27th (http://www.carbuildindex.com/15979/last-gallardo-built-rolls-out-of-lamborghini-factory/), the Italian manufacturer has already put the model’s latest replacement into full swing at the factory, seen in the photo collection on the following page from Jalopnik.com. Labeled the LP 610-4, the new all wheel drive 10 cylinder Raging Bull produces, you guessed it, 610 horsepower and can be seen in a video by EVO of it’s public release at yesterday’s 2014 Geneva Autoshow. Be sure not to miss it’s engine’s soundtrack going through all of it’s gears at the bottom of the following page, as well. Enjoy…

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Jaguar E Type-Based Eagle Low Drag GT

November 21, 2016 in English / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration Shop / Video

Eagle is a UK based Jaguar restoration shop that is equally as well known for their E Type rejuvenations as it is for their modern day interpretations. This E Type based Eagle Low Drag GT is the grand daddy epitome of all Jaguar E Types, a car that Enzo Ferrari himself once happened to have called the most beautiful car ever made. We wonder what he would say about this 2,280 pound 4.7 liter 346 horsepower version when compared to his current hefty, over sized and proportioned line up if he were still alive today. Somehow, we are certain that he would still agree with his original assessment and envision him yelling at his staff to step up their game. We concur…
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1939 Talbot-Lago T150 C SS

November 18, 2016 in French / Race Car / Survivor

This feature is a very special 1939 Talbot-Lago T150 C SS. This particular example proved to the world that the small eclectic French automobile manufacturer was capable of producing a vehicle so advanced before it’s time that it was able to actually place 5th at LeMans a full 10 years after it had originally been built. Remarkably, it has now endured 75 years without being restored and even still wears some of the original crude welding from when it was repaired for competition so long ago. Come take a closer look at this fascinating time capsule with us on the following page…
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Survivor Sunday: 1964 Shelby Cobra 289

November 4, 2016 in American / English / Survivor / Sympathetic Restoration

The subject of today’s Survivor Sunday feature is this fantastic 1964 Shelby Cobra 289, #CSX2307. It is actually the third all-original Cobra that we have already featured here so far to date, which is interesting to note because we can’t imagine that there are many more, if any, that are left unrestored. Motor Trend magazine featured it’s story in their April, 2006 issue, along with an interview with it’s character of an owner, Lynn Park. Continue with us on the following page as we paraphrase the 6 page article and take a closer look at the car…
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Ferrari 512 BB Boxer Restoration by Foskers

November 2, 2016 in Italian / Restoration Shop

Since featuring the notorious classic photograph of a crashed Ferrari Boxer down the side of a snowy embankment a few weeks ago from the back page of a 1983 issue of Road & Trackwe have been on a quest to find a worthy 512 BB restoration to feature hereIt turns out that Ferrari marque experts Foskers in the U.K. took on such a project starting with the purchase of one in 2008, although no model year of their car is given. Using our knowledge accrued from years of studying the pages of our car magazine subscriptions instead of doing homework at an early age, we would have to say that this example is probably a late ’70’s or an ’80. Whatever it’s actual model year, what we have here is a Ferrari BB Boxer being slowly and methodically taken apart and then exposed in all of it’s glory, only to be put back together to better than new, absolutely stunning show condition by experienced professionals. We got your attention? Then come along and take a closer look at it with us on the next page…

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The Brilliant Shin Yoshikawa. Part 1

October 31, 2016 in Japanese / Restoration Shop / Video

We set aside the day today in order to focus on Shin Yoshikawa, an awe-inspiring man blessed with multiple automotive related and unrelated talents and skills. If his name sounds familiar, it may be because last month we featured his stunning restoration of the 1968 Toyota 2000GT which was once owned by the un-licensed 1960’s supermodel Twiggy, a rare model of vehicle that Shin has become an expert of. Since we want to make sure that his multi-faceted talents are given the proper justice they deserve, we decided to break his story into 2 features today. Additional upcoming features will include a glimpse into the cut-a-way drawings that he is so well known for and of his book about the Toyota 2000GT, too. Watch out for them in the coming week.
Part 1 begins below with a Vimeo video presentation about the man described as a professional photographer, designer, writer, restoration specialist and concert pianist all wrapped up in one package. From Silly Thing, please enjoy “Into the Wilderness“. Make sure to watch it in HD and full screen. Shall we begin?

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Random Vintage Targa Floria Race Photos

October 28, 2016 in American / English / French / General Discussion / German / Italian / Japanese / Race Car / Video

In this feature we have plucked 130 random photos of the classic Targa Florio race from http://www.forum-auto.com/ ‘s 1,642 page thread. The open road rally-esque race was held on the public mountain roads of Sicily beginning in 1906. By 1977’s last race, it was declared “totally insane” by driver Helmut Marko because of the high speeds the race cars would achieve while ripping within inches of spectators standing on the streets without any protection between them. Throughout it’s history, miraculously only 9 people total were killed during the race, drivers included. But rather than focus on the morbid, how about we take a moment to celebrate the courageous drivers of the past from before the time of stringent safety concerns for them or their audience. And also marvel at the gorgeous war weapons that were brought out to duke it out with in the heat of battle for the overall championship title. Those were the days of guts and glory, a romantic period of time when cars were designed by artisans with vision rather than lawyers with restrictions. The drivers were fat and their tires were thin, as the saying goes. Please continue onto the following page for the featured pictorial …
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VIDEO: Lamborghini Countach Restoration

October 24, 2016 in Home Garage Build / Italian / Video

Though not a word is spoken in the following video, none is necessary as the pictures in this Lamborghini Countach restoration video do all of the talking for the first 1/3 of the film. The remaining is filled with epic in-car driving footage and also a cackling-engine-popping-noise soundtrack that will make any vintage Italian car nut swoon. We particularly like the way he is able to manipulate the car in and out of the garage with only millimeters to spare. Speaking of garage, there is what looks like a Porsche 993 RS lurking inside as a stablemate. We appreciate the discriminating taste and expert craftsmanship of this home garage builder/restorer, who goes by “Countachtv” on YouTube. Enjoy.

A Closer Look at Automotive Museums

October 14, 2016 in American / Factory Photos / Factory Tour / General Discussion / German / Japanese / Race Car / Survivor

Last week, Automotive News took a look at the exorbitant costs that manufacturers pay to keep their museums operating. According to the article, General Motors apparently spends approximately $1.8 million per year to keep their Heritage Center operating, while housing 600 production, race and concept cars. At the time of the federal bailout, they had almost double that amount of cars on hand before deciding to cut it down during the desperate times as an appropriate and necessary act of good faith.
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