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1989 Ford Transit Van with 640 hp Jaguar XJ220 Engine Swap

April 25, 2017 in Engine Swap / English / Sleeper

Being that we are the Car Build Index, it is our mission to bring our readers the most outrageous engine swaps, restorations and projects that we can possibly find. There are a lot of lackluster, uninspiring hack jobs out there, but every now and then we find something that we get excited about which fits the bill perfectly. That being said, it is only appropriate that we now present to you the following 1989 Ford Transit  Supervan. Normally, a plain white van would not be exactly earth shattering to the average car enthusiast, but we are certain that we could change that bleak outlook when we happily report to you that this one was originally a Jaguar factory test mule that is now fitted with a 640 horsepower XJ220 supercar engine…

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Garage Find: 1966 Ford GT40 Mk 1(P/1067)

April 10, 2017 in American / Barn Find / English / Race Car / Survivor

This 1966 Ford GT40 (P/1067) was recently excavated from a garage in Thousand Oaks, California after being stored under accumulated garbage for 37 years. The story of it’s find recently hit the internet after notorious vintage Ferrari scout Tom Shaugnessy finally prevailed as it’s latest owner since being in bidding war over it for a year. It is always hard to believe when such a rare car is unearthed, as you would think that they are all accounted for, but somehow there are still barn and garage finds resurfacing today that were thought long lost. Continue with us on the following page for a history of this particular car and how it ended up tucked away hidden for so many years.
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The Rod Tempero Replica ’64 Ferrari Series 2 GTO

April 3, 2017 in Italian / Race Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration Shop

The hot vintage car topic on the internet this week has no doubt been the ’64 Ferrari Series 2 GTO since Petrolicious.com released their video of an original one being flogged by none other than it’s original driver Phil Hill’s son Derek. Then another Rod Tempero Coach Builders-built ’64 replica popped up on e-Bay and was subsequently featured on Bringatrailer.com. Considering the current value of an original, it will be interesting to see where this one ends up selling at, but exactly how accurate to a real one is it? How about we take a closer look at the New Zealand custom coach builder on the following page to get a better understanding of how to answer that question…
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Video: /Chris Harris on Cars, “Rally Heaven-Shotgun in a Lancia Stratos and Delta S4”

March 27, 2017 in Italian / Race Car / Video

As a follow up to yesterday’s New Zealand Lancia video, we just had to find the in-car footage that they showed of the legendary rear wheel drive 037 being put through it’s paces during a vintage tarmac rally. We took it upon ourselves to locate that clip, which low and behold can be found in the following /Chris Harris on Cars video below titled “Rally Heaven-Shotgun in a Lancia Stratos and Delta S4“. The whole video is epic and worth watching, but that particular segment starts at the 11 minute mark. Enjoy the glorious film below and be sure to turn up the volume on your speakers:

Continue on the following page for more Lancia content suggestions in “Related posts”…

1972 Abarth Osella SE/21 Restoration

March 24, 2017 in Barn Find / Italian / Race Car / Restoration / Restoration Shop

This 1972 Abarth Osella was the subject of a restoration by Robin Automotive in Sonoma, California back in 2000 and has since popped up for sale at Symbolic Motors in La Jolla. The first of only six confirmed to have been fully completed, it was originally used as Enzo Osella’s testing and development car and was also a “loaner” car, given to teams when their cars were out of service. We love the look of these mini Ferrari Can Am-esque racers, and this one’s 2 liter 4 cylinder engine was rebuilt and dyno tested at 244 horsepower at 7,900 rpm with 173 ft/lb or torque at 6,000 rpm when it was restored. Those aren’t exactly figures that you would want to be putting around town with but work as an absolute screamer on the track. Now this is what we’re talking about! Follow this one’s restoration and interesting history with us on the next page…
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1971 Ford Transit Supervan

March 23, 2017 in American / English / General Discussion / Race Car / Sleeper / Video

Oh, okay now this is absolutely glorious. Not so sure this beast could get away with being labeled a “sleeper”, but nonetheless what we have here is a 1971 Ford Transit that is basically a GT40 wrapped in the body of a cargo van. It was built by Terry Drury Racing, who was no stranger to Ford GT40’s, having campaigned them in competition back in the days as a privateer. The “Supervan” had the chassis, along with independent suspension and brakes from the GT40, paired with a mid mounted 400 bhp Gurney Weslake V8 and 5 speed transmission. It first appeared at Brands Hatch on Easter of ’71 wearing typical Ford racing white paint and blue stripe livery and arched wheel flares to cover the wide rims. We’d love to know what happened to it since. Find a period video on the following page…

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Survivor: 1979 Porsche 930

March 17, 2017 in German / Survivor / Video

The subject for today’s Survivor is this all original 1979 Porsche 930 with only 15,624 miles from new. It had remained in one family it’s whole life until it’s recent sale and still possesses all of it’s original paperwork and equipment, down to it’s silly federally mandated 85 mph speedometer that the U.S. required at the time. We have no idea what the government was thinking back then, maybe that it would be less tempting to drive fast if the it looked pinned at 85? Whatever the case, that didn’t stop most 911 Turbos from being tossed off the road backwards because of drop throttle oversteer caused by the pendulum effect in full swing (pun intended), a fate that this one fortunately escaped. Come take a closer look at this museum piece with us on the following page as we check this particular car out and touch upon the subject of their current value, amongst other related rantings…
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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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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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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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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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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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