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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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1951 Allard J2 Competition Restoration

November 28, 2016 in American / English / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Video

Since we have recently been on the subject of mixed breeds with bodies and chassis’ made in one country and engines from another anyways, we figured when would be a better time to bring up this 1951 Allard J2 Competition than right now. Gassman Automotive in Waynesboro, Virginia took on the restoration of the English/American hybrid, earning it the self proclaimed title as the “Ultimate Allard”, and we can see why. For a brief look at this particular car’s restoration process and of Allard’s successful competition history, come join us on the following page…
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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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1962 Triumph Italia 2000 Coupe Restoration

November 3, 2016 in English / Italian / Restoration Shop

This 1962 Triumph Italia 2000 was the subject of a restoration by British Sports Cars in San Luis Obispo, California. The car was brought to the shop in mechanically sound condition running under it’s own power, although it’s physical condition at the time was not quite as fortunate. The rare car’s Italian body had been so poorly repaired from previous accident damage that a metal shop had to fabricate all new panels for it since none still exist for the model. In fact, even back when these Coupes were new purchasers were asked to sign a letter of acknowledgment stating they were aware and accepted that body parts were not stocked outside of Turin. That’s a fairly strong statement to make way back in 1962 before today’s overly litigious society where signing release of liability forms is now a common place practice. The clear message here was: “Buy at your own risk”…

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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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1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder Restoration

November 1, 2016 in German / Race Car / Restoration Shop

We tend to jump around a bit here, from Alfa Romeos to Mack truck restorations and everything in between, because we like to keep things interesting. We understand that the consummate car guy or gal is an automotive aficionado who can appreciate a wide variety of 4 wheel (or more) content. Since featuring the Porsche Boxster racer a few stories back, we figured that it would be the perfect time to include this 1955 550 RS Spyder restoration too since these were the original inspiration behind the whole factory type-986 project, after all…

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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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1986 Toyota Celica Group B Race Car Restoration

October 26, 2016 in Japanese / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Video

This 1986 Group B Toyota Celica was the subject of a full rotisserie restoration by Rallye-Engine in Germany. While we may just have previously featured an almost identical 1984 Group B Celica restoration by MAT in Finland only a few weeks ago, can you really blame us for wanting to feature another one again so soon after seeing the first one? Since then we have been having delusions of grandeur of sliding it at speed during muddy forest stages in between massive Sequoia’s while our co-driver is feeding us route map notes…”Right. Left. Jump in 100 feet. Then hard brake and 90 degree left!”…
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1990 Porsche 964 Cup Car Bare Shell Repaint

October 10, 2016 in German / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Sympathetic Restoration

This 1990 Porsche 964 series Carrera Cup car (chassis #9007) was the subject of a bare shell repaint thread back to it’s original Viper Green color on http://forums.rennlist.com/rennforums/by forum member “NineMeister”. The shop who did the work, 9M in the UK, bought the race car in an estate sale unfortunately without any documentation to verify, but it is thought to have been the championship winning Trophy Cup car from that year. Their plan was to sympathetically restore it back to the factory specification and livery that it wore when raced during that successful season. Continue with us on the next page as we follow “Kermit” through it’s strip and respray…
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1972 Porsche 917/10-008 Restoration

September 6, 2016 in German / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Video

This 1972 Porsche 917/10-008 was the subject of a restoration by Freisinger Motorsport in Germany. You may remember the shop from our recent previous feature of their “Moby Dick” 935 renovation, which can be found linked in “Related posts” at the bottom of the following page. The shop is involved with restorations of a number of historic Porsche race cars and this particular 917 is no exception. It is an ex Vasek Polak Can Am racer formally driven by Milt Minter and said to have crashed in 1972 during “training”, which we assume translates to “practice”. The pictures of the project are fascinating, as are the performance numbers that these brutal animals produced…
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1973 Porsche 911 RS Restoration

August 19, 2016 in German / Restoration Shop

This 1973 Porsche 911 RS was the subject of a nut and bolt rotisserie restoration by the marque experts at CPR Classic Restorations in Fallbrook, California. The master craftsmen have been in business for over 40 years, restoring some of the best 356′s and 911′s in the world to absolute show winning examples, and this particular RS is no exception. We can never go very long here without featuring a 911 build or restoration project of some sort, as the iconic model has been around for so many years in an assortment of so many flavors that we actually have to restrain ourselves from including too many. It is especially difficult when we have one of the best shops at our disposal at just a few finger taps away on the internet. They always include a multitude of detailed photographs of their meticulous projects, making it hard for us to hold back for the perfect timing. Unfortunately, what we don’t have is any back story of this car, so let’s fill in the blanks by starting with a bit of the 911 RS’s history in general, shall we?
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Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider Veloce Resto-Mod Build by Alfaholics

August 15, 2016 in Italian / Restoration Shop / Sleeper

This Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider Veloce was the subject of a resto-mod build by the U.K. marque experts at Alfaholics. Starting with a tired old donor car, the car’s owner wanted them to build him a track day car that would be as quick and handle as well as their own GTA-R showcase car, a feat which would not be easily accomplished with an open bodied road car. Since we are huge fans of the shop and of Spider Veloces in general, it was only natural that we feature this project car after running across it on-line. Continue with us on the next page as we cover the process that made it possible for them to achieve those lofty goals. Also, don’t miss taking a look at our previous story of an awesome 1970 Alfaholics Step Nose GTA-R resto-mod after this one, which can be seen in “Related posts” at the end…
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Sleeper 1970 Porsche 914-6 Restoration

August 8, 2016 in Engine Swap / German / Modification Thread / Sleeper

This Canary Yellow 1970 Porsche 914-6 was the subject of a bare metal rotisserie restoration and build by Vintage Excellence in San Diego, California. We always enjoy seeing a car that has been restored while taking full advantage of performance upgrades at the same time. More “sleeper” than “resto-mod”, if you will. With it’s modified 3.0 SC engine, Brembo AM brakes and reworked suspension and transmission, it’s builder says, “This car is now faster and handles better than a 911 RS lightweight”.  Not to mention the car looks entirely innocent and stock, exactly how we like them. Follow along with us below for more details of this particular car’s build…
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1928 Bentley 6 1/2 Litre Sympathetic Restoration

August 5, 2016 in English / Restoration Shop / Sympathetic Restoration

Since it is ultimately our goals to bring a multitude of car cultures together for our own greedy personal agendas, how better to follow a Miata engine swap build feature than to next throw a 1928 Bentley restoration into the mix? Not much chance that the car enthusiast who frequents Mazda boards is going to jump next right into an old English car renovation, so that is exactly what we are here at your service for. After all, we are all car people here, and we all appreciate automotive innovations, whether they are from before our own personal lifetimes or happen to be in our immediate current period. So, let’s get on with this good ol chap to kick ‘er off, shall we? Tally ho!…

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Not a Restoration: 1978 Porsche 935 “Moby Dick” Build

August 3, 2016 in German / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Video

This 1978 Porsche 935-007 was the restoration project of the marque experts at Freisinger Motorsports in Germany. Serial number 006 and 007 examples of “Moby Dick”, as they came to be known, were the latest developed iterations of the factory 935 series turbocharged race cars. Their elaborately shaped aerodynamic bodies were designed for high speed tracks, while still retaining the classic 911 silhouette. Many unique pieces on the factory racing specials, such as their “upside down” transmissions, larger one piece aluminum brake calipers and 3.2 liter, four valve, twin cam water cooled Type 935/71 engines had not yet been made available to private race teams. And who could blame them, because what hugely-funded factory racing effort wants a lowly privateer to beat them at their own game? In any case, continue on the following page for a brief history of #007’s journey from a 9 year hibernation stint in a Porsche storage unit in Germany to it’s new owner in Los Angeles in 1988, and then back to Germany again for the epic project seen here to begin.
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1964 Lancia Flavia Convertible Restoration

July 22, 2016 in Italian / Restoration Shop

This 1964 Lancia Flavia Convertible was the restoration project of Contemporary Classics of Washington. You may remember CCW from our previous feature of their 1967 Aston Martin DB6 restoration, linked at the bottom of the following page. We first saw this Lancia for sale on http://bringatrailer.com/ in conjunction with a Flavia Coupe from the same seller here at: http://bringatrailer.com/2010/03/12/lancia-projects-1964-flavia-1967-flaminia/ . From the looks of them, neither looked like they had much chance for a fruitful future of running free on the highways ever again and even the expert forum members on Bat didn’t give either of them much hope either…
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March 84C IndyCar Strip Down Re-Build

July 21, 2016 in American / Race Car / Restoration Shop

This March 84C IndyCar was the subject of a restoration back to it’s original configuration by AR Racewerks in Scottsdale, Arizona. Andrew Riggs opened the doors to this fabrication/restoration shop in 2007, having worked with some of the top drivers and teams in the industry for the previous 30 years. When we ran across the multitude of pictures of this ground-bound fighter jet’s tear down (did that just rhyme?), we immediately knew we had to feature it here. After all, are there ever enough turbocharged, mega horsepower open wheel race car build features? We couldn’t agree more, and this particular one gets extra unicorn brownie points for having been driven by Geoff Brabham and Michael Andretti, two of the most prominent figures in IndyCar racing. After all, if you were to ask a stranger off the street to name the first Italian race car driver that pops in their head, 9 out of 10 times it’s going to be an Andretti.
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1958 BMW Isetta Convertible Restoration

July 20, 2016 in German / Restoration Shop

This 1958 BMW Isetta Convertible was the subject of a restoration by Pete’s Custom Coachbuilding in Ohio. You may remember them from our previous features of their beautiful restorations of the 1958 Berkeley Gilmore and an eggshell white 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce (both linked in “Related Stories” on the following page), so we are thinking they have some kind of unspoken theme going on here for that particular model year, although we can’t be certain. Once again, there is no information on their site about this BMW other than the photos, but we felt compelled to include it here since we are big fans of their work and had never known that drop top versions of the funny little quad peg’s existed. So for that, we solute you…

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1957 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Color Change

July 7, 2016 in German / Restoration Shop

This 1957 Mercedes Benz 300 SL was the subject of a color change by Classic Restoration of Englewood, Colorado. It had undergone a restoration in the early 1990’s by a previous owner which wasn’t holding up so well through the years with paint shrinkage and bubbling becoming painfully visible, so it’s current owner decided that it was time to correct it. Follow with us on the following page in a 70+ picture gallery of the car’s transformation from a red driver-level car to a trophy winner at Amelia Island Concours.
A special thanks out to CarBuildIndex reader Kevin A. who directed us to this project. We always appreciate any help from readers to bring quality builds, restorations and modifications to our attention. Finding a worthy subject to include here is half the battle, so any assistance is always greatly valued.
 
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English Wheel Used During a Ferrari 250 GTO Restoration?…

June 9, 2016 in General Discussion / Italian / Race Car / Restoration Shop

This 250 GTO, VIN 3527 was the subject of a “conservation” (although it looks like a nut and bolt restoration to us) by the U.K. Ferrari experts at Moto Technique, LTD. The whole process is very well documented on their website, linked at the bottom of this page. It is so well documented, in fact, that one controversial picture in particular has raised 2 separate but equally as interesting coinciding discussions on Ferrarichat.com…
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