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Restoration of First Avanti Ever Produced

March 15, 2017 in American / Build In Progress / Featured / Restoration

This 1961 Avanti is the very first one ever made (#1001) and is now the subject of a much needed restoration. The whacky metallic flake green vehicle, still containing it’s original engine and seats, was donated along with another one to the LeMay Car Museum in 2001, both in very poor condition. It’s restoration back to it’s original glory started in 2011 and is currently well on it’s way to completion. Get up to date on it’s story on the following page and then follow it’s progress in the link provided after. You don’t have to be an avid Avanti enthusiast to appreciate this one’s success story…
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1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing Restoration

March 2, 2017 in Featured / German / Restoration Shop

This 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing was the subject of a full restoration by Rare Drive in East Kingston, New Hampshire.  Although 300 SL’s are their specialty, they have also won awards on the lawns of Pebble Beach and Amelia Island for their restorations of Ferraris, Ford GT40s and Shelby Cobras too. Their website does not include any details of this specific vehicle, but since the car is such a classic we have included it here along with a bit of history on the model. Our interest has been piqued especially since featuring the 2nd SL ever produced in a previous story that can be seen here: http://www.carbuildindex.com/7856/1952-mercedes-benz-300-sl-restoration-by-factory-2nd-every-produced-2/.
By the time this road-going 300 SL was produced 3 years after the previously mentioned ’52, they had proved to be a force to be reckoned with at the track and on the showroom floors, and this particular example finally received a much needed restoration to bring it back to it’s former glory.

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Andy Rooney’s 1966 Sunbeam Alpine Tiger Restoration

February 24, 2017 in American / English / Restoration / Restoration Shop

We are back with another restoration recommendation from Hemmings.com to take a look at, this time around a touching story about a 1966 Sunbeam Tiger that belonged to Andy Rooney from 60 Minutes. He had originally purchased it brand new and always thoroughly enjoyed driving while he was still amongst us, but unfortunately never got to see it’s restoration finished by Whitehall Auto Restorations in Massachusetts while he was still alive. His daughter Emily shares the story, which can be found in full in the link provided on the following page. But first, how about some pictures?

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Citroen Maserati SM Restoration

February 13, 2017 in French / Italian / Restoration Shop

This Citroen Maserati SM is the subject of a ground up restoration by a collaboration between two shops in France: Classic-Car-Charolais for the body work, and Patrick Regembeau for the mechanical. Although they do not include any background narrative of this particular SM’s history on either of their sites, there are more than enough restoration pictures posted to piece together it’s rejuvenation story. We have also included pictures of one of the historic work shops where the transformation occurred because it fits so well as the perfectly appropriate setting for the renovation of this French and Italian mixed exotic. In the end, the car’s final results look absolutely stunning in it’s show quality finish. 

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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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Video: Jay Leno’s Garage 1966 Lotus Elan 26R Restoration

January 20, 2017 in English / Race Car / Restoration / Restoration Shop / Video

Now thiss is what we’re talking about! Jay Leno’s Garage just completed the restoration of an amazing ’66 26R with many trick and custom fabricated parts, but we won’t spoil the surprise of what they are by letting them out of the bag beforehand. They filmed many stages of the build and wrapped it all up in the video below, and then followed it up with an epic drive. In our (not so) humble opinion, definitely one of, if not The finest Elan existing today. Enjoy:

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Toyota Mk1 MR-2 Restoration

January 19, 2017 in Japanese / Restoration Shop / Video

This Mark 1 Toyota MR-2 is the subject of a nut and bolt restoration thread on detailingworld.co.uk by it’s owner, forum member “Beeste”. Before anybody throws up their arms and starts questioning the sanity of this car’s owner for spending so much money on the rejuvenation of a car of such meager current economic value, it should be pointed out that Japanese cars are among the next crop of future vintage cars which are likely to see an appreciation in worth. Our information source, Hagerty Insurance, recently wrote an on-line article outlining the top 5 Japanese cars that they predict will become future collectibles. We have cut and pasted it at the bottom of this page, as it makes for an interesting and educational read. Although the MR-2 did not make their short list, we anticipate that they would have included one in their top 10, had that list been extended.

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1973 Brumos Porsche 911 S Current Restoration/Build Thread

January 9, 2017 in Build In Progress / Engine Swap / German / Home Garage Build / Race Car / Restoration

There’s a really interesting 1973 Porsche 911 S home garage build thread currently unfolding on PellicanParts.com, which can be found linked on the following page. For those of you who want to be caught up to date with the Cliff Notes version first, all you got to do is continue reading here for the highlights before jumping in. The project starts with a long hood which was originally built by Florida based championship race winning Brumos Porsche as their own iteration of a factory lightweight RS or Clubsport package car. It includes an actual genuine “retired” IROC 3.0 RSR engine that was first installed back in ’74, the crown jewel of this project. Since it is being rebuilt as a street car still, forum member/car owner “chriskimmelshue” is keeping it’s electric sunroof and windows, heat and carpet and is building it exactly to his spec, regardless of others are suggesting he does with the rare race engine or original Brumos history, and here’s how it is going down…
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Panel Beating and Restoration Training Course

December 19, 2016 in Build In Progress / English / Restoration Shop

Always wanted to learn how to restore a car but didn’t want to take on a mystery project without the necessary skill set already? Be taught by the experts at CC Coachwork in the U.K. during their 3 day course. Heck, you have done 3 day training courses with race car driving school, now how about taking the hobby to the next level? They only accept a maximum of 2 students per course, so no lesson should go unlearned. Don’t expect to finish a whole car in such a short period of time, of course but this should lay down the groundwork for a whole new hands on approach to building your own Jaguar Low Drag GT, should that be the desired end result. Opens up a whole new world that you knew existed before but never thought that you would be able to do, now doesn’t it? Find their contact information on the following page..
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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..

1955 SIATA 208 CS Balbo Coupé Restoration

December 2, 2016 in Italian / Restoration Shop

This 1955 SIATA 208 CS Balboa Coupe was renovated by Auto Restorations in New Zealand, who are well known among the concours crowd for their award winning restorations of rare cars which are brought to them by customers from around the globe. SIATA (Societa Italiana Applicazioni Trasformazioni Automobilistiche) was established in Turin in 1926 by amateur racing driver Giorgio Ambrosini as a manufacturer of tuning accessories for Fiats. He sold high performance cylinder heads with over head valves and superchargers to make these beauts scoot as good as they looked before actually producing his very first car in 1948.
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1969 Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV Judge Convertible Restoration

November 15, 2016 in American / Restoration Shop

Is it too soon for yet another American muscle car restoration feature from Wing’s Auto Art? We didn’t think so either. What we got here this time around is this 1969 Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV Judge Convertible which was restored by the shop for repeat customer, John Kryta. This isn’t John’s first dance with Wing’s, as it appears that he already knew that this is the shop to take your vintage American iron to if you are looking for a top shelf restoration that will win trophies. This time he brought in the rarest (omitting color options) of the ’69 GTO’s, the Ram Air IV Judge Convertible…

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Short Take: Datsun 240Z with Viper V10 Engine Swap

November 7, 2016 in Engine Swap / Japanese / Sleeper

This unsuspecting classic Datsun 240Z was the recipient of an engine swap of all engine swaps, receiving a Viper V10. The low key sleeper looks extremely well built and we have been scouring the internet trying to find any information regarding this car’s build to go along with it’s pictures, but have come up short time and time again. Rather than keep it selfishly to ourselves any longer, we felt that it still had to be shared even without any solid details to go with it. If/when a build thread can be found, we will update it here at that time. Until then, find what pictures we do have on the following page.

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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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