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1968 Plymouth Hemi Road Runner Restoration

March 3, 2017 in American / Engine Swap / Race Car / Restoration / Restoration Shop

Hemmings.com recently profiled this ’68 Plymouth 426 Hemi Road Runner that was restored by Supercar Specialties in Portland, Michigan. It was an absolute mess when it showed up at the shop with rust everywhere and even cobwebs in the engine cylinders, but when it was finished it was sporting a 712 hp Ray Barton Racing built engine that was further tuned enabling it to turn the quarter in 10.92 at 126.92 mph. We dig the factory look of the finished restoration, which is now a show car but absolutely not a trailer queen by any stretch of the imagination. Check out the attached pictures of it’s transformation on the next page and then find a link to the full story following after.

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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Dino “Chairs and Flairs” Restoration

February 15, 2017 in Build In Progress / Featured / Italian

The thread linked below is from Ferrarichat.com and features a “chairs and flairs” Dino that is undergoing a full rotisserie restoration by forum member “omgjon”. It’s previous owner had it for the past 33 years and it was still wearing it’s original factory paint, upholstery and carpet when he recently bought it, making it a true “survivor”. Very rare, indeed. The question then arises, why restore it?

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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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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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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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1986 Lancia Delta Integrale Restoration

December 29, 2016 in Home Garage Build / Italian

This 1986 Lancia Delta Integrale 8V was the subject of a restoration on guy-croft.com by it’s owner, forum member “samo”. To be quite honest, we thought the thread was pretty boring and tedious to read and we are thinking that most of you would think the same thing too. It is really meant for the absolute die-hard Delta Integrale fan boy because it is really just too lengthy and goes into far too much unnecessary detail for anybody else. Sometimes that works when a car is being modified with upgraded performance parts during it’s restoration, but when it is being rebuilt back to stock we are thinking we don’t need all of the intricate particulars. We decided to include it here because we have always loved these cars growing up. Now we just like watching them being torn apart and rebuilt by maniacs possessed with obsessive-compulsive disorders, especially when finished to such a high standard as this one. In any case, find this Lancia Delta Integrale restoration thread’s key photos here along with a bit of the model’s competition-bred history in the story below…

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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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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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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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1969 BMW 2800 FIA Gruppe 2 CSL Barn Find Restoration

November 29, 2016 in Barn Find / German / Race Car / Reader Submission / Video

UPDATE: Motoporter has a great new website that can be seen here at: http://www.motoporter.com/ 
Our original feature from December 15th, 2013:
This 1969 BMW 2800 FIA Gruppe 2 CSL (chassis number 22000093) was the subject of a restoration by Arthur W. Porter, known worldwide as the leading authority on BMW’s CSL competition cars. He originally came across the orange painted race car in a Stockholm, Sweden storage facility in 1990, and then wisely kept in touch with it’s owner until he was finally able to put a deal together to purchase it in 2007. After, he had it shipped to his shop in Denver, Colorado where he took it upon himself to complete an impressively quick full rotisserie restoration just in time for that year’s Monterey Historics.
This is just the type of story that we thrive here at CarBuildIndex, as it checks all of the right boxes for us. Barn find? Well, technically a storage facility, but yeah, we can roll with that. Check. Vintage competition car with race history resurrected to race once again on some of the world’s finest circuits? Check. Track down one of the car’s past driver’s? Check. Shall we continue? As you wish, so follow along with us on the next page as we delve deeper into this particular car’s literally colorful history…
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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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Original ’56 Gullwing vs Restored at Auction

November 17, 2016 in Barn Find / General Discussion / German / Survivor / Sympathetic Restoration

We take a brief look at two almost identical Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing coupes that sold during January’s Gooding & Company auction in Phoenix. Both cars were both black on red, and both the same model year, so why “almost” identical? One was an original survivor that needed, let’s just say a bit of freshening to make all of it’s patina workable and the other was a fully restored show example. So, which one sold for more? Hemmings.com featured both of them with that very same question before they went up on the block, although we have not found a follow up so we thought that we would take it on ourselves. So stay with us onto the next page and we will answer that after the break…
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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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1995 Porsche 993 RS Clubsport Tribute Build

November 11, 2016 in German / Modification Thread / Race Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration Shop

We are back on track with more build-specific content, and what we have here today is a 1995 Porsche 993 RS Clubsport tribute build by Tune RS Motorsports in Florida. It’s difficult to limit the amount of Porsche builds that we feature here, especially when the outcome is as factory correctly done as this example. Since we in the United States never received the 993 RS model, the shop took it upon themselves to recreate it but as the even more rare factory Clubsport lightweight version using all factory parts gathered for years before the build. They then took it to the next level with a few upgrades too that the originals did not benefit from, which we will cover on the next page. So hop in, let’s take this one for a virtual spin…
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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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