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Project Gold is a 993 show car with new genuine parts and components from Porsche Classic

Gold is a precious valuable metal that has come to symbolize class and timelessness. The 993 generation of the Porsche 911 – produced from 1994 to 1998 – is as classy and timeless as gold itself. Now, Porsche Classic is introducing a new 993 creation that demonstrates its full range of restoration capability and expertise – the Project Gold.

Project Gold is basically a new show car derived from the body shell of an existing 993. Other than the shell, everything else is new. Its engine is new, and most of its parts and components – including the manual transmission and all-wheel drive system -- are sourced from Porsche Classic.

Choosing the 993 as the base was pretty easy for Porsche Classic. Considered as the last air-cooled Porsche 911, the 993 is considered most desirable and most collectible of the series because of its elegant combination of greater sporty beauty and great performance that is at par even with modern sports cars. It was the first 911 to be fitted with an aluminum multilink rear suspension and has a lower-slung front section than earlier models in the series. Likewise, its Turbo version was the first to be powered by a twin-turbo engine and the first to wear hollow-spoke aluminum wheels.

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Phil Hill's 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO grabbed for $48.4 million at RM Sotheby's auction in Monterey

Spending more than $40 million for a used 56-year old car is totally absurd. But it wouldn’t be weird at all if that car is a Ferrari 250 GTO that was driven by Phil Hill, the only American-born driver who has a Formula 1 crown. Just recently, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO was sold at $48,405,000 at RM Sotheby’s auction sale in Monterey, California.

The auction started when the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO -- – with the chassis number 3413 GT -- was driven on the stage by Derek Bell, himself a legend for winning the Le Mans 24 Hours five times. The sale was conducted by auctioneer Maarten ten Holder, who started the bidding at $35 million. The bid price quickly jumped to $40 million, and then slowly climbed itself up -- with increments of $250,000. When the bid price reached $44 million, nobody dared to top the amount, and the hammer was banged.

Final bid price for the 3413 GTO was $44 million, but the addition of buyer’s fee and other taxes pushed the total price to $48.4 million. It was sold to a major car collector based in the United States. The seller was former chief software architect at Microsoft, Greg Whitten, who is also known for being a Ferrari enthusiast and vintage car driver. Whitten had been the owner of the 3413 GTO since 2000. He has shown it at a number of vintage motorsport events, including four GTO anniversary tours.

Read the entire article Phil Hill's 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO grabbed for $48.4 million at RM Sotheby's auction in Monterey

How to Tell if a Car is a Classic or Just Old?

Most of the time, people are left in awe when they see an old car restored to all its glory – new paint, refurbished interior, glossy panels and still in good running condition. Then, they would exclaim, “What a classic!” Then, someone kills off the mood and says it is just an old car.

There seems to be confusion between old cars and classic cars. People think that if a car is old, it is also a classic. However, while all classic cars are old cars, not all old cars are classic cars. But how can we tell if a car is classic?

The answer is it depends where you are and who you believe. Classic cars are defined differently in various places around the world. Generally, classic cars refer to old cars with some historical significance and are better to be preserved or restore than beings sent to the scrap yard. Likewise, it has been accepted that cars who are around 20 years or older can be considered as classic. Thus, if you own a 10-year old car, it is just an old car, not a classic.

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Singer DLS 1990 Porsche 911 is classic sports car re-imagined for the modern times

A classic Porsche evolved and optimized by modern engineering techniques and technologies – this is the Singer DLS Porsche 911. Taking part at the highly prestigious 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the new Singer DLS Porsche 911 is a bespoke creation by Singer Vehicle Design and Williams Advanced Engineering that boasts of more power yet lower weight that the model it was based on.

It all started when a customer named Scott Blattner approached Singer Vehicle Design and asked the company to not just restore but also re-imagine his 1990 Porsche 911 (964 Generation) as a more powerful yet lighter sports car. Sensing it needs help for this one-of-a-kind project, Singer approached Williams Advanced Engineering. The collaboration between Singer and Williams to come up with a bespoke creation started around two years ago. Eventually, Singer and Williams, along with former Porsche engineers Norbert Singer and Hans Mezger as well as other technical partners, worked hard to re-imagine the 1990 Porsche 911.

In the process, the partners decided into inject into the project car a number of alluring features. Thus, from a standard two-wheel drive 1990 Porsche 911, born was Singer DLS Porsche 911. The DLS stands for Dynamics and Lightweighting Study, which appropriately conveys the fact that the DLS Porsche 911 is more powerful and weighs lighter than the original model. As it is, the 1990 Porsche 911 is powered by an engine that delivers 247 hp, and weighs around 3,031 lbs. The DLS Porsche 911 has become more than twice as powerful as the original model and around 850 lbs lighter – with output and weight pegged at 500 hp and 2,180 lbs, respectively.

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Every June or July of every year, motor racing vehicles – especially historic ones -- flock at West Sussex, England to challenge the hillclimb event of the highly prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed. For the first time in the festival’s history, a vehicle will brave the hillclimb without a driver behind its wheels.

So far, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has been graced by conventionally powered and electrified vehicles. However, all of these vehicles completed the 1.86-km (1.16 miles) hillclimb with a driver piloting the steering wheel. This is due to change this July 12, 2018 when an autonomous vehicle created by the collaboration between Siemens and Cranfield University tries to run the course.

People who might want to witness the first autonomous hillclimb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, however, should not expect an all-new self-driving car climbing its way up to the Goodwood House. Instead, they should look out for 1965 Ford Mustang with a distinctive silver wrap. The sides of this 1965 Mustang feature the number “25”, commemorating the 25th anniversary of Goodwood. This autonomous Mustang also features the blue “Siemens” logo and a stripe running on the lower flank with the same color as the logo. Stripes of the same color are also found on the hood and roof of the autonomous Mustang.

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Toyota recently surprised many with a restored 1965 Toyota Sports 800 that is regarded as the automaker’s oldest race car in existence. This model finished second in the 1966 Suzuka 500 km.

The standard version of the Toyota 800 was the automaker’s very first sports car. At Suzuka, four race spec cars were entered as they claimed a one-two, and the Toyota 800 was one of them. This particular model, with chassis 10007, made it in second place, with Mitsuo Tamura behind the wheel.

At that time, everyone was amazed how the Toyota 800 did so well in the race not because of its engine, but because of its low weight and efficient aerodynamics. In fact, the Sports 800 only produced 45 bhp from a 790cc engine, whereas its competitors were equipped with 2.0 liter engines.

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Nicko McBrain isn’t just famous for being the drummer of the already legendary British heavy metal band Iron Maiden as he is also known for his utter love of Jaguar cars. At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Jaguar Classic is presenting a McBrain-commissioned custom-built 1984 Jaguar XJ6 dubbed as the ‘Greatest Hits.’

The unveiling of the Greatest Hits XJ6 practically kicked off the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Jaguar XJ this year. The XJ is now 50 years old, and the bespoke Jaguar Classic commission is a great example of how this full-size luxury saloon has been able to stand the test of time. McBrain now considers the Greatest Hits as his ultimate dream XJ.

Expert engineers and skilled craftsmen at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works spent over 3,500 man hours to recreate the 1984 XJ6 into the Greatest Hits XJ6. The project also involved more than 4000 replaced, redesigned or refinished parts. Its exterior, interior, drivetrain and suspension have been dramatically modified to become a car worthy of kicking off the XJ’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

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Back in 2014, there was an unexpected natural catastrophe that happened right smack in the center of Bowling Green. This was when a sinkhole opened up and swallowed part of Kentucky’s National Corvette Museum, which included eight historic Chevy Corvettes.

Instead of worrying about the cars that had been damaged, the museum dealt with this lightly and instead allowed visitors to take a look at the sinkhole up close, where there were Corvettes lying upside down.

Years after the incident, the museum finally decided that it was time to restore what had been damaged four years ago. Some of the cars were destroyed almost beyond recognition, while the others fell without being seriously ruined. Now, the National Corvette Museum has finally finished restoring all the damaged Corvettes and is ready to showcase the complete set to the public again.

Read the entire article Sinkhole-damaged Chevy Corvettes have all been restored, last one will be unveiled in February

Lancia Stratos has long been recognized to be an Italian motorsport icon. Even if it was a road-going rally car, it was accredited to be part of the World Rally Championship held in 1974. Not only did it win the Group 4 championships on its first year but also won the two years after that. Under the homologation standards, it was important that 500 units be scheduled for production. However by 1978, only 492 such units rolled off the production line.

Like any limited production models, finding a well-kept unit is not only almost impossible. But when one is available, it is shockingly expensive. Those who are looking for a Lancia Stratos are in luck as a pristine version of this rare rally car has recently been listed on Bring a Trailer. This website is a platform to sell classic and vintage cars online.

As of this writing, the highest bid for the 1974 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale stands at $360,000. There are still five days left for the auction so there remains the possibility of the price going up.

Read the entire article 1974 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale up for grabs

Thought you can never make that old car look and perform as good as new again? Well, that won’t be the case soon enough because at last, you can now restore your aging, three-decade-old Nissan Skyline.

NISMO, Nissan’s performance division has just announced that it will start producing some new replacement parts for the R32 GT-R as part of the company’s heritage program. At least 80 original R32 Skyline GT-R replacement parts will be available and will go on sale beginning December 1st. The program as we know is a joint initiative between Nissan, Autech Japan, Nissan Motor Sports and several other original parts supplier.

The full catalogue was officially revealed on the weekend at the Fuji Speedway during the Nismo Festival which happens every year. According to Nissan, it nearly has everything from brand new emblem replacements all the way to new hoses and spanking new bumpers. It can be recalled that Mazda has also made a similar announcement earlier this year after it said it will be restoring the first generation of Miatas.

Read the entire article Reignite your passion for Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R with Nismo’s heritage spare parts program

Singer Vehicle Design is one of the few companies that have a reputation for making some of the coolest machines out there, including the air-cooled Porsche 911s. They collaborated with Williams Advanced Engineering, which is popular for having injected some pretty advanced technology into the classic coupes, further improving these cars’ performance. The image you are looking at now is that of the very first model to benefit from these improvements, finished in an Absinthe green exterior, contrasted with the Blood Orange leather covering the cabin.

The owner of this car is a guy named Scott Blattner who asked for his 1990 Porsche 911 to be a lighter but more powerful car. Because of this, the tuner worked with Williams Advanced Engineering so that they could focus on the dynamics and the study to produce an extremely lightweight car. Overall, the reimagined 911 only weighs a total of 2,180 pounds (990 kilograms), despite the fact that it carries a 4.0 liter naturally aspirated flat-six engine that packs 500 horsepower (372 kilowatts), and is capable of revving to over 9,000 rpm.

Rob Dickinson, founder of Singer said in his statement that it took them a lot of effort to combine services to highlight both “bewitching individual componentry” with a “viscerally compelling driving experience”.

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SpeedKore Performance Group, known for its historic and modern vehicles, has just unveiled the custom-built Ford Mustang Boss 302 at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The bespoke vintage car from the 1970s was commissioned by Hollywood superstar Robert Downey Jr. who's famous for his role as Iron Man or Tony Stark from the Avengers film franchise. Downey Jr. spent time collaborating ideas with SpeedKore to restore the Mustang Boss 302’s original design while giving it several modern-day touches.

The muscle car has been equipped with Ford Performance Aluminator 5.0-liter V8 engine with Stage 2 Ford Roush Supercharger and is paired to a Bowler T56 transmission. It is rather sad that SpeedKore hasn’t disclosed any information regarding its performance but as expected, that should probably come out much later.

Embodying the same elements from SpeedKore’s latest projects, the 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 also features lightweight carbon fiber materials which are evident on the muscle car’s front and rear spoilers, quarter extensions, fenders, deck lid, hood and bumpers. Aside from shedding tons of weight, SpeedKore has added a Detroit Speed aluminum frame, new suspension, a new set of Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires and a new powertrain to help catch up with what's trending in the highly evolving automotive industry.

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There is no doubt that there’s something beautiful about classic cars like the Porsche 911 and the Toyota FJ, but companies like Icon and Singer helped a lot of people ignite their lust for the classics, but this time, it’s upgraded with modern elements. Aside from the companies I mentioned earlier, there is also Mechatronik Engineering, which has the same aspirations but does things differently. For instance, the Pleidelsheim, Germany based company decided to work on classic luxury cars instead of sports cars and off roaders. And their latest work involves a two-door Mercedes-Benz.

This model was originally built between the 60’s and the 70’s, the W111 coupe is the German shop’s latest reworking. Speaking of classic cars with a modern twist, the coupe had been given a Mercedes-AMG SLK 55 5.5 liter V8. This helps the car produce 360 horsepower (268 kilowatts). You might now be wondering how much this vehicle cost. Well, the company listed it on their website for $464,000 (400,000 euros).

Aside from getting a powerful engine upgrade, the W111 now has an improved ABS brake system to ensure that it can stop the coupe when its going too fast. It now sits on a modern chassis too. What’s great about this car is that it can deceive people, and that is the point. For instance, one would not be able to figure out that this comes equipped with an AMG-sourced V8 by simply looking at it. However, if you want to go purely old school, Mechatronik Engineering can revert everything back to OEM spec if that’s what you prefer.

Read the entire article Mechatronik asks $464,000 for restored Mercedes-Benz W111 now equipped with AMG V8

Jaguar Land Rover fans can now drive some of the marque’s most classic vehicles. The automaker just launched a classic driving experience that will be held at Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire, UK. For a price, customers are eligible to spend the whole day test-driving classic models including the Jaguar E-Type, Land Rover Series I, and even their most famous 4x4s. Other models include the Range Rover Classic, Series I and Series III (introduced in 1971)

But that is not all. There will also be a selection of sportier cars from their sister company, Jaguar, such as the XK150 from the late 1950s, the Series I E-Type from the 1960s, a Series III E-Type from the 70s and another famous model, the Mk2.

To take part in this event, customers will have to be willing to spend £495 (around $647). As mentioned earlier, this will happen in and around Eastnor Castle estate, which is also where the automaker develops their modern off-roaders. Customers will be able to experience driving the company’s current models on the dirt tracks and the challenging slopes around the estate as well. While the company is allowing the public to drive their heritage models on off-road courses, Jaguar vehicles will only be allowed on metalled roads.

Read the entire article A classic driving experience is waiting for Jaguar Land Rover fans at the UK’s Eastnor Castle

More and more people are beginning to appreciate classic pickup trucks, which are quickly becoming an in-demand commodity. A lot of these trucks come from the late 1960s and one of the hottest ones would be this 1967 Chevy C-10 from the C/K series. And even if they are not celebrating 100 years of building pick up trucks, this restored model would look great at 2017 SEMA Show. However, they will actually be celebrating the aforementioned event next year.

By looking at the photos, you will be able to tell that Chevrolet will be bringing the truck to SEMA and the Texas State Fair, with its Centennial Blue finish similar to what the special edition Colorado and Silverado are wearing. Furthermore, the C-10 gets the same bowtie badges as well that celebrate the automaker’s heritage. The restored model sits on a set of 20-inch chrome wheels that are wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tires. As for the braking system, it had also been upgraded with new discs on the front and rear. Suspension wise, we can’t really tell what’s been done to it but we’re pretty confident that it isn’t an unimportant change. As for the mechanical bits and other modifications, the company did not really discuss any of these at the C-10’s reveal.

Since we were not given any information regarding the engine, we can only guess what’s underneath that hood based on what we can see. The 1967 C-10 has dual turn down exhaust tips at the back, and the P-Zeros are pretty solid brakes. However, it does not have a very wide body, we are thinking that it won’t have that much horsepower, but will be a good cruiser instead.

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The original classic Ford Bronco has become more relevant lately, thanks to the upcoming release of the all new version of it. The classic 1966 Bronco will make its way to this year’s 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas to be displayed before it heads to an auction later in the year.

In collaboration with WD-40, Vaccar built this custom first-generation Bronco to mimic the many uses of the brand. It had been designed with a unique blue and yellow livery on the exterior, accented with a single black horizontal line that runs through the sides, as well as the mirror caps and blacked out roof. The front fascia gets a bright yellow frame that matches the same shade of yellow around the wheels. There is also a WD-40 logo that is etched on the front fender.

From the looks of it, the Ford Bronco had also been raised up a little and has got a larger set of wheels wrapped in off-road tires. Though not everybody may be fond of the design of the WD-40 themed Bronco, with the blue finish and bright yellow accents - just like that of Ikea. Take note that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Read the entire article WD-40 themed Ford Boosted Bronco by Aaron Vaccar prepares for 2017 SEMA Show

It is quite common to revive classic cars if you have a lot of extra money. Models like the Jaguar XKSS and Aston Martin’s DB4 GT have been upgraded to suit the current market. The classic Shelby has been around for many years. And now, it is the latest classic to receive a series of continuation specials. But what makes it even more special is that the people who revived the 1965 GT350R Mustang are the same people who build the original Shelby decades ago.

CEO of the Original Venice Crew company, Jim Marietta, said that the Shelby team learned a lot from racing Cobras and Daytona Coupes and adapted their experiences to revive the 1965 Shelby classic by turning it into a race horse like Carroll Shelby’s Cobra. He told us that three of them were part of the development of the first Shelby GT350R in California. They recently got together two years ago and has since decided to do this special project. He explained that in 1965, they had envisioned an ‘R’ model but could not build one because of some restraints like time and cost.

The crew acquired full licensing from Carroll Shelby and Ford, and will only recreate 36 examples of the “new” 1965 GT350R Mustang. These will match the number of originals from that year, and will come with a Shelby serial number.

Read the entire article Original Shelby Crew reunites to produce 36 'new' 1965 Ford GT350R Mustang units

A lot of us know Singer Vehicle Design and their signature work of reimagining Porsche 911s, and making them look like hot rods from the 70s. They are not alone as a company called Guntherwerks has recently been applying the same style to Porsche’s iconic coupe from the 1990s - the 993 generation.

During the Monterey Car Week, Guntherwerks decided to showcase one of their works, the 400R at The Quail, a Motorsports event. They revealed that this unique model costs half a million, or $525,000 to be precise. And the company plans to build only 25 examples of this beginning this year, where they will deliver the models in 2018.

A standard 993 is equipped with a 3.6 liter flat six. But Guntherwerks will replace this with a naturally aspirated 4.0 liter engine instead paired with a six-speed manual, with an output of around 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts) and 330 pound-feet (447 Newton-metres) of torque. Whereas with the old engine, the 993 only produced 270 horsepower (201 kilowatts).

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The BMW M1 will be one of the most exclusive cars that will be showcased at the upcoming 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, alongside many other extravagant models. Firstly, there are only 40 units of this model that was ever built, but what makes this one unique is that it is the only road-legal BMW M1 Procar. Thanks to the Thermal Club, this example will be heading to Monterey this weekend, and it will be displayed by a virtual reality track experience. The Thermal Club is a private motorsports club that will also offer a virtual tour of their 344-acre facility for Pebble Beach guests.

The BMW M1 Procar Championship was made in accordance with the Federation Internationale du Sport Automobile (FISA) standards. In 1971, the said model was produced by the company in a limited one-year run. And just after two years, it had already been dismantled.

What makes it the one and only street-legal model? Well, the first owner of this race-ready M1 Procar had its racing parts removed before selling it to as a second hand car. After the M1 had been produced, there was no series to race the cars in so BMW was left with the 40 track-focused examples. Each was a stripped out version of the road model where they were based. Luckily for number 31 of 40, it was the only M1 Procar that had been converted into a street legal model. The M1 came with a 3.5 liter straight-six engine that produced as much as 470 horsepower (350 kilowatts). It was capable of going from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in just 4.3 seconds, before it continues to a top speed of 190 mph (305 kmh).

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Today, it is the new Ford GT that people are talking about. The model packs 647 horsepower (482 kilowatts) and comes with a hefty price tag of $500,000 - definitely a car many people want but can't afford. But even with all the hype it’s getting, it cannot compare to the first ever Ford GT40 Roadster that was ever built. That fact alone makes it extra special, but even more because it is completely original and is good as new.

The best part is that it is on sale, and we are confident that it won't last very long in the second hand market before it’s snatched up. The roadster is currently being sold on Classic Driver by way of Girardo and Co. It is one of only six prototypes built. This is actually the last one with all-original parts, which include the 4.2 liter V8.

On the outside, it has an off-white livery contrasted with blue racing stripes down the middle. To match this livery, it had been given a set of 6.5-inch Borrani wire wheels at the front, and eight inches at the rear. The wheels can be seen wearing Goodyear racing tires. This 1965 GT40 comes with a great history too, as it had been driven by world champion Jim Clark and inspected by Ronnie Spain, a GT40 expert.

Read the entire article First ever Ford GT40 Roadster is currently up for grabs