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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.Read the entire article Toyota restores 1965 Sports 800, its oldest surviving race car
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.Read the entire article Iron Maiden Nicko McBrain's classic Jaguar XJ6 is on display at 2018 Geneva Motor Show
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”.Read the entire article Singer Vehicle Design restores this Porsche 911, giving it 500 horsepower but with less weight
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.Read the entire article SpeedKore showcases Robert Downey Jr.’s bespoke Ford Mustang Boss 302
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.Read the entire article 1967 Chevy Restomod C-10 pickup was restored for 2017 SEMA Show
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).Read the entire article Guntherwerks can turn your 993-generation Porsche 911 into a 400R
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).Read the entire article The only street-legal BMW M1 Procar goes to Pebble Beach
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
Earlier in July, we talked about the limited run 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 that will be put up on auction. This is one of the few models out there that have an impressive car-to-wing ratio. The Cosworth powered Sierra was born in the 1980s when Ford wanted to try the Sierra hatchback in a different setup. Only 500 units of these were made – all of which shared the whale-tail design. Most of them had a black exterior while a few were in white, some in moonstone blue, and only one example was grey.
Under the hood is a 2.0 liter engine that features a Garrett turbocharger, enabling the car to produce 224 horsepower (167 kilowatts) and 204 pound-feet (277 Newton-metres) of torque. It may not be as powerful as the race car variant, but it still is pretty fast for its time. If you did not know, the track-only model can generate an impressive 500 horsepower, and when tuned, can be pushed to 570 horses even.
With the Cosworth-powered engine, the road-going model with a rear wheel drive setup can still beat a lot of cars in our generation. It can attain the 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) sprint in just 6.2 seconds, and can continue on to a top speed of 153 miles per hour (246 kilometers per hour).Read the entire article 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 sold at auction for £20,000 higher than estimate price
Haven’t you ever wondered how Ferrari’s names and numbers were actually derived? As it is Ferrari’s 70th year in the industry, we believe that it’s only fair that we shed light on this.
After all, the designated letters and numbers like the 275GTB/4 for example can be a tad confusing to some. To explain the meaning of its names, we have gathered a simple guideline as to how these names were made.Read the entire article The meaning behind some of Ferrari’s names and numbers
We often associate Land Rovers with hardcore trucks, off roaders, or anything large and muscular - and they have made a name for themselves. Now, we are going to show you something you probably have never seen before.
Back in 1958, the company built the limited run Series II, which only has a total of 20 vehicles made. Like any other car they built, the Series II rolled off the production line complete with wheels, even the one in the photo you are looking at - except this was converted by James A. Cuthbertson of Biggar Scotland, giving it a set of tracks. Now, this may actually be the very last Series II that has survived all those years, and we have to say that it looks pretty well-maintained for its age.
Cuthbertson customized it so it can easily plow through snow and ice and just over anything. He did this by developing a subframe to accommodate the tracks, before placing the Land Rover on top of it. It has been given a crankshaft-drive power steering so it could turn. The interior falls short of current standards, and the seats do not look anything close to comfortable.Read the entire article Restored 1958 Cuthbertson Land Rover with tracks is up for grabs at upcoming Goodwood Revival
Classic cars are hard to find. One of the few would be the Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500, which only had 500 units made. A lot of these cars were given a standard all-black finish, though a few of the whale tails were painted in white and moonstone blue; and only one out of the five hundred was painted in a nice shade of grey.
The Sierra RS500 may not be as powerful as its racing counterpart, which produces a whopping 500 horsepower. It can even be pushed to a maximum of 570 horsepower, but we can say that it is still much faster than a lot of cars out there. The model comes with a 2.0 liter engine with a Garrett turbocharger that enables it to carry out 224 horsepower (167 kilowatts) and 204 pound-feet (227 Newton-metres) of torque. This road-legal version, with its RWD setup can hit 0-62 miles per hour in just 6.2 seconds, with a top speed of 153 miles per hour (246 kph). These numbers are still very impressive in today’s standards.
In the span of 30 years, the #387 Sierra Cosworth RS500 has only been driven for under 11,000 miles (17,702 kilometers) by its owner. And earlier this year, Cosworth specialist John Taylor brought the car back to life by giving the car a complete service - from receiving new fluids, belts, battery, a fuel tank, and also by installing new brake discs on both the front and rear axles.Read the entire article A limited run 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 is up for grabs
A month ago, we mentioned a rare Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster with an exquisite light green poly finish set to be auctioned at RM Sotheby's in Santa Monica, California. This unique roadster became the star attraction at the auction event that took place last weekend. The seller will most likely go home beaming due to the fact that it has been named as the highest-grossing car after having been snagged for an outstanding $1,100,000. The proud owner will not only obtain the exquisite roadster, but he will also acquire all the books, tools and luggage that came paired with the roadster.
The stunning droptop will celebrate its 60th birthday this year. It deserves to be commemorated as this particular roadster is considered as one of the most gorgeous cars ever made. This vehicle was restored in its pristine condition. When it was sent off the assembly line about 57 years ago, the roadster sported a Fire Engine Red finish, and now it flaunts an eye-catching Light Green Poly color.
On the other hand, the equally impressive 1992 Ferrari F40 sold for around $957,000. This model was finished in Rossa Corsa with less than 16,000 miles (25,749 km). The vintage Ferrari F40 is a US-spec vehicle and one of only 1,311 F40s ever built by the Italian sports car manufacturer. It was newly serviced by GTO Engineering and is in a mint condition both inside and out.Read the entire article Fully restored 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster sold for $1.1 million at RM Sotheby's auction
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