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 |  Jun 16 2012, 4:00 PM

When the Mustang celebrated its 25th birthday, Ford absent-mindedly seemed to had ignored the date. The American automaker didn’t create a special edition model to commemorate 25 years of domestic performance, so Steve Saleen took matters into his own hands by creating 895 limited edition Mustang SSCs.

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 |  Jun 09 2012, 4:02 PM

The Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition needs no real introduction, having debuted over a year ago and setting records since. 

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 |  Apr 22 2012, 10:02 AM

Up for sale is a rare 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible with an asking price of $159,900 sporting a Ferrari yellow and black paint job.

The C2 Stingray features an accident-free fiberglass body crafted by Corvette Restorations AZ. Along with the immaculate body, a couple of bolt-ons were added to make it more aggressive and functional, while the fenders were shaped to perfectly frame the 18-inch Foose Nitrous Thrust wheels.

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 |  Apr 08 2012, 2:02 PM

Every custom car project should begin with a vision of not only what the end result should look like, but what its purpose will be. While this 1986 Pontiac Grand Am clearly has some excellent fabrication work and high-quality parts, the finished product is one confused project.

Even though you shouldn’t “judge a book by its cover”, it’s difficult not to with this atrocious paint and graphics scheme. The funky “Lemon Ice” exterior shade with mismatching purple, green, gray, and baby blue all over isn’t doing the car any favors.

And the big question is whether or not this is a full-blown drag car or show car. Built by Smitty’s Automotive, which has completed several fine projects that were a hair away from winning the coveted Ridler award, there’s no doubt that this Grand Am has some top-notch work in it. Under the hood is a Chevy LS6 big block that pumps out an estimated 600-hp. Mated to a GM TH400 three-speed automatic, it’s clear that the powertrain components were built to take some serious quarter-mile abuse.

Combine that with the mild steel chassis and fully custom suspension, it leaves no doubt in anyone’s mind that this thing should be running some serious ETs. But alas, the build supposedly cost over $300,000 and took more than eight years to complete and hasn’t been shown once since it was finished.

Now for the show pieces: the front end is a custom one-piece fiberglass piece featuring 24k gold-plated Dzus fasteners. Everything imaginable underneath the car and under the hood has been meticulously polished to a brilliant, shiny finish including the Billet Specialties GTX20 wheels. Even the lug nuts are polished aluminum.

The interior is just as intricate and flawless, with plenty of custom fabricated pieces that any project would die for.

Knowing that the vehicle took eight years to finish, the paint job appears to be conjured up eight years ago as well. The asking price is a mere $49,900 which really is a bargain for what you’re getting, even if it’s hard to get past the fact that it’s so ugly. Hopefully the new owner takes it straight to the paint booth.

GALLERY: Custom 1986 Pontiac Grand Am

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[Source: RK Motors]

 |  Jan 29 2012, 10:00 AM

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Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? This custom classic Chevy Camaro combines vintage good looks with cutting-edge technology, allowing it to accelerate, turn and stop better than the majority of cars on the road today.

This frame-up built Camaro Pro Touring features an LS3 V8 powerplant under the hood and could be yours for the price of $129,900. It only sports 409-miles on the odometer, and its House of Kolor Galaxy Gray exterior is subtle yet classy.

The car originated from Pennsylvania, but was shipped over to The Installation Center out in Cleveland, Georgia where it began its impressive rebuild process. The majority of panels were replaced with high-quality restoration pieces before the vehicle made its way to Classic Cars Southeast in Lebanon, Tennessee where the body was fine-tuned to showroom fit and finish. The Galaxy Gray was then meticulously sprayed onto the vehicle while a set of House of Kolor Laser Red stripes contrasts the otherwise subtle exterior.

Under the hood however is a pristine 480-hp GM Performance Parts LS376/480 Hot Cam V8 powerplant. Cooling on the V8 has been upgraded with a Griffin polished aluminum radiator, an electric fan and fresh new hoses. Ceramic long-tube headers and a true  dual stainless steel exhaust system expels out all the fumes.

The suspension on this retro resale has been overhauled with products from Hotchkis, Chris Alston’s Chassisworks, and Varishock while the brakes are courtesy of G-street. On each of the four corners are 17-inch Foose Nitrous Chrome Legend wheels sporting Fuzion ZR1 rubber. The interior is traditional ’68 Camaro but has received some custom accents from M&M Hot Rod Interiors and Marquez Design. There is even some good ‘ol Kenwood speakers with Alpine amplifiers to give the Camaro a more sonorous cabin when you’re not enjoying the tone of the exhaust.

GALLERY: 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

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[Source: RK Motors]

 |  Jan 21 2012, 9:00 AM


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With so many classic cars out there that one could collect, it’s sometimes difficult to pick out the right one for you. Each model clearly has their own dedicated fans and followers, but sometimes collectors are looking for a vintage machine that can boast rare qualities not seen in other vehicles. We believe this 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad is one of those vintage machines.

This first-generation Chevy Bel Air Nomad is a true classic in its stock form, but its previous owner decided to take it to a whole new level, investing over $127,000 into it. The refinished black body has been bolted onto a state-of-the-art pro touring chassis, while a small-block V8 has been combined with an immaculate and custom interior  to create one incredible ’55 Nomad pro-tourer.

In 2009, the owner of the Bel Air decided to take the vehicle to Willet Motorsports in Orlando Park, Illinois in order to do a complete frame-off build that consisted of modern updates and hours and hours of bodywork. The completely straight panel exterior has received a two-stage jet black paint job before it was sent off to Precision Street Rods & Machines in Northridge, California for some fine tuning.

Under the hood is a 350-cubic inch Chevy powerplant that’s been outfitted with plenty of show and go parts. Chrome components can be seen along with its Edelbrock Durashine Performer 4-barrel carburetors. Alternating the jet black paint shade of the exterior are Chevy Orange contrasts, given the engine bay plenty of life.

The Bel Air rolls on a set of Billet Specialty Legacy wheels with a pair of 18-inchers up front and 20-inchers in the rear. On the inside, a completely custom interior features warm beige leather and new-generation Autogauge gauges. An Alpine CD player almost seems out of place in this retro resale, but it’s a nice touch bringing some modern technology to a true American classic.

The sale will come with a full stack of restoration photos, paperwork and manuals for the vehicle’s aftermarket components, some recent maintenance receipts, a reproduction owner’s manual, a toy replica, a Chevrolet Nomad Association jacket and a high-quality car cover.

Oh yeah, the asking price is $99,000 while the Bel Air only sports 6,147-miles on the odometer. What are you waiting for?

Check out a video after the break highlighting the Bel Air Nomad.

GALLERY: 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad

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[Source: RK Motors]

 |  Jan 15 2012, 11:30 AM

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When the Chevy Corvette celebrated its 50th birthday back in 2003, many enthusiasts were hoping for a special edition model to be released. Chevrolet for the most part failed to deliver, only offering a version with custom paint and an emblem package. The aftermarket decided to take things into their own hands, coming up with a limited edition appearance package that commemorated the 50th anniversary.

Developed by Advanced Automotive Technologies out in Rochester Mills, Michigan, a 1953 Commemorative Edition appearance package features retro C1 styling with a then-new generation C5 Vette – in this case, a 2001 model. Only seven total C5 Z06s got converted, and this is one of them. In total, only 200 of the 1953 Commemorative Edition packages made it onto C5s worldwide.

Packed with 405-hp, this very hard-to-find creation sports only 8,049-miles on the odometer and has an asking price of $69,900. Other than the retro-styled appearance package, most everything is what you’d expect on a C5 Z06, so no huge surprises under the hood or inside the cabin except that it’s all immaculate. Nonetheless, the aesthetics are what makes this car so unique, with it completely torn down to everything but its doors and roofs for the remake.

The fiberglass panels for the 1953CE kit were aligned to factory perfection before the entire body got resprayed Torch Red. To complete the transformation, new lights and red metal accents were added to the car. The result is a retro-style Vette with modern technology under the hood and a modern body to preserve it for many years to come.

Check out a video highlighting the car after the break.

GALLERY: Corvette Z06 1953 Commemorative Edition

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[Source: RK Motors]

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 |  Dec 18 2011, 10:00 AM

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The 1970s was definitely an interesting era, with good ‘ol disco all over America. And nothing was more luxurious and smooth back in the ’70s then a Lincoln Town Coupe.

Those looking to relive those days can now get their hands on this pristine 1978 Lincoln Continental with just 61,745-miles on the odometer and an asking price of $19,900. Finished in a Midnight Blue Metallic shade on the outside, it’s the Saddle interior that we can’t get over on this retro resale, with the back seat looking like it came out of a VIP room in a 1970s strip club.

Under the hood, this 1978 Lincoln Continental is no slouch either, featuring Ford’s 460-cubic inch V8 mated to their indestructible C6 three-speed automatic transmission. What’s even crazier is reading off the list of options that is on this Continental, giving it a big-dollar price back in 1978: illuminated entry system, defroster group, tilt steering wheel, cruise control, 6-way power bench seat, dual map light, AM/FM/8-track stereo, interval wipers, appearance protection group, right-hand remote control mirror, power lock convenience group, forged aluminum wheels and body side moldings.

This awesome throwback to the disco era would definitely make for a great conversation piece, imaging packing five of your friends with yourself and taking it out on a cruise in town.

GALLERY: 1978 Lincoln Continental V8

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[Source: RK Motors]

 |  Dec 17 2011, 12:20 PM

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There are few classic super cars that can rival Ford‘s GT40 and with good reason. The real deal is hard to come across, but this Superformance GT40 MK II is as close as one can get to an original GT40. This is so close to the real deal in fact that it’s recognized by the SAAC GT40 world registry and according to Superformance, it can interchange 90-percent of its parts with an original car.

While we aren’t fortunate enough to see this thing in the flesh, the photos tell a good story of just how meticulously built this GT40 MK II is by Ed Wayland Company in Cornelius, NC. By law, Superformance was unable to sell their vehicles with a complete drivetrain, so it was up to the customers to decide which powertrain to mate to their creation. The previous owner of this GT40 went to Roush and dropped $26,000 for their Performance 427IR giving this GT40 560-hp and 540 lb-ft of torque.

The powerplant is mated to a $10,000 RBT ZF 25DS-2 six-speed manual transmission helping get all the power to the 17-inch Halibrand-style wheels wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport rubber. And then there’s the immaculate interior, featuring original-style bucket seats reupholstered with leather and Willans four-point racing harnesses.

Looking to add this to your collection? Asking price is $129,900 with just 1,326-miles on the odometer.

GALLERY: 1966 Ford GT40 MK II

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[Source: RK Motors]

 |  Nov 20 2011, 10:30 AM

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There are custom cars… and then there are custom classic cars. This 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air is by far one of the nicest resto-projects we’ve ever set our eyes on, blending classic Chevy styling with modern Chevy power. With an LS6 small-block Chevy engine under the hood that’s been stroked to 383-ci, this ’55 Bel Air packs 520-hp and 531 lb-ft of torque.

The vehicle’s original body has been restored using a two-tone GM paint scheme with Arctic White and Light Tarnished Silver chosen to show off the classic’s straight lines and tight panel gaps. The powerplant underneath the hood was built by Superior Automotive Engineering with an extremely high 11.54:1 compression ratio. Bolt-ons include Dominator Street Rods dual snorkel intake pipes, Ron Davis aluminum radiator, and a Street and Performance air filter. Inside the engine, Comp Cams’ Extreme RPM High Lift camshaft provides plenty of extra horsepower while the Eagle forged steel crank turns Eagle connecting rods and push forged JE pistons. The port and polished heads have been completely rebuilt with Serdi valves, Comp Cams roller rockers, Comp Cams beehive springs and Comp Cams titanium retainers.

For chassis and suspension modifications, this Bel Air sports a Classic Performance Products front suspension which includes custom reinforced control arms, two-inch drop spindles, one-inch sway bar, Bilstein gas-charged shocks and a custom reinforced Borgeson 605 steering box. Classic Performance Products also supplied the four-wheel disc brakes that sit behind Schott’s two-piece forged billet Velocity wheels wrapped with Nitto rubber.

Lastly, Elegance Interiors reupholstered four Lexus seats with high quality, two-tone leather. Asking price? $109,900 – not too shabby considering it only has 3,523-miles on the odometer.

GALLERY: LS6-Powered 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

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Check out a video highlighting this custom 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air below.

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 |  Aug 06 2011, 12:00 PM

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We’ve seen a lot of resto-mod projects, but this one may be the finest one yet. Starting with one of the most timeless body styles ever, a 1958 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster, the restoration project involved giving it a new-generation Corvette LT1 powerplant and suspension on a custom frame. The result is a 300-hp classic featuring a pristine body, immaculate leather interior and a rad set of 18-inch Intro wheels that fit the classic design quite well.

The transformation began by un-bolting the car from its frame and having it sodium-blasted to remove all its factory defects, not to mention the wear-and-tear from over 50 years of existence. From there, the entire body was restored to a silky smooth finish prior to being bolted to a custom round tube frame. It then received a custom Spectrum Color-developed turquoise with traditional white coves giving it a classic-car appearance.

Then a custom frame was built to house the new powertrain, featuring a modern Corvette LT1 Generation II 350 motor with a cast-iron block and aluminum heads. The color-matched LT1 plastic engine cover is a subtle but fantastic touch to show off the engine.

On the inside, genuine leather adorns the cabin with a color-matched scheme. Replacing the age-old steering wheel is an aluminum counterpart from Grant while a Lokar transmission shifter takes center stage.

The classic is currently for sale at $119,900 which seems like a bargain given the three years of hard work put into restoring the project and its estimated cost of over $200,000.

GALLERY: World Class Corvette Roadster LT1 700R4 Pro Touring

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[Source: RK Motors]

 |  May 15 2011, 1:34 PM

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Currently for sale by RK Motors, this is far more than just a 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle. True, it might look like a mild restomod, but under that shiny blue body is a 2007 Corvette chassis and a modern LS2 powerplant.

The 6.0L LS2 V8 puts out 400-hp and 400 lb-ft of torque and runs all the factory fuel injection, traction control, cruise control, etc. To make it a show-worthy engine bay, plenty of blue carbon fiber trim pieces were made to look as if they were installed at the factory. In addition, tons of components were polished to a brilliant shine.

For the body, every panel was block sanded to achieve a flawless surface and painted a two-tone blue pearl metallic paint job, essentially a pairing of the LeMans Blue that was available on the ’68 Chevelle and the ’07 Corvette.

And naturally, with the vehicle sporting a Corvette chassis, Corvette 18- and 19-inch wheels are bolted on. In addition, the Z51-spec suspension and brakes are fully intact. The only major aftermarket piece to the entire project is a set of long-tube headers that lead out to a custom dual exhaust.

GALLERY: 1968 Chevrolet Corvelle Convertible

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[Source: RK Motors]

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 |  Mar 14 2011, 10:43 AM

When you think of classic Chevy Camaro Pace Cars, the 1969 Z11 Indy Replica is probably the example that most often comes to mind. It’s a striking piece, finished in white with contrasting Hugger Orange stripes but perhaps the car pictured above is more interesting.

For starters, it’s an actual Pace Car from a race in 1969; secondly, that race happens to be the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, New York, as in the Formula One event, won that year by Austrian driver Jochen Rindt. This particular car is finished, like the Indy Pacers in Dover White, but looks a bit more subdued thanks to the black interior, subtle hockey-stick side stripes, door decals and tail panel.

It’s also equipped with some desirable options, namely an L78 396 cubic inch big-block V-8 with solid lifter rectangular port heads, TH400 three-speed automatic transmission, 12-bolt rear end with 3.55 gears and Positraction limited slip differential, power brakes, auxiliary gauges and a Rosewood steering wheel.

Currently being offered for sale through RK Motors of Charlotte, North Carolina (some of whose stock we’ve covered before), this Camaro has been fully restored and claimed to be in better than new condition, both outside and in. It also comes, perhaps not surprisingly with a wad of documentation.

For more info on this rare and unusual Camaro, click on the link below.

[Source: RK Motors]

 |  Nov 28 2010, 10:24 PM

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Restomod classic Ford Mustangs are a love it or leave it deal for many, but among the thousands to emerge in the last decade this one probably ranks as one of the most interesting, and the most beautiful .

It’s a ’67 fastback that wears Shelby gingerbread, but unlike many such creations, the folks at Pro Touring Super Cars that built it resisted the urge to drape it in ‘Gone in Sixty Seconds II’ garb, instead giving the car a more signature and pure ’67 G.T.500 look, which in our minds is far better anyway.

Although the exterior details are subtle – larger 18-inch Coys wheels and BF Goodrich G-Force tires are tastefully integrated into the rest of the package, under the skin, this Mustang sports a late-model supercharged 4.6-liter Mustang Cobra engine, tuned to deliver 444 horsepower and 495 ft-lbs of torque. It also sports a beefy Tremec T-56 six-speed manual gearbox and modern coil over suspension, plus disc brakes front and rear.

Inside is a period looking cabin, with modern gauges tastefully integrated into the dash and a rather cool looking center console. Re-finished in Acapulco Blue with white Le Mans stripes, this ’67 looks arrow straight from all angles we could see and according to Charlotte, NC based RK Motors (which is now offering the car for sale) has been driven just some 475 shake down miles prior to completion.

Current asking price for this one-of-a kind stallion is approximately $99,900, not cheap by any means, but less than some of those ‘continuation’ Eleanor monstrosities turned out several years ago by now extinct Unique Performance. It likely runs much better too.

GALLERY: Pro Touring Super Cars ’67 GT500 Resto-Mod

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[Source: RK Motors]