Scheduled Feature Car: September 2, 2017
Owner/Builder: Jim Ducoing
Car Description by Owner/Builder
The simple shape and proportions of the Cyclops II are stark by design and lend a comical edge to the mindset of Stan Mott and Robert Cumberford as the tales of the Cyclops evolved over the years. The Cyclops story began in 1957 as an entertaining yarn in Road & Track magazine of the alter egos of Stan and Robert traveling across Europe looking for an inexpensive automobile to import to the USA. The Cyclops II design ran counter to the American automotive design trends of the time... longer, lower and wider with four headlights and swooping tail fins powered by V-8 engines. The first Cyclops production run used materials that were in fact Cinzano vermouth signs conscripted from buildings and roadside ad placement. The engine was a single cylinder unit with a multi speed manual transmission. The '1960' Cyclops II was the first year that featured the vented rear quarter panel and other aerodynamic braking technology which were key to the victory at the 24 hours of Le Mans as reported in R&T magazine! This was the first of many Cyclops racing victories and technology advances revealed over the decades by R&T magazine.
Cyclops II Construction
The car was constructed over a 6 month period in 2014 using the construction methods and materials outlined by Glenn Thomas in his book, “How to build a Cyclops.” My example is 10% larger partly to provide more driver and passenger room as well as the necessary foot space to operate the throttle and brake pedals. The original mechanical steering and brake configuration performed poorly during operation due to the 550 pound weight total of vehicle and driver. I therefore redesigned the steering to a rack and pinion unit. I also upgraded the brake system was to a hydraulic dual disc fitted to the rear axle. The Cyclops II is powered by a rear mounted single-cylinder Kohler 7 HP engine which is governed at 4000 rpm. There is a continuously variable transmission unit (CVT) and a simple chain drive to the rear axle. The majority of wheel and drive gear is go kart spec using components that are readily available. The lights, horn and various electric features are fully functional and powered by a small battery that is charged separately since the small engine does not have a charging capability. The Cyclops suspension does not utilize shock absorbers and the ride is hence much like a baby carriage. Top speed is 25-30 miles per hour (GPS verified)
The interior paint and Cinzano logo were incorporated on the inside panels of the passenger area, roof and firewall side of the engine compartment. The oversize single headlight had a vertical trim piece with functioning engine air intake and cooling scoops. Mr. Mott specified that the official Cyclops color was yellow and in most of the story graphics the performance exhaust was usually quite long and ended with a trumpet like flare. I toned down the length of the exhaust somewhat to prevent a tripping hazard. The Cyclops racing team was one of the first to introduce aerodynamic braking, gas/electric hybrid technology, olive oil fuel and a clock spring as a power source. The Cyclops race vehicle had a self-jacking feature for rapid tire changes while an off road model featured hiking boots powered directly from the engine connecting rod. All of this advanced technology contributed to the Cyclops II racing victories. The popularity of the Cyclops II was reported to be on the same order as the VW bug in the Road & Track articles over the years but today only a dozen or Cyclops remain.
Cyclops II Specifications
Length 52 inches Width 40 inches
Height 50.5 inches
Weight 355 pounds
Engine: Kohler 1 Cylinder
Output 7 HP at 4000 RPM
Transmission Continuously Variable (CVT)
to Chain Drive
Art Work and Illustrations
The art work of Stan Mott can be viewed at <www.sbiii.com/cyclops/cyclops.html>.
Pictures of my vehicle chassis and detail views during the build are located on page 4.
The build information and how to books of Glenn Thomas are available at <wwwcyclops2012.com>
Scheduled Feature Car : October 7, 2017
Owner: Bert Damner
Car Description by Owner
1964 Porsche 356C
1600 c 88 HP (air cooled) four stroke cycle unit with two pairs of cylinders horizontally opposed arrangement.
.Two dual throat downdraft carburetors.
Lubrication by oil pressure system.
Body and classic are welded together.
Two engines were available…1600 C or 1600 SC
Hydraulic disc brakes and independent torsion bar wheel suspension.
Transmission and differential are arranged as one assembly. Four forward gears are synchronized.
Electrical system, 6 volt,84 amp/ hr.
Weight: full fuel and one passenger,(1010kg) 2222 lbs.,
Engine weight 253 mounds.
Fuel capacity. 12.5 gallons.of which 1.5 gallons are reserve.
Milleage between 20 -30 mpg
I have owned the car since 1983….not a bad investment!
Sxhwuled Feature Car: November 42017
Owner: Lisa 02P
Car Description by Owner:
Reprinted from Petrolicious
based on interview by Courtney Cutchen
THE RISE OF TESORO
Think back to the first time you saw your car. This may not be a car you own now, or even owned in the past. You may never own it. Rather, this is a car that you saw for the first time, and said to yourself, “I will have one of those some day.” Whether it was the mesmerizing slope of body lines, the mechanical harmony that resonated from an engine bay, or simply a well thought out interior; this was a car that captivated you. This sensation is rather similar to what happened in Lisa’s mind when she saw her first BMW 2002.
Lisa’s love affair with the 02 dates back 20+ years. “I got my first 02 with my own hard earned, part time money, working as a receptionist at a real estate office,” she explained. “At 17, I bought my first 2002 from an original owner.” Describing her experience as “love at first sight,” she makes it very clear that there was never a doubt in her mind that the BMW 2002 was her car. So much so, that early on she was dubbed the “02 Princess” by Michel Potheau, cofounder of the BMWCCA. Since her first car, she has owned BMWs that fall across the map, from an E30 M3, a Bavaria, an E36 M3, and even two other 2002s.
Tesoro, as she has lovingly named the Schwarz 02, is a one of a kind, truly timeless take on the chassis. Lisa credits much of her inspiration for the build to her desire to be different. To create a 2002 completely unique to anything else in the community was important in the car’s build process. However, before Tesoro became what he is today, Lisa had to start somewhere.
“I found Tesoro at the Brisbane 2002 swap and show in 2014,” she told us. She spoke of a classic BMW that appeared “tired,” but nevertheless, a car that she saw massive potential in. The 02, which back then was coated in factory Fjord, was her way to return to her roots in the chassis. After picking up the car to enjoy in its original state, Lisa had an unfortunate run in with a failed clutch master cylinder. As she waited for the tow truck, which would typically be a beacon of salvation, she was met with even more disappointment. Upon arrival, the truck actually reversed into the 02, damaging the front grilles and nose panel area. As one can imagine, this wasn’t a setback Lisa had planned for.
Taking to Facebook to write about her experience, Lisa was met with support from her community. Thanks to the sharing nature of social media, SoCal local Le Tran of 2002GarageWerks caught wind of Lisa’s mishap. This is the point at which Tesoro’s build began.
The saying goes: “Tesoro was not built in a day.” Or at least, we think it’s something like that. The 02 was in this restoration period for over two and a half years. During this time, the true beauty of Lisa’s aspirations came to life.
Tesoro is just as wonderful on the inside as the outside. Outfitted with plush leather throughout, the interior sits as an incredible combination of classic and custom. With alcantara inserts on both the front Recaros and the rear E24 seats, a perfect hint of modernism lines the cabin. In vintage motorsport fashion, the seats are also dotted with stainless steel grommets, those of which are similar to the old competition seats. The seats are corralled by custom (and of course, matching) door panels, all of which were upholstered by Franzini Brothers in San Rafael.
Other unique accents can be found inside, such as a custom engraved, weighted shift knob, boasting Tesoro’s name below a BMW roundel. A Monterey Rolex Reunion plate is found on the center console, commemorating BMW’s 100th Birthday celebration this year. The Reunion was a debut of sorts for the car, so Lisa felt the plate to be a significant addition to her interior.
Seeing as it’s only getting more difficult to obtain parts for vintage BMWs, we were impressed to hear that Lisa was able to source many NOS / NLA pieces for Tesoro. Of these parts, she is most proud of the Hirschmann jewel tip antenna, the Italian turn signals, and a crack free, original Euro dash. All of these little yet important details are what make Tesoro as a whole such a well rounded build. Looking at the car, it’s obvious to see that not only was there extensive thought put into the planning, but also, a lot of love.
On the performance and mechanical side of things, the car maintains a very signature 2002GarageWerks package. The fresh M10 is topped by a 38/38 Weber carb setup. The polished valve cover shines prominently at the center of the engine bay, and plays nicely with CAD plated hood hinge joints. This CAD aesthetic follows the car all the way around, even ending up in the trunk. Additionally, Tesoro is supported by specially sorted Ireland Engineering coilovers, finished by beautiful, custom BBS RMs--to the credit of Paul Ehrlich.
All parts and numbers aside, the car as a whole is what makes Lisa happy. This is most evident when you listen to the way she talks about her beloved build. It’s one experience to read about it, but something even more to hear the elation in her voice when she explains the car’s story.
“Tesoro in Latin translates to ‘treasure,’” she noted. Quite honestly, no name could be more suiting for this build. During our shoot, Lisa talked about how the little 02 is her “forever car,” and that this is the first car she has ever undergone such an extensive restoration with. She continued: “Most people will say, ‘Your car is too nice to drive!’ I say, ‘It was meant to be driven.’”
Lisa is a great example of someone who is truly passionate about her hobbies. In fact, this hobby has transcended rather as a complete lifestyle for her. Tesoro is what her dreams look like, embodied in a classic BMW. The average relationship between a person and a vehicle is often seen as a “point A to point B” scenario, but for Lisa, Tesoro is a labor of love. The car is much more than just a car.
Now that Tesoro is finally out of his restorative slumber, you can be certain that Lisa will be seen all over the Bay Area; behind the wheel of her treasure.
Scheduled Feature Car December 2, 2017
Owner: Robert Sach
Car Description by Owner
1968 Porsche 911S Targa:
Purchased by current owner from German dealership, one of 144 of the 911S Targacars made by the Porsche factory in 1968, entered the United States in December 1967. Original color "Burgundy Red", repainted Porsche color “Arena red”, engine six-cylinder 2.01 liter, five speed manual transmission, soft zipper-outrear window, Webastogasoline heater, Blaupunkt AM/FM radio with electric antenna, tinted glass, dual outside custom mirrors, upgraded retractable Porsche shoulder seat belts and Porsche seat belts for auxiliary rear seats, Recaro factory installed leather sport seats, upgraded halogen headlights, upgraded Porsche rear fog lights, upgraded 7 inch offset Fuchswheels, upgraded Fittipaldi steering wheel.
Scheduled Feature Car: April 7, 2018
Car Description by Owner
Nissan only made the right-hand drive Figaro for one year – 1991, with a lottery system instituted for prospective purchasers.
The Figaro’s standard equipment included the white leather seats, CD player, air conditioning and a fixed-profile, slide-back, open roof. The special two-toned paint was designed to be extra waterproof and the colors were limited to four – Winter (Lapis Grey), Spring (Emerald Green), Summer (Pale Aqua) and Fall (Topaz Mist).
8,000 units were originally available, with an additional 12,000 added to production numbers to meet the demand for a total of 20,000.
My Emerald Green Figaro is production number #0000862.
I learned about the Figaro when one of my brothers was in Japan in 1991 and brought back the sales literature. Because Nissan never intended the car for export, there was no legal import created for the cars; registering the car in the US prior to the 25-year historical designation was tricky.
Most of the used ‘Figgy’s’ were exported to the UK (where Figaro clubs and mechanics abound) and Australia. This Figaro was exported from Japan to the UK in late 2007, and then exported from the UK to the US in early 2017.
Engine type – Transverse, in-line, three-cylinder, fuel-injected Turbo; alloy block-and-head; two valves per cylinder operated by a single overhead camshaft
Horsepower – 76 bhp at 6,000 rpm
Top speed – 97 mph
Transmission – Three-speed Automatic
Steel monocoque construction, with steel and composite two-door convertible body
Vented-disc front brakes/drum rear brakes
Rack-and-pinion power steering
Length – 147.2 inches
Width – 54.2 inches
Height – 53.7 inches
Wheelbase – 90.5 inches
Weight – 1,786 lbs.
Gas mileage – 35 mpg
Original price in 1991 - $12,987.00 USD
Scheduled Feature Car: May 5, 2018
Owner: David Foster
Photo Courtesy: Sara Patanroi
Car Description by Owner
Lagonda was founded as a company in 1906 in Staines, Surrey, by a Scottish-American, Wilbur Gunn (1859–1920), a former opera singer. Gunn became a British national in 1891 and worked as a speed boat and motorcycle engineer in Staines, England. He named the company after the Shawnee settlement "Lagonda" in modern-day Springfield, Ohio, the town of his birth. Lagonda produced numerous luxury touring and sports cars in between the wars, but the company fell upon hard times in spite of the quality of it's engineering and design.
David Brown acquired Aston Martin after World War II for its sports cars and Lagonda for its
W.O.Bentley-designed engines. (Bentley quit shortly after Brown bought the company.) The 2.6Litre, with Bentley engine and coachwork designed by Frank Feeley, was the first Lagonda model created after the acquisition. The Feeley touch is evident in the curvaceous aluminum on ash bodies that were constructed as a separate structure and mounted by four bolts to a cruciform chassis with a 4-wheel independent suspension. A total of 510 cars were produced, including 124 drophead coupés, from 1948-1953. It is powered by a dual overhead camshaft 2580cc inline 6-cylinder engine, shared with the Aston Martin DB2/4 design of the time. New, it could do 0-60 in 18.8 seconds and had a top speed of 84 mph. This example was bodied by Tickford, at the time still separate from Aston Martin, and was completed in January 1952.
This car had been stored in a barn by its second owner from 1962 onwards. In 2004 it was purchased in very poor condition by a Scottish doctor who restored it over the next 10 years. In 2014 the current owners were looking to acquire an Aston Martin DB2/4, but saw this car and fell in love with the styling. They arranged for it to be imported from Yorkshire, U.K. to California. It is believed to be one of approximately 30 remaining cars world wide as many Lagonda 2.6 Litre cars were cannibalized for their drive trains to outfit the more popular DB2/4 Aston Martins.
Since David Brown's acquisition of the two companies, Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd., has launched a new ultra luxury Lagonda model approximately every 30 years, with the 1960's DB4 based Lagonda Rapide, the 1980's William Towns designed "wedge" Lagonda and the recent 2014 Lagonda Taraf.
This car is driven regularly throughout the year, and in 2016 was the official Mayoral car for the Carmel Centenary Celebrations.
Scheduled Feature Car: August 4, 2018
Owner : Frank Cunningham
Car Description by Owner
It is the said the Gallardo is the model that saved Automobili Lamborghini. Built starting in 2003 and with slight modifications to 2013. It is Lamborghini's best-selling model with a total of 14,022 being built throughout this 10 year period.
I purchased this car in November of 2016 in the LA area, with just over 18,000 miles on it. I drove it to the San Francisco Bay through the Big Sur in the first storm of the series that eventually damaged and closed Highway 1.
I have had the pleasure of having this Gallardo signed by the most famous test driver, Valentino Balboni, for whom a Gallardo model, the LP550-2 Valentino Balboni, is named after.
Mr. Balboni was employed with Automobili Lamborghini from 1968 to 2008 and as a factory test driver. Mr. Balboni, has driven about 80% of all Lamgorghini's ever made, which most likely includes this car.
Specifications: 2004 Lamborghini Gallardo
Giallo Midas (three-layer yellow - Special Option Color)
Engine Type: 10 cylinders V 90°, DOHC 4 valves, 18° crankpin offset
Displacement: 4961 cc
Bore and Stroke: Ø 82.5 mm x 92.8 mm
Intake system: Variable geometry
Valve gear: Chain driven, intake and exhaust continuously variable Valve timing, electronically controlled
Compression ratio: 11:1
Maximum power: 367 kW (500 hp) at 7800 rpm
Maximum torque: 510 Nm at 4500 rpm
6 Speed Manual Transmission
Drive: Full time all wheel drive
Cooling system: Two water radiators + gearbox oil cooler + engine oil cooler
Lubrication system: Dry sump
Frame: Structural aluminum space-frame, aluminum extruded parts, aluminum cast joint elements.
Body: Aluminum panels with thermoplastic "hang on" parts
Interior: Full Leather- Bi Color; Carbon Fiber Up-Grades
Full Carbon Fiber Package ( Mirrors, rear wing, headlight base, interior, door panels, odometer panel) Has the reverse leather steering wheel with suede headliner. Has Momo hand brake. Wheels are original OEM Lamborghini wheels custom painted.
Scheduled Feature Car Date: To be determine
Owner: Dennis Scremin
Car Description by Owner
In discussing the evolution of the Ferrari, the DuPont Registry recently identified 12 cars, the year introduced, the model, the horsepower and the 0-60 mph time. The results are summarized below
Model bhp 0 -60 mph time (sec)
1962 GTO California: 300 6.0
1969 Dino 246 GT : 192 7.1
1984 288 GTO : 400 4.9
1984 Testarossa : 390 5.2
1987 F40 : 471 3.8
1995 F50 : 520 3.6
1999 360 Modena : 400 4.3
2003 Enzo : 660 3.1
2004 F430 : 483 3.6
2010 599 GTO : 661 3.1
2011 458 Italia : 562 3.0
2014 LaFerrari : 950 2.4
In Ferrari’s first official announcement of the 458 Italia, it was described as the successor of the F430, but arising from an entirely new design which incorporated technologies developed from the company’s experience in Formula 1. In their award categories, Top Gear Magazine named the 458 as “Car of the Year” and “Supercar of the Year” while Motor Trend Magazine awarded the 458 the title of “Best Driver’s Car in 2011.”
In keeping with Ferrari tradition, the 458 body was designed by Pininfarina. The car’s exterior styling and features were designed for aerodynamic efficiency and produced a downforce of 309 lb at 124mph. In particular, the front grille features deformable winglets that lower at high speeds, in order to offer reduced drag. The only transmission available in a dual-clutch 7-speed with paddle shifters. There is no traditional manual transmission option which makes the 458 the first mainstream Ferrari model and the fourth road car after the Enzo, Challenge Stradale and 430 Scuderia not to be offered with Ferrari’s classic gated manual transmission. The 458 is a pleasure to drive at all times.