2003 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C
       
     
1972 Mercedes 600 SWB
       
     
1957 Cyclops
       
     
1973 BMW 2002
       
     
1952 Lagonda
       
     
2011 Ferrari 458 Italia Berlinetta
       
     
2003 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C
       
     
2003 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C

Scheduled Feature Car:   July 1, 2017

Owner:   Ed GIlbertson

                  Car Description by Owner

 SHELBY 427 S/C COBRA            CSX4309

Completed by Shelby American Inc. in 2003 with Manufacturers Statement of Origin (MSO) signed by Carroll Shelby on April 18, 2003.

Short wheelbase two door roadster painted sonic blue with black leather interior.  Black driver side roll bar, white ceramic-coated 4 into 1 side pipes, engine oil cooler, differential cooler, auxiliary high pressure fuel pump, emergency shut-off and fire suppression control system.   

Aluminum body by Kirkham Motorsports, fifteen inch aluminum wheels with stainless steel winged knockoffs, and a 42 gallon competition fuel cell (have installed a Shelby American 28 gallon stainless steel gas tank for street use).

Aluminum 427 cubic inch V-8 side-oiler bored and stroked to 489 cubic inches producing almost 600 horsepower.  Four-barrel Mighty Demon track carburetor with cold air turkey pan.  Car weighs 2300 pounds and averages 8 miles per gallon.  Granted SB100 exemption by State of California      

Five-speed manual transmission with 3.54 to 1 rear drive ratio.  Rack and pinion steering with four wheel independent suspension consisting of wishbones with coils over telescopic shocks front and rear.  Torque is 550 ft. lb. and max engine speed is 6250 rpm.

                      Driver Impressions: CSX 4309

Don Lee, well known Shelby Cobra guru who has owned and successfully raced 427 S/C Cobras over many years says CXS4309 is one of the best Cobras he has driven.  

Ben Maurice Brown, who logged 75,000 miles in two previously owned Shelby 289 and 427 S/C Cobras, recently drove CSX4309 and deems it an excellent Cobra that is very fast and handles very well.  He noted that the aluminum engine block in CSX 4309 removes about 200lb of front-end weight compared to the original cast iron block, resulting in a welcome reduction in terminal understeer as well as significantly reduced steering wheel effort at slow speeds. 

Owner Ed Gilbertson has had Ferraris and many other sports cars.  He loves motorcycles, hot rods, and sports racing cars and says the Cobra is all three rolled into one.  If he could only keep one car, it would be Johnny B. Goode, his bad boy rock & roll 427 S/C Cobra CSX4309.  

                                 Shelby American

Shelby American is the only American automobile manufacturer to ever win the World Manufacturer's Championship for GT Sports Cars.  It was clinched by a 289 Cobra Daytona Coupe.  Unfortunately, the more powerful 427 was not homologated by the FIA.  Both the 289 and 427 Shelby Cobras won countless races across the world for many years and many still do very well in vintage racing. The 427 Cobra won four Class A USRRC Championships between 1965 and 1973.

The Shelby Cobra has lasting universal appeal and continues to be the most copied car in the automotive world.  At least 33 companies in England and the US have built Cobra replicas, usually with fiberglass bodies and engines sources from Ford, Chevrolet and Jaguar. Cobra replicas have a wide range of price, originality and quality.  Naturally, Cobra replicas with aluminum bodies, original configuration and Ford 427 FE engines command the highest prices. But the wide price range of Cobra replicas allows enthusiasts multiple options for seeking the thrill of driving a a Cobra at a reasonable price.     

 

 

1972 Mercedes 600 SWB
       
     
1972 Mercedes 600 SWB

Scheduled Feature Car August 1, 2017

Owner : Derick Teeking

               Car Description by Owner

This 1972 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase is number 2,137 of 2,190 short wheelbase W100 sedans manufactured by Daimler-Benz between 1963 and 1981.  A total of 2,677 600s of all variants were built during that time.  Completed on July 10, 1972, this car’s options included a hydraulic sunroof, a Becker cassette player, and “heat absorbing glass.”  It was originally sold in August 1972 to a music promotions and entertainment company at a dealership in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

I purchased the car in January 2006 on EBay from a collector in Georgia (on a bet while on vacation).  My purchase inspiration was the 600 seen in the “Witches of Eastwick” (1987) and a similar one owned by the Marcos family of the Philippines.  Living in San Francisco I tend to drive it regularly on weekends when traffic is not as bad.  The car has been used in a couple of short-films and photoshoots, including for the now-first daughter and her jewelry brand.

1957 Cyclops
       
     
1957 Cyclops

Scheduled Feature Car: September 2, 2017

Owner/Builder:   Jim Ducoing         

             Car Descriptions by Owner

                        Cyclops History

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

             Displacement208cc

             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

 

1973 BMW 2002
       
     
1973 BMW 2002

Scheduled Feature Car: November 4, 2017

Owner:  Lisa 0TwoPrincess

             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. 

 

1952 Lagonda
       
     
1952 Lagonda

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.

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2011 Ferrari 458 Italia Berlinetta
       
     
2011 Ferrari 458 Italia Berlinetta

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.