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Aston Martin Valkyrie Revealed

This is the future.

It’s a new road-legal sports car designed by Red Bull and Aston Martin called the Valkyrie.

Until now we have only seem a clay-model of the Valkyrie and this is a first look at what the production car will be.

Matt Hill, Aston Martin Creative Director of Interiors said of the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s cockpit design: “It’s been a tremendous challenge to make the interior packaging work. We’ve embraced Red Bull Racing’s Formula One ethos and approached from a different angle than conventional road car design. In this instance, we’ve started from a position where you think something is impossible and work at it until you find a way to make it work. We’ve been fighting for millimetres everywhere, but the battle has been worth it, as it’s been fantastic seeing customers try the interior buck for size. They love the ritual of getting in and how it feels to be sat behind the wheel. They’re also genuinely surprised at how the car just seems to swallow them. You really do have to sit in it to believe there is genuine space for two large adults.”

Incredible E-Type Time-Lapse

Recently this video has been floating around on facebook.

It shows the fabrication of the lightweight E-Type continuation cars by Jaguar Land Rover.

What’s really impressive is the tooling for each of the subassemblies which is more akin to a modern production. I don’t think there is anywhere in the world building E-Types to such a high level.

Aston Martin DB2/4 MkIII Prototype

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Petrolicious videos can be hit-or-miss, but great owners like Dave Adams of Lake Oswego Restorations can make them peerless.

Adams did a fantastic job describing his 1957 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkIII Prototype in the video that includes a solo ride on the Buena Vista Ferry.

Called Design Project 193, Dave’s Aston was used to redefine the DB2/4 into its definitive version: the MKIII.

He purchased the prototype in London in 1984 and subsequently found out it raced 1958 Rallye de Monte Carlo.

Despite being in the restoration business, Daves loves the unrestored charater of his Aston which he best describes in the video:

The Long Game

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After 48 years of ownership Hugh Pite is beginning to restore his 1933 MG J2.

He bought and drove the MG in London in January of 1968 and shipped it to Canada thereafter.

What might look like a rough example, is actually a jewel.

These pre-war MGs are exceedingly rare and seldom found in such a complete state. Hugh’s car is matching numbers and sits exactly how he found in 1968.

Futhermore it uses a rare overhead camshaft, crossflow engine which that was distinct from the later T-series.

MG’s 1933 model year was the first to incorporate sweeping fenders, the same shape which defined the TA, TB, TC, TD and TF which followed.

Hugh displayed his J2 at this year’s Restoration Fair and Swap Meet by the OECC South Island Branch and plans to do a sympathetic restoration that will maintain MG’s original integrity.

E-Type 1E32915: Donor Engine

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This 1966 Jaguar Mark X 4.2 will soon be scrap metal for future appliances.

That’s right. We are parting it out for a new heart in our engineless E-Type FHC. Peder Mansson is also getting the steering box for his cars in Switzerland.

But don’t fret too much because this big Jag (the biggest model they ever made) has sufferred from rot, including a leaky window seal that soaked the harness, gauges, switches and wooden dashboard for years.

The engine swap isn’t completely straight forward. The engine and cylinder head are identical units to the E-Type, but the engine mounts, water pump, exhaust headers, oil pan, oil filter housing, intake manifold and carburettor linkage are different.

With a minor rebuilt and repaint we are one step closer to getting the FHC on the road.