Modern Mechanicals With Vintage Style: The Best Restomod Rides

“Restomodding” has been around as long as gearheads have been upgrading their cars. The term “restomod” is just the combination of restoration and modification and the idea is simple, keep the vintage style and esthetic of the old car, and modify it to be faster, more reliable and safer.

Most old cars are not fast, or reliable, don’t turn or stop very well, and they definitely aren’t very safe. Taking a classic vehicle and treating it to a restomod transforms the experience and gives you the best of modern technology. Classic style and modern performance. Here are the coolest, most stylish and downright wicked restomodded vehicles from the past few years.

ICON 4X4 BR Series

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Carfection/YouTube

Los Angeles, California based ICON 4×4 is the personification of the modern restomod scene. Specializing in off-road capable vintage trucks from Toyota and Ford, their philosophy is to reimagine each vehicle as if it were being built today with the best possible technology and design.

The ICON BR Series starts with a classic Ford Bronco and strips it down to the last nut and bolt. They are reassembled with a brand new Ford 5.0-liter crate engine pushing 426-horsepower, custom axles and differentials, off-road suspension with Fox Racing shocks, and StopTech brakes. The interior gets equal attention with a complete custom makeover. Of course, each vehicle is unique and built to suit the lucky individual who orders it.

Alfaholics GTA-R 290

Alfaholics GTA-R 290 restomod
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Top Gear/YouTube

UK based shop Alfaholics rebuilds classic Alfa Romeos with modern hearts without losing any of the beauty or heritage of the car they start with. The GTA-R 290 is their ultimate Alfa Romeo. Starting with the pretty and potent classic Giulia GTA, the car is completely reworked and fitted with a modern twin-spark 2.3-liter Alfa Romeo engine that produces 240-horsepower. That’s a lot for a car that weighs just 1800 pounds.

Re-engineered suspension, brakes, and driveline components ensure the mighty red racer can cope with the added power and the interior receives tasteful upgrades without ditching classic Italian style.

Legacy Power Wagon

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The Hooniverse/YouTube

Legacy Classic Trucks build some of the toughest off-road trucks on the market. Starting with a classic Dodge Power Wagon, Legacy tears it down to the frame and rebuilds it with added strength, added power and added style.

A number of engines can be fitted from the 3.9-liter Cummins Turbo-Diesel to a supercharged 6.2-liter Chevrolet LSA V8 with 620 horsepower. Custom axles and driveshafts help cope with the power upgrade and long-travel suspension, off-road wheels and tires, and locking differentials make sure you can use that power on any terrain.

Frontline Developments MG LE50

Frontline MG LE50 restomod
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Spanner Addicts/YouTube

Classic MGB + Modern Mazda powertrain = awesome! Frontline Developments is a UK based custom and restoration shop specializing in classic British sports cars, specifically cars from MG.

The hardtop MGB first debuted in 1962. It was an instant classic with it’s Pininfarina designed bodywork. Frontline keeps all of the body relatively stock and fits it with a modern and supremely reliable engine, transmission, and driveline from Mazda. The four-cylinder engine displaces 2.0-liters and produces 214 horsepower. That’s good enough to get the coupe up to 60 MPH in just 5.1 seconds.

Ringbrothers AMC Javelin “Defiant”

Ringbrothers AMC Javelin
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SEMA Show/YouTube

In the tiny town of Spring Green, Wisconsin lives one of the country’s greatest custom car shops, Ringbrothers. Their mission is to take iconic muscle cars and re-engineer them for the 21st century while preserving the soul of the original car.

In 2017, Prestone, the antifreeze company, celebrated its 90th anniversary. To commemorate that occasion, Prestone teamed up with Ringbrothers to create a monster of a restomod, a Hellcat powered 1972 AMC Javelin named “Defiant.”

Mechatronik Mercedes-Benz M-Coupe

Mechatronik Mercedes-Benz M-Coupe restomod
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Motorvision/YouTube

Mechatronik is based in Stuttgart, Germany, which is also home to Porsche and Mercedes-Benz. Fitting, as the Mechatronik M-Coupe is a modernized and restored W111 Mercedes-Benz.

The company dishes out heaping spoonfuls of love on their creations and the M-Coupe’s attention to detail is truly stunning. The cars start with a full restoration and are then fitted with a modern Mercedes V8 drivetrain. The engine is a 5.5-liter AMG V8 which cranks out 360-horsepower. Brakes are uprated as well as suspension and Mechatronik also comprehensively updates safety by adding ABS and stability control.

Singer 911 DLS

Singer 911 DLS restomod
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Carfection/YouTube

Singer is to Porsche 911s as Rolex is to watches. The cars that the southern California company produces are more than just modernized 911s, they are true works of art. The pinnacle of Singer’s powers exists in the lust-worthy 911 DLS. It’s difficult to describe this car adequately, so we’ll just let the specs speak for itself.

Singer starts with a 1990’s era 911 and rebodies it to look like 911s from the 1970s. On the DLS, that body is all carbon-fiber. Then, Singer makes it as light as possible, handle as perfect as possible and brake as well as possible before fitting it with a 4.0-liter, 500 horsepower flat-six cylinder engine that’s developed by partner Williams Advanced Engineering. Yep, the same company that makes F1 cars. We’re not sure it gets any better than this!

Eagle Speedster

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Photo by Eagle

Did you know that there are 118 words in the English language that are synonyms of “beautiful?” That may not be enough to describe the stunning masterpiece that is the Eagle Speedster. English restoration shop, Eagle was established in 1984 and is now synonymous with Jaguar E-Types. Their restoration work is the standard of the world, but it’s their restomod cars that garner the most attention.

Eagle starts with a bare chassis and cleans up the lines of the E-Type before removing bumpers and unnecessary chrome. They then fit a 4.7-liter, 330 horsepower straight six-cylinder engine in a 5-speed manual gearbox. Performance matches the good looks and the Eagle Speedster is as breathtaking to drive as it is to look at.

FJ Company Toyota Land Cruiser

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AUTO CAR/YouTube

If classic off-roaders are your thing, then look no further than the FJ Company. They build some of the coolest restomod Toyota Land Cruisers on the planet. Starting with either a hardtop or soft-top FJ Series truck, the bodies are stripped to bare metal and then meticulously reassembled with new Toyota technology.

Power comes from a brand-new Toyota 4.0-liter V6 mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. FJ Company then fits each truck with ABS, stability and traction control, automatic locking hubs and modern steering and suspension. On the inside, you will find a bespoke interior with digital gauges, custom upholstery and modern conveniences, including a great stereo! These are trucks that look great, can go anywhere and are assembled with brand new parts.

Automobili Amos Delta Integrale Futurista

Automobili Amos Delta Integrale Futurista restomod
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Photo by Automobili Amos/YouTube

Cars become “iconic” for many different reasons. They might be pioneers of technology, performance, style or perhaps have origin stories shrouded in intrigue and drama. Some cars become iconic because of their competition history and the famous drivers who wheeled them. The Lancia Delta Integrale is one of those cars, a four-wheel drive, turbocharged hatchback that ruled the world of rally racing in the 1980s and 1990s.

Automobili Amos has taken the Integrale and distilled it down to its purest form and brought the performance up to modern supercar levels. The Integrale Futurista is converted from four-doors into a two-door coupe, like the Group B rally car of the 1980s and fitted with a 330-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The body is carbon-fiber, the interior is re-trimmed in leather, and the driving experience is mind-blowing.

Canepa Porsche 959SC

Canepa Porsche 959SC restomod
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All Cars New Zealand/YouTube

Taking on a car as iconic, historic and revered as the Porsche 959 is not for the faint of heart. Get it wrong and you will be known as the shop that ruined an icon, but get it right and you’ll be the hero that brought one of the greatest cars ever produced by Porsche into the 21st century.

California’s Canepa Design is one of the few shops in the world capable of restomodding a Porsche 959. Their skill allows them to retain the soul and groundbreaking technology of the ‘80s icon while thoroughly modernizing the drivetrain, performance and the individuality of each car. The result is a 1980’s 800 horsepower bespoke restomod supercar that is every bit a match for modern machinery.

Honda S800 Outlaw

Honda S800 Outlaw restomod
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Photo by Daniel Wu/Instagram

The SEMA Show is a great place to catch up on car customizing trends, aftermarket automotive technology, and see some of the coolest custom cars and trucks on the road. At the 2019 SEMA Show, in the Honda display, was one of the coolest restomods we’ve ever seen.

The car in question is a 1968 Honda S800, named “Outlaw” and is the brainchild of actor, director, and car enthusiast Daniel Wu. The Outlaw is lowered by two-inches with fender flares containing custom barreled OEM wheels. A custom exhaust allows the 791cc inline four-cylinder to breathe all the way up to its 10,000 RPM redline. The S800 Outlaw is an incredibly well-done take on blending modern tuning and customization with timeless vintage style.

Ares Pantera

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Motor1 Italia/YouTube

The De Tomaso Pantera is a legendary Italian/American sports car from the 1970s. A sleek wedge-design that made excellent use of a big Ford V8. Today, Ares Design of Modena, Italy is recreating the Pantera with a modern car that mimics its style and wedge shape but uses thoroughly modern components.

The starting point is a Lamborghini Huracan. The big 5.2-liter V10 and all-wheel drive set-up are tuned to push out 650 horsepower. That’s good enough to give the Ares a top speed of 202 MPH. The original Lamborghini bodywork is ditched in favor of a modernized carbon-fiber body that brings the classic ’70s Pantera shape into the 21st century. Restomodding a current car is becoming a very popular trend.

David Brown Speedback GT

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Photo by David Brown Automotive

David Brown Automotive is the mastermind behind the beautiful Speedback GT. It’s a modern take on the classic Aston Martin DB5. Starting with an old Jaguar XKR, the team at David Brown Automotive squeezes an extra 100 horsepower out of the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 giving it a total of 601 horsepower.

The potent mill is wrapped in custom bodywork that is reminiscent of the classic lines of the Aston Martin DB5. We remember that car as the one and only true mode of transport for James Bond. While you don’t get any of Bond’s gadgets, you do get a custom interior that’s crafted with an attention to detail that is staggering. This is a restomod for wealthy gentlemen looking for a car more bespoke than a Rolls-Royce.

Porsche 935 (2019)

Porsche 935 (2019)
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Photo by Porsche

“Restomod” is likely not the best label for this car. It’s more like a retro-tribute to one of Porsche’s most famous and successful racing cars, but because of the vintage bodywork and vintage livery, we think it still fits the restomod ethos.

Porsche starts with the outrageous 911 GT2 RS and builds around it a custom long-tail bodywork that pays tribute to the legendary 935/78 Le Mans racecar, known as “Moby Dick.” A strong 700 horsepower motivates the 935 and big wings, big slicks, and big turbos make sure this is the car to beat on the race track. Calling the 935 “mega” is the understatement of the year.

Eagle Low Drag GT

Eagle Lowdrag GT restomod
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Brightside Media/YouTube

In 1962 Jaguar created the rarest and possibly most significant E-Type, the Low Drag Coupe. Originally, it was intended to be an ultra-aerodynamic version of the E-Type for racing. Jaguar produced only 1 car. The Low Drag Coupe would go on to race in private hands throughout the early 1960s and influence the subsequent Jaguar Lightweight E-Type, of which the company made 12.

Today, the original Low Drag Coupe sits in a private collection and is likely to be one of the most valuable Jaguars ever made, but, if you fancy a restomod of the original car then Eagle, based in the UK, is more than happy to help. Stunning to look at and equally stunning to drive, the Eagle Low Drag GT might be the ultimate E-Type restomod.

Shelby Cobra Continuation Series

Shelby Cobra Continuation Series restomod
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Vanguard Motor Sales/YouTube

There is no other car that is more widely reproduced and replicated than the Shelby Cobra. If you’re after a cheap kit-car, there are plenty of companies that can accommodate with varying degrees of quality. However, if you are looking for the best of the best and a faithful recreation of the original cars with modern systems then there is only one place to go, Shelby American.

Available in a variety of specifications, you can have it as it would have been built in the 1960s or with modern carbon-fiber bodywork and engines. The 427 S/C may get all the attention, but we think the 289 FIA Competition cars are the ones to have. Built specifically for racing, they showed the world what American constructors could achieve and put Shelby American on the map.

Dodge Charger Hellephant

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YOUCAR/YouTube

In 2018 Dodge showed up at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas with a 1968 Charger. There’s nothing unique about that, classic Dodge Chargers have been restomodded for years but the car that Dodge brought was fitted not with an engine, but with a nuclear bomb!

The 1968 Dodge Charger Hellephant is a platform to showcase Dodge’s biggest and baddest crate engine, the 1,000 horsepower supercharged 426 HEMI V8 dubbed the Hellephant. It’s based on the same engine found in the Hellcat cars and offers builders, tuners, and customizers a turn-key 1,000 horsepower.

ICON 4X4 Derelict Series

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Photo by ICON

When it comes to possible restomod candidates, few people would consider a classic Rolls-Royce. But leave it to the people at ICON 4X4 to think outside of the box with their restomod “Derelict” series. The 1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud that ICON turned their attention to is a classic British luxury cruiser.

Not content to restore it to its former glory, ICON ditched the Rolls-Royce mill and fitted a new LS7 V8 with 550 horsepower. They followed that up by giving the “Roller” modern Brembo brakes and suspension. At the front is a fully independent set-up with coilovers and at the back, a custom four-link set-up with coilovers. Even with the original patina that the car has earned over the years, it has presence, class and is a truly unique restomod.

John Sarkisyan Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

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Photo by Hoonigan/YouTube

Some cars are so iconic and important in the evolution of the automobile that it would be near sacrilege to even consider modifying the original design. One such car is the Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gullwing.” A car built in the 1950s for racing and considered one of the most important cars ever produced. Modifying one would likely destroy the value of a multi-million dollar collector car.

Fear not, the 300SL Gullwing pictured above is a replica. A way to create a restomod of the original Mercedes supercar without wrecking the value of an original. Builder John Sarkisyan started with an SLK 32 AMG and had an original 300SL 3D scanned to produce an exact replica of the bodywork. The chassis and drivetrain of the SLK provides the power, and the replica bodywork provides the style.

Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna 775

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Photo by Chevrolet

At the 2018 SEMA Show, Chevrolet chose a sinister-looking 1973 Chevelle Laguna to showcase its latest and greatest crate engine. The engine in question is the thunderous LT5 V8, the same 755 horsepower tower of power that takes the C7 Corvette ZR1 to a 210 MPH top speed.

As for the ’73 Chevelle, it sits lower on custom suspension and sports bigger brakes and NASCAR style wheels. The front lower splitter and the rear lip spoiler help complete the NASCAR-esque vibe. Chevrolet’s take on restomodding a Chevelle Laguna combines old-school NASCAR with a modern state-of-the-art supercharged engine.

Thornley Kelham Lancia Aurelia B20GT

Thornley Kelham Lancia Aurelia B20GT restomod
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Carfection/YouTube

Thornley Kelhman is one of the most respected restoration shops in the United Kingdom. A place where ultra-rare, ultra-expensive and ultra-gorgeous vintage cars get painstakingly restored to concourse condition. Occasionally, an opportunity arises to take a classic car and turn it into something truly spectacular. Such is the case with the Lancia Aurelia B20GT Outlaw. Modeled after the most famous Aurelia, the Govanni Bracco car which finished second at the Mille Miglia race and won its class at Le Mans in 1951.

Thornley Kelhman upgrades the suspension and brakes to modern specs and replaces the engine with a 2.8-liter Lancia V6 that produces 175 horsepower. Inside, the car features Porsche 356 bucket seats and a roll bar. Classy, cool and definitely one of the most unique restomods of recent times.

Gunther Werks 400R

Gunther Werks 400R restomod
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TheSmokingTire/YouTube

The 993 generation of the ever-popular Porsche 911 was the last series to have an air-cooled engine. Built from 1995 to 1998, these are the last and most refined of the air-cooled 911s.

Gunther Werks starts with a clean 993 and changes, modifies and enhances every last bit to make it better, faster and more focused than the original car. The engine size is incresased to 4.0-liters which produces a healthy 400 horsepower. The body is full carbon-fiber and sits on a widened chassis with custom coilover suspension and massive Brembo brakes. The wheels are custom made forged aluminum 3-piece units designed by Gunther Werks.

Ringbrothers 1965 Ford Mustang “Espionage”

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All The Best/YouTube

Few cars have gotten the restomod treatment over the years more than the Ford Mustang. The classic lines and easily customizable platform along with unmatched aftermarket support mean that everyone can create, modify and personalize their ‘Stang.

There are so many restomodded Mustangs out there that it’s easy to dismiss them with a “seen it all before” attitude. However, sometimes a particular car comes along that changes the game and makes everyone notice. One of those cars is the Ringbrothers ’65 Mustang named “Espionage.” Fitted with a 959 horsepower supercharged LS7 V8, the car is a brutal masterpiece. The body is completely carbon-fiber, the wheels are custom HRE units and the interior is as stunning as the acceleration.

Kingsley Range Rover Classic

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Kingsley Cars Ltd/YouTube
Kingsley Cars Ltd/YouTube

Some cars never go out of style. The classic Land Rover Range Rover is one of those cars. Built from 1970 to 1994, the big Range Rover was not only luxurious but incredibly capable off-road. An engineering marvel, the truck was let down by assembly woes and quality control issues. Kingsley, a UK-based Land Rover restoration shop, has stepped up to bring the timeless truck into the 21st century.

The V8 is bored out to 4.8-liters giving it a stout 270 horsepower. Suspension is updated and modernized with the biggest change being the track width. Brakes are newer units and the interior and electrics get a thorough once over as well. The result is a classic truck with a modern feel and driving experience that is sure to remain one of the best looking off-roaders for generations to come.

David Brown Mini

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Photo by David Brown Automotive

The original MINI is one of those cars that everyone should drive and experience at least once in their life. The tiny pocket rocket drives like nothing else, handles like nothing else, and despite its diminutive size, has the ability to put the biggest smile on your face. David Brown Automotive re-engineers the classic MINI to be as good as it can possibly be with each one completely unique for the customer that orders it.

The 1275cc engine is tuned to produce double the original horsepower, and the suspension and brakes are upgraded handle to additional speed. The body is cleaned-up by removing the seams and the entire car is reinforced and welded for added strength. The interior is infinitely customizable and the crew at David Brown Automotive create each MINI specifically to the taste and preference of the customer ordering it.

Fusion Motor Company “Eleanor”

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Photo by Fusion Motor Company

Film buffs and gearheads know this car as “Eleanor” from Gone In 60 Seconds, the 2000 remake starring Nicholas Cage, and the rest of the world knows it as a 1967 Ford Shelby GT500. Fusion Motor Company holds the license to build replicas of the star-car from the film and the possibilities are nearly endless for customization.

All of the “Eleanor” builds start with genuine 1967 or 1968 Ford Mustang Fastbacks, Fusion then fits the cars with modern engines from a 430 horsepower 5.0-liter V8 up to the grandaddy, a supercharged 427 V8 with 750 horsepower. The suspension is custom coilovers at all four corners and brakes are massive Wilwood six-piston units. Interior and exterior options abound but the single most important mod is the “Go Baby Go” nitrous button in the shifter.

MZR Roadsports 240Z

MZR Roadsports 240Z restomod
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TheSUPERCARDRIVER/YouTube

The Nissan/Datsun 240Z is a high watermark in car design and sports car design in general. Nissan wanted a car to take on the best that Europe could produce. The 240Z was specifically targeting the MGB-GT and proved to be a huge success and is now a car that collectors and enthusiasts flock to.

In the UK, MZR Roadsports has an affinity and unique appreciation of the 240Z. More than just a classic Japanese sports car, MZR sees what the 240Z could be, what it should be and how to build one into the best driving experiences possible. Every inch of the MZR 240Z restomod is upgraded, restored and refined to create a period looking modern sports car that drives and performs better than most new cars.

David Lee’s Ferrari Dino

Ferrari Dino restomod
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Photo by David Lee/Instagram

Restomodding a classic Ferrari is a great way to upset purists and aficionados. But, if you’re really good and the build is on point, it’s a great way to create something truly unique. David Lee’s 1972 Dino 246 GTS is one such car that is both truly unique and a credit to the car culture of southern California.

Based on the underappreciated Dino 246, this particular restomod features one of the most interesting engine swaps we’ve ever heard. Mounted behind the driver is a Ferrari F40 engine. The 2.9 liter V8 has been bored-out to 3.6 liters and is devoid of the twin-turbo set-up. The result is a symphony of sound from a 400 horsepower naturally aspirated V8 that revs past 7,000 RPM. As you would expect, chassis, brakes, and suspension have all been upgraded to match the newfound pace.

Jeff Segal’s Ferrari F355 Modificata

Ferrari F355 Modificata restomod
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Photo by Modificata/Instagram

Sometimes a great restomod car doesn’t need a complete re-think. It doesn’t need a million horsepower and it doesn’t need space-age tech. It becomes great because of the experience it delivers and the modifications help create an event that can’t be replicated in other cars. Jeff Segal’s Ferrari F355 Modificata restomod is a car in which the changes and updates create a driving sensation that is unlike any other car on the road.

The F355 Modificata has 355 Challenge race car suspension, a straight-pipe racing exhaust, and a healthy 375 horsepower. The interior mimics the legendary F40 and the entire car is tuned to deliver the best on-road driving experience possible.

Guy Martin’s Volvo Amazon Estate

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Photo by Demac Motor/Facebook

Guy Martin is a legendary motorcycle racer. He’s a guy that knows how to go fast and his restomod 1967 Volvo Amazon Estate might be the fastest and most over-the-top Volvo build on the planet. The sensible and very Swedish station wagon has a 2.8-liter turbocharged straight six-cylinder engine that churns out a massive 788 horsepower. That’s enough shove to hit 60 MPH from a dead stop in under 3-seconds and achieve a top speed in excess of 205 MPH.

Brakes come from a Koenigsegg CC8S hypercar, the body has had to two rear doors removed to make it a three-door wagon and it features a glass floor in the rear to be able to see the differential and axles.

Bavarian Workshop BMW 2002

Bavarian Workshop 1976 BMW 2002 restomod
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Photo by Jay Leno’s Garage/YouTube

The 2002 was one of the cars that helped cement BMW’s reputation in the US as a performance car manufacturer. The lightweight, rear-wheel-drive coupe was fun to drive, reasonably quick in its day and looked great.

The crew at Bavarian Workshop start by upgrading the suspension and brakes of the Bavarian coupe. They add fender flares, a front splitter, and 16″ wheels. The interior makes use of BMW 320i seats, leather trim, and other bits, but it’s what’s under the clamshell hood that makes this car truly special. A 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine known by Bimmer fans as the S14 and familiar to most gearheads as the mill from the legendary BMW E30 M3.

Redux E30 M3

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Photo by Redux

Few cars of the late 1980s and early 1990s have the status and cache of BMW’s first M3, the E30 M3. It was a world-class canyon carver and became one of the most successful racecars of all time.

British firm Redux takes all that is great and good about the E30 M3 and creates a bespoke performance car capable of running with much more modern machines. The 2.3-liter four-cylinder is bored out to 2.5-liters and fitted with a turbocharger. The new mill punches out 390 horsepower and runs through a 6-speed manual transmission to a limited-slip rear differential. Brakes are massive AP Racing units, the body is carbon-fiber and the interior is crafted specifically for each owner.

Ian Callum Aston-Martin Vanquish

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Photo by Callum

The Aston Martin Vanquish is only 12 years old, so it may seem a bit premature to create a restomod with it, but if anyone could take on the task it would have to be Ian Callum, the original designer of the Vanquish.

Callum Designs started with a goal in mind, to make the Vanquish into a world-class GT car for modern drivers. The V12 engine is tuned to produce over 600 horsepower and the suspension and brakes are brought up to current spec as well. The interior is completely bespoke and makes generous use of carbon-fiber, leather, and other high-end finishes. This isn’t a car for tearing up the race track, it’s a modern interpretation of an epic long-distance GT. A Concorde for the road.

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Continuation

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Photo by Classic Recreations

The Ford Mustang Boss 429 is one of the most sought after muscle cars from the era of big engines, big horsepower, and big performance. The car was originally put into production in 1969 and 1970 to allow Ford to homologate a 429 cubic inch V8 for use in NASCAR.

Today, the iconic muscle car is being remade, under license from Ford, by Classic Recreations. Their Boss 429 is as close to the real deal as you can get on the outside, however, under the skin, you’ll find adjustable suspension, massive brakes, stainless-steel exhaust, and a custom interior. The engine is a real beast, a 546 cubic inch monster that puts out 815 horsepower. No turbos, no supercharger, it’s all motor.

Jaguar Classic XJ6

Jaguar Classic XJ6 restomod
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Photo by Jaguar

In 2018 Jaguar celebrated the 50th anniversary of the XJ series car. To commemorate that milestone they restomodded a 1984 XJ6 for Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain. The car is known as the “Greatest Hits” XJ and incorporates in its design pieces and customizations from all 50 years of XJ production.

The classic British sedan features flared fenders and 18-inch wire-spoke wheels, modern suspension with adjustable shocks, modern electronics including a current spec Jaguar touchscreen, SatNav and rearview camera along with a completely custom interior. The XJ has also been converted to use LED headlights with “Halo” style running lights and the 4.2-liter straight six inhales through three SU carburetors and exhales through a completely custom exhaust system.

East Coast Defenders Land Rover Defender 110

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Photo by East Coast Defenders

East Coast Defenders was founded in 2013 to build the best bespoke classic Land Rovers on the planet. The Defender 110 project known as “NEO” is one of their best creations. A custom wide-body Land Rover with a modern drivetrain, modern tech, modern off-road gear and high-end finishes to make sure you get to where you’re going in style and comfort.

The NEO is fitted with a 565 horsepower LS3 V8 and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The suspension is lifted 2″ and uses Fox Racing shocks and heavy-duty off-road bushings. The spartan interior is replaced with leather, carbon-fiber and a state-of-the-art infotainment system.

RMD 1958 Chevrolet Impala

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Photo by RMD Garage

Fins, flares, and chrome helped define American car design in the 1950s. The 1958 Chevrolet Impala incorporated all of those design elements in a vehicle that oozed style all over the road. RMD Garage took the classic Chevy and kept the retro timeless good looks but completely updated everything underneath the chromed-out bodywork.

The classic Impala, known as “Ebony,” is powered by a 500 horsepower LS3 V8 which is painted completely black to match the exterior of the car. The suspension uses custom coilovers with an air-ride system to adjust the ride height. The wheels are bespoke Raceline 22″ alloys and the interior is custom leather that includes a matched set of custom luggage.

E-Type UK V12 E-Type Jaguar

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Photo by E-Type UK

Jaguar’s E-Type is one of the most beautiful cars ever created, and while most of the attention goes to the Series 1 and 2 cars, the Series 3 cars are often overlooked and make excellent candidates for restomods. E-Type UK’s Shop takes the Series 3 E-Type and reworks every nut and bolt to create a classic beauty with modern performance. The V12 is bored out to 6.1-liters and is fitted with custom fuel injection, custom ECU and wiring harness.

Suspension is fully adjustable, brakes are massive AP Racing units and the interior is all custom and based on the newer XJS coupe. Elegant and tasteful with enough punch to make it engaging.

Mach 40 Mustang

Mach 40 Mustang restomod
Photo by RestoMod/YouTube
Photo by RestoMod/YouTube

It doesn’t get any more custom than the Mach 40 Mustang. The ‘Stang is a mash-up of a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 and a 2005 Ford GT supercar. The Mach 1 body is stretched and massaged over a custom chassis that is extended to allow for a mid-engine layout. Naturally, such a change requires an amazing amount of fabrication, and the result is both unique and exceptionally well executed.

The engine comes from the mega Ford GT. A 5.4-liter V8, which gets upgraded with a 4.0-liter supercharger and custom ECU to produce a face-warping 850 horsepower. The interior is retro-cool, keeping the original vibe of the ’69 Mach 1 and adding modern design touches and materials. A wild mash-up that shouldn’t work, but does so spectacularly well.