Reinventing Classic Cars
Restomods have emerged as a popular category of vehicles among collectors and enthusiasts. These cars offer a unique experience by combining the classic aesthetics of vintage models with the performance of modern supercars.
Various designers and workshops worldwide specialize in this car type. We present three major companies in this field: European by TK, Singer, and Mechatronik.
Each one utilized a different base (Porsche, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz), resulting in completely distinct executions among them.
Singer, the California-based luxury auto company, has presented the Porsche 911 "Turbo Study". This new concept by Rob Dickinson, the brand's founder, aims to provide a turbocharged car option to its collectors.
Rob said: "In 1976, at the age of 11, I took my first ride in a Porsche 911. I was left speechless and in awe: it was a black 930 Turbo. Looking back 45 years later, I realize that this experience changed my life."
Each Dickinson model is customized to the customer's specifications with all details and desires met. Sporty combinations result in aggressive cars, while more conservative models resemble 1970s examples but with vastly superior performance.
- The lightweight carbon fiber bodywork
- The vehicle is equipped with an in-line six-cylinder. Engine featuring an intercooler and twin 3.8 L turbochargers, delivering over 450 HP that can be tailored to each owner's preferences
- It also includes a 6-speed manual transmission
- With the option for rear or all-wheel drive
- The suspension is geared toward touring
- The braking system is made of carbon-ceramic material and is furnished with ABS
- The seats are heated and electrically adjustable
- The car is also outfitted with air conditioning
Make: European by TK
Model: XK European
XK European is a new line of cars designed by senior restorers Simon Thornley and Wayne Kelham, based in England. Utilizing their extensive knowledge and experience with vintage cars, they create stunning reinterpretations of classics, enhancing both their aesthetics and performance.
Their initial endeavor consisted of revamping and enhancing a rare Italian automobile: the Lancia B20GT "Outlaw", which received widespread acclaim. As a British-based company, they have now opted to center their efforts on the renowned Jaguar XK120, endeavoring to produce a masterpiece fit for on-road and on-track use, as well as vintage events such as the Mille Miglia and Le Mans.
All of Europe's cars will feature a shared design philosophy: modern aesthetics incorporated into the original classic lines along with customized handling profiles. Notable modifications include:
- Hand-forged aluminum body and panels
- Lower rooflines for a sportier appearance
- In-cabin profile reshaping, subtle front and rear sculpting
- Inner body reinforcement for better handling rigidity
- Jaguar "C-Type" features an engine with a custom-designed crankshaft, enlarged to 3.8 liters
- Paired with a 5-speed gearbox.
- The projected maximum power is 340 horsepower at 6,000 rpm.
The Mercedes-Benz 280SL undergoes a significant upgrade in the Mechatronik M-LS model. The original engine is replaced with a modern AMG V8 and the chassis, brakes, and safety are upgraded for better performance. To enhance the driving experience, larger-than-factory tires are added.
Undergoing a full restoration to concours-level, the vehicle owner has the option to select from the wide range of original Mercedes-Benz paint and leather options from that era or even request a special out-of-catalog color.
The interior is virtually identical to the original and maintains the Pagoda's characteristic subtlety, although armrests are added to the center console for greater comfort. The transmission is upgraded with the addition of a fifth gear to enhance the driving experience. Combined with the powerful 4.3-liter or 5-liter engine (320 bhp), this car presents itself as a modern classic.
- V8 engine with a capacity of 4.3 liters or 5.0 cc
- The projected output of maximum power is 279 bhp or 320 bhp
- It can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds
Text: Daniel Marchand MM Classics ± Photo: Netcarshow.com, Mechatronik, European