Blending classic looks with modern tech, Windrush’s Restomod enthusiasts take a closer look at the best of the latest launches.
Many enthusiasts choose a side to champion, either classic cars or modern cars. The style and flair of a classic has undeniable appeal with charm and character aplenty to add the icing on top of driving performance and pleasure – but with age comes occasional issues. Modern enthusiast cars offer all the speed, safety, and thrills anyone could wish for, but what they gain in useability they can lose in individual character and individuality.
Does the Restomod blend the best of both worlds with its mix of classic looks and modern tech? At Windrush, our long-term car storage team loves a Restomod and here we select our favourites from the latest releases.
Singer 911 DLS
The Singer DLS (Dynamics and Lightweight Study) is a bit different to the usual 964-based Singer as it was designed to be light and fast, while retaining some of the Singer styling characteristics. A carbon fibre body starts things off, but it’s the Williams-developed, turbocharged 4.0-litre flat-six with 500hp that sets this car apart. Being a Singer, it has all the finishing touches you’d expect, along with a rather eye-watering price tag of $1.8 million.
Automobili Amos Lancia Delta Futurista
Eugenio Amos, a 33-year-old race driver and car fanatic from Varese created a perfectly proportioned homage to Lancia’s rally hero, reimagined with hand-formed aluminium bodywork, a carbon-fibre fascia, and just two doors. A total of 20 customer cars will be made, weighing 1250kg, with 330bhp, each costing €300,000. While the original is legendary, modern tech makes the Futurista reliable and usable, not something the original could boast.
Is this the car most think about when hearing the phrase Restomod? The Alfaholics GTA-R offers a piece of automotive art matched with a very analogue driver’s car. Its 2.3-litre four-cylinder engine gives 240 hp, but a stripped-down interior and back to basics drive keeps things exciting. Lightweight, raw and no compromise, the GTA-R typifies the less is more approach, something which true enthusiasts appreciate.
Like the Alfa, this Budapest-born take on the classic 912 also has lightweight performance as its USP. Carbon fibre everywhere, a 4-cylinder engine producing under 200hp and a wet weight of just 750kg ensures thrills aplenty, with slimline, classic looks to boot. What it lacks in creature comforts, it makes up for in attention to detail. Exquisite to look at and rewarding to drive, the newly launched KAMM brand is one to watch.
Kingsley Range Rover Classic
Kingsley are renowned for offering a variety of classic Range Rover models, some with the addition of a Chevrolet V8, that combine the stately looks of a classic Range Rover with modern chassis components, upgraded transmission, and reworked interiors. For those who want the class of an original Range Rover, with the convenience, reliability, and performance of something far more modern, there’s no other choice.
Eagle Low Drag GT
Eagle are well known for their beautiful takes on a modern E-Type and the new Eagle Low Drag GT takes things up a notch. Its aluminium body resembles the Low Drag racing cars from the mid-’60s, coupled with a new 4.7-litre six-cylinder engine with 345 hp. As with all Eagles, the Low Drag is beautifully finished and well-accomplished, drawing on their years of experience in this sector.
Redux BMW M3 E30
Redux takes the celebrated BMW E30 M3 and enhances it to their own specification. The standard 2.3-litre engine is enlarged to 2.5 with over 300 hp. To match the performance the car gets wider wheel arches, new suspension, steering and brakes. On top of that, various custom touches are added to make a faster, useable, and modern E30 M3 whilst retaining its classic looks. Redux claim 30 examples will be built.
Volvo P1800 Cyan
The Cyan P1800 has been around a while now (in Restomod terms) but remains ultra-cool and über-desirable. The original ’60s P1800 coupe was already blessed with stunningly good looks, so it’s no surprise the exterior of the Cyan retains its original form, but practically everything is new. A 2.0-litre turbocharged, 414 hp engine, brand-new suspension and brakes, racing gearbox and lightweight body being the highlights.
Kimera present their take on how the road version of the last rear-drive car to win the WRC might have looked, if it used the latest technology we have available today. It’s a little longer and wider than the WRC car from which it takes its inspiration, with a twin-charged 2150cc four-cylinder producing 500bhp. Its development overseen by Lancia Group B engineer Claudio Lombardi, the EVO37 has essentially the same heart as the Delta S4.
Classic, modern or Restomod, all are welcome at Windrush luxury car storage
Windrush is the ultimate home from home for vehicles resting off the road, regardless or their marque or vintage. At our twin facilities in the Cotswolds and the heart of London, we’ll start with the exacting twelve-step induction process that leaves no vehicular stone unturned. But we’re alongside you all the way, too, with a tailored programme that ensures all our long-term car storage clients return to find their pride and joy at its very best.
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