Porsche 911T RSR recreation – The orange eye catcher

This is a Porsche 911T from 1969. It has the look of a classic Carrera RSR. Photo: Johan Åhlund

Yes, this orange stunning car definitely draws people’s attention at the classic car show at Mantorp last year. It’s a gorgeous car. With very brutal design.

The ducktail and the Carrera striping in combination with the dope body kit and brutal wheels makes it hard to believe that this actually is a Porsche 911T from 1969. A car launched in 1967 that replaced the 912 and introduced as the new entry level Porsche. The 911T is not a powerhouse, but the little two liter engine with its puny 110 horsepower has both the right sound and character.

And it’s faster than you might think. Bear in mind that the little car only weighs 1070 kilo, the car accelerates from 0-60 in just 8,3 seconds (according to 356-911.com). This is impressive, and flat out it will do 124 mph (199,5 km/h). Pretty nice, right?

From a distance this car looks like half a million. And many visitors flocked around it, admiring it with eyes big as dinner plates. This car is definitely an eye catcher!

Text and Photo : Johan Åhlund
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Lamborghini Diablo Jota Edition 30

The stunning and ultra rare Lamborghini Diablo Jota Edition 30 in full speed. Photo. Johan Åhlund

This is not a car you will see every day. It’s extremely rare, and only 150 cars were made. It is a Lamborghini Diablo Jota Edition 30. This absolutely brutal Lamborghini, designed by maestro Marcello Gandini had amazing performance and design. Especially in this dark purple paintwork. It still stunning, and a technical achievement for Automobili Lamborghini.

Lamborghini Diablo Jota Edition 30 resting in the Swedish sun. Photo: Johan Åhlund

It’s a large car, 4,5 meters in length and very wide. But it is not as heavy as you might think, it actually only weighs 1450 kilo. Compare this to the little Mercedes SLK that is 50 kilos heavier.

The Lamborghini Diablo Jota packs a mighty punch from the fantastic mid mounted 5,7 liter V12 engine. The power is immersive, 595 horsepower is waiting to be released when the driver stomps the gas pedal. It has torque to pull a train (well, 639 Nm to be exactly) and the full 595 horses sets free at 7300 rp/m. The sound is glorious, and when the car accelerated hard, I almost had trouble holding the camera steady.

The sprint to 100 km/h takes just 3,9 seconds. That’s fast even today. In 1995 the Lamborghini Diablo Jota ED30 was ludicrously fast. Top speed is crazy, 340 km/h (211 mph/h) and 0-1000 m takes just 20,1 seconds.

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Porsche 911 ST – Scuderia Falkenbergs blue dream

The blue 1971 Porsche 911 ST ready to enter the pitlane. Photo: Johan Åhlund

Take a look at this very nice 1971 Porsche 911 ST racecar. On the racetrack this is a very agile and competitive car, ready to take on its competition. The photo is taken at the Falkenberg Classics, Sweden’s own little Goodwood Festival of speed.

This car is homage to the very famous Porsche 911 ST, a very rare car. According to Scuderia Falkenberg who owns the car Porsche only built 20 of these fantastic cars and this one is painted in Porsches own pastel blue.

The engine is built by the Swedish Porsche legend Bo Strandell and has been tuned to perfection. And it sounded and worked perfectly under the race. It has the nice original Fuchs wheels and Michelin tires.

Scuderia Falkenbergs little blue dream in game mode in the chicane at Falkenberg racetrack. Photo: Johan Åhlund

Compared to the original Porsche 911, the 911 ST was put on a nasty diet. Thinner gauge steel was used and customers could spec the car with Plexiglas windows and aluminum doors, making it very light. In the back you would find a wonderful 2.3 liter flat six with a triple-choke Weber carburetor delivering 230 horsepower. Not bad considering that the lightest cars only weighed in at just 840 kilos.

The car was also available with a larger 2,5 liter engine, with 270 bhp. Swedish rally legend Björn Waldegård drove a 2,5 liter 911 ST in several rally’s and won the Swedish Rally in 1968. He also won The Monte Carlo Rally in both 1969 and 1970. Very impressive, and with 270 horsepower on just 840 kilos the car is pure dynamite.

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Plymouth GTX 440 1970 – The power and the glory

This is a very nice 1970 Plymouth GTX 440 Cid Big Block from 1970. Photo by Johan Åhlund

This is one of my favorite American muscle cars. The 1970 Plymouth GTX 440 Cid Big Block 7,2 liter is an amazing machine. It has a lot of power and performance and it looks the part, especially with the eye-catching power bulge scoop and the air grabber hood.

The design, with its new grille and rear taillights is stunning and the sound is just amazing. It is also a quite a luxury and very comfortable car with many nice standard features. Just take a look at those wheels, the red paintwork, sportive stripes and the nice front with the yellow headlamps. Outstanding build, with all the right parts. The sportive white letter tires and original rims match the GTX perfect. When new it was considered a bargain compared to its competition.

The GTX is one of the most sought after Plymouth models ever produced. This one has the most searched after 440cui Big Block engine with an automatic gearbox and 375 horsepower (on paper and probably more in reality).

Performance figures vary but it’s probably safe to say that this car could do 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds. The quartermile was done at 14,4 seconds at 99 mph. Very impressive for such a big car. Remember that it is a classic, only 47 years old, and still is faster than many hot hatches. Yes, I want one. Definitely.

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Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Six Pack from 1971

This is a Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Six Pack in Plum Crazy paint from 1971. Photo taken by Johan Åhlund

This is a Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Magnum Six Pack in Plum Crazy paint from 1971. When new it was quite affordable, and it was marketed as a car for the young and adventurous. Several different engines were available and the most potent had impressive power and performance.

This 440 engine had 375 horsepower at 4600 rp/m. If this was not enough, buyers could pay a little extra to get the awesome 426 Hemi engine sporting 425 horsepower on paper. These cars are very rare and for its size seriously fast. Acceleration was quick, but hard to check.

The standard 290 horsepower Dodge Challenger 340 could easily do 0-100 km/h in 6,2 seconds. The 440 Six Pack Dodge Challenger did it around 5,5 seconds, and it could top 211 km/h. The Challenger was an icon and immortalized for its looks and performance in the 1971 movie Vanishing Point.

However this Dodge Challenger is a stunning car, especially in plum crazy metallic paint and the optional Rallye wheels.

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Koenigsegg CCR – Ängelholms third masterpiece

Koenigsegg CCR in the showroom. This is a mighty car, thats for sure. Photo : Johan Åhlund

This is the Koenigsegg CCR. A true masterpiece in engineering and performance. A Swedish supercar. The CCR was first shown at the Geneva Auto Show in march 2004. It was a new, very exciting supercar with top of the line performance.

When I visited the Swedish sports car dealer and Koenigsegg reseller Callisma at their showroom in Stockholm in 2009, this car was the major star in the showroom. With its intensive orange paint, it sure looked amazing. I don’t remember how much Callisma asked for it, but I could probably sold one of my kidneys on the spot to afford it. You only need one, right?

I recently checked the CCR´s retail price back in 2006. Back then, The CCR was priced at 570.000$. Looking back, a kidney (pickled or not) might have bought me a door handle and with a little luck maybe a Koenigsegg keyring.

The Swedish Koenigsegg CCR packs a mighty punch from the powerful v8. Photo : Johan Åhlund

The CCR was definitely a better looking car than its predecessor, the Koenigsegg CC8S. Excellent paintwork, flawless interior, lots of creative details and a mesmerizing sound from the 4.6 liter Ford V8. To achieve 806 horsepower (600 kW) at 6900 rpm, the engine is equipped with twin Rotrex Superchargers. Maximum torque is 920 Nm, (680 lb·ft) at 5700 rpm.

The CCR made some serious news the 28 February 2005. That day, Koenigsegg set the world speed record at the Nardo test track in Italy. Boy it was fast, it reached 241 mph (388 km/h). Not bad for a Swedish newcomer, it was not far from its claimed top speed of 245 mph (395 km/h). And it literally smashed the former record, of 231 mph (372 km/h) set in 1993 by the mighty McLaren F1. Impressive. And a proof that Koenigsegg was almost as fast as it was claimed to be.

The Koenigsegg CCR accelerates like a spaceship

The CCR is fairly lightweight, weighing in at 1,180 kg (2,601 lb). Its monocoque weighs just 75 kilos (165 Ib), no wonder it sets of like a missile. 0-62 mph took just 3,2 seconds (remember this was back in 2006, a time before Godzilla’s and other supercars) and the acceleration didn’t stop. 0-200 km/h (124 mph) took 9.3 seconds. The sprint 0-300 km/h (186 mph) is finished in just 24.9 seconds.

This is an extremely fast car. It can do 241 mph (388 km/h). Only 14 were made. Photo: Johan Åhlund

I was lucky to get a peek at the interior before I was given the full tour of the magnificent car. If I remember correct it was Fred Mannerfelt, who showed me the CCR when I arrived at the showroom an early morning. Excellent service, and there were several other nice cars to admire.

Later that day I also visited the lemurs of Skansen Zoo. But the CCR was on my mind all that day. And it was an absolute joy to feel, and to have a look at the orange interior, the black seats with orange cross stitching and the big telephone like dial on the center console. There were Carbon fiber as long as the eye could see, and a thick steering wheel. Damn, did I want this car.

In the workshop, Callisma also had a white Koenigsegg CCX (49 made in total), soon to be delivered to a happy owner. At the MPH-show in Stockholm in 2009 the white CCX, with Peter Sundfeldt behind the wheel scared the living daylights out of the audience when he suddenly revved it up, and let it roar.

Koenigsegg made just 14 of these. Since then, the factory has taken a quantum leap in developement and offers some of the most advanced hypercars available. Insanely fast cars, like the Agera, Agera R, Agera RS, Regera and the remarkable Koenigsegg One:1. If you thought the CCR was quick, the One:1 is capable of 0–400 km/h (248 mph) in 20 sec. The top speed is bonkers, 432km/h (268 mph). It´s also very beautiful.

At the end of the day, I still had a smile on my face. The lemurs at the zoo were nice and fun, but I think I dreamed about that car for days when I got home. I still do. I wonder what kind of roads it drives these days.

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Ferrari F50 – The V12 powered F1-car for the street

Have a look at this Ferrari F50 ready to enter the track at Mantorp Park. Photo by Johan Åhlund

This red Ferrari F50 is quite a masterpiece. The hottest supercar you could buy in 1995. It’s basically a F1 car for the street. The Ferrari F50 is sleek and fast, and in the back rests a mighty power plant. The 4,7 liter 12 cylinder bundle of joy produces a staggering 515 horsepower. These prancing horses are ready and available at 8000 rp/m, resulting in very impressive performance.

The Ferrari F50 ready to enter the track in synnu Sweden. Photo Johan Åhlund

With the pedal to the metal the F50 eagerly will reach a top speed of 325 km/h. amazingly fast back in 1995. It accelerated like a spaceship, 0-100 km/h took just 3,7 seconds. Ferrari made just 349 of these, making it a very rare car and a true collector’s item.

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Lars-Bertil Rantzow returns to the Porsche Carrera Cup

Lars-Bertil Rantzow just signed the deal to run a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in the Swedish Porsche Carrera Cup Championship this year. Photo : Johan Åhlund

The Swedish Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia is a very popular championship. It has got a lot of cars on the grid and this year several new drivers join the grid. Lars-Bertil Rantzow is no stranger to racing. He has driven Porsche´s for years and makes a comeback this year. Great news for the series.

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Mini Cooper John Cooper Works R56 2007 – Great build

This is an awesome Mini Cooper S John Cooper Works from 2007 that has got a lot of love. A very spiced up Mini, who has got a lot of parts from John Cooper Works.

Its small, light and packs quite a punch. The original Mini Cooper S had 175 bhp, but the JCW was a bit stronger delivering 211 bhp at 6000 rpm. It has better torque, 260 Nm and an overboost pumping out 280 Nm. This is achieved by means of a new, uprated turbocharger, larger-bore exhaust and a sportier ECU map.

0–100 km/h takes just 6.3 seconds. With these awesome Toyo tires, you might guess that the car above is slightly faster than the original JCW. It also had a fantastic sound.

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BMW 700 Coupé – Love at first sight

This little 1961 BMW 700 Coupe is a cracking little car. Beautiful, and very small. Photo by Johan Åhlund

The first time I saw her, it was love at first sight. She was a tiny red BMW 700 Coupé. A small sports car, with a tiny engine. Although her small engine did sound pretty nice, in general she seemed to be in good condition. Someone had taken care of her. Despite the fact that she was made in Germany back in 1961. That’s a long time ago.

Well, it’s time to start talking about her as a car. Of course, this BMW 700 Coupé has got some new parts and guessingly a whole lot of love during its 55 year life. And it has earned them. The 700 Coupé was designed by the now legendary Giovanni Michelotti, and it impressed a lot of potential buyers in early 1959 when they saw photos of BMW´s new replacement model for the tired old BMW 600.

Nice and tidy, with a Blaupunkt and a patinated look. Photo by Johan Åhlund

BMW 700 Coupé also seemed to fit as a race car. Not only as a daily driver. And it was a success on in rally’s and on the racetracks. The RS-model had an impressive 70 horsepower, and it was light, weighing just 1,323 lb.

As you can see, the lines are very beautiful. Especially in red, with red and beige interior. The dashboard is just right patinated and contains only the absolute essentials. The seats are small and thin. The steering wheel as well, and its floor-mounted four-speed gear selector and the fully independent and improved suspension made it a fun car to drive. No wonder that the owner seemed to be very happy when he stepped out of the little car.

Well, the little BMW 700 is a really beautiful little car

The rear also looks nice. Photo by Johan Åhlund

The engine was a normally aspirated 697 cc (43 cui) twin cylinder petrol engine with carburetors and four valves. It was placed in the back and the car was had rear wheel drive. BMW had earlier used the engine in their motorcycles, but found it a perfect fit for the 700 Coupé.

Is was available in either 30, 32 or 40 HP. However, 40 HP was only found in 700 Sport Coupe.

The car in this article is an ordinary BMW 700 Coupé. With 32 horsepower (24 Kw), it’s not a Ferrari competitor. But thanks to small dimensions, light weight (only 640 kilos) it actually was quite fast. And fun to drive. There is no problem to reach 70 mph/h. You just need to wait a little to get there, 0-60 took at least 32 seconds. But who cares about performance when it comes to this little beauty? It’s a little gem, and in fact the 700 saved BMW from bankruptcy when it was new. These days it’s a true and rare little car. It makes me glad when I see it. Although it’s a very rare sight.

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