A classic from Alfa Romeo, reinterpreted by Bristol-based company AlfaHolics. There, you can kit out the iconic GTA with all manner of modern additions. A lightweight carbon-fibre bonnet, for example, or perhaps a 240-horsepower TwinSpark engine? Maybe you'd like a more modern gearbox, too. If you want, you can even have power steering with variable weighting, a heated windscreen or air conditioning. Here, driving pleasure comes before originality.
The Ford Bronco is undoubtedly an off-road icon, so it's fitting that the four-letter word now adorns the front of this Bronco restomod. Costing between $150,000 and $190,000 (£113,000-£143,000), it was created with the help of Ford designers. The Blue Oval also provided power. More than 400 bhp, in fact, thanks to a 5-litre V8. Mated to an Aisin-Warner five-speed gearbox, it sends its power to all four wheels - once you've used the modern push-button ignition to start it, of course. And the engine isn't the only 21st Century upgrade. Fox dampers, Eibach springs and LED lights round out the improvements.
Jaguar E-Type Zero
If you're feeling nostalgic, but you're fed up of thirsty, old-school petrol engines, then Jaguar has just the thing for you. Fitting an E-Type with the electric motor from an I-Pace might sound dramatic, but it's been done cleverly to ensure the same weight distribution as the original car. Now, the "most beautiful electric car in the world" (Jaguar's words, not ours) can manage 0-62 mph in seven seconds, and you can watch the speedo climb from a digital cockpit. If the silence is a bit too eerie for you, though, or you just miss the original's petrol-powered fury, you can still refit the 3.8-litre straight six it came with.
Eagle Spyder GT
The mother of all restomods is unlikely to be overlooked. The body of the Eagle Spyder GT comes from the E-Type, but the aluminium frame gets larger wheel arches to accommodate the 16-inch wheels, while the motor is completely new, although it conforms to the original Jaguar layout. As with the E-Type, it's an in-line six-cylinder engine, albeit almost a litre larger (4.7 litres plays 3.8), and it produces around 325 bhp. That's sent to the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential, which sounds great. But then you see the price... It starts at £695,000.
Lancia Delta Futurista
Eugenio Amos' romantic idea has already drawn a sizeable crowd of admirers. We saw the Lancia Delta Futurista at the 'Grand Basel' and were quite impressed. The Delta Integrale's body has been stiffened, thanks to the removal of the rear doors, while Bilstein has worked on the chassis and the gearbox has been upgraded. The 2-litre engine produces around 300 bhp, which should be more than satisfactory, but the downside is the price tag. Just 20 will be built, each costing around £266,000.
Silverstone-based David Brown Automotive made its name in the restomod business with the Jaguar XK-based Speedback GT, which paid homage to the Aston Martin DB5. This, though, is the company's most 'fun' project: The original Mini, known the world over, has been updated. Although the body looks like the original, it's all new. The external bodywork seams have gone, and it's all been stiffened. There's a new engine, too - a 1.3-litre petrol with 78 bhp - and customers can fit mod cons such as a seven-inch infotainment screen with Android Auto and Apple Car Play.
Land Rover Defender V8
Like an annoying fly that somehow survives an onslaught of swats, the Defender simply refuses to die. At the end of January 2016, the final Defender rolled off the production line, only to be followed by the announcement of this: the Defender V8. Essentially, Land Rover has taken the supercharger off the Range Rover Sport SVR's 5-litre V8, then shoehorned it into the Defender's boxy body. The 400 bhp 4x4 also comes with 18-inch alloys, uprated brakes and a handling kit with revised suspension. Just 150 will be made, with each costing £100,000.
Porsche Project Gold
This Porsche 911 (993) from 1993 has been updated to show how Porsche's Exclusive Series may have looked 25 years ago. The work took around 18 months to complete, and the result is the Project Gold. Painted in Golden Yellow Metallic, with gold accents adorning its black wheels and equally black interior, the car is fitted with a new flat six engine. With the aid of two turbochargers, it produces around 450 horsepower. Sadly, it can't be used on the road, but that power can be laid down on a private track.
Muscle car fans will go weak at the knees for this. The RingBrothers Ford Mustang Espionage packs a 959-horsepower supercharged Chevy V8, which sends every last raging stallion to the rear wheels. Add in a carbon-fibre body, and you've got something that really ought to be quite an exciting drive. Form an orderly queue.
Singer Porsche DLS
If you're looking for a founder of the restomod scene, Singer might not be a bad place to start. It's certainly contributed to the trend with its jaw-dropping Porsche 911 projects. In the search for Porsche perfection, the company has added visual and mechanical upgrades, bringing classic Porsches up to modern standards. This 964-based DLS model, for example, is a study in lightweighting and aerodynamics. Even the gearbox is magnesium, to keep the weight down. Team that with a 500-horsepower flat six and you might well have 75 examples of the ultimate Porsche 911.
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