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These Are The 10 Best Restomods Based On European Cars We’ve Ever Seen

Cyan Racing P1800 Cyan Front Quarter View

The automotive world is changing rapidly. While the bigger engine was all the rage twenty years ago, electric vehicles are the talk of the town today. This poses the very important question; what do we do with all our older ones, classic cars? The answer – we restomod them.



Restomodden has been around for a long time. It basically means that the classic aesthetic of the car remains intact, but everything else is upgraded and updated. Take the Eagle Speedster for example. The car still looks like it was built in the 1960s, but all the mechanical components – the tires, gearbox, engine, suspension and differential – are from modern times, which not only results in a car that is more reliable and faster , but also one that is also safer. The only rather big downside to restored cars, especially professionally done cars, is that they get a pretty high price for all the improvements. Many of these cars cost somewhere between $80,000 for an Austin Mini Cooper to about $700,000 for a Volvo P1800 Cyan, and eventually over $1,000,000 for the aforementioned Eagle Speedster.

Restored cars are thus meticulously restored and upgraded, all while costing a spectacular amount of money. And yet it is something that we as car enthusiasts long for. With that, here are ten of the best restomods based on European cars we’ve ever seen.

10 Manifattura Automobili Torino New Stratos

The New Stratos made headlines when it was first announced in the 2010s. The engineers took the chassis and undercarriage from the excellent Ferrari F430, shortened it slightly and tweaked the naturally aspirated 4.3-litre V8 to produce nearly 550 horsepower.

Manifattura Automobili Torino then produced some custom carbon fiber panels for the New Stratos, using the original as a base. The end result is a slightly bigger car than the old Stratos, but it still has the style and look of the former. Unfortunately, purchasing the New Stratos costs a whopping $1 million—a little more than the original back then.

Related: What made the Lancia Stratos one of the most dominant rally cars in history?

9 Alfaholics GTA R

Alfaholics has been in the restomodding business for 45 years and is no stranger to modernizing classic cars. Their most successful car to date is the GTA-R – a modern take on the classic Alfa Romeo sports coupe.

The GTA-R is powered by Alfa Romeo’s own TwinSpark 4-cylinder, which produces about 240 horsepower but weighs only 1,830 lbs. The entire chassis of the car has been upgraded with modern technology – including new suspension, brakes, tires and engine management – and it takes Alfaholics over 3,000 hours to complete a single car. As a result, the GTA-R costs more than $500,000.


8 RUF SCR

RUF is known for their improved Porsche models, but they have also started restoring and restoring their own cars – just like Porsche. One of these cars is the 964 generation 911, called the RUF SCR. While it may look like a ‘normal’ restored 911, the reality is that it’s a brand new vehicle from the ground up.

Interestingly, the SCR uses RUF’s proprietary carbon monocoque chassis, with beautifully molded carbon outer panels and lightweight metal subframes for the mechanical parts. The car is powered by a naturally aspirated 4.0-litre flat-6 that produces 510 horsepower and is mated to a mechanical-feeling manual transmission. The price for all this German goodness? A cool $1 million.

Related: A Look Back at the RUF Porsche CTR Yellowbird

7 Lancia Delta Futurista

The Lancia Delta Futurista is one of the most extensively restored cars available. Based on a stock Lancia Delta HF Integrale, the Futurista has been updated with a body kit, new mechanicals and gold leaf on the inside of the hood – mainly because the chief of Automobili Amos liked the McLaren F1 doing it.

The Delta Futurista uses the same engine as the normal Delta, but according to the mechanics delivers ‘more than 300 hp’. So far, only 20 Delta Futuristas have been built, but again, they cost about $350,000 each. A pretty expensive hot hatch from the 80s.

Related: These Are the Best Features of the 1995 Lancia Delta

6 Kimera Automobili EVO37

The Lancia 037 was one of the best and most legendary rally cars ever in the sport. As a result, it’s quite difficult to get your hands on any of the street versions, as Lancia has only made 207 for homologation purposes – although the rules said there had to be 400 to compete. Lancia got around this by showing the 200 cars they made, keeping the inspectors busy for a while, driving the same 200 cars to another place and letting the inspectors check the same cars without their knowledge. How brilliant is that?

Kimera Automobili has reinvented the 037, but for the 21st century. They also called it the EVO37 – as in an evolution of the original. The outer panels are made of fiberglass and have modern headlights, taillights and wheels. The engine is a modernized version of the 037’s Abarth engine, but bored out to 2.1 liters and refitted with a double charge system for more power.

5 Mechatronik Mercedes-Benz Coupe

Mechatronik is a classic Mercedes-Benz specialist and specialized in converting to individual customer specifications. One of the models they offer is the legendary W111 coupepowered by the great M113 V8. Mechatronik takes the desired car, strips it of all its parts, and then begins to meticulously refurbish and upgrade it for the modern age.

The engines are rebuilt by hand – as AMG does – and they all get a healthy boost in power for some extra kick. In addition to the modernization, Mechatronik offers many options to choose from, including new and classic Mercedes-Benz exterior colours, various shades of soft and luxurious leather and even Makassar wood veneer and marquetry. A car fit for a Baron!

4 Lancia Aurelia Outlaw

A small workshop in the British Cotswolds started out painting for restorers of classic cars, before venturing into the world of restomods. Thornley Kelham took the humble Lancia Aurelia and turned it into the Outlaw, a lighter and faster version of the original car. They planned to build ten units but are open to special orders.

The seventh Outlaw turned into the European CSL, an even lighter and more powerful version. The regular Outlaw models have a 2.8-litre engine, but the CSL got a special upgrade – the beautiful 3.2-litre busso V6 from an Alfa Romeo. This resulted in a restored car that produced over 300 horsepower and weighs less than 2,400 lbs. Not bad for a car from the 50s.

3 Cyan Racing P1800

Formerly known as Polestar – Volvo’s in-house racing team, not its electric car sub-brand – Cyan Racing has created the equivalent of automotive art with this project. They took one of Volvo’s most famous sports cars – the P1800 – and the entire vehicle completely renewed and rebuilt.

Although the exterior looks very similar to the classic coupé, the entire design has been redesigned in lightweight carbon fiber. The engine was also replaced by a 420 hp turbo-4, which sent power to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. The car has no traction control or anti-lock brakes, so it can easily go sideways – especially on the snowy Scandinavian roads.

Related: Cyan Racing’s Volvo P1800 Restomod Is Something Very Special

2 Eagle Speedster

The Eagle Speedster is one of the best restored cars ever made – period. Based on the legendary Jaguar E-Type, it features a new aluminum body to match the original chassis – with some major tweaks. The engine was also rebuilt and enlarged from 4.2 liters to 4.7 liters.

The interior has largely the same design, but has been completely tailored for the new, slightly wider car. Eagle has produced multiple versions of the E-Type – all passion projects and an amazing level of attention to detail. Sure, the car costs a ridiculous amount of money, but it’s a reinvention of one of the most important cars in automotive history.

1 Singer 911 DLS

Speaking of important cars, the Porsche 911 has also undergone many restorations and modifications during its lifetime – not only by tuning and aftermarket companies, but also by Porsche itself. Surprisingly, the best of the best is actually the American-based Singer. Singer offers good restored 911seach with something that makes it unique and unique.

The best version of the Singer 911 has to be the 911 DLS, or ‘Dynamics and Lightweight Study’. The DLS packs everything Singer has learned over the years into one great car. The DLS features a purpose-designed 4.0-litre, naturally aspirated flat-6 tuned by Williams, which produces an astonishing 500 horsepower, mated to a manual transmission to accentuate driver involvement. The Singer 911 DLS is definitely one of the best and most beautiful restomods based on a European car we have ever seen.