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2011 Dettling D-1 Prototype Found in Michigan

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2011 Dettling D-1 Prototype

 

Spotted in Michigan is a 2011 Dettling D-1 Prototype for $160,000 USD.  The seller states this the only one in the world.   The construction is superior to any automobile in the world, with it’s multi tube space frame and structural fiberglass and Q cell body. It is mid-engined small block chevy V8 with trick flow heads and Gm 4 speed transaxle. The body of the car holds a US design patent and the car is very roomy, with enough trunk space for 2 people to go anywhere on vacation.   See youtube video’s under Dettling for more info.

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1993 Mercedes 500GE: Stainless Steel Brake Line Upgrade

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Mercedes 500GE: Stainless Steel Brake Line Upgrade

 

I am in the process of planning my 1993 Mercedes 500GE restoration.  The 500GE has been a lot of fun to own and it is time to see what can be done to improve the braking system.  It has disc brakes up front but still has drum brakes in the rear.  I researched the idea of upgrading to disc brakes but it seems to be a very involved upgrade.   Unfortunately, I do not have access to mechanics with G Wagon expertise especially with this model that never officially came to the USA.   I have had the brakes flushed when I got the car just to establish a base line for my future maintenance work.   My  next task is to purchase stainless steel brake lines to see if that will help with pedal feel.   Its been brought to my attention that the correct brake line kit for the 500GE is the same as the G320 so I will start gathering the parts I need.  According to the diagram , the brake kit will include lines number 14 and number 35.  It is also recommended that I replace the differential hose which is another number 35 line.

 

Vintage Alpine Alarm 8101 Found in New Mexico

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Vintage Alpine Alarm 8101

Spotted in New Mexico is a rare Vintage Alpine Alarm 8101for $1,400 USD. Alpine Alarm Model No. 8101 Security System! Alpine car alarm Mobile security system new but has been opened but never installed. This alarm was seen on the streets around 1986, 1987 or so. This unit does NOT have a remote, it has a touch key entry code pad. Pictures that you see are of the actual unit, so what you see is what you get. Comes complete with instruction, manual, components, wire harness, brackets, warrantee cards etc. I had one of these units in my first truck, and it works like a champ, never had any issues with it, and was happy with its security performance. The box has seen better days for its age, but still holds the components like it came from Alpine. This Alpine 8101 is very rare! This might be the only one left, in its NEW conditon.

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Porsche 1973 911RS 019 MFI : Mechanical Fuel Injection Unit

Porsche 1973 911RS MFI unit 

Please contact DirtyOldCars.com with any questions.

P.O.A

A real RS pump will have an unmolested ID tag number on top.

The correct number is: 0408 126 019. The number above that is the serial number.

The ID tag on the governor section shows: EP / RLA 1/51 R.

The pump section shows:  PED6KL 60/120 R3 X.

The date stamp on the pump casting will be a 72 to 74 date.

This MFI Pum was built in the 52nd week of 1972.

My Former Jaguar V12 Convertible spotted in a Dior Commercial with Natalie Portman

Dior Commercial

 

Dior has a new perfume ad with Natalie Portman and my former car plays a part in the commercial.   I used to own a dark blue/tan Jaguar XJS V12 Convertible that was a fun car to drive around town.   The V12 engine was very smooth and was a joy to drive but I was told these engines were prone to overheating and other major issues.   I did not experience of these problems during my ownership.   It was re-painted Dior’s signature color for the commercial and is driven by Natalie Portman.   I am glad it got a new lease on life and will be part of the Dior marketing campaign hopefully for a long time.  It will be making a trip  around the world for more of the marketing campaign.  I think it was all for the best.

 

Monterey Car Week 2017

Monterey Car Week 2017

Another great year at Pebble Beach. We stayed in Carmel by the Sea where every kind of exotic car was parading up and down the streets of the downtown area. We were 1 block away so it was very easy to walk to restaurants and galleries.

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Day 1| On my way to Pebble Beach Car Week 2017

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Day 1| On my way to Pebble Beach Car Week 2017

 

Leaving at 10am on our annual road trip to Pebble Beach for the Concours d’Elegance and all the other car events this week. We will centrally located in downtown Carmel by the Sea.  Stay tuned for more!! We are very excited to be going!

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All Original 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO | Only 700 Kilometers

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1985 Ferrari 288 GTO: Only 700 KM

Today I had a rare opportunity to inspect a 1995 Ferrari 288 GTO that only has 700 kilometers since new.   It was kept in a building in the east coast and was always covered in dust.  My mechanic was chosen to do its first engine out service.  The service will require a much needed belt replacement and for that reason the car will not be started.   A compression test was performed and it was excellent.   All Ferrari 288 GTO cars were grey market cars brought into the USA.   None of these cars were ever officially sold here.

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