The idea of restomodding gives old car owners an essence of rejuvenated vigor. Because restoring to original is either mainstream or arduous, many resort to Frankenstein-ing their rides. But they're butt ugly and we at Shift have got nothing to do with that. Conversely though, some old cars are meant to be taken to heights surpassing their glorified past. It gets better- they are also for sale.
Icon Bronco – Handmade in a large factory at Los Angeles, Icon is perhaps the best SUV makers in the planet. They take any vintage SUVs, be it a Ford Bronco or an old Toyota FJ or CJ Jeep and turn them into retro modern units of expensive off-roading machines. Founder and Lead Designer of Icon, Jonathan Ward's intention is to reengineer hi tech chassis and timeless aesthetic together to create unique daily drivers. Stupid, strong and simple- that's what he wants his reworked Ford Bronco's to be like. The retro beast has a 4.6 litre quad cam crate motor with a rebuilt automatic, 4WD system off Dana transfer case and Cragar steelies with off-roading tires. Icon Bronco's unique exterior coat comes from remade aluminum trimmings, matte metallic grey all over wraps and its devilishly overexposed glossy black all new mandrel bent chassis frame. Off-roading in style.
Singer 911 – No, not all Porsches are the same. Take a look at Singer 911. Singer Vehicle Design at California takes 1990-1994 Porsche 911 964 models be it targa or coupe and goes on a re-imagination spree. Once a customer takes his 964 to SVD, a multitude of options are laid on the table for some serious decisions to be made- as that's what creates these bespoke 911s. Customers probably drive themselves off the wall deciding from a choice of three motors and two transmissions, a variety of exterior and interior customization, exhaust, suspension, body rigidity mechanism, body panels, trims and accessories. This particular Singer 911's shell is a full carbon fiber unit with wasabi green exterior and an Ed Pink Racing 4.0 litre near 400 HP flat six engine. With a 6 speed LSD transmission and Ohlins sourced all over dampers, drivability and handling is pristine. The Helen of Troy level of intricately detailed interior is all leather stitched- not only the buckets but also the safety roll cage. There's a reason they are near to $350,000 each.
Eagle Speedster/Low Drag GT – The British company that has a reputation of taking prehistoric beautiful Jaguars and not only making them look even more beautiful, but also a lot more oomph- Eagle. Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear reviewed both the soft top Speedster and hardtop Low Drag GT, which are reincarnations of 1960s E type Jaguars. These timeless machines are hand built to exact Jaguar spec body details, but with a 4.7 litre twin cam fuel injected straight six engine and a 5 speed Manual transmission producing 345 HP and 170 MPH top speed, which is way faster than the old E type. The impeccable attention to detail is bewildering- for instance, the wheels look like they came off discount stores but they're actually hand built magnesium units to reflect the antique element of E types. All that is certainly pricey- 840,000 GBP.