7 restomods that ruled The Quail 2022

Brandan Gillogly

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering is one of the more prestigious car shows on the peninsula during Monterey Car Week. Manufacturers have taken notice of the open wallets captive audience that attends this annual event, and as such there were an impressive number of production and concept debuts from big names like McLaren, Lamborghini, and Koenigsegg. Those debuts gathered large crowds, but some of the other debuts had classic car fans just as excited. Here are seven of our favorite new-old cars that we discovered.

Gunther Werks Project Tornado

Brandan Gillogly

The latest build from Gunther Werks is Project Tornado, the company’s interpretation of Porsche’s air-cooled 993-generation 911. Its body structure is built from carbon fiber and sheds 500 pounds compared to a 993’s typical steel chassis, yet it’s rigid enough to withstand the twisting force of a potent powerplant. And this one is packing serious power, indeed. Rothsport Racing built a power-dense 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine for Project Thunder that belts out 600 hp for normal use, while track mode adds an extra 100 ponies.

RUF Bergmeister Speedster

RUF’s Bergmeister speedster is a carbon-fiber homage to Porsche’s topless hillclimb racers of the past. It’s powered by a 450-hp, air-cooled, turbocharged flat-six. An elegant interior uses plenty of black microsuede with the seat centers decked out in tartan that matches its white and green exterior finish.

Porsche 911 “Turbo Study” modified by Singer

You can’t mention reimagined 911s without mentioning Singer. The company, based in southern California, has been putting its spin on restoring 964-generation 911s for more than a decade. The hand-built naturally aspirated engines featured in those builds love to rev and deliver tremendous performance, but some customers will prefer the company’s newest restored and reimagined 930. The “Turbo Study” is a look at the next chapter at Singer. Its turbocharged and intercooled 3.8-liter engine produces 510 hp and a set of carbon-ceramic brakes helps keep it in check. The slight modifications to the body, like the shark-fin air intakes, give a slightly more modern look to the classic lines, just as you’d expect from a 911 restored and “reimagined” by Singer.

Kimera EVO37

If you thought The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering was all about Porsche 911 restomods, you’d be dead wrong. We also spotted a new version of a rally legend that we’ve been hoping to see in its twin-charged glory since hearing about it more than a year ago: the Kimera EVO37. Like the Lancia 037 that it’s based on, this one is powered by boosted 2.0-liter four-cylinder, but this one’s a supercharged and turbocharged, for 550-hp. Considering its carbon-fiber construction has kept the weight down to just over a ton, the EVO37 should do its predecessor justice, and then some.

Volvo P1800 Cyan

Brandan Gillogly

Cyan Racing brought the hottest Volvo production cars to the market with superb brakes, well-balanced chassis, and dialed-in shocks. Now the company is putting its vast resources into building track-ready versions of its classic P1800 coupe. As you might expect by now, this car features a carbon-fiber body. Its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine churns out 420 hp and its high-strength-steel chassis and independent suspension ensure a rigid structure and sharp handling. It weighs just 990 kilograms, or 2178 pounds. (We’ve actually had some wheel time with this very car, which we’ll share in a special feature in the coming weeks.)

Totem Automobili GT Super

Totem Automobili’s GT Super is the most thoroughly redesigned vehicle we’ve highlighted thus far. While other restomods use some of the donor vehicle’s parts, or at least their dimensions, the GT Super is actually a scaled-up take on the classic Alfa Romeo GT coupes of the 1960s. Its carbon-fiber body is a bit wider, and not just because of its flared sides; even the windshield of the GT super is unique, as it’s wider than the original. The GT Super features a bespoke, driver-oriented interior with exposed carbon fiber at the top of the door panels that match the rocker extensions. Under the hood is a 544-hp version of the Giulia GTA’s 2.9-liter V-6 that sends its twist to a rear-mounted transaxle that contributes to the car’s 50/50 weight distribution. We spoke with Totem’s owner, Riccardo Quaggio, who told us the goal was to create an Italian gran turismo. “We keep the design, we keep the aesthetic of the original, but in the end, it’s a new car.” Totem plans on creating just 30 GT Supers, each one custom-built.

Speedkore Hellucination (’68 Charger)

For those with an appetite for even more carbon-fiber bodywork and even more outrageous power, Speedkore brought out Hellucination, a supercharged, Hemi-powered 1968 Charger that uses a full-carbon body and shows off a beautiful weave. Under its forward-tilting hood is a Hellephant crate engine. At 426 cubic inches, it packs the same displacement as the Gen II Hemi that would have been used in 1968, but this one packs a monster supercharger that boosts output to 1000 hp! The engine is backed by a ZF eight-speed auto, just like a modern Hellcat Charger. We’ve seen several of Speedkore’s builds in the past and always come away impressed.

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    So my comment about your comment that 60s era cars is not worth comparing to later mussel cars is to be shuffled aside ? A68 fast back mustang is still an eye catcher an auto dynamic . Reference 1 5 yrs ago one ran 210 mph at Bonneville . It was from the Chicago area . 😊

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