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

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

Restomodding has been around for a long time. It basically involves keeping the classic aesthetic of the car intact, but upgrading and updating everything else. Take, for instance, the Eagle Speedster. 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, resulting not only in a car that is more reliable and faster but one which is also safer. The one rather large drawback to restomodded cars, especially professionally done ones, is that they garner quite a hefty price for all the improvements. Many of these cars cost anywhere between $80,000 for an Austin Mini Cooper to around $700,000 for a Volvo P1800 Cyan, and finally over $1,000,000 for the previously mentioned Eagle Speedster.

So, restomodded cars are meticulously restored and upgraded, all while costing a spectacularly large amount of money. And yet, it is something we as motoring enthusiasts desire. 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 initially announced in the 2010s. The engineers took the chassis and running gear of the excellent Ferrari F430, shortened it slightly, and tweaked the naturally aspirated 4.3-liter V8 to produce nearly 550 hp.

Manifattura Automobili Torino then produced some custom carbon-fiber panels for the New Stratos, using the original as the base. The end result is a slightly larger car than the old Stratos, but it still retains the first’s style and poise. Unfortunately, the New Stratos costs an astonishing $1 million to purchase – a bit more than the original 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 the last 45 years and is no stranger to modernizing classic cars. Their most successful car so far is the GTA-R – a modern take on the classic sports coupe from Alfa Romeo.

The GTA-R is powered by Alfa Romeo’s own TwinSpark 4-cylinder, producing around 240 hp but only weighing in at 1,830 lbs. The entire chassis of the car has been improved with modern technology – including new suspension, brakes, tires, and engine management unit – and it takes Alfaholics more than 3,000 hours to complete a single car. As a result, the GTA-R costs upwards of $500,000.


RUF is known for their upgraded Porsche models, but they have also begun restoring and restomodding 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’ restomodded 911, the reality is that it is a brand-new vehicle from the ground up.

Interestingly, the SCR uses RUF’s own carbon monocoque chassis, with beautifully sculpted carbon exterior panels and lightweight metal subframes for the mechanical bits. The car is powered by a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-6 that produces 510 hp and is mated to a mechanical-feeling manual gearbox. The price for all this German goodness? A cool $1 million.

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7 Lancia Delta Futurista

The Lancia Delta Futurista is one of the most comprehensive restomodded cars available. Based on a stock Lancia Delta HF Integrale, the Futurista is modernized with a body kit, new mechanical parts, and gold leaf on the inside of the hood – mostly because the chief of Automobili Amos liked the fact that the McLaren F1 did it.

The Delta Futurista uses the same engine as the normal Delta, but produces ‘well over 300 hp’, according to the mechanics. Thus far, only 20 Delta Futuristas have been built, but then again, they cost around $350,000 each. Quite an expensive 1980s hot hatch then.

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6 Kimera Automobili EVO37

The Lancia 037 was one of the best and most legendary rally cars to ever grace the sport. As a result, getting hands on one of the road-going versions is quite difficult as Lancia only made 207 of them for homologation purposes – even though the rules stated there should be 400 in order 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 a different place, and having the inspectors check the same ones without their knowledge. How brilliant is that?

Kimera Automobili reimagined the 037, but for the 21st century. They also renamed it the EVO37 – as in an evolution of the original. The exterior panels are made of fiberglass and feature 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 twin-charged system for more power.

5 Mechatronik Mercedes-Benz Coupe

Mechatronik is a classic Mercedes-Benz specialist and specializes in rebuilding them according to their customers’ individual specifications. One of the models they offer is the legendary W111 Coupe, powered by the awesome M113 V8. Mechatronik takes the desired car, strips it of all its components, and then sets about meticulously refurbishing and upgrading them for the modern era.

The engines are rebuilt by hand – like AMG does – and all of them get a healthy power increase for some added kick. Along with the modernization, Mechatronik offers many options to choose from, including new and classic Mercedes-Benz exterior colors, different shades of soft and fancy leather, and even Makassar wood veneer and inlays. A car fit for a Baron!

4 Lancia Aurelia Outlaw

A small workshop in the British Cotswolds started out doing the painting for classic car restorers, before venturing into the world of restomodding themselves. 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 normal Outlaw models feature a 2.8-liter engine, but the CSL got a special upgrade – the magnificent 3.2-liter Busso V6 from an Alfa Romeo. This resulted in a restomodded car which produced more than 300 hp and weighs in at less than 2,400 lbs. Not bad for a car from the 1950s.

3 Cyan Racing P1800

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

While the exterior looks pretty much the same as the classic coupe, the entire design was redone in light-weight carbon fiber. The engine was also replaced with a 420 hp turbo-4, sending power to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission. The car doesn’t get traction control or anti-lock brakes, so it can easily get sideways – especially on the snowy Scandinavian roads.

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

2 Eagle Speedster

The Eagle Speedster is one of the greatest restomodded cars ever made – period. It is based on the legendary Jaguar E-Type and has a new aluminum body that fits on the original’s chassis – with some heavy modifications. The engine was also rebuilt and enlarged from 4.2 liters to 4.7 liters.

The interior shares mostly the same design, but is completely bespoke to fit the new, slightly wider car. Eagle has produced multiple versions of the E-Type – all of which are passion projects and showcase an amazing level of attention to detail. Sure, the car costs a ridiculous amount of money, but it is a reimagining of one of the most important cars in automotive history.

1 Singer 911 DLS

Speaking of important cars, the Porsche 911 has also had many restorations and customizations over its lifetime – not only by tuning and aftermarket companies but by Porsche themselves. Surprisingly, the best of the best is actually the American-based Singer. Singer offers proper restomodded 911s, each featuring something that makes it unique and one of a kind.

The best version of the Singer 911 has to be the 911 DLS, or ‘Dynamics and Lightweight Study’. The DLS incorporates everything that Singer has learned over the years into one amazing car. The DLS is fitted with a custom and specially designed 4.0-liter naturally aspirated flat-6 tuned by Williams, producing an awesome 500 hp, mated to a manual gearbox to accentuate the driver involvement. The Singer 911 DLS is definitely one of the best and most gorgeous restomods based on a European car we’ve ever seen.

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