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1993 Maserati Shamal, The Classic Wind

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Make : Maserati
Model : Shamal
Year : 1993

Owner : Nostalgia Classic Cars
Country : United Arab Emirates

The Italian manufacturer produced the Maserati Shamal (Tipo 339) from 1990 to 1996. The car was first introduced on 14 December 1989 in Modena by Maserati president and owner, Alejandro de Tomaso. The Italian vehicle was named as per the Maserati wind naming tradition: “Shamal” which is a well-known hot summer wind that blows in large areas of Mesopotamia.

The Shamal was the last Maserati vehicle produced under the reign of de Tomaso prior to Fiat acquisition in 1990. Maserati produced 369 units from Shamal by 1996.

The Maserati Shamal is a two-door coupe equipped with a twin-turbocharged V8 AM 479 3217cc engine coped with a manual 6-speed gearbox capable to reach a top speed of 270 Km/h and an acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 5.3 sec while producing 322 hp and 436 Nm of torque.

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The exterior of the Shamal was designed by Marcello Gandini. Gandini’s touch is clearly visible in the slanted profile of the rear wheel arch and the numerous headlamps in individual housings. The name “Shamal” appears on either side of the vehicle in chrome letters. The Shamal’s body is also equipped with a small rear spoiler and a blacked-out grille with chrome accents.

The Italian car has a two-seat interior that features extended leather seat cushions, temperature control, and the famous Maserati oval clock. The gear lever is finished in elm.

The adaptive suspension of the vehicle was custom built for comfort and road driving and was developed between Maserati and Koni using MacPherson struts upfront and semi-trailing arms at the rear.

The Shamal was a Maserati built for comfort, as well as performance.

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Muscle Cars

1965 Ford Mustang, Where It All Began

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Photos By Abdullah Al-Ghamdi & Hani Al-Sultan

Make : Ford
Model : Mustang
Year : 1965

Owner : Khalid AL-Zeer
Country : Saudi Arabia
Member of : Gulf Classic Cars Group (GCCG)

1964 and 1965 witnessed the release of Ford’s muscle car beast that is still in production and has been selling like crazy since day one, Ford Mustang.

The Mustang story goes back to even before the year zero (1964). It all began in 1961 when Lee lacocca, vice president and general manager of Ford Division, had a vision of producing a car that would seat four people, have bucket seats, a floor mounted shifter, be no more than 180 inches (4,572 mm) long, weigh less than 2,500 pounds (1,100 kg), sell for less than $2,500, and have multiple power, comfort, and luxury options.

An internal competition was held between the various three design studios (Ford, Lincoln-Mercury, and Advanced Design), and eventually, in 1962, The Lincoln–Mercury design studio won and produced the winning design.

It took 18 months of production to get the Mustang rolling out of Ford’s assembly line on March 9, 1964. The Mustang has all that was intended for this Pony car. It offered various choices of different interior designs, exterior, and drivetrain options. The Mustang would be able to be ordered as plain, or as fancy, as economical, or as fast, as the buyer wanted. In general, the Mustang was designed for everyone and was advertised as “the car to be designed by you”.

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The Ford Mustang was heavily advertised, especially on April 16, 1964, the day before its release. Ford ran simultaneous commercials on all three major television networks, ABC, NBC, and CBS. The following day, April 17, 1964, people “attacked” the Ford showrooms. Ford sold over 22,000 Mustangs the first day. By the end of the year, Ford had sold 263,434. By the end of the Mustang’s first anniversary, April 17, 1965, Ford had sold 418,812 Mustangs. The Mustang had made a name for itself, and it was here to stay!

Ford manufactured the first generation Ford Mustang from March 1964 until 1973. The introduction of the Mustang created a new class of automobile known as the pony car.

As for our 1965 Ford Mustang 2-door Hardtop Coupe Original Rangoon Red, owned by Khalid AL-Zeer, it comes equipped with 289 cu in (4.7 L) Windsor V8 producing 225hp.

This pony car came with factory power steering, power breaks, and the Red Interior Decor Group that was popularly known as “Pony Interior” due to the addition of embossed running ponies on the seat fronts, and other interior features.

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Muscle Cars

1978 Camaro Z/28

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Photos By K8 Car Photography

Make : Chevrolet
Model : Camaro Z/28
Year : 1978

Owner : Wadih el Marj
Country : Lebanon
Member of : EL Mafia

When you talk about muscle cars the first name that pops into your head is Camaro then you fill in the blank whether RS/SS/Z-28…

Wadih el Marj himself owner of several muscle cars including 1979 Trans AM and this amazing Camaro Z/28 takes pride in owning this specific machine as it is almost brand new, the paint job is still factory white paint and the interior is bright white leather making this iconic beast deserving the name Snow-white Brutal.

For those of you that are new in the muscle car universe, this baby is a second generation Camaro.

GM introduced for the first time the Camaro in 1966 and lasted till 1969 as first generation, the second generation began in 1970-1981 followed by 3rd, 4th, 5th and nowadays the 6th generation is roaming our streets.

The 2nd generation 1978 Camaro Z/28s has a non-functional hood scoop with outlining decals and featured a 350 cu in (5.7 L) V8 with a four-barrel Quadrajet carburetor that produced 185 hp (138 kW; 188 PS) and 280 lb·ft (380 N·m) of torque coupled to either a 4-speed manual or a TH-350 3-speed automatic.

Another first for 1978 was the introduction of T-Tops option on the Z/28 similar to Wadih’s Camaro.

Also available models included the base Sport Coupe, Type LT, Z28, and the return of the Rally Sport. The Rally Sport (not badged RS as in previous years) featured a standard two-tone paint treatment.

SPECS:

  • Engine: 6-Cylinder 350 ci
  • Turbo Hydromantic Transmission TH 350
  • Snow White Brutal Z/28
  • 175 Horsepower
  • 280 Nm Torque
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1970 Cuda Vitamin C

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Photos By K8 Car Photography

Make : Playmouth
Model : Cuda
Year : 1970

Owner : Abdullah Hakim
Country : Saudi Arabia
Member of : El Mafia

The muscle cars era defined from 1964-1974 has produced so many powerful and iconic Classic American Sports cars which are known today as Classic Muscle Cars. The competition was severe between the giant automotive manufacturers that created a battle between Mopar and non Mopar.

This time we have selected one of the most legendary Moparian cars ever built which is the 1970 Plymouth Cuda owned by Abdullah Hakim member of El Mafia Group muscle cars.

Here’s a brief history about the progress of Playmouth Barracuda Muscle Cars throughout the years:

The Plymouth Barracuda is a two-door car that was manufactured by Plymouth from the 1964 to 1974 model years.

The first-generation Barracuda, a fastback A-body coupe based on the Plymouth Valiant, had distinctive wraparound back glass and was available from 1964 to 1966.

The second-generation 1967 to 1969 Barracuda, though still Valiant-based, was heavily redesigned. Second-generation A-body cars were available in fastback, notchback, and convertible versions.

The 1970 to 1974 E-body Barracuda, no longer Valiant-based, was available as a coupe and a convertible, both of which were very different from the previous models. The final model year for the Barracuda was 1974.

Three versions were offered for 1970 and 1971: the base Barracuda (BH), the luxury oriented Gran Coupe (BP), and the sport model ‘Cuda (BS).

So how was the name Cuda born and is it a shortened name for Barracuda?

“Cuda is not slang for Barracuda”. Pre-1970 there was not a Cuda option it was just a nickname. The Cuda term was coined on the street, similar to the “Goat” for GTO’s, and the factory tuned in quickly and made it an option for 69. Also for 69, both the Barracuda and Cuda shared the same first two digits of the VIN with the Model and Price Line “BH” with B for Barracuda and H for High for both Barracuda and Cuda.

1970 brought the introduction of the third generation E-body Barracuda and first generation Challenger. The Cuda option continued with the VIN changing to “BS” (B for Barracuda and S for Special). The option remained until the demise of the model in 1974. On the other hand the Challenger R/T with VIN prefix “JS” with J for Challenger and S for Special ended with the 1971 model year.

“Cuda” is a performance package on a Barracuda as Trans-Am is to a Firebird or S.S. is to a Camaro or GT. is to a Mustang or RT. is to a Challenger.

SPECS:

  • Engine: 6-cylinder 383 ci with Four-Barrel Carburetor and Dual Exhaust
  • Transmission: 727 TorqueFlite
  • Rear-End Differential
  • Posi Transaction 3.55 Gears
  • Hot Orange Twist Cuda
  • 330 Horsepower
  • 380 Nm Torque
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Gotta Get Yer Vitamin C, its what gets ya going!

Abdullah Hakim

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1972 Alfa Romeo Spider, A True Italian Heritage

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Photos By K8 Car Photography

Make : Alfa Romeo
Model : Spider
Year : 1972

Owner : Kareem El-Khalil
Country : Lebanon

Starting any Italian cars’ conversation will definitely bring on the table the famous brands from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Fiat and others; however for those people seeking an exceptional sensation, an exceptional Italian fever there could be only one car “Alfa Romeo”. For this Classic Cars selection, we chose the 1972 Alfa Romeo Spider owned by Kareem El Khalil.

The Alfa Romeo Spider (105/115 series) is a roadster produced by the Italian manufacturer Alfa Romeo from 1966 to 1993. The Spider remained in production for almost 30 years with only minor design and mechanical changes. The famous Italian firm of “Pininfarina” which designed many of Ferrari’s models was responsible for the design, manufacturing of the body, as well as the final assembly of the Spider for the first three series. The first Spider (Series 1) was from 1966 – 1969, and (Series 2) from 1970-1982/83, and the third (Series 3) went from 1982/83-1989/90, the fourth series was manufactured in San Giorgio Canavese.

In April 1993, the last Spider was produced and it was the last rear wheel drive manufactured by Alfa Romeo until its recent launch of the magnificent Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione in 2007.

The Alfa Romeo Spider is the successor of the Alfa that appeared in the famous movie “The Graduate” starring “Dustin Hoffman” (1967) which gave the Spider a favorable recognition push worldwide.

This 1972 legend was a stunning renovation during its era due to the outstanding futuristic bullet design, added to the comfort, agility and speed, and was amongst the few cars that enjoyed 5-speed fully synchronized manual gears. This specific car was a special export edition fitted with a full width extra seat in the back, a rare feature and sight even nowadays.

Kareem takes pride in his masterpiece and he did not only oversee to the ground up restoration of this magnificent 70’s treasure, but also did enjoy participating in various classic car races with the company of his wife, Dima, and has a few cups to witness their achievements.

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Tuned Cars

Simply Blade

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Photos By K8 Car Photography

Make : Chevrolet
Model : Camaro
Year : 2010

Owner : Jad Mattar
Country : Lebanon
Customized by : House of Tuners
Member of : Camaro Club Lebanon & HT Club

 

Performance Upgrades
– Airaid Performance Air Filter
– Custom Ecm & Tcm Tunes
– Headers
– Slp Axle-Back Catback Exhaust
– Eibach Lowering Springs
– Brembo 4 Piston Calipers Upgrade Kit
– Dba Cross-Drilled And Slotted Rotors
– Custom 20” Rims Two Tone

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Exterior

– Razzi Rear Diffuser
– Ss Front Bumper
– Acs Bumper Ports
– Gm Heritage Grill
– Stillen Front Lip
– Bbii Custom Hood
– 3D Carbon Trunk Spoiler
– Vertical Doors Kit
– 3D Carbon Side Skirts
– 3D Carbon Side Front Vent
– Xenon Side Rear Vent
– Oracle Demon Eyes Rgb Led Headlights
– Oracle Afterburner Led Taillights
– Custom Ht Illuminated Rear Bowtie
– Custom Fuel Door
– Custom Ambient Footwell And Front Grille Led Lighting

Interior

– Scoche Full Touch Color Screen Dash Kit
– Pioneer 7 Inch Color Touch Dash Double Din
– Rear View Camera

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Car Tuning has always been an ongoing event for me. Blade is the latest head-turner that has much more to come.

Jad Mattar

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1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1

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Make : Ford
Model : Mustang Mach I
Year : 1969

Owner : Bassam Salman
Country : Lebanon

Let’s start with the basic, “Ford” a well-known American Auto Maker, add to it the word “Mustang” and you just stepped to a whole new level, now The term ‘Mach 1‘which is a scientific term used to describe the speed of sound. Now try to combine “Ford” “Mustang” “Mach1” and you will get an American muscle car with performance beyond compare from back in 1969. During that era, Mustang buyers had a lot to choose. Starting with the regular base Mustang, GT version, Mach package, GT350 Shelby car, GT500 also Shelby, Boss 302 all the way up to the Boss 429. In this case we are looking at 69 Mach 1.

The Ford Mustang 1969 production reach 299,824 units out of which 72,458 were Mach 1.

As for the ‘thing’ under the hood, there are several options for the 1969 Mustang: 351 cu in (5.8 L) Windsor-tall deck V8, 351 cu in (5.8 L) Cleveland Ford 335 engine V8, 390 cu in (6.4 L) V8 and 428 cu in (7.0 L) CJ/SCJ V8.

The 428 cubic inch Cobra Jet engine is very similar to the Police Interceptor 428. The combination of the Super Cobra Jet pack and the style of the Mach 1 really end up to an unbelievable car.

As for our engine, this Mach I is powered by a 351 ci 4V V-8 producing 290 hp with a 3 speeds automatic transmission special police interceptor.

Color is grabber blue, not the standard paint color for the 1969; it was created especially for police vehicle however it was added to the 1970 production.

The Mach1 replace the GT as the premier performance Mustang, it was based on the Sports Roof and came with a long list of features. The hood was painted flat black along with a similarly nonfunctional hood scoop, reflective side and rear stripes were coordinated to complement the body color. Adding to the racer image were the NASCAR hood pin latches, a deletable option Chrome styled steel wheels and a chrome pop-open gas cap among others.

The Mach I package was again released in 2003-2004 on the new style Ford Mustang after it went out of production back in 1978, the Mach I remains an icon of performance look upgrades for the all-powerful Ford Mustang.

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Some muscle cars are all about speed, others are all about style. This 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 has both.

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Introducing 520HP Datsun 280Z with a GT-R engine

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Photos by Hani Al-Sultan & Mohammad Al Badeen

Make : Datsun
Model : 280z
Year : 1976

Owner : Mohammed AL-Kharraa
Country : Saudi Arabia
Member of : Member @ Gulf Classic Cars Group (GCCG)

A Rich Mix of Classic Era and Modern Tuning

The Nissan S30 (sold in Japan as the Nissan Fairlady Z and in other markets as the Datsun 240Z, then later as the 260Z and 280Z) was the first generation of Z GT two-seat coupe, produced by Nissan Motors, Ltd. of Japan from 1969 to 1978. Some likes to call it the early generation of nowadays 350/370Z: Nissan’s successful sports coupe. So what happens when you combine the body of a Nissan/ Datsun Z with a GT-R engine? Here’s the result, a 520HP 1976 Datsun 280Z. Some would say this is insane others would say why?

Performance Upgrades

  • Engine swap to a 2.5 L RB25 engine twin-cam TURBO from R33 Skyline.
  • Turbonetics T3 60 Series turbocharger
  • TiAL Sport MVR 44mm Wastegate
  • Full ported head
  • CP-Carrillo forged piston
  • Cometic hi-performance 1.2 head gasket
  • OS GIKEN twin plate aluminum racing clutch
  • Walbro 255 electric fuel pump
  • 700cc injectors
  • OBX Racing Sports Exhaust System

Brakes & Suspension

  • Tokico Illumina Shock – 5-way adjustable suspension
  • Four-piston calipers ceramic disc brakes

Wheels and Tires

  • Rota wheels 16×8.5 front & 16×9 Back
  • Nitto NT555 Tires
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1000+ HP Camaro Beat That, Winner of Best American Retro Muscle Car 2015

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Make : General Motors
Model : Camaro SS
Year :1968

Owner : Camille Wanna
Country : Lebanon

This 1968 RS/SS black Camaro is far beyond impressive when it comes to the engine powering this beast; a GM crate motor high compression EFI 572 R cu inch rated at 720 hp coupled with 930 Nm of torque at 4500 RPM, two stages NITROS of 300/500hp, automatic 400 transmission 4500 stall converter with a trans brake, 9 inch Ford deferential and a set of 513 gears reaching more than 1200HP.

Zooming out for the engine bay, it is even more striking than the engine itself with carbon fiber plates all around, shiny chrome parts and gadgets guaranteed to blow your mind.

Moving beyond the beating heart of this monster, the body and interior are even more remarkable with a custom made hood scoop that tells you not to mess with this machine and giving you a true feeling of what’s under the hood, in addition to the rear wing, dual double exhaust tips, and white stripes.

If this doesn’t give you the feeling of a dragster, we are keen that the huge rear tires will say it all, as this Camaro comes equipped with an outrageous rear view that will leave you speechless while looking at the ET Street Pro drag slick tires of size 33×18.5×15 on lightweight SS deep dish alloys.

Inside the cockpit is a whole different story only Jet pilots will know what I’m talking about, fully enforced with Carbon Fiber plates, roll caging front and rear and set up with racing seats for ultimate safety, sitting inside a Camaro has never been so exciting.

Looking at the dashboard and panels, you will see custom-made instruments, gauges and buttons all around not to forget the racing gear stick.

All of this and more made an impression on the judges and visitors of the Lebanon Motorsport and Tuning Show 2015 and truly earned the title of “BEST AMERICAN RETRO MUSCLE CAR 2015”.

This 1968 Camaro is a true impersonation of the saying “seeing is believing”.

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1972 MGB MARK III, The World’s Best-Loved Classic Car

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Make : MGB
Model : Mark III
Year : 1972

Owner : Farouk El Khalil
Country : Lebanon

The MGB is a two-door sports car manufactured and marketed by the British Motor Corporation (BMC), later British Leyland, as a four-cylinder, soft-top roadster from 1962 until 1980.

The MGB was regarded as one of the most popular British sports cars and if you’re looking for a weekend toy, this would be the perfect choice. During the car’s long production life (1962-1980), over half a million MGBs rolled out of Abingdon’s factory gates.

For the first time on an MG roadster, the body shell was an immensely strong monocoque, very effectively styled by MG’s Don Hayter, with assistance from Pininfarina. It was also a great success in the US and Europe, where its mechanical simplicity, good looks, low price and honest charm were seen as assets. The only change our MGB underwent is the yellow color from its original orange color, plus brighter headlights.

The car is really sweet to drive and a head turner as not many MGB cars exist in Lebanon.

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VOLKSWAGEN Golf MK5 R32

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