Volvo 123GT back on the road

123GT side

Before: With stock springs the car shows a bit too much air between the fenders and tyres.

1967 volvo 123GT right side wide wheels

After: With the new progressive lower spring the car lost about 2 inch in ride height. I like it.

1967 Volvo 123GT RR w wide wheels

The car definitely looks burlier with the wider wheels. The ride is not much firmer than the stock GT suspension and the Bilsteins do make a difference. The wheels follows the road very well but keeps the car very stable.


I removed the original code 60 GT B18 as I like to save it and also look it over and replaced it with this B20 engine. It offers more bottom end torque than the stock B18. Headers and electronic ignition hidden in the stock distributor doesn’t hurt either.

With the new limited slip rear end it’s a hoot to go around corners.

1967 Volvo 123GT front w Hella

With the big Hella lights upfront the car looks a bit like a rally warrior. It suits the car well. Now let’s go out and see if we can get in trouble.


123GT gets some needed attention

This 1967 Volvo 123GT has been sitting unattended for a while I work on other project. It is a long term project that really needs a complete resto but I have enjoyed doing small upgrades to it when time allows. However, one can only ignore such a fine piece of Swedish GT history for so long.


Here is the car at at stock height.

I noticed that the car was sitting at an slight angle and I suspected a broken spring. I had an extra limited slip rear axle and the current rear axle was making a noise anyway. That turned out to be a the rear axle bearings.

123GT side

Side view.


123gt limted slip

Limited slip axle ready to be installed.

123gt suspension

This was just going to be a quicky but I had to give the items a coat of paint. Note Bilstein shocks and poly bushings for the stabilizer bar.


123gt engine and transmission

The car had an incorrect overdrive unit and I wanted to save the original code 60 GT engine until it can be looked over so this whole package will get installed. This is a great running B20 engine, nice transmission and a working overdrive.

Next: we roll it out and check the new ride height…and new attitude.

Crusing Qatar…in a 1959 Buick Electra!

Qatar, officially the State of Qatar, is a sovereign Arab state, located in Western Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeasterly coast of the Arabian Peninsula.

We don’t hear much about this state in western news and you may be surprised that there is a strong interest in drag racing in Qatar. Also, they will host the 2022 World Cup in soccer and I am sure it will be a first class event. Maybe it was the drag racing part or something similar that attracted Mr. Khalifa Alhussaini to an American car. We do know he picked a good looking car.

Mr. Alhussaini from Qatar checked in with and he is showing off his super nice 1959 Buick Electra cruiser.

Qatar 1959 Buick Electra L side 1

Mr. Alhussaini tells us that he imported the car from New Your in 1988.

1959 Buick Electra 2 door hard top

Probably the best angle of the majestic 1959 Buicks. The Delta Wings.


Qatar 1959 Buick Electra side

The car is all original except a repaint in the Silver Birch Metallic color. It is a striking car.

In the word of Mr. Alhussaini: “There is no car like it here.. Catching the eye and twisting the necks”

Well, I bet! Thanks so much for sharing your Delta Winger Flyer with us.

The History Of The Ford Cortina

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2013 sees the 51st anniversary since the first ever Cortina rolled off the production line at Ford’s Dagenham plant.  The UK’s best selling car throughout the entire 1970’s, it stayed in production for a mammoth twenty years between 1962 and 1982.  In order to celebrate its success, the guys at CVI take a look at its various incarnations throughout this period, and its place as one of the highest ever-selling cars in the UK.

Mark I (1962-1966)

Launched in the September of 1962, the new Ford Cortina was aimed at the family market, and featured at that year’s London Motor Show.  Originally available with a 1.2l or 1.5l 4-cylinder engine, as either a two or four-door saloon, or a four-door estate, the Mark I Cortina originally marketed at just £639. It was initially designed to be economical to run and inexpensive to produce on a mass-scale.  Throughout its production, the Cortina was in an almost constant state of evolution, particularly when it came to its engine.  The standard 1.2-litre was considered insufficient for the needs of its average purchaser, and versions of the Cortina Super were developed in response.

Mark II (1966-1970)

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By 1966 a new version of the Cortina was ready for launch.  Under the slogan “New Cortina is more Cortina”, the car quickly became the most popular new car of 1967.  Amongst its improvements were; increased interior space, a smaller turning-circle, self-adjusting brakes and clutch and softer suspension.  For the UK and some other markets, a new five bearing 1300 cc engine was also available. 

TC Mark III (1970-1976)

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With the new decade came the new and improved TC Mark III Ford Cortina.  With a renewed focus on its aesthetics, the ‘coke bottle’ shape heavily influenced the design.  Its weight had also increased, providing a safer ride for its passengers.  A strike by Ford workers in 1971 ensured slow starting sales but, with production back underway, the Mark III became Britain’s biggest selling car.  Forty years on, it is now considered a rare classic car. 

Mark IV (1976-1979)

The biggest change with the Mark IV model came in the shape of its new Ghia engine.  Reverting to a more conventional design, it continued its domination of the UK car market.  Much heavier than its predecessor, it also featured much larger windows for increased visibility and a brighter interior.

Mark V (1979-1982)

Ford Cortina late model







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The fifth and final incarnation of the Cortina was launched in 1979.  Now available in its basic 1.3l model for £3,475, the Mark V featured a much wider grill to its front, and boasted engine improvements in both fuel economy and power output.  The Ford Cortina’s status as Britain’s biggest selling car was maintained between 1972 and 1981, and with over 2.5 million cars sold, cement its place as an integral part of the UK’s motoring history.