Motori Italiani 2020

1995 Ferrari 348

The project starts with owner seeing a rendering of a Ferrari 355 with a custom made wide body, then a conversation with the builder about his ideas on a 348, talks of SEMA… Fast forward to finding an engine in Belgium to rebuild with upgrades and arrange its shipping to Automotive International.   Enjoying a glass of wine a 1995 Ferrari 348 appears on e-bay, the owner cannot resist, the bidding is about to end, a week later the 348 appears at AI and the journey begins. 

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The 1995 348 arrives with an engine in it. The engine from Belgium is already disassembled and at the machine shop so this one is coming out.
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The engine was not bad, just a little tired, and one cannot have too many engines in the garage.
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Stripping her down in preparation to drop the engine cradle.
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Safely free from the car body and sitting on the engine dolly.
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This is also how you do a major service on Ferrari 348 or 355 engines! But this one we will be relocating to a perment engine dolly of storage.
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Cleaned up the engine bay! The blank canvas being prepared to accept the new, upgraded engine we were completing.
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Build in progress, slow and steady to make sure it is just right.
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While out of the car it is time to clean up and detail the suspension, half shafts, brakes…
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Everything properly painted and being assembled.
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Complete engine is installed in the cleaned, painted and detailed cradle. Ready to get it back in the body.
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A thing of beauty on the outside and inside, ready for the road.
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Tucked back into the body, everything double checked for proper alignment and torque on all the fasteners.
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First fired her up with just these straight pipes! Awesome sound, ready for the track!
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But she will be a street car too so we went with the complete FabSpeed exhaust solution. Still sounds awesome!

Grand Opening of Our New Facility

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5TH 2016
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
13337 YORK CENTER RD. CHARLOTTE
For more information, please call 704 521 2886

Bring the whole family! Come enjoy food, drinks, games, tours, car watching and hanging with friends!

If you cannot make it please stop by anytime.

 

10TH ANNUAL MOTORI ITAILIANI AFTER PARTY

The 2016 Motori Italiani and After Party are in the history books.  Two great events in one day.  While the weather started a bit rainy it cleared around 10 AM and stayed beautiful the rest of the day.   The after party was very well attended and we want to thank all our friends and customers who were able to attend!  We are thankful we can do this and show our appreciation for our customers. As always special thanks to Kevin for the extraordinary effort to organize and run this event for 10 years!!! We hope all enjoyed.  Please enjoy the pictures!

 

2016 ROLLS-ROYCE NATIONAL MEET IN ASHEVILLE

Please join us at the Meet in the Mountains 65th Annual Rolls-Royce Owners Club at Biltmore Estate in Asheville North Carolina. The meet with be from July 31-August 4, 2016. The RROC SouthEast Region invites each and everyone of you and your families to join fellow club members and other guests in beautiful Asheville NC. There is five days of social events, local tours, technical seminars and the fabulous show and judging on the front lawn of the Biltmore Mansion. Please contact the co-chairs: Mary White (mcwhite@triad.rr.com) or Jeff Trepel (jtrepel1@gmail.com) for additional information.

Jack Kennard

Jack Kennard

1952 RR Silver Wraith

Amelia Award, 2nd in his class

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We are Blessed to be Open!

 

Thanks to our tremendous clients we are still open for business, servicing cars, doing body work and restoration daily.  Our goal is to remain open as long as we have clients to serve.  Keeping the team employed full time and healthy through this crisis is a top goal at AI.  If you need any type of service or body work please call. We will pick up and deliver at no cost in the local area and sanitize the car’s interior prior to returning.  We are temporarily restricting access to the repair area for the safety of all concerned but the front office is open. We will post any updates as they develop. Sincerely, The Automotive International Team