Restomod Entry #2 (2nd entry approved by Private_Miros)
Base Car: 1948 Boccaccino Sivanae Coupe Speciale Supremo
The 1948 Boccaccino Sivanae was always a car of contradictions. Released just after the end of the war, into a impoverished nation, this ridiculously priced range-topping sports car was essentially intended to defraud buyers. Featuring a 3L V8 engine and chassis that were uplifted from a commercial truck and then modified for use as a car, and an awkward 4x4 system from an offroad vehicle, on paper this thing should have been a complete failure. What it did have, however, was a magnificent interior, features that rivalled Rolls Royce and Bentley, and somehow the car was imbued with a feeling of passion and connectedness that belied its agrarian roots. Whilst the car itself was never really that popular or desirable, it’s value slowly increased over the years purely due the oddity of the model and it’s place in the history of a company that survived many threats to its existence (mostly of its own making).
Rescued from a country barn in Germany, this restomod was originally planned as a more regular restoration faithful to the original vehicle. Unfortunately during the process, it was discovered that not only was the cost going to be prohibitive, but the drivetrain and structure of the vehicle was so extensively damaged that the job became impossible. With the coincidental release of the applications for the Restomod class in the upcoming 2020 Great Gasmean Hill Climb, a new direction for the project emerged!
Open Heavyweight Entry
Base Car: 2016 Epoch Bear SE
The Epoch Bear has been the workhorse of the Epoch range since the year 2000. Built in many variations for many different markets, the SE trim’s stand-out feature is its turbocharged v8 engine. Careful design and tuning of this engine led to effortless low-end torque along with quite reasonable fuel efficiency. It was never going to win any drag-races against proper sports cars, but it could easily surprise a few people at the lights!
For the 2020 Great Gasmean Hill Climb, Epoch decided to enter a factory-backed racing version of its Bear SE van as a last-hurrah for the model, as it was to be retired at the end of the year. Stripped of anything and everything non-essential, fitted with the largest wheels and tyres available, and with the grunty v8 tuned for power instead of torque, this vehicle is ready to force people to question how fast a “racing van” could possibly go. Oh, and just for the challenge, it’s still utilising its standard 2v SOHC head!