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VEHICLE RESTORATIONS - CUSTOM DESIGN / BUILD - CHASSIS - SUSPENSION - BODY - DRIVETRAIN
Check out our latest project: Porsche 911 IROC RS design / build
Rapid Line is celebrating their 30 year anniversary
"Fueled by Challenge"
There is no job too big
Our services include:
or too small for
From a restoration to a complete new vehicle; we are fueled by challenge
The Rapid Line difference:
We don't let a job sit around the shop and charge the customer time & material
We quote an up front price to do the job with any open items made clear
We get the job done with the highest level of quality in a timely manor
Please contact Rapid Line to make your vision come to reality
We are located 30 miles Southwest of Chicago
- Restorations - design/build
- Engineering - consulting
- Consignments - appraisals
We can pick up or deliver vehicles worldwide
Here are a few examples of our Completed projects:
1971 SS Big Block Chevelle
This SS Chevelle was a rust free Arizona car before restoration. Most all components are original equipment. The car was so rust free, the floor pans were left original (factory red primer) to demonstrate the quality of this rare find.
PORSCHE 935 DP
Ground up restoration with a few customer specified modifications.
Pre-owned by Klaus Ludwig
"Once a racer always a racer - motor racing is my life." A claim that is frequently bandied about, but there are few characters in the sport of whom it is more apt than Klaus Ludwig. A motor racing professional in the purest sense of the term, a man who has motor fuel coursing through his veins. He was crowned by the fans with accolade of 'King Ludwig' as one of the greatest German racing drivers of all time. He repeatedly dominated the legendary North Loop of the Nürburgring driving virtually anything with four wheels.
1929 Ford 5 Window Coupe
with a '32 Roof
This is one of the oldest restoration vehicles by Thomas Papesh of Rapid Line which included many revisions.
1950's Hotrod, Chopped, channeled, Z'd, C'd, altered and raked - from the roof to the ground it is only 46 inches. The driver actually sits in what used to be the back seat.
This vehicle is now featured in many expositions and videos.
We are anxious to build a modern version of this '29 - be the first, call or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Designed by Jim Talaga and dedicated to Tony Strmec "The Godfather of Bodymen" Tony did a lot of the cutting, chopping and leading on this vehicle in the late 50,s
1959 Porsche 356 A Convertible D Drauz
Mauzer & Papesh of Rapid Line performed a concours restoration on this rare beauty
Known as the Convertible D because the cars were bodied by the German coachwork firm Drauz, they retained all the spirit of the early Speedsters and yet whilst alike at first glance, offered a few simple but worthwhile improvements. - Namely more comfortable seats, wind-up glass side windows, plus an all weather top and higher windscreen, all of which added up to much improved comfort and practicality. Only 1,331 Convertible Ds were built before Roadster was introduced.
The Convertible D is considered the rarest production Porsche.
Master tech Bill Mauzer taking the 356 for last ride during partial tear-down before going in for the major work.; which included stripping the D down to the bare tub. The lost art of leading was used, to match the original coach builder.
Known as The Beast
This high performance, rare 4-speed 1972 Olds 442 W-31 is owned by Jim & Janet K.
Only 751 were produced with only 313 featuring the 4-speed transmission.
We finished the body and paint restoration mid 2016.
The owners are anxious for spring to arrive so they could enjoy this beauty and take it to auto shows.
1974 Triumph TR6
We finished the frame off restoration of this stunning numbers matching TR6 in 2015. The Sapphire blue body with Shadow blue interior is a rare and sought after combination. Beautifully restored to original pristine condition - collector quality
The TR6 model was externally restyled by Karmann. A front anti-roll bar now formed part of the specification and wider wheels were also fitted making the car look low, lean and very fast - fitted with its smooth 6-cylinder inline 2498cc engine. The TR-6 retained the appeal of traditional British sports models but had the additional, exciting element of being faster and more furious than many would-be rivals. This combination of tradition and power helps to explain why its popularity lives on today.
1974 Porsche 914 2.0 Liter
This vehicle only required partial painting, blending, buffing and detail. It is a beautiful rare rust free example.
Features 5-speed, alloy wheels, and removable Targa roof
Porsche offered the 914 alongside the 912 in the 4 cylinder lineup. Not only was it quickly recognized as an inexpensive way to own a Porsche, it was soon nicknamed the "Poor Man's Porsche" even among enthusiasts! A reputation of being quick, reliable, loaded with sporty attributes, and offering respectable gas mileage, they continue to be highly sought after for weekend cruising, or slightly modified for weekend racing!!
1969 Resto-rod Chevelle
Finished late 2014, this 1969 Chevelle is one sweet ride.
Powered by a big block 386 CU and turbo 400 trans.
Paint is finished to a glass-like finish with Indigo blue pearl and Glamour clear coat. Ghost striping on hood and deck lid to match custom trim.
Engine compartment and interior are beautifully done.
Design / Build
The Rapid Line team has the ability to design/build complete new vehicles or components.
Papesh of Rapid Line holds several US patents for design equipment now being used by the likes of General Motors and Honda.
Rapid Line engineer Johnny O 's specialty is chassis and suspension design.
Rapid Line was featured on Overhaulin "Soldiers Ride" episode and Hotrod TV helping build a record breaking LPG powered Chevelle for Mothers Polish using their patented equipment.
Please contact us for your design/build needs.
Barn Find Jaguar XKE
This beautiful 1971 E-Type sat for 15 years. All it needed was mechanical maintenance, paint touch-up and buffing/detail to turn it into a sparkling jewel again.
1960 Porsche 356B Roadster
Fijord green body with grey leather interior
All matching numbers car
Record breaker at the Barrett Jackson Auction
Rapid Line performed a meticulous restoration on this rare classic. When sold at auction, it broke the record for highest priced paid for a Porsche 356B Roadster .
Rapid Line restored this 1972 Mustang Mach I to original pristine condition.
All numbers and paint matching car equipped with its original 351 Cleveland V8 and cruise-omatic Automatic Transmission. Bright blue metallic exterior with blue Mach 1 sports Interior.
Mach 1 option package with front spoiler and sport lamps.
Competition suspension with wide oval belted tires.
High back bucket seats along with color keyed racing mirrors.
Power steering - power front disc brakes. Dual Ram Air induction option with Mach 1 sports interior option.
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