• Jan 2nd 2009 at 8:02PM
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Click above for a high-res image gallery of the Huet Brothers Special

They don't build 'em like they used to. At least, most of 'em don't. But "most" doesn't include the Huet Brothers. The Dutch duo operates classic rallies and tours across Europe. But having grown up around vintage Alfas and Bugattis, Paul and Tino Huet wanted to recreate something special. The result is the HB Special, a neo-classic roadster with a modern twist inspired by events like the Mille Miglia, Targa Florio and Le Mans, which hosted competitors like the Aston Martin DBR1, Maserati 300 S and Ferrari 412 S.

Based on a Triumph TR6, the HB Special uses carbon-fiber and aluminum to keep the weight down to just 750 kg (1650 lbs). The car is motivated by a simple inline-six engine, tuned to produce a modest 180 horsepower. But outright speed isn't the point: The HB Special, like the Creative Workshop's Sport Speciale, is a modern exercise in classic design. The Huet Brothers plan to produce 12 examples, but they won't be for sale; they'll be used for hire in their exclusive HB Experience tours. To complement the car and the experience, the Huet Brothers have crafted a selection of classic motoring accessories, all of which you can check out on their website, or click the images below to see the car in all its high-resolution glory.

[Source: Huet Brothers via Autogespot]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Quite good. I've seen much worse, for sure.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a Shelby Cobra with Down Syndrome
        • 6 Years Ago
        ROFL COTD. Cause it's true.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I thought that too. I would just buy a Caterham CSR260 or a Factory Five Cobra: both are the real deal, as far as looks go, and the former IS the real deal, performance wise, as well.

        OR you could go crazy with the open top roadster thing and go with the Veritas RS3. Yikes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not bad at all. Not sure I am sold on the oddly puckered intake, but it is not carbon-copied.

      The headlight fairing shape is very nice. some perspex covers for them would be fantastic.

      Very interesting car, all in all.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I want that. Power it with a 300hp GM inline 6 and a 6 speed manual and I'd be in heaven.
        • 6 Years Ago
        WHAT!?!? A 300 HP GM engine?

        HELL NO! 427 Cobra Jet and 6 spd Hurst shifter.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had a '72 TR6 that I restored. I put a Moss blower kit on it and had a ball with it! While it didn't have the claimed power of the HB, it was more than enough for the brakes and suspension, even though it had a lowered suspension with adjustable tube shocks and nylatron bushings. While the HB is very unique, I doubt that it's that much faster than a car like mine unless you're looking for top end speed on a long straight, and that's not what these cars are about.