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NEWS
ITALIA 3 SWB IS FINISHED !

 

 

ITALIA 3 SWB IS FINISHED !!


The Italia 3 SWB has been over 2 years in the making...

 

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Jim Simpson interviewed on Cars Yeah podcast

 

 

JIM SIMPSON INTERVIEWED ON CARS YEAH
December 2014


Hear a podcast interview with Jim on Cars Yeah, December 2014.

 

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Blue Rays at Blackhawk Museum

 

 

BLUE RAYS AT BLACKHAWK MUSEUM
Octane Magazine, November 2013


Jim received recognition for his restoration of the Nardi Blue Rays in the UK's Octane Magazine, November 2013 issue. His love of these two cars he owned since he was a teenager led to his creation of
Blue Ray III
, a tribute to the work of Enrico Nardi. 

 

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Italia 2 GTC at the Milwaukee Masterpiece Concours August 24-25, 2013

 

 

ITALIA 2 GTC AT
The Milwaukee Masterpiece Concours Aug. 24-25


Jim will be showing the Italia GTC at the Milwaukee Masterpiece weekend...

 

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Peter Cameron's Italia 2 GTB targa top at Greenwich Concours

 

 

PETER CAMERON'S ITALIA 2 GTB TARGA
AT Greenwich Concours


Peter Cameron displayed his one-of-a-kind Italia 2 GTB targa top at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance in June...

 

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Italia 2 GTB in The Gentleman Racer online magazine

 

 

ITALIA 2 GTB IN The Gentleman Racer


The art of building bespoke bodies for sports cars is generally considered a function of Italian craftsmen banging away in backroom shops in small countryside villages...

 

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Italia 2 GTB-T in Complete Kit Car magazine

 

 

ITALIA 2 GTB-T IN MAY ISSUE OF
UK'S COMPLETE KIT CAR


Mazda's MX-5 may be the donor car of choice over here at the moment, but it's also proving popular elsewhere.  Stateside correspondent Joe Greeves has been to see Simpson Design and Development with its latest Italia body conversion....

 

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Italia 2 article in April Kit Car Builder

 

 

ITALIA 2 IN APRIL KIT CAR BUILDER


Italian designers are famous for both stylish body work, and custom-tailored suits.  So it only makes sense that the Ferrari-ish Italia from Simpson Design looks just right on a Miata...

 

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SWB progress image

 

 

SWB PROGRESS REPORT


We've been working hard on our new Italia 2 SWB for our client.  

As you can see, the car is now all smoothed out and in primer...

 

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Blue Ray 3 image

 

SIMPSON DESIGN'S BLUE RAY 3 TURNS 21


This year we celebrate the 21st anniversary of one of the coolest one-off projects we've ever done - Blue Ray 3. The car was designed and built to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Nardi, the creator of Blue Rays 1 and 2...

 

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italia 2 convertible pic

 

ITALIA 2 CONVERTIBLE FOR SALE


The original Italia 2 prototype car we built for Peter Cameron several years ago is for sale...

 

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Wheel People article

SIMPSON DESIGN FEATURED ON
MY CAR QUEST


Mike Gulett started publishing My Car Quest in November, 2010. My Car Quest is about classic cars, race cars, other cars of interest and the people who made or drove those cars. Written from the perspective of the collector, the enthusiast and the lover of classic cars who believe that they are art on wheels…

 

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italia 2 SWB creation pic

 

OUR LATEST CLIENT PROJECT


At the request of one of our best clients, we located a perfect very low miles 3rd gen Miata and we are building him a car that captures the feel of a 250 SWB...

 

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Italia 2 GTO pic

 

ITALIA 2 GTO DEBUTS


It's decided - the name is Italia 2 GTO...

 

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italia 2 SWB creation pic

 

ART IMITATES LIFE


Take a look at some outstanding paintings Oregon artist Dennis Fenimore has painted of our cars...

 

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italia 2 SWB creation pic

 

RHINO GTO 2.0 CONVERTIBLE


Some months ago a gentleman in Canada saw the Rhino pictures on this site and asked if I would consider doing a convertible version...

 

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customer car of the month picture

 


Jim Potter's Italia


One of our customers, Jim Potter, has just completed an extensive renovation on his Italia - see the last 4 photos in our customer gallery...

 

Send us a picture of your Simpson Design vehicle and we'll post it on our home page. 

 

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italia classic GTB coupe pic

 

ALFA ROMEO AND MAZDA TO PRODUCE NEW SPYDER


Well, the fine folks at Fiat and Alfa Romeo, who also own Ferrari and Maserati, have finally recognized what we here at Simpson Design have known for years—the Miata is one terrific little sports car. We'll be interested in seeing how their designs compare to our own Italia 2 GTB T-top pictured here, for example...

 

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Wheel People article

 

SIMPSON DESIGN FEATURED IN
WHEEL PEOPLE NEWSLETTER


Jim Koscs of AudaMotive Communications has written a great article on the history of Simpson Design with pictures in his Wheel People newsletter. Car Guy Chronicles (June 22, 2012) has created a link to it on their homepage as well.

 

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Italia Classic GTB

 

NEW ITALIA CLASSIC COUPE


With the completion of the Italia 2 coupe project, I decided to convert our original Italia prototype to a GTB style roof...

 

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Rhino GT2.0 side rear pic

 

NEW RHINO GT2.0


For those who may not be aware, Jim's former company, Blue Ray GT Engineering, produced a car reminiscent of the Ferrari 250 GTO on a Datsun 240Z, called the Rhino GT. Now we have the Rhino GT2.0 in progress.

no accessories pic

 

ACCESSORIES DISCONTINUED


We are discontinuing making accessories at this time. They have proven to be too labor intensive and take us away from building the cars we've designed. We will still offer our hard top and hard tonneau to customers buying our cars as part of their options package. Our sincere thanks to those who have purchased our accessories over the years.


We still have a few items remaining on the shelf so if there is something you just can't live without, let me know. Only too happy to help.

 

Thanks, -Jim