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A hundred years ago, on February 4, 1922, Henry Ford made history by purchasing The Lincoln Motor Company from Henry Leland, renowned inventor and automotive engineer. With the encouragement and support of his wife Clara and his son Edsel, Henry Ford paid an impressive $8 million, and it made history as the birth of an iconic American luxury brand.

Lincoln President Joy Falotico shared, “We are at a defining moment in our history. We look back at Lincoln’s past and find inspiration for the future and, to reflect on what we have accomplished – maintaining a balance between the brand’s core values and redefining our vehicle and experiences for the next generation of luxury clients. The timing of our 100th anniversary couldn’t be more ideal as we shift to an electrified future, and I look forward to shepherding the brand into the next 100 years.”

Lincoln may be celebrating their rich and glorious history, but they are also looking forward to a bright and exciting future. The brand is moving forward and has committed themselves into delivering a distinct lineup of electrified vehicles and connected services that creates effortless experiences for their clients.

“With classic style, form and function that became the hallmark of the brand, there’s something very special about Lincoln. And as we move toward an electric future with connected technologies and always-on experiences, I am so excited to see where the brand will go in China and North America as it begins its second century,” said Ford President and CEO Jim Farley.

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100 Years of Innovation

The early success that the company experienced could be attributed to the influence of Edsel Ford. He served as the Lincoln president after it was acquired until his death in 1943. Edsel once stated, “Father made the most popular cars in the world; I want to make the best.” and it perfectly summarized his vision and ambition for the company.

Design and style were Edsel’s priority, and he also made customization of the cars affordable. This enabled him to offer the perfect balance of having an automobile that offers precision and performance, perfectly wrapped in beautiful coachwork, at a reasonable price. The company’s popularity was boosted by their belief that a car is more than just a means to transport you from A to B.

In 1936, they introduced the Lincoln Zephyr. It featured a streamlined design and an ‘alligator’ type hood, it was also Lincoln’s first mid-priced vehicle. A few years after, in 1939, the Lincoln Continental was introduced as a personal-use vehicle. Its design became an instant classic, cementing their position as the personal luxury car segment in America.

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In 1952, Edsel’s son, William Clay Ford became the manager of special product operations. He was placed in charge of engineers and designers who were working on the Continental’s successor, the Lincoln Continental Mark II. It was arguably considered to be one of the greatest cars ever made.

In their 100-year history, Lincoln has introduced a lot of new features and innovations, and they continue to introduce breakthrough innovations today. Some of their notable moments in history are:

• 1955: Lincoln introduces the Mark II to showrooms

• 1961: Lincoln debuts coach doors on its Continental

• 1977: Integrated visor-mounted garage door opener debuts on Lincoln Versailles

• 1980: Speedometer, fuel gauge, message centers go electric, keyless entry is introduced

• 1987: Front-wheel drive debuts

• 1994: Memory recall for seat and mirror positioning introduced via a remote transmitter

• 2010: Lincoln launches its first hybrid electric vehicle – the MKZ Hybrid

• 2017: Lincoln reveals the Navigator concept, transforming the future of the flagship SUV with an all-new design and innovative features

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By: Reggie
Title: 100 Years Of Lincoln Elegance And Innovation
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/100-years-of-lincoln-elegance-and-innovation/
Published Date: Wed, 09 Feb 2022 14:58:36 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

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cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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