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The leading restorer of the definitive classic sports car, E-Type UK, has recently finished a full refurbishment of a 1964 Series 1 FHC Jaguar E-Type.

A fixed-head coupe in left-hand drive, the Series 1 was a revolutionary car. It was ordered new with a gorgeous Pearl Grey finish matched with Dark Blue leather interior. The colors were inspired by the Norwegian mountains and the rare color combination makes the Series 1 E-type a really rare example.

The Series 1 went through an extensive restoration process under the expert hands of E-Type UK. The example was also given significant performance upgrades to bring the famed E-type into the 21st century.

Legendary Body Shell Remastered

The 3500-hour restoration process of E-Type UK started with an examination of the body panel to check if there are any signs of rust to check absolute structural rigidity as well as chassis strength. Each body panel was sand blasted to remove the remnants that has accumulated for the last 50+ years. They were then primed to ensure that rust do not develop.

For this Series 1, they created brand new floors, rear chassis, sills, bulkhead, gearbox tunnel, inner and outer rear wings, as well as a new bonnet to ensure safety. After all the new panels have been mounted, aligned, and welded to the original chassis, the next stage of the meticulous restoration of the E-Type could begin.

1964 Series 1 FHC Jaguar E-Type

1964 Series 1 FHC Jaguar E-Type
1964 Series 1 FHC Jaguar E-Type

Getting that Perfect Finish

After the metal shell of the 1964 Series 1 FHC Jaguar E-Type has been carefully restored, it is now easy to see the silhouette of the 1960s icon.

The metal shell then receives a filler process wherein the filler is carefully and meticulously applied to make sure that the dimensions of the example are perfect up to the last millimeter. They also ensure that all panel gaps are fixed. The exposed metal were given rust inhibitors, along with numerous coats of high-build primer. Then for the next several weeks, the body is left to rest to ensure that all the materials are completely hardened before they start the meticulous painting process.

After priming, it is almost ready to be hand-painted back to the rare and original Pearl Grey finish, but it is masked first before even the first spray of paint touches the car. They then apply a high-quality clear lacquer to prepare the body for a final polish. To give it the exquisite exterior finish that is worthy to be called a world-class restoration, the lacquer is polished for hours to show hat really flawless shine.

1964 Series 1 FHC Jaguar E-Type

1964 Series 1 FHC Jaguar E-Type
1964 Series 1 FHC Jaguar E-Type

Subtle enhancements

It takes great skill and a really fine touch to find the balance between keeping true to the marque’s original intent and upgrading one of the most iconic British sports cars.

The Series 1 was hailed for their advanced engineering at the time. It was given an IRS (independent rear suspension), securing the suspension and the rear wheels to the chassis, giving the driver low levels of road noise, harshness, and vibration. Providing for an overall smoother ride.

The main element of the restoration of the Series 1 was centered around a full rebuild of the innovative IRS system. It would also be given new bearings, brake lines, universal joints, and coil overs.

To create a reliable, usable, and supple end product, E-Type UK also fitted performance brake pads, 4-pot brake calipers, as well as a separate modern independent handbrake system.

With the Series 1 given these highly desirable upgrades, the IRS unit gives superior road performance and more dynamic driving. The upgrade also opens the possible for future subtle upgrades too, like installing front 6-pot brake calipers.

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By: Reggie Sison
Title: 1964 Series 1 FHC Jaguar E-Type Full Restoration
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/1964-series-1-fhc-jaguar-e-type-full-restoration/
Published Date: Tue, 05 Oct 2021 17:52:09 +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

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
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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