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In just a few short weeks, the London Concours, presented by Montres Breguet will commence. Recently, they announced the newest class to be added to this summer’s event: Coachbuilt & Concepts.

The London Concours have built a reputation of bringing together the most impressive line-up of classic and collector vehicles. For 2022, the grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company will be the venue for one-off concept cars, unique customer commissions, and prototypes that never made it into production.

From June 28 to 30, a variety of wonderful cars will be showcased at the London Concours in a brilliant show of automotive indulgence. The Coachbuilt & Concepts class puts the spotlight on the unique projects that are simply unforgettable, capturing the attention of the automotive world even decades after they were revealed.

At the head of this truly unique class is a 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS. During its time, it was raced by Joakim ‘Jo’ Bonnier with great success. The two-tone machine had a Zagato body which was designed specifically for racing. It was also one of the few bespoke examples of the first production-line car from Alfa Romeo. Zagato has long been known to create light, aircraft-inspired coachwork, and the 1975cc CSS is a great example of their craft.

Known as the Estralle, a unique 1974 Lotus Elan Shooting Brake will also be on display at the legendary grounds of HAC. The car originally started as a 1974 +2S 130/5 coupé. Recently, Lotus specialist Paul Matty Sports Cars were tapped to manage the project of turning it into an estate car based on the original – but never reached factory production – sketches by Lotus designer Ron Hickman.

Renowned for creating fastback versions of the Elan back in the 1960s, Shapecraft was the one who created the aluminum roof to connect it to the glassfiber body. The glass windows were special produced by Pilkington. To create this truly exquisite one-off wagon, three years of bespoke design and fabrication were spent on this magnificent vehicle and the craftsmanship and hard work can clearly be seen in the superb quality and clean lines of the car.

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It is not common to hear Rolls-Royce and pick-up in one sentence, but when a particular classic motorsport enthusiast wanted the ultimate Goodwood Revival towing car, it had to be done. They tapped on the expertise of Clark & Carter in Essex to transform a 1967 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow into an elegant pick-up truck. It should be noted that the example that they were able to acquire was already converted, but it was badly done. To get the quality of work that they required, the team had to practically start from scratch. The result is just beautiful as it somehow was still aligned to the car’s original intentions. It was given hand-crafted details throughout the example, as well as fun flourishes like the ‘pick-up’ badging that was recreated in a script that was similar to the original Silver Shadow.

The next example is a concept study that Daimler Benz unveiled at the 1996 Paris Motor Show: the Mercedes F200 Imagination. Only two examples were built and the one that will be showcased at the London Concours is the only driving and working model. At the time, Daimler Benz wanted to showcase their latest innovations in design, control, and comfort, which were eventually seen on the S-Class and CL-Class models that was launched in 1999. Interesting features of the F200 prototype were its butterfly doors, voice recognition, video cameras in place of rear-view mirrors, electro-transparent glass in its panoramic roof, and other high-tech features that are now only becoming the norm in luxury cars – more than two decades later. One main notable feature of the car is its ‘sidesticks’, a feature that will let either the driver or the front passenger drive the car.

A 1998 Jaguar XK180 concept car will also be in attendance. Introduced during the 1998 Paris show after a very short planning period of only ten months, to meet the 50th anniversary celebration of the iconic XK120. Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) workshop toiled on the example. Its all-aluminum bodied XK180 was based on a shortened XKR platform. It was also equipped with a 450 bhp supercharged 4.0-liter V8 and innovative steering-wheel pushbuttons that allow sequential gear changes, which was completely new at the time. Senior designer Keith Helfet

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By: Reggie
Title: 2022 London Concours Announces New Coachbuilt & Concepts Class
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/2022-london-concours-announces-new-coachbuilt-concepts-class/
Published Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2022 15:00:54 +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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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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