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LOT #683 – 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT-S – Selling with No Reserve at the 2022 Palm Beach Auction.

 

LOT #349.1- 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria – No Reserve

George Shinn is an American businessman best known for his former ownership of several professional sports teams. He is also an author and motivational speaker. A self-made man, he now dedicates much of his time and resources to helping others. In 1973, he created the George Shinn Foundation, which is committed to “furthering the work of churches, ministries, missionaries and non-profit organizations.”

Over his lifetime, Shinn built several car collections, each comprising original to Resto-Mod vehicles spanning the 1950s to early ‘70s as well as modern supercars. Now, Shinn is offering his collection with No Reserve at the 2022 Palm Beach Auction, held April 7-9 at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

In an exclusive Barrett-Jackson video, Shinn shares that his love for cars began while working as a child at his father’s Gulf Service Station washing cars. He recalls when a man came in with “one of the prettiest Fords” Shinn had ever seen. It was a 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria — much like the car he plans on selling. “He said, ‘I want my windows so clean that when you look out the window, you don’t know if the window is up or down,’” Shinn recalled.

Shinn obliged and cleaned the window so well that the man’s mother didn’t realize the window was up when she tried to spit out her chewing tobacco. The man had returned to tell Shinn what an excellent job he had done and gave him a $1 tip.

The Crown Victoria offered from the collection is an example of one of the most imaginative cars of an innovative decade. The car followed the era’s rules: the roof was lower, flatter and longer.

The second half of the 1950s was heavily influenced by the futuristic Ford Mystere concept car and is reflected in every Ford model’s fins, quad headlights and taillights in 1957. Two examples from the collection that showcase the influence include a 1957 Ford Fairlane Sunliner convertible, a 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible and a 1959 Ford Thunderbird convertible.

LOT #350.1 – 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 convertible – No Reserve

Additionally, the collection offers a Resto-Mod 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 convertible powered by a Kenne Bell supercharged dual overhead cam 4.6-Liter Cobra engine. The car is joined by a 1967 Shelby Cobra re-creation.

Also included in the collection’s Ford offerings are several Mustangs. It’s difficult to overstate the impact the Mustang had on Ford, the auto industry and popular culture. It was more than a car — it was a phenomenon. Few cars are so instantly recognizable, or as widely adored, as the first-generation Mustang.

Among the offerings is a 1965 Ford Mustang that features all the right ingredients of a powerful Pro-Touring machine. Under the hood is a Ford Racing 5.0-liter V8 that’s been dressed up with aluminum heads, valve covers, intake manifold, air cleaner and even an aluminum radiator with an aluminum cooling fan.

The other first-gen Mustang from the collection, a 1967 Mustang convertible, has been transformed into a Shelby GT500 tribute car.

Another “blue oval” example is a 2019 Ford Shelby GT-H. The “H” in GT-H stands for, of all things, Hertz Rent-a-Car. It pays homage to the 1967 Shelby GT350H, which, believe it or not, was a Hertz rental car back in the day.

Concluding the collection of Ford offerings is a 1927 Ford Model T that’s been restored, refurbished and rebuilt; an iconic 1930 Ford Hi-Boy custom roadster with work performed by legendary builder Tom Beard; and a 1933 Ford custom coupe featuring an all-steel body with a 3.5-inch chop, rolling on a staggered set of Boyd Coddington wheels.

Chevrolet is a dominant marque in the George Shinn collection, which highlights early to late models of “America’s Sports Car.”

LOT #681.1 – 1967 Chevrolet Corvette custom coupe – No Reserve

Among the cars offered is a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette custom coupe. The car is reported to have been disassembled in 1985 and stored in a garage with the intention of restoring it. It sat for a while and 25 years later the project resumed. Many of the original components, including the engine, had been lost or had gone missing. Thus it became the perfect candidate to become a Resto-Mod.

The intention was to keep the Stingray as close to its original classic design as possible. The drivetrain received updates, such as a Chevrolet LS3 aluminum V8 engine mated to a Tremec 5-speed

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: A DRIVING PASSION: This Select Offering Selling With No Reserve From The George Shinn Collection Showcases A Lifelong Love Of Collector Cars
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/a-driving-passion-this-select-offering-selling-with-no-reserve-from-the-george-shinn-collection-showcases-a-lifelong-love-of-collector-cars-for-sale-2022-palm-beach-auction/
Published Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2022 18:41:10 +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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