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At the Little Red/Shelby event on Friday in the Ford exhibit: Craig Jackson with (from left) Jason Billups of Billups Classic Cars; Kash Singh, Global Ford Performance Enthusiast Marketing Manager; and Aaron Shelby, Carroll Shelby’s grandson and co-president of the Carroll Shelby Foundation.

As many Barrett-Jackson fans know, the auction itself is just one part of what happens around the massive event site each day.

On Friday in the Ford Motor Company booth there was a very special presentation of two historically significant vehicles from 1967 – Craig Jackson’s fabled “lost” Ford Shelby GT500 known as “Little Red” and the only Shelby GT500 convertible built that year – marking the first time the two big-block concept cars have ever been displayed side by side. Both Jackson and Aaron Shelby (Carroll Shelby’s grandson) were on hand to honor the legacy these cars represent.

Onstage in the morning, the auction block was illuminated by colorful blinking neon signs, pristine restored gas pumps and globes, vintage porcelain and tin signs, soda collectibles and more nostalgic pieces of our past.

Friday’s top seller: a 1967 Ford Mustang Eleanor Tribute Edition, which brought in $330,000.

From tractors and Toyotas to Mustangs and Maseratis, Friday’s Collector Car Auction offered a little something for everyone! Topping the list for the day was a 1967 Ford Mustang Eleanor Tribute Edition, which sold for $330,000, while two Chevrolet Camaros – one a custom from 1968 and the other an original SS from 1969 – as well as a custom 1966 Chevrolet Impala SS were also among the top sellers on Friday.

The day also saw more record sales, including a 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Convertible, a custom 1986 Ford Bronco and a 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider.

The star of the day at the Automobilia Auction on Friday was an impeccable Flying A Service animated neon porcelain sign from the 1940s/50s, which sold for a whopping $77,050.

Neon signs had a big day at Friday’s Automobilia Auction, with a Flying A Service example (left) taking top honors with a sale price of $77,050, a Westinghouse Appliances sign from the 1940s/50s (center) selling for $12,650, and a late 1950s/early ’60s Texaco Oil neon brought in $28,750.

Also among the top automobilia sellers for the day was a late 1950s/early 1960s Texaco Oil neon porcelain sign ($28,750), as well as a beautifully restored Mobil Oil gas pump from the 1950s ($25,300). In the “not something you see everyday” category was an all-original, museum-quality coin-operated Cracker Jack dispenser, which went to its new home for $11,500.

Fasten your seatbelts, because the best is yet to come: Be sure to get your tickets today for Super Saturday! In addition to all there is to do and see around the auction site at NRG Center (including the complimentary Thrill Rides and Hot Laps in the latest vehicles from Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge and Toyota), the action in auction arena itself will be electrifying with some amazing rides – including the 1979 Porsche 928 used in the movie “Risky Business,” Sir Stirling Moss’ 1966 Shelby GT350, two stunning 2019 Ford GTs, some incredible examples of American muscle cars and stunning custom pickups and SUVs – crossing the block.

For a taste of what you’ll be able to see and do at the Barrett-Jackson Houston Auction, which concludes tomorrow at NRG Center, check out the video below – as well as the photo gallery of highlights of today’s sales and activities around the site.

Lot #443 – 1967 FORD MUSTANG ELEANOR TRIBUTE EDITION – $330,000

Lot #442.1 – 1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO CUSTOM COUPE – $132,000

Lot #426 – 1966 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS CUSTOM HARDTOP – $102,300

Lot #461 – 1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS – $97,900

Lot #454 – 1972 CHEVROLET K5 BLAZER CUSTOM SUV – $93,500

Lot #446.1 – 1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER CONVERTIBLE – $84,700

Lot #416 – 1956 FORD F-100 CUSTOM PICKUP – $82,500

Lot #444 – 1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR CUSTOM COUPE – $82,500

Lot #460 – 1960 WILLYS CUSTOM WAGON – $82,500 – NEW RECORD SALE AT AUCTION

Lot #447 – 1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/350 – $80,300

Lot #371 – 1971 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS SUPREME CONVERTIBLE – $77,000 – NEW RECORD SALE AT AUCTION

Lot #368 – 1966 OLDSMOBILE F-85 HOLIDAY COUPE – $47,300 – NEW RECORD SALE AT AUCTION

Lot #435 – 1986 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV – $60,500 – NEW RECORD SALE AT AUCTION

Lot #441 – 2017 ALFA ROMEO 4C SPIDER – $79,200 – NEW RECORD SALE AT AUCTION

Lot #7298.1 – LARGE LATE 1950S CHEVROLET OK USED CARS PORCELAIN WITH NEON SIGN – $19,550

Lot #7292.3 – LARGE SUNOCO OIL NEON SIGN – $17,250

Lot #7293 – 1950S INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: A MIGHTY FRIDAY: Day Two at Barrett-Jackson Houston Shines with Little Red and More Record Sales
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/day-2-highlights-2021-houston-auction/
Published Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2021 00:02:30 +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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