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“First Lady of Collector Cars” Nellie Jackson’s 1934 Cadillac Model 370D V12 Fleetwood.

 

Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson working with the Builds team on the 1934 Cadillac Model 370D V12 Fleetwood.

The act of restoring a car is a passion project for all involved. It takes time to resurrect a machine of decades long passed into a piece of rolling history. Every automobile has its idiosyncrasies and its own mechanical needs, but when the project is done, the long nights and thousands of hours invested all become worth it. Barrett-Jackson Builds is a series predicated on this philosophy, and each member of the Builds team shares the passion for restoring and creating incredible machines. Two of those machines are now getting ready for their turn in the spotlight.

Hard at work, the Barrett-Jackson Builds team has been forging ahead on some truly historic and groundbreaking projects. First is the restoration of Barrett-Jackson matriarch and the “First Lady of Collector Cars” Nellie Jackson’s 1934 Cadillac Model 370D V12 Fleetwood. Streamlined and elegant, the Cadillac was a catalyst, a true driver of the collector car hobby. It’s the car that moved the Jackson family from Pontiac, MI, to Scottsdale, AZ, and ensured the passion for fine automobiles traveled with them. “This is where Barrett-Jackson started,” said Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson. “It’s exciting to see these cars are still so highly sought after and that people continue to appreciate the sculpture-like beauty of these automotive works of art.” There’s a reason it’s the cover star of Barrett-Jackson’s 50th Anniversary book.

The Cadillac was sold at an early Barrett-Jackson auction, but the vehicle was reunited with the Jackson family at the 2016 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale.

With a goal of entering the Cadillac into — and winning — future Concours d’Elegance events, this Builds project offers an entry point for viewers to see the painstaking details that go into a concours-level restoration. The streamlined and teardrop contours of the art deco-inspired steel have been painstakingly restored to the highest order by hand as finding parts for the octogenarian remains a constant challenge. Much of the metalwork has been done by traditional coachbuilding methods using an English wheel, sandbag and mallets.

Mounted atop a dual X-frame chassis with a 146-inch wheelbase, the stunning Cadillac has thus far undergone an extensive frame-off restoration beginning with work on both the front and rear quarter panels as well as the trunk area. Every piece of brightwork has been re-chromed, and the stunning radiator grille, emblems and trim are ready to be installed once a fresh coat of paint is applied. The original V12 engine has been thoroughly gone over with every component inside and out being plated, painted and rebuilt to the most exacting of standards. The 368ci 12-cylinder is paired to the restored original 3-speed manual transmission.

With a storied history and connection to the founding family of Barrett-Jackson, this Cadillac will be a standout star of future Barrett-Jackson Builds content. But it’s not alone.

1967 Shelby GT500.

The Builds team’s next project comes from the personal collection of Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson. While Mrs. Jackson’s Cadillac epitomizes the romanticism of high fashion and automotive form, this 1967 Shelby GT500 is poised to send ripples through the hot-rodding world. Initially, the Shelby was brought in for repairs, but plans quickly changed — and changed for the better. The 1967 Shelby GT500 will retain its 1990s aluminum 427 crate engine but will also receive upgraded modern suspension components. The result will be a high-end Resto-Mod that looks original but can be driven hard. Though still in its early stages, the build of this Shelby will be chronicled, documented and shared on Barrett-Jackson’s popular media channels. Get ready, because this build is something special.

Breaking new ground in terms of innovation has always been an important part of Barrett-Jackson, and that same ethos holds true for the Builds team. The soon-to-be-launched next chapter of Barrett-Jackson Builds is dedicated to illuminating the journey from project plan to final execution. The series highlights master builders and explores their commitment to excellence.

Be sure to keep up with Builds stories as they unfold by subscribing to the Barrett-Jackson YouTube Channel. And follow @barrett_jackson_builds and #BarrettJacksonBuilds on Instagram for all the latest updates and a peak behind the scenes.

 

TAKING IT TO THE LIMIT

Baer brakes for the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: A NEW CHAPTER: Barrett-Jackson Builds Forges Ahead
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/a-new-chapter-barrett-jackson-builds-forges-ahead/
Published Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2022 23:23:49 +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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