Words by Sean Smith / Photos by Sean Smith & Michael DiPleco
When you hear the word Duesenberg you have images of massive luxury machines created for the captains of industries or robber barons. Your imagination might also conjure up large two-door roadsters piloted by stars of the silver screen. These lime green engined behemoths were tremendously expensive. Owners of these cars breathed rarefied air.
All those swells could offer up thanks to a couple of immigrant brothers from Lippe, Germany.
Frederick was born in 1876 with his brother August following in 1879. In the mid-1880s, the family left Germany and settled in Rockford, Iowa.
Intrigued with mechanical things, Fred was helping with the family finances by repairing farm equipment. The brothers also became part of the big bicycle craze of the time. Fred started working on them, and he then became a racer and finally a manufacturer. From there, he moved on to motorcycles.
In 1903 Fred’s bicycle empire had crumbled. The brothers opened a garage and were getting into racing cars at that time. A well-to-do lawyer Edward Mason learned about what the brothers were doing and put some money behind them; from that partnership, the Mason automobile was created and arrived in 1906 sporting a potent two-cylinder engine.
In 1913 Fred and Augie left Iowa and opened the Duesenberg Motor Company in Minnesota. They used leftover Mason double-drop frames and refined their unique “walking-beam” engine known for its eight 16-inch long rocker arms and horizontal valves and went racing.
Racing wisdom called for big engines in oversized frames, but the brothers had created a nimble and competitive racer; soon, members of the motoring world were taking notice. In 1913 Willie Haupt drove a Mason to a 10th place finish. The Duesenbergs managed to do this with very little money, although, by 1914, the three-car team had notched up some impressive wins on the A.A.A. circuit.
To make ends meet, they sold engines to other competitors, and through that, they landed another patron, the industrialist James Harbeck. For him, Fred and Augie produced marine engines. This work provided the brothers with the finances to redesign their race engine and chassis.
For the 1915 season, the Brothers improved handling by shortening the rear of the Mason frame added new rear spring hangers and shorter leaf springs. They replaced the earlier 8-valve engine with an all-new 16-valve 298.2 cubic inch “walking-beam” four, just under the 300 CI engine displacement limit the A.A.A. sanctioning body put forth.
In 1916 Wilber D’Arlene finished in second place at the 1916 Indianapolis race with the feature car. At the end of the 1916 racing season, the Duesenbergs sold all of the four-cylinder cars to make way for the new SOHC 8-cylinder Team cars. James A. Benedict from Katonah, New York, a riding mechanic for the Duesenberg team, purchased the racer D’Arlene drove at Indy.
With the Duesenberg re-named the “Benedict Special,” he jumped in the deep end by taking on top professional drivers and the latest race cars at the Sheepshead Bay Speedway in the fall of 1916. After 100 hard-fought miles on the board track, Benedict found himself in 6th place at the checkered flag. From there, he drove his racer home to Katonah. He didn’t race the car again until the following fall in Sheepshead Bay.
At the “Colossus of Brooklyn,” the Benedict Special was really showing its age. It was up against the latest Duesenbergs, Frontenacs, Peugeots, and V-12 Packards, only placing 10th overall. For him, big-time racing was in his rearview mirror, although dirt track racing was a different matter. James took on
By: Sean Smith
Title: A Racer That Started a Legend
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/the-duesenberg-racer-that-started-a-legend/
Published Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2022 16:45:56 +0000
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THE WINNING EDGE: The Ferrari F12 TDF is a Gorgeous Grand Tourer with a Competition Soul
Written by indepedent automotive journalist Steve Statham
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 2017 FERRARI F12 TDF – NO RESERVE
Ferrari doesn’t do anything halfway. When the company releases a new model, almost inevitably the state of the sports car art is advanced. Each new Ferrari calls to mind past glories while setting the stage for new ones.
A perfect example is the 2017 Ferrari F12 TDF shown here, offered with No Reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction, January 20-28, 2024. Finished in Bianco Fuji with Livrea Nero Stellato stripes, this Ferrari is a striking and purposeful balance of Grand Touring and competition influences.
The “TDF” in this case stands for Tour de France, an automotive endurance race held over several days across France, much like its bike-racing namesake. The origin of the race dates to 1899, although the race was held only intermittently in the early years. The race enjoyed a postwar revival starting in 1951, with a Ferrari 212 Export taking the victory. The following 13 years proved to be a golden age for sports car racing at the Tour de France, with Scuderia Ferrari usually taking the checkered flag. The 250 GT Berlinetta and 250 GTO were the dominant cars from 1956-64. Lucien Bianchi, a future 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, won the race three times in Ferraris during that span with his co-driver Olivier Gendebien, and a fourth time with co-driver Georges Berger.
It’s a rich part of Ferrari history worth remembering, and the F12 TDF pays proper homage. In keeping with that racing heritage, the F12 TDF has several performance enhancements over the F12 Berlinetta on which it is based. Aerodynamics are improved with a competition-inspired front splitter, as well as a longer and higher rear spoiler. Racing-derived strakes on the underbody channel air. Louvres on the quarter-panels extract air from the wheelwell, improving efficiency, and the rear defuser incorporates active flaps to aid stability at speed.
The F12 TDF saw the debut of Ferrari’s Virtual Short Wheelbase system, which utilizes an active rear axle to allow the wheels to pivot around a vertical axis. As Ferrari explained it, “The Virtual Short Wheelbase improves the car’s responsiveness to make it feel more agile, with instantaneous turn-in that can be best appreciated on twisty roads and on more technically challenging tracks while, at the same time, improving stability at high speed.”
The improvements in aerodynamics and chassis dynamics will be put to good use, given the pure thrust available. The F12 TDF is powered by a 6262cc V12 producing 770 horsepower and 520 ft/lbs of torque. The engine was designed for the outer limits of performance, with an 8,900 rpm redline, and has the ability to take the F12 TDF from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds and on to a rated top speed of 211 mph. As with every Ferrari engine, the V12 is a visual work of art, with red manifold accents that further tie this modern sports car to classic Ferraris from the past. The V12 is teamed with a 7-speed F1 dual-clutch gearbox specific to the F12 TDF, with shorter gear ratios that deliver faster upshifts and downshifts.
Delivering that power to the pavement are 20-inch forged Matte Black racing wheels, accented by blacked-out brake calipers. The F12 TDF comes with a high-performance anti-lock braking system with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution. Additional advanced electronics include F1 Traction Control, Electronic Stability Control and E-Diff 3, a third generation of Ferrari’s electronic differential.
The cockpit is suitable for extended periods on track or on the highway. The Nero with Bianco stitched interior is enhanced with carbon-fiber accents, part of Ferrari’s plan to shave every excess ounce of weight. In keeping with the minimalist competition theme, the glove compartment was eliminated in the F12 TDF and replaced by knee padding.
The Ferrari F12 TDF offered at Scottsdale is one of only 799 built. Included in the sale are a build book and unopened luggage set. The luggage is as beautifully detailed as every other aspect of the car, decorated with prancing horses and F12 TDF emblems.
The F12 TDF celebrates a glorious racing heritage, but in a package that employs leading-edge technologically teamed with beautiful and modern, yet functional, design. That’s the combination that has always set Ferrari apart, both then and now.
For a chance to own this remarkable supercar, register to bid today.
Title: THE WINNING EDGE: The Ferrari F12 TDF is a Gorgeous Grand Tourer with a Competition Soul
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/the-winning-edge-the-ferrari-f12-tdf-is-a-gorgeous-grand-tourer-with-a-competition-soul/
Published Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2023 17:55:23 +0000
UNLEASHING POWER AND PASSION: The Frank Tiegs Collection Roars into Barrett-Jackson’s 2024 Scottsdale Auction
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO YENKO COPO – NO RESERVE
Enthusiasts and collectors alike are in for an unforgettable showcase of automotive history with the Frank Tiegs Collection at Barrett-Jackson’s 2024 Scottsdale Auction, set to unfold January 20-28 at WestWorld. Frank Tiegs may not be a name that you are familiar with, but the world will know his collection when the auction concludes in January. This extraordinary collection features 28 muscle cars hailing from the late ’60s and early ’70s, each representing a chapter in the rich tapestry of American muscle. From the legendary Camaros to the rare Thunderbolt and the Hollywood-starred Oldsmobile, every vehicle in this showcase narrates a distinctive tale of power, performance and unbridled passion. Each will be auctioned with No Reserve, providing a unique opportunity to own a slice of the muscle-car legacy.
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS LS6 – NO RESERVE
One standout in the Frank Tiegs Collection is the Daytona Yellow 1969 Chevrolet Yenko COPO Camaro. Don Yenko himself sold this one, and it’s the only survivor, according to COPO Connection. The lineup also includes a black 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 RS and a silver one, adding more muscle to the mix. This 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 finished in silver is packing the original COPO ZL1 aluminum-block 427ci engine. This ride, #9 out of the 69 produced, went through a thorough restoration that used plenty of new-old-stock parts and a GM factory-assembled body shell to correct the body mods from its drag-racing days.
Completing the Chevrolet lineup in the collection, is a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6. It packs an LS6 454ci engine mated to an M22 4-speed manual Rock Crusher transmission. Holding on to its originality, it sports a CRV-code 3.31 posi-traction rear axle assembly. Also making its mark is a 1969 Chevrolet COPO Chevelle and a 1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS, one of the 4,475 LS6 cars built in 1970. These Chevrolets add a diverse touch to the already impressive collection.
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1970 PONTIAC GTO JUDGE RAM AIR III – NO RESERVE
Adding more color to the offering is the 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air III, famously dubbed the “Psychedelic Judge.” Painted in Mint Turquoise, this GTO boasts a distinctive exterior adorned with factory Judge decals in blue, orange and pink, paired with a red bucket-seat interior. What makes this ride truly unique is its deviation from the standard color combo for a factory WT1 Judge option, a move not typically permitted but somehow realized by GM of Canada. Classified as one of the 75 GTO Judges finished in Mint Turquoise in 1970, this particular model stands out as a one-of-one “error,” as Mint Turquoise GTOs were intended to have black or Sandalwood interiors. Under the hood, the Psychedelic Judge is powered by a documented Judge 400ci Ram Air III engine, factory-rated at 366 horsepower and 445 ft/lbs of torque. It’s mated to a TH400 3-speed automatic transmission with a 3.55:1 posi-traction differential.
The collection also includes other Pontiac GTOs, such as a 1964 Pontiac GTO featuring a 389ci engine with a rating of 360 horsepower and finished in its original Silver Mist Gray color. Additionally, there’s another 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air III in its original Starlight Black over a red interior, complete with full PHS paperwork and its Pontiac Division Window Sticker.
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1969 FORD MUSTANG BOSS 429 – NO RESERVE
The Blue Oval brand is well-represented in the Frank Tiegs Collection with a lineup of impressive Mustangs. Leading the pack is a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 boasting a matching-numbers engine and rear end, with the added distinction of its VIN ending in 429. Another standout is a Grabber Green 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429, preserving its original interior and factory options as detailed in the Marti Report and still rocking its matching-numbers engine along with original body panels and Ford factory parts.
Another Ford offering in the collection is a 1971 Mustang Boss 351, one of 1,806 Bosses built in 1971. Painted in the unique Bright Blue Metallic shade, this Boss 351 is one of seven featuring Magnum 500 chrome wheels, with five equipped with power steering, and only four produced with consoles and AM radios – making this Mustang one of the select three with this combination. Additional Mustangs in the collection include a meticulously restored, matching-numbers 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 and a 1969 Ford Mustang 428 SCJ R-Code equipped with the R-code 428ci Super Cobra Jet engine, 4-speed transmission and Drag Pak, and featuring a W-code axle.
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1964
Title: UNLEASHING POWER AND PASSION: The Frank Tiegs Collection Roars into Barrett-Jackson’s 2024 Scottsdale Auction
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/unleashing-power-and-passion-the-frank-tiegs-collection-roars-into-barrett-jacksons-2024-scottsdale-auction/
Published Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2023 19:00:46 +0000
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Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale
The Bonhams February sale is about to wrap up, so we’re taking a break from our regular scheduled programming to pick our favorite motorcycles from the auction. From an Ariel Square Four and a 1989 Kawasaki ZX-10, to Hans-Otto Butenuth’s BMW 500 Rennsport [above], here are seven classic motorcycles that we’d love to park in the Bike EXIF garage.
1907 Quadrant In the early 1880s, two blokes by the names of Walter and William Lloyd patented a pedal tricycle steering mechanism, which they (very confusingly) called the ‘Quadrant.’ Anyway, Quadrant went on to make bicycles, tricycles, and motorcycles, and, by 1901, had emerged as one of Britain’s earliest motorcycle manufacturers.
This 453 cc Quadrant was originally built in Coventry and was meticulously restored by a previous owner. It showcases its history through hand-written notes, technical drawings, old registrations, marque-related literature, and an SMCC Pioneer Certificate.
By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/bonhams-february-sale-2024
Published Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2024 17:36:07 +0000
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