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On October 24, Artcurial Motorcars will be in Paris hosting the Automobiles sur les Champs sale. On the event, Artcurial Motorcars will offer three special cars that played an important role in the history of rallying.

Barn-find enthusiasts should keep their eyes out for the 1903 De Dion Bouton that has not been seen since 1968! Two rare examples are on offer for Aston Martin collectors While there will be around nine cars for the double chevron marque including the Méhari, 5HP Trèfle, a traction IIBL, and a DS.

ex-Takada 2006 Bentley Flying Spur © Artcurial

ex-Takada 2006 Bentley Flying Spur © Artcurial
ex-Takada 2006 Bentley Flying Spur © Artcurial

Early in the year, Artcurial also sold some of inspirational designer, Kenzo Takada’s items. For the upcoming event, his own personal car, a 2008 Bentley Continental Flying Spur will also be on offer.

Artcurial Motorcars has already previously proven than they can get record prices for rally cars in the Manoir de ‘Automobile de Lohéac collection. This time Artcurial Motorcars will be offering the last two Group B cars in the same collection. The cars were sourced by Michel Hommell and Olivier Quesnel back in the 1980s, and since then the cars have been preserved in original condition.

The museum has decided to part with the cars so that they can give more space to rallycross cars that are more connected to the history of Lohéac.

1986 Citroën BX 4TC GrB © Romaric Croisile

1986 Citroën BX 4TC GrB © Romaric Croisile
1986 Citroën BX 4TC GrB © Romaric Croisile

1986 Citroën BX 4TC Gr B

In Rally Sweden, Jean-Claude Andruet was driving the example when he fought his way to 6th place. Recently, Andruet drove the car again and he shared that the car had exceptional handling on surfaces without much grip, like off-road due to its hydraulic suspension. The car has been kept in its original condition and it looks as if it just finished the Acropolis rally in 1986. There are very few genuine Citroën BX Group B factory cars that they can be counted on one hand. So this is a really rare chance to acquire an extremely rare collectible item.

1986 Nissan 240RS © Romaric Croisile

1986 Nissan 240RS © Romaric Croisile
1986 Nissan 240RS © Romaric Croisile

1986 Nissan 240RS

In 1986, the Nissan 240RS Group B example set itself apart in a round of the World Championship, in the Ivory Coast Rally, when Alain Ambrosino drove it to finish 8th overall. The example is still in original condition, still brandishing the battle scars that it received from the different African rallies it took part of at the time. The different layers of paint is the testament of the different sponsors it has.

1993 Subaru Impreza Prodrive 555 © Sarah Jane

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By: Reggie Sison
Title: Artcurial Motorcars Paris Sale
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/artcurial-motorcars-paris-sale/
Published Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 00:40:13 +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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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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