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Currently on offer on Collecting Cars is the 2001 Lotus Exige S1 which was delivered new to its former owner the then Deputy Road Test Editor of Autocar, Chris Harris. He was given the car on test for six months as a long termer. When the six months had passed, Chris decided to purchase the car.

In September 2002, it was sold to its current consigner. It has a Grey metallic finish which is mostly in excellent condition though there are light minor chipping, markings, and scuffs on the front splitter. It is matched with black leather and Alcantara-trimmed interior that features lightweight racing seats equipped with Schroth four-point racing harnesses.

It sits atop an original set of six-spoke double-arm Lotus alloy wheels with a staggered setup that gives it 16-inch diameter front wheels and 17-inch diameter rear wheels. The front wheels are wrapped in Yokohama Advan tires while the rear wheels have Toyo Proxes T1-S.

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The example is equipped with an Alpine radio/CD player, and it also has a full telemetry set installed and balanced by the factory though it has been unused since installation.

Under the hood is a factory replacement 1.8-liter K-series inline-four, sending power to the rear wheels through an ultra-close ratio five-speed manual transmission. Officially, the example had a 190 bhp upgrade though a Lotus engineer that the seller had spoken to claimed that the true output of the example might really be closer to 210 bhp.

Having a kerb weight of only 780 kg, this enables the Exige to go from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.7 seconds with a top speed of 136 mph.

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David Rathschild Lotus Exige S1 17 b

The sale will come with a selection of receipts, invoices, correspondence, and the example’s service record. A variety of magazine write-ups on the example will also be part of the sale. Its early history was well documented in some Autocar magazines. Despite the minimal use of the Exige, the current seller ensured that the example was regularly kept and maintained.

There is no impact damage on the bodywork and it has no known electrical or mechanical faults.

On October 28, 2021, it had its most recent MOT test at 20,108 miles and was given the green light after simply replacing the windscreen wipers. In November 2021, it had its most recent service done by Ian W Hull Car Maintenance in Shaftesbury. It was given an engine oil and filter change, and they also replaced the cam belt, battery, auxiliary belt, fuel tank, wiper blades, fuel pump, brake hoses, brake master cylinder, and brake fluid.

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David Rathschild Lotus Exige S1 19 c

Only 604 units of the Lotus Exige were produced. It has had only three owners from new: Lotus, Chris Harris, and the current consigner. The odometer shows only 21,112 mileage and roughly around 5,000 miles were added in the last 20 years.

With those details, this Lotus Exige enjoys three characteristics that really sets it apart: rarity, long-term ownership from a minimum number of owners, and an impressively low mileage.

As of writing, the 2001 Lotus Exige S1 has a current bid of £37,500 with the online auction ending on Wednesday, May 25.

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By: Reggie
Title: Auction: 2001 Lotus Exige S1 Previously Owned By Chris Harris
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/auction-2001-lotus-exige-s1-previously-owned-by-chris-harris/
Published Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 17:36:29 +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

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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.

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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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