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The doors of the brand-new West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center opened bright and early on Thursday to let in the first members of the public to view the venue in the best way possible: at the one-and-only Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction.

The hammer came down on the winning bid of $180,000 for this 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat AWD, all of which benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Detroit.

Highlights of the day included the first of the four charity sales slated for the event: a 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat AWD. Said to be the most powerful SUV ever, this example of a “muscle car for people with families” is one of just 3,000 produced for the 2021 model year only. The Durango Hellcat roared up onto the block and brought the gavel down on a winning bid of $180,000, 100 percent of which goes to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Detroit.

Thursday’s collector car auction saw a diverse offering of more than 200 shining vehicles cross the block, from minibikes and Mustangs to Resto-Mods and Rolls-Royces. More than 15 record auction sales were set over the course of the day, including the top sellers on Thursday: late rapper Mac Miller’s 2012 Fisker Karma Ecosport ($165,000), a 1992 Land Rover Defender 90 Custom SUV ($80,300) and a 1966 Dodge Coronet 440 ($77,000).

Among the top sellers at the morning’s Automobilia Auction was a unique Vend-Rite balloon machine from the 1960s, as well as a number of gas pumps from the 1950s and ’60s, large Phillips 66 and Standard Oil Esso Dealer porcelain signs from the same era, and a brilliantly colored “Chevrolet Power Brakes” neon sign.

Thursday’s top seller was late rapper Mac Miller’s 2012 Fisker Karma Ecosport, which went for $165,000, shattering the previous auction sale record for that model.

The massive exhibition hall was filled to the brim with gleaming collector cars and colorful automobilia items awaiting their turn on the auction block, as well as dozens of interactive displays of the latest and greatest from top automakers and a variety of top-notch sponsors. The vast Exhibitor Marketplace was bustling all day with shoppers eager to check out everything from fine art, antiques and jewelry to high-end boats, massage chairs and custom garage cabinets.

Outside, the sound of screeching tires and the smell of burning rubber lured fans to the Barrett-Jackson Performance Track, where they could hop in a brand-new Chevrolet Corvette or Charger and Challenger Hellcats from Dodge for a breathtaking ride with a professional driver.

The excitement continues to build as Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas rolls into Day Two on Friday. Be sure to get your tickets today (available online or at the gate) and be a part of the auction action!

Enjoy the video below to see what’s in store for the next two days, and a gallery of highlights from around the auction site on Thursday.

 

Lot #156 – 1992 LAND ROVER DEFENDER 90 CUSTOM SUV – $80,300 – NEW RECORD SALE AT AUCTION

Lot #116 – 1966 DODGE CORONET 440 – $77,000 – NEW RECORD SALE AT AUCTION

Lot #173 – 2001 BENTLEY ARNAGE RED LABEL TURBO SEDAN – $77,000

Lot #151 – 1966 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CONVERTIBLE – $72,600

Lot #154 – 1950 CHEVROLET 3100 CUSTOM PICKUP – $71,500

Lot #167 – 1997 LAND ROVER DEFENDER UT – $71,500

Lot #157 – 1991 LAND ROVER DEFENDER 90 CUSTOM SUV – $68,200

Lot #159 – 1959 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE – $64,900

Lot #168 – 1928 FORD MODEL A CUSTOM DELIVERY – $64,900 – NEW RECORD SALE AT AUCTION

Lot #111 – 1981 GMC JIMMY CUSTOM SUV – $33,000 – NEW RECORD SALE AT AUCTION

Lot #124 – 1974 PLYMOUTH ‘CUDA CUSTOM COUPE – $52,800 – NEW RECORD SALE AT AUCTION

Lot #169.1 – 1969 NISSAN PATROL – $48,400 – NEW RECORD SALE AT AUCTION

Lot #6288.1 – 1960S VEND-RITE BALLOON MACHINE

RIGHT: Lot #6291.4 – LATE 1950S-60S GULF OIL WAYNE MODEL #505 GAS PUMP

Lot #6261 – LARGE 1950S STANDARD OIL ESSO DEALER PORCELAIN SIGN

CELEBRATING THE $180,000 SALE OF THE 2021 DODGE DURANGO HELLCAT: JEFF SCHNEIDER, GM OF SZOTT AUTOMOTIVE GROUP AND BOARD MEMBER OF THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF DETROIT; BARRETT-JACKSON CEO CRAIG JACKSON AND THE LUCKY WINNING BIDDER.

TEARING UP THE TRACK AT THE DODGE THRILL RIDES.

ALICE COOPER’S ANDY WARHOL PAINTING, “LITTLE ELECTRIC CHAIR,” ON DISPLAY AT THE LARSEN GALLERY EXHIBIT.

THE CONSIGNOR OF THE GHOSTBUSTERS ECTO-1 RE-CREATION SHOWED OFF SOME OF THE CAR’S DETAILS TO A LUCKY LITTLE BOY.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: AUCTION, LAS VEGAS STYLE: First Day at the All-New West Hall Brought Exciting Sales and the Full Barrett-Jackson Experience
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/2021-las-vegas-auction-day-one-highlights/
Published Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2021 02:45:33 +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
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