SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. ‒ September 16, 2021 – For the first time in history, a pair of extremely rare and historic 1967 concept vehicles, Craig Jackson’s fabled lost Ford Shelby GT500 Experimental (EXP500) muscle car and the only Shelby GT500 convertible built that year, will be displayed during the Barrett-Jackson Inaugural Houston Auction on September 16-18 at NRG Center. The pair will star inside the official Ford Motor Company exhibit at the event for the entire three days and Jackson will host a personal introduction of the pair at 9:15 a.m. CDT on Friday, September 17.
“These two big-block cars were built as concept and experimental vehicles just months after Ford and Carroll Shelby beat Ferrari at Le Mans,” said Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “They were cornerstones of an ambitious American plan to vanquish the prancing horse across the globe. The personal grudge between Enzo Ferrari, Henry Ford II and Carroll Shelby had spilled over from the track onto the street, where Ferrari sold cars to the public to fund his racing program.”
Ford and Shelby American built the car dubbed “Little Red” as an experimental car to test new technologies. It was the first of two Shelby prototype big-block coupes, the other being the “Green Hornet,” which is also in Mr. Jackson’s collection. Officially “EXP500” to denote its status as an experimental Shelby GT500, Little Red was a pivotal developmental car for a variety of ideas, ranging from a restyled body to dual-quad carburetors, a black Connolly leather interior and twin Paxton superchargers. The car also served as the prototype for the 1968 “California Special”, making it also a double concept vehicle.
The epic search, recovery and restoration of “Little Red” was featured in a documentary sponsored by Barrett-Jackson and Shell Pennzoil. Narrated by Carroll Shelby’s grandson Aaron Shelby, the film – and another about the experimental 1968 Shelby GT500 named the “Green Hornet” – were broadcast on A+E Networks’ FYI and HISTORY channels. The Green Hornet was previously owned by Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson, who researched the car. Both documentaries are available on demand via the Barrett-Jackson YouTube channel.
“The car has deep Texas roots as we found the ‘lost Shelby’ in a field not far from Carroll Shelby’s East Texas home,” said Jackson. “The world was stunned when we unveiled the Shelby inside the Henry Ford Museum in 2018. Now we’re making history again by displaying it alongside the only 1967 Shelby GT500 convertible for the first time ever. It’s even more significant that the car will be exhibited inside the official Ford display, which is a perfect way to celebrate the first Texas auction in Barrett-Jackson’s 50-year history.”
The only 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 coupe, Little Red, will sit inside the Ford display alongside the only Shelby GT500 convertible (67413C9A00139) built that year.
“Shelby American and Ford planned to introduce a convertible version of the Shelby GT500 as a mid-year model,” said Jackson. “Unfortunately, bottlenecks and other problems resulted in production of all 1968 Shelby cars moving to Michigan about the time when the convertible was to be introduced. This twist of fate resulted in the first and only 1967 Shelby GT500 convertible built by Shelby American.”
The significance of #0139 extends beyond the Shelby marque. Prior to wearing a Shelby American serial number, the convertible rolled off Ford’s San Jose Mustang assembly line. All 1967 Mustangs ordered by Shelby American as GT500s were equipped with the potent “Ford Cobra” 428ci engine topped with dual 4-barrel carburetors. Thus #0139 is the only multi-carbureted Shelby Mustang convertible ever built. It was also reworked to be the prototype for the 1968 model year Shelby GT500 convertible line.
All of these facts have been researched and documented by Brian Styles, founder of the Shelby Research Group, and the caretaker of the 1967 Shelby GT500 convertible. A respected historian and expert on classic Shelby cars, Styles recommended the shop that restored his car when Jackson decided that the Green Hornet needed some care.
The two experimental Shelby GT500s (Green Hornet and Little Red), along with the ’67 Shelby GT500 convertible were restored by Jason Billups, founder of Billups Classic Cars and Auto Body. Billups helped Jackson locate Little Red in 2018 while working on the Green Hornet. Under Jackson’s direction, Billups assisted in the search for the “holy grail” of lost cars and then brought it
Title: Barrett-Jackson Inaugural Houston Auction to Display “Lost” 1967 Shelby GT500 “Little Red” and Prototype Shelby GT500 Convertible Together for First Time in History
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Published Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2021 21:47:57 +0000
Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
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.
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
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. 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. 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
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.
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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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.
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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