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This 1953 Buick Skylark from the renowned Cars of Dreams Museum will cross the auction block with No Reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s Inaugural Houston Auction, September 16-18.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. ‒ August 18, 2021 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, will auction several prized vehicles from John Staluppi’s famous Cars of Dreams Museum during the inaugural Houston Auction at the NRG Center, September 16-18. Crossing the auction block with No Reserve, these select vehicles, including a 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible and a 1951 Mercury Custom Coupe, will provide an excellent opportunity for bidders to own a collector car from a notable private collection.

“One of the foremost collectors in the industry, John Staluppi has long been an important part of the Barrett-Jackson family,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “John’s Cars of Dreams Museum is exceptional, featuring some of the finest examples of collector cars. These seven vehicles he is bringing to our inaugural Houston Auction have been carefully selected for this event, and we’re honored to have John and a portion of his collection be a part of our first-ever auction in the state of Texas.”

1951 Mercury Custom Coupe known affectionately as “Bad Boy.”

The 1953 Buick Skylark being auctioned from the Cars of Dreams Museum was a past AACA Senior National First Prize Winner. One of just 1,640 Skylark convertibles sold in 1953, this beautifully restored vehicle is powered by the famed 322ci “Nailhead” V8 engine backed by an automatic transmission.

Staluppi’s 1951 Mercury Custom Coupe is affectionately known as “Bad Boy.” Built on a GM A-body chassis, this fully customized vehicle has been chopped, channeled and dropped. It features at 1954 DeSoto grille as well as frenched headlamps and taillamps from a 1954 Mercury. Under the hood resides a 6.2-liter V8 LS3 engine paired to a 4L70E automatic transmission and a Ford 9-inch rear end. The exterior is finished in a Red-Orange paint with Candy Apple flames and a custom two-tone tuck-and-roll interior in Red-Orange and off-white.

“We’re thrilled to have these exceptional vehicles of John’s be a part of our Houston Auction,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Crossing the auction block with No Reserve, each of these collectibles serve as an amazing opportunity for our bidders to own an automobile that was included in one of the top collections in the world.”

Fit for the Lone Star State, also headed to Barrett-Jackson’s Inaugural Houston Auction from the Cars of Dreams Museum is a 1969 Ford Bronco Custom Pickup. This factory half-cab 4×4 custom has undergone a comprehensive frame-off restoration and is powered by Ford’s famed Coyote 5.0-liter V8 engine backed by a 6R80 automatic transmission. Both front and rear differentials feature ARB Air Locker setups, and this Bronco is equipped with 4-wheel disc brakes and Bilstein shocks. The interior features black leather seats and a long list of modern amenities, including a Vintage Air system, LCD radio with backup camera and Bluetooth.

1969 Ford Bronco Custom Pickup

Additional Cars of Dreams collector vehicles crossing the auction block in Houston with No Reserve include:

1936 Ford Phaeton Custom Convertible – A stunning all-steel body hot rod, this 1936 Phaeton is powered by a 350ci LT4 V8 engine mated to a 700R4 automatic transmission. Designed and built by Grumpy’s Hot Rod Shop, this fully customized Ford also features Boyd Coddington wheels, power windows and an electric hideaway license plate.

1938 Diamond T Custom Pickup – Sitting atop a 2006 General Motors Chassis, this 1938 Diamond T is a perfect Resto-Mod for Texas. The front body is sheet metal and features the original, unchopped dimensions. The entirety of the bed is custom-made and finished in Black Cherry. This vehicle is powered by a fuel-injected GM 8.1-liter V8 engine backed by a 4-speed automatic transmission

1966 Chevrolet C10 Custom Pickup – Completed in 2018, this custom C10 was built to be a driver. Powered by a 5.7-liter V8 LS engine and backed by a 4-speed overdrive automatic transmission, this pickup also features a CPP suspension, CPP disc brakes and Salt Flat wheels wrapped in red line low-profile tires.

1976 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45 Pickup – This FJ45 received a no-expense-spared, nut-and-bolt restoration and has only 1,200 miles since its completion. Powered by a 4.2-liter 6-cylinder engine paired with a 4-speed manual transmission, this extraordinary vehicle rides on a two-inch lift with 20-inch Hardrock Gunner wheels wrapped in 33-inch tires.

Consignments for the Barrett-Jackson Inaugural Houston Auction are open and those interested may consign their collector vehicle here. Those

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: Barrett-Jackson to Offer Several Select Vehicles from Renowned Collector John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Museum at the Inaugural Houston Auction, Sept. 16-18
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/barrett-jackson-to-offer-several-select-vehicles-from-renowned-collector-john-staluppis-cars-of-dreams-museum-at-the-inaugural-houston-auction-sept-16-18/
Published Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2021 19:07:41 +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.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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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.

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Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
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