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Lot #707 – Rich “Ace” Franklin’s 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Custom Coupe

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – April 1, 2022 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, is heading to Florida with an enviable docket of professionally built Resto-Mod vehicles that will cross the block with No Reserve during its 2022 Palm Beach Auction at the South Florida Fairgrounds, April 7-9. Fueling the growing demand for classic collectible vehicles with modern drivetrains and cutting-edge technology, Barrett-Jackson’s Resto-Mod offerings in Palm Beach include a custom 1967 Chevrolet Camaro (Lot #707) owned by UFC Hall of Famer and former two-time defending Middleweight Champion Rich “Ace” Franklin.

“Resto-Mods have found their way into the hearts and garages of collectors worldwide,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Owning a classic vehicle, like a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, that drives and handles like a car fresh off the GM assembly line is appealing for every collector. During this year’s Scottsdale Auction, it was clear that the demand for well-built Resto-Mods is still on the rise. Our Palm Beach Auction will continue our commitment to bring these desirable Resto-Mods to enthusiasts.”

Given as a gift to Franklin by Dana White of the UFC for being a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter” TV show, this 1967 Chevrolet Camaro (Lot #707) is powered by an EFI GM performance big block 502ci crate engine bored and stroked to 565ci and paired to a TREMEC T56 Pro-Fit Magnum 6-speed transmission with a Hurst shifter. Dyno’d to 675hp, this vehicle was completely revamped by Matt Hunt Muscle Cars and features Edelbrock direct port fuel injection and an Edelbrock polished intake manifold. The interior features Autometer Carbon Series gauges, Budnik billet steering wheel, custom carbon fiber wrapped dash and interior trim, Alpine head unit, JL audio components and Orion amps. Along with the magnificently completed muscle car, the winning bidder will also receive a photograph and gloves autographed by Franklin. CLICK HERE for Barrett-Jackson’s “First Look” at Rich Franklin’s Camaro.

Lot #720 – 1960 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Convertible

Nicknamed “Silver Bullet,” a 1960 Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible (Lot #720) is one of the premier Resto-Mods in Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach Auction. Selling with No Reserve, this work of art underwent a 2-year build by Denny’s Bowtie Restorations. Powered by a GM Performance LT4 6.2L engine with upgrades, this Corvette produces over 670hp and 660 ft/lbs of torque with GMs latest CVF Racing Diamond Midnight front runner system. The engine is backed by a GM Performance 4L70E 4-speed transmission with overdrive. A performance Art Morrison GT chassis was specially prepared for this build featuring a tuned Strange front suspension, Strange 3-stage coilovers front and rear, Tru Trac 9-inch differential with 3.70 gearing and 32-spline performance axles. The custom Wine-Red Italian leather interior features fully adjustable Wise Guys seat frames and German square-weave wool carpet.

A 1967 Ford Mustang Eleanor Tribute Edition (Lot #717) began life as an S code 390ci big block Mustang GT. It is now powered by a 427ci aluminum engine by Robert Pond Motorsports and backed by a 5-speed TKO 600 manual transmission with Hurst and Go-Baby-Go shifter. The custom interior includes electronic luminescent gauges and dash panel, sound system with Bluetooth connectivity and custom set speakers throughout, power windows and climate control.

Lot #711 is a 1961 Corvette Resto-Mod featuring a LT4 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine with 650 horsepower mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with a tap shifter. The body is set on a new Art Morrison GT Sport independent front suspension chassis. The custom leather interior by Paul Atkins Interiors features custom Dakota Digital gauges, a Vintage Air climate-control system, an Alpine sound system stereo and speakers with Bluetooth capability, and an integrated backup camera.

“Barrett-Jackson has been at the forefront of the increasingly popular Resto-Mod sector of the collector car community,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “These vehicles honor the look and appreciation of collector cars from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s while simultaneously celebrating the exceptional modern craftsmanship we see throughout the hobby today. We continue to deliver a high quality and diverse range of Resto-Mods at every auction, and we’re going to have an incredible selection of these timeless vehicles for our return to Palm Beach.”

Lot #710 – 1961 Chevrolet Impala Bubbletop Custom

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach Auction to Feature Many Exceptionally Built Resto-Mods, including UFC Hall of Famer Rich “Ace” Franklin’s 1967 Camaro
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/barrett-jacksons-palm-beach-auction-to-feature-many-exceptionally-built-resto-mods-including-ufc-hall-of-famer-rich-ace-franklins-1967-camaro/
Published Date: Fri, 01 Apr 2022 16:31:41 +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

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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