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This original “survivor” 1970 Plymouth HEMI Superbird (Lot #1400) will cross the auction block on Saturday, January 29 at No Reserve.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. ‒ January 6, 2022 – Barrett-Jackson, the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, is shifting into high gear with a docket of classic big block American muscle cars during the auction company’s 50th anniversary celebration at WestWorld of Scottsdale, January 22-30. Leading the selection of American muscle is an original “survivor” 1970 Plymouth HEMI Superbird and a highly documented 1967 Chevrolet Yenko Super Camaro.

One of only 135 produced, the factory 1970 Plymouth HEMI Superbird (Lot #1400) has just over 6,000 documented miles and is one of the finest remaining original examples in existence. With a professional repaint to exact factory standards, this Tor Red Superbird is equipped with its 426/425hp HEMI V8 engine and TorqueFlite automatic transmission, performance axles package, power disc brakes, power steering, hood pins and a black vinyl top. This piece of American automotive history is accompanied with documentation that includes the original Fender Tags, Window Sticker, Broadcast Sheet and owner’s manual.

Lot #1407 – 1967 Chevrolet Yenko Super Camaro 427/450

“The classic big block American muscle cars are the embodiment of bold ideas and big leaps in engineering and performance,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “When it was first introduced, the Superbird was largely overlooked by buyers because it was developed more as an experiment in cutting-edge aerodynamics for American racing. This original Superbird will be among some of the crown jewels selling at No Reserve during our Scottsdale Auction.”

Also leading the fleet of exceptional American muscle is Lot #1407, a 1967 Chevrolet Yenko Super Camaro 427/450. Bearing Yenko serial number YS-725, this vehicle began life as one of 1,138 L78 Camaros built in 1967 and was upgraded to a Super Camaro in July 1967 following shipment to Yenko Chevrolet. Upgrades included converting the L78 engine to a L72 427ci engine, metallic brakes, heavy-duty clutch and pressure plate, high-capacity cooling system and suspension upgrades. Other items included a Stewart-Warner tachometer and instrument package, a fiberglass hood, hood pins and added “427” emblems. This muscle car retains the original VIN plate and hidden VIN cowl stamping along with certificates of authenticity, copies of the Yenko conversion, dealer invoices and a copy of the original shipping record.

Representing the big block Corvettes is a 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 (Lot #1328) with less than 25,000 miles. One of only 80 L88s built in 1968, this Corvette is powered by a rebuilt 427/430hp V8 engine mated to an M22 Rock Crusher 4-speed manual transmission. This L88 has been professionally repainted in its original Polar White and features its original red leather interior.

“Big block American muscle cars sparked a performance war among American manufacturers that became the genesis for some of the most competitive racing of our time,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “The Mustang Boss 429, for example, was Ford’s effort to homologate its new engine into passenger cars to qualify for NASCAR’s Grand National Division so that it may better compete against other manufacturers. The big blocks were so much more than just a Saturday cruise night entry, they were built to test the limits of racing and some of the finest examples will be at our Scottsdale Auction.”

A trio of 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429s crossing the block at No Reserve include Lot #1409, a concours-correct restoration with factory-correct finishes. It is one of only 201 Candy Apple Red Boss 429s produced in 1969 and is powered by a matching-numbers 429ci V8 engine mated to a 4-speed close-ratio manual transmission. The unrestored fastback (Lot #1354) features original paint, drivetrain, original Ram Air cleaner, snorkel, heat shield, date-coded carburetor, smog pump, brackets and hoses, early C9AF-U distributor and “TS” Ford script headlights with factory chrome trim. Lot #1329 is one of 857 produced in 1969 and one of 271 cars finished in Wimbledon White. Powered by the legendary 429ci Boss V8 engine mated to a 4-speed close-ratio transmission with Traction-Lok differential.

Heralding from 1970 is a group of Chevelle LS6 models including Lot #1410, a fully documented and restored convertible. The highly equipped SS retains its matching-numbers 454 V8 LS6 engine mated to a Turbo 400 automatic transmission and is fully documented by GM of Canada Vintage Vehicle Services.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction Shifts into High Gear with Docket of Exceptional Big Block American Muscle, Including a “Survivor” 1970 Plymouth Superbird and a 1967 Yenko Super Camaro
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/barrett-jacksons-scottsdale-auction-shifts-into-high-gear-with-docket-of-exceptional-big-block-american-muscle-including-a-survivor-1970-plymouth-superbird-and-a-1967-yenko/
Published Date: Thu, 06 Jan 2022 17:27:43 +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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