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BEAST MODE: Original American Muscle Cars Epitomize Freedom, Rebellion and Pure Driving Pleasure
1967 CHEVROLET YENKO SUPER CAMARO 427/450 – NO RESERVE

The roar of a powerful V8 engine, the aroma of burning rubber, the exhilaration of speed – American muscle cars unquestionably left an indelible mark on the auto industry and pop culture. Some automotive historians trace the genre’s origin back to when Oldsmobile decided to put a 303ci overhead-valve V8 into the 1949 Rocket 88, which kicked out a whopping 135 horsepower. Yep – that’s all it took to be king of the performance hill back then. The golden age of the muscle car, however, was the 1960s and early 1970s. Initially catering to the racing crowd, limited-production, bare-bones, barn-burning beasts tore up the drag strips, regularly laying down quarter-mile times of less than 12 seconds. In 1964, the Pontiac GTO with its 389ci engine was introduced and the flood gates were opened. Pop open a hood and chances were pretty good you’d see a HEMI or big-block. Ford launched its Mustang (okay, arguably a pony car, but tomayto, tomahto) in addition to Fairlanes and Galaxies for those who wanted something a bit larger; General Motors introduced the Chevelle Super Sport, the Buick Gran Sport, the Olds 442, the Camaro and the Firebird; Mopar offered up Chargers, Coronets, Challengers, Barracudas and GTXs; AMC brought forth the AMX and the Javelin. All became legendary. But by the mid-1970s, things began to change. With gas prices on the rise, customers were looking for fuel economy, not tire-burning performance. While the muscle-car era came to an end in the country’s showrooms, it lives on at Barrett-Jackson, where stunning original examples of what were initially called “America’s supercar” continue to command attention on the auction block – as evidenced by those on offer at the 2024 Scottsdale Auction, January 20-28 at WestWorld.

1967 CHEVROLET YENKO SUPER CAMARO 427/450 – NO RESERVE

Pictured above, this 1967 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro 427/450 began as one of 1,138 L78 396/375hp cars built equipped with a Muncie M21 close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission. It is finished in Deepwater Blue Poly paint with black bucket seats. Options include a tinted windshield, posi-traction rear axle with 3.73 ratio, front disc brakes, teakwood steering wheel, AM radio and Special Interior Group. It was upgraded to a Super Camaro 450 standard, including replacement of the 396ci short-block for the L72 427ci unit. Other items included a Stewart-Warner tachometer and instrument package, a fiberglass hood, hood pins and added 427 emblems. The car was verified by Yenko expert Vince Emme and documented as one of 54 original 1967 Yenko Super Camaros. Listed in the Yenko Supercar Registry, YS-725 retains the original VIN plate and hidden VIN cowl stamping. The vehicle is equipped with a non-OEM Trim Tag. Documents include the detailed Jerry MacNeish report, COPO Connection and Camaro Hi-Performance LLC Certificates of Authenticity, copies of the Yenko conversion and dealer invoices, a copy of the original shipping record, an NCRS Shipping Data report and a letter from the original owner. Additionally, original Yenko mechanic Warren Dernoshek inspected and affirmed this Yenko’s authenticity. 1965 SHELBY GT350 – NO RESERVE

This 1965 Shelby GT350 is from the limited production of 562 units for its model year, and one of the final eight crafted in 1965. It is named the “Triple Nickel” within the esteemed Shelby community, referring to its “555” Shelby serial number. Extensive documentation includes original Shelby invoices, SAAC ownership history, SAAC VIN verification, prior ownership documents, dealership order request to Shelby and other various receipts, period photos and owner correspondence. It was ordered new through Hickey Ford in Albany, NY. Under current ownership, 555 received a thorough undercarriage and suspension refurbishment and the replacement of the R-model racing apron, with a factory NOS front apron, bumper and bumper guards, reinstating the vehicle to its original stock form. Power comes from the legendary K-code 289 Hi-Po motor with high-rise aluminum manifold and finned Cobra valve covers, paired with an aluminum T10 4-speed manual transmission featuring an NOS shifter, accompanied by all the authentic Shelby components delivered from the factory. The addition of correct Craig Conley 5-spoke wheels further elevates 555’s aesthetic appeal. Even the oil pressure gauge was skillfully restored by the late Jim Cowles of Shelby Parts and Restorations. The car has 39,170 actual miles.

NICOLAS CAGE’S 1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ‘CUDA – NO RESERVE

This 1970 Plymouth HEMI ‘Cuda is powered by a 426/425hp HEMI engine paired with a 4-speed transmission and a Super Track Pak Dana axle with 4.10

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: BEAST MODE: Original American Muscle Cars Epitomize Freedom, Rebellion and Pure Driving Pleasure
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/beast-mode-original-american-muscle-cars-epitomize-freedom-rebellion-and-pure-driving-pleasure/
Published Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2023 18:20:07 +0000

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Grunter—A Six-Figure Vincent Rapide Headlining Bonhams

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1938 Vincent Series-A Rapide Motorcycle
Countless motorcycle manufacturers popped up in the 1920s and ’30s in Britain, but somehow, none quite as cool as Vincent. High-end speed machines, combining old-school big-displacement twins, monochrome finishes and titillating names like Rapide and Black Shadow, a Vincent V-twin welcomes you into any roundtable of motorcycling, and it’s not hard to see why. A seat rarely opens at the Vincent Owners Club, even more so when you’re talking about an ultra-rare first-series Rapide.

1938 Vincent Series-A Rapide Motorcycle

One of just 79 built, the Series-A Rapide represents Vincent’s first foray into V-twins—an endeavor that established Vincent as the superbike of the day. There are faster Vincents, and on occasion more valuable ones, but the rarity and significance of the Series-A Rapide is hard to overstate. As such, this restored 1938 Rapide highlights Bonhams’ upcoming Spring Stafford Sale with an estimated hammer price of $300,854 to $350,997.

While Vincent didn’t pioneer the V-twin, their execution is at least worthy of an honorable mention. Philip Vincent’s start in motorcycles echoes many of his peers of the era, becoming interested in bikes at a young age and crafting a few ‘specials’ of his own design in the late 1920s. At age 20, Vincent filed a patent for a cantilevered rear suspension design, and with backing from his family, he purchased the financially troubled HRD brand from Howard R Davies in 1928.

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By: Dean Larson
Title: Grunter—A Six-Figure Vincent Rapide Headlining Bonhams
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/vincent-rapide-bonhams
Published Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2024 17:00:38 +0000

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Fast Tubes

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1969 Rennmax BN3Photo: Ian Welsh
1969 Rennmax BN3
Photo: Ian WelshIt can’t be denied that the world of motor racing, both contemporary and historic, is saturated with egos. Some would say that it’s all really driven by egos, and that is sometimes directly connected to the size of the wallet. Perhaps without such egos we wouldn’t have motor racing at all.

So egos are certainly important, but there is something else that’s behind so many involved in motor racing and, in particular, historic motor sport. I am referring of course to the passion that many have for the sport. A passion that is so strong in some that it outweighs the need for podium finishes and is certainly far stronger than whatever shekels may influence others.

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Title: Fast Tubes
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Published Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2024 06:59:17 +0000

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Gordon Murray Automotive’s new T.50 production line

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Premium British vehicle manufacturer Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) has announced a strategic move of its T.50 supercar production to the company’s newly-built Group headquarters at Highams Park, Surrey. The new site has already taken over manufacturing of the GMA T.50 supercar from its previous production facility at Dunsfold Park. This decision will see T.50 manufacturing benefit from a wealth of efficiencies, while enabling the business to streamline carbon fiber monocoque production for T.33 prototypes and future models at Dunsfold Park. Used for development, testing and homologation-related crash testing, the monocoques will now be produced on-site, accelerating the supercar’s pre-production processes.

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GMA advances T.50 production to new Highams Park HQ to streamline future model manufacturingMove sees the continuation of T.50 customer car production at new multi-million-pound facilityDecision enables dedicated T.33 prototype monocoque production at GMA’s Dunsfold Park siteHighams Park will continue to build the T.50, ahead of producing the T.50s, T.33, and T.33 Spider

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Building the new Gordon Murray Group HQ at Highams Park near the village of Windlesham saw investment of more than £50 million, and the creation of a broad range of specialized job roles to support full scale production. The new campus will be the Group’s global headquarters – home to a purpose-built 4,300 square meter Vehicle Production Centre, and the Gordon Murray Heritage collection. The site also features a specially-designed Vehicle Dynamics Test Road, used for final validation and pre-delivery checks of new GMA supercars – all set in 54 acres of beautiful English parkland. For customers opting to take delivery of their cars from Highams Park, the new HQ offers the ideal setting at its dedicated Driving Perfection Customer Centre, where owners can specify, set-up, and take delivery of their GMA supercar.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Gordon Murray Automotive’s new T.50 production line
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/gordon-murray-automotives-new-t-50-production-line/
Published Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2024 15:42:33 +0000

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