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Barrett-Jackson President Steve Davis

 

Ford first revealed the 2007 Shelby GT500 to the world on the Barrett-Jackson auction block. The VIN 001 car sold for charity for $600,000.

Steve Davis’ dark glasses protect his eyes from a light sensitivity condition – but that doesn’t hinder his vision of the collector car market.

We just finished our incredible 50th Anniversary celebration, and it was unprecedented in every way. To have everybody get together for the first post-pandemic Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction was simply an electric experience. The expectations and the anticipation of the 50th Anniversary was the backdrop, and we did not disappoint. It was a phenomenal event.

As amazing as it all was, for me, I couldn’t help but reflect on some of the charity moments, particularly the first-in-series cars from the OEMs. We sold the first retail production 2023 70th Anniversary Edition Z06 Corvette for $3.6 million, plus an additional $100,000 donated, to benefit Operation Homefront. The first production 2022 Ford Shelby GT500KR hammered sold for $700,000 to benefit the Carroll Shelby Foundation and JDRF, and the first two Toyota Tundra iForce Twin Turbo V6 hybrid pickups for the North American market sold to benefit the Toyota U.S. Paralympic Fund.

On the Las Vegas auction block in 2014, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, VIN #001, sold for $865,000, with a matching donation that brought the total for charity to $1.65 million.

These headliners caused me to take a step back and contemplate how we got here, on our 50th Anniversary, selling these historically significant cars for such staggering amounts for charity. These are charitable impacts that will make a real difference. But the whole idea of a VIN 001 car being auctioned by major manufacturers for charity was never a sure thing. Early on, it took some arm-twisting to convince the key players it was going to be a win-win-win situation.

Back in 2006, I’d had ongoing discussions as part of a long marathon effort to get Ford to consider selling the VIN 001 2007 Shelby GT500 at our 35th Anniversary auction for charity. There was a lot of anxiety among the Ford and Shelby folks. They thought it was risky, that the car might not bring MSRP, leading to major embarrassment.

“Trust me guys, it’s going to do really, really well,” I had to keep reassuring them. Carroll Shelby and Edsel Ford were back together again, the GT500 was returning, it was VIN 001 — all of those great firsts were going to manifest on the Barrett-Jackson stage. Plus, that GT500 was one of the most anticipated cars of that era because it was going to have 500 horsepower! Of course, we kind of chuckle about it now when 700 or 800 horsepower is common, but that was leading-edge back then.

The last-production 2017 Dodge Viper (Lot #3002) and last-production 2018 Dodge Demon (Lot #3002.1) sold for $1 million to benefit the United Way.

Ron Pratte ended up buying that first GT500, paying an unheard-of $600,000. What we did in 2006 was unprecedented: that a car like that would be offered to the general public, and that it would be offered at Barrett-Jackson; that it would be offered at No Reserve, and that it was all for charity. All those things melded to create this incredible moment that helped launch all of it — all to help others.

From there we nurtured our relationship with General Motors, and the next thing you know, GM is in the hunt and they’re selling their VIN 001s. At the 2008 Scottsdale auction, the first retail 2009 Corvette ZR-1 sold for $1 million to benefit the United Way, which was followed by other Corvettes and first-of-series Camaros. Then Dodge announced it would sell the first Challenger Hellcat and the last Viper. All of these firsts and lasts were coming right and left. That monumental precedent-setting moment that we had in ’06 spawned all these incredible moments, creating a platform for charity cars to bring the kind of money that had never been seen before.

What we did this year with the Corvette with General Motors was one of the highlights of our charity sales, right up there with the Shelby for me. It was north of $3 million, and it was for a great veteran-related cause. It was one of those moments when it seems as though time stands still on the auction block, and then when we got to that last bid everybody erupted and just blew the lid off that massive structure.

The first retail 2009 Corvette ZR-1 sold for $1 million to benefit the United Way at the 2008 Scottsdale auction.

One of the things I’m proudest of is the awareness we create for these charities. It isn’t just that moment on the block. People start talking, “Wow, that was incredible. What is

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: BEHIND THE SHADES: Remarkable Moments To Help Others
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/behind-the-shades-remarkable-moments-to-help-others/
Published Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2022 21:47:40 +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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