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This 1959 Buick Invicta Custom Coupe known as “Blue Suede Shoes” selling with No Reserve at our 2022 Scottsdale Auction

 

As much as he loved cars, Elvis Presley never had a ride like “Blue Suede Shoes,” a one-of-a-kind 1959 Buick Invicta Custom Coupe set to cross the auction block with No Reserve during the 2022 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, January 22-30, at Westworld in Scottsdale.

“Blue Suede Shoes” is a no-expenses-spared, full-on custom build that pays stylistic homage to a bygone era of American car styling. It even starred on an episode of MotorTrend TV’s “Bitchin’ Rides.”

The creation of acclaimed builder Kindig-It Designs, “Blue Suede Shoes” cost well into the six-figures to build, according to the consignor, the end result of 18 months and 13,000 man-hours of superb craftsmanship. Every part and piece of this big-finned Buick has been modified and massaged to create an award-winning custom build.

The Buick has drawn attention and acclaim everywhere it has been, including multiple SEMA Show appearances. Its list of awards truly is impressive: Top 5 Hot August Nights; Top 12 Finalist Good-guys Custom of the Year; Multiple Goodguys Builders Choice Awards; Best in Show Kool Deadwood Nights; Best in Show Counts Car Show; Top 5 Dickinson Car Show; and many other Best in Show or Best in Class accolades. There wasn’t a show entered that an award wasn’t received.

Like the classic Elvis song this car was named for, this Buick coupe is a true icon of the fabulous fifties, and the 1959 model year saw tailfins reach unprecedented heights. The massive rear fins are in place and its classic lines and rich chrome trim are accentuated with exterior modifications, including a cast-molded custom grille, tucked bumpers that pull into the body and door handles built into the side trim. One-off EVOD wheels with wide whites built into them complete the look.

As you expect, the fully custom interior is richly appointed in blue suede and blue leather, with hand-cut lacing and tooled leather by JS Interiors in Salt Lake City. Additional features include custom Dakota Digital gauges, full Kicker IQ audio components and subwoofers, as well as power steering, power windows, locks and trunk.

The tune continues under the hood. Power comes from a General Motors supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V8 engine that’s been tastefully tweaked with custom finishings to match the curvatures of the hood, and detailing reminiscent of the original Buick Nailhead engine that would have been standard in 1959. Putting the power to the rear wheels is a GM 4L80E automatic transmission.

Rest assured the Buick’s beauty is not just skin deep. The underside of “Blue Suede Shoes” is as detailed and sophisticated as its power plant, thanks to a custom Art Morrison chassis with coilover shocks, tubular independent front suspension and a 4-link rear suspension. In combination with a set of power-assisted Wilwood disc brakes, the top-grade components ensure that this beefy Buick handles and stops as well as it accelerates.

According to the consignor, this beautiful build is properly sorted out for enjoying on the road, having already completed two road tours.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: BLUE SUEDE SHOES: The Perfect Name For This Award-Winning 1959 Buick Invicta Custom
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/blue-suede-shoes-1959-buick-invicta-custom/
Published Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2021 16:55:10 +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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