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Bonhams Grandes Marques à Paris sale will be the first event of Bonhams Motorcars Europe for 2022. The event will be held at the Grand Palais Ephémère, by the Eiffel Tower, and it will feature some really great examples like the 1964 Porsche 904 GTS which was formerly owned by Hollywood royalty, the actor Robert Redford.

The 904 was the last of the renowned ‘giant killer’ racing cars from Porsche. It is a mid-engined, GT racer equipped with a fiberglass body and has proven itself in sports-car racing. It was entered in the Targa Florio, and it even got a podium finish in the Monte Carlo Rally. The example was originally owned by the founder of the Monterey Historic Races at Laguna Seca, Steve Earle. Its second owner, Steve Berg, was the one who campaigned it at known North American venues like the Laguna Seca. Eventually, the example was acquired by Robert Redford who took care of the example for almost a decade. The example is estimated to be worth €1,300,000 to €1,600,000.

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2015 Ferrari LaFerrari Coupé

A selection of highly desirable classic and modern supercars will accompany the 904, like this coveted 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari. It is one of only 499 units made of the F-1 inspired hybrid Maranello Special edition hypercar. It is estimated to be roughly around €2,000,000 to €2,500,000.

The Modena manufacturer described the Formula 1 and GT-inspired supercar as the ‘most ambitious’ Ferrari. It is the first production car to have the F1-derived HY-KERS hybrid system. It has a combination of a 6.3-liver V12 engine and electric motor that enables it to have a total output of 950hp. It can go from 0 to 100 kph in less than three seconds with a top speed of more than 350 kph. The example has a yellow finish matched with black interior. It is a low mileage example, having covered only 930 kms from new and offered by its second owner.

The 1996 Bugatti EB110 GT Coupé is another interesting example that will be offered during the sale. What sets this model apart is that there is a significant gap between the EB110 GT Coupé and the Bugatti immediately preceding it which was produced back in 1956. The EB110 was the brainchild of the same person who revived the brand, Romano Artioli, it was designed by Marcello Gandini, and hand built in Capogaliano, in Italy’s ‘motor valley’.

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1996 Bugatti EB110 GT Coupe
1996 Bugatti EB110 GT Coupé

Although the EB110 had really fierce competition coming from the McLaren F1 and Jaguar XJ220, the EB110 simply left their competition in the dust by setting four world speed records, one of which was the record for fastest series production sports car. It is equipped with a 3.5-liter V12 engine with four turbochargers that is said to be able to deliver a maximum speed of 340 kph. There were only 95 GT units produced, and the example has had only three owners from new with a total mileage of roughly around 10,000 kms. The EB110 GT is estimated to be worth €1,100,000 to €1,300,000.

The upcoming Les Grandes Marques à Paris Sale will have the widest variety of collector’s motor cars they’ve offered so far, with the history of the cars spanning more than 100 years of motoring excellence. They will also have some really impressive collection of veteran motor cars coming from a single-family ownership of more than 120 years.

Over the years, the event has established themselves for offering the finest pre-war motor cars, and in the coming 2022 sale, the team will definitely deliver, starting with the 1938 Type 57C Special Coupé known as ‘Le Patron’. Before the Second World War, Ettore Bugatti himself as well as factory drivers Jean-Pierre Wimille and Robert Benoist used the example. It was also eventually used by Pierre Marco, Bugatti’s General Manager.

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By: Reggie
Title: Bonhams Grandes Marques à Paris Sale Features Porsche 904 Previously Owned By Robert Redford
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/bonhams-grandes-marques-a-paris-sale-features-porsche-904/
Published Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2021 17:02:37 +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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