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In a little more than two weeks, the Bonhams Monaco Sale ‘Les Grandes Marques à Monaco’ will be held, and just recently, they announced a very exciting lot that will be up for grabs, a 1927 Bugatti Type 35B. This is an example of the model that won that very first Monaco Grand Prix. It has an estimate of €2 – 3 million.

Happening during The Monaco Historic Grand Prix, the Bonhams Monaco Sale will have a variety of awe-inspiring automobiles from exotica, racing cars, and other collector’s motor cars to be offered at the Fairmont Hotel, Mote Carlo.

There is also another 1920s Bugatti on offer, a 1929 Type 37 which is estimated to be around €800,000 – €1,000,000.

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1927 Bugatti T35 B scaled
1927 Bugatti T35 B

1927 Bugatti Type 35B

The very first Monaco Grand Prix took place more than 90 years ago, and a Bugatti Type 35B was the historic car that took the first chequered flag. So, it is just perfect that one of the showcased lots in the upcoming Bonhams Monaco Sale is an example of this early supercar which was driven by the famed Monegasque driver Louis Chiron.

One of only around 45 Type 35Bs that were made, it is a rare survivor that can be attributed to the fact that its first pre-war owners were interestingly not professional racing drivers. The example is currently being offered by the consigner after a long-term ownership, 47 years to be exact. The consigner is a Belgian gentleman racing driver who raced the example back in the 1990s. This is a truly rare chance to own one of the most successful of the Grand Prix Bugattis, the rare Type 35B. The 1927 Bugatti Type 35B is estimated at €2 – 3 million.

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1929 Bugatti Type 37
1929 Bugatti Type 37. Photo by www.dennisnoten.com

1929 Bugatti Type 37

The other Bugatti on offer also comes from long-term ownership. It has been in the care of the same family for the last 63 years, and it is the first time that the example will be offered publicly for sale. Having only had three owners from new, its second owner extensively raced the example as it was campaigned in the 1931 and 1932 Grand Prix. It was able to achieve a podium position at 3rd place at the Grand Prix de Chimay. During the late 1990 and early 2000s, an extensive restoration project was done on the matching numbers example. The 1929 Type 37 has an estimate of €800,000 – 1,000,000.

1962 Brabham 1 ½-liter Brabham-Climax BT3 Formula 1 Racing Single Seater

This is a truly historic example as it was the first driver-constructed Formula 1 car, like most cars that are entered into the race, it was made with the final goal of getting that Formula 1 chequered flag. The driver is none other than three-times world champion Jack Brabham.

After winning the Formula 1 championship for the second time, Australian Sir Jack Brabham looked back at his engineering roots and started a partnership with another Australian Ron Tauranac. They built Motor Racing Developments and got to work.

In 1962, they came out with the BT3, which is the third Tauramac-designed prototype. It was the first Formula 1 car to carry the Brabham name. It was the first driver-constructed car that took the Formula 1 chequered flag. The BT3 was also the predecessor of the 1966 model that Sir Jack used to help him get his third World Championship title. He made history by become the first and – so far – only driver to win the Formula 1 world championship in a car that he constructed. It is estimated at €450,000 – €650,000 and offered at no reserve.

1965 Ferrari 275 GTS

Another Monaco Grand Prix winner that will be in The Monaco Sale is the 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS. Only 200 units of the Pininfarina designed and built 275 GTS were made and it is considered to be one of the most elegant Ferraris ever produced.

Formerly owned by Motorcycle Grand Prix rider Jean-Pierre Beltoise, the motorcycle driver swapped his typical two wheels for four and went on to win the 1972 Monaco F1

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By: Reggie
Title: Bonhams Monaco Sale At The Monaco Grand Prix
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/bonhams-monaco-sale-at-the-monaco-grand-prix/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2022 18:21:05 +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!
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