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Last August 13, Bonhams held the Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction where a Supercharged pre-war Mercedes Sports car went above and beyond its pre-auction estimate of $3,000,000 to $4,000,000 and was sold for an impressive $5,395,000. The successful sale had bidders all over the world participating, getting more than 800 bidders from 38 countries. Overall, the auction was able to report a total sale of almost $37 million and have an 89% sell-through rate.

The 1928 Mercedes-Benz 26/120/180 S-Type Supercharged Sports Tourer comes from more than 50 years of private family ownership. It has a reputation for being the ‘acme of motor car perfection’. From 1927 to 1930, Ferdinand Porsche engineered 146 units of the flagship automobile, of which the example was one.

Bonhams Group Motoring Director Rupert Banner described the example as “one of the legendary cars, far ahead of others of its time.” Bidders all over the world competed fiercely for the S-Type with bids coming in from the phones, online, and in the saleroom.

In 1964, the vendor’s father bought the incredible car ‘sight unseen’ for $15,000. After four years, an extensive restoration was commissioned, giving the example a unique two-tone color scheme that it would keep for fifty years. At the time, it went on ‘school runs’, claimed victory in prestigious concours and even competed in road rallies. In 2015, it was entered in the Colorado Grand.

In 2016, the example was handed down to his children, who then decided to repaint the example with a striking raven finish, with the copper brake drums and chrome accessories serving as accents. The Bonhams’ Quail Lodge Auction was the first time that the example was shown in public with its new finish.

Bonhams Head of US Motoring Jakob Greisen shared, “We were delighted to have returned to Monterey Week and to have welcomed our clients back to our sale room. We are thrilled and proud of these results which prove there is nothing like a live auction.”

1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Sport Cabriolet Décapotable 2

1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Sport Cabriolet Décapotable 2

Two automobiles from the Art Deco era were a far second and third. The stunning two-toned 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Sport Cabriolet Décapotable fetched $1,875,000. Only four units were given a Figoni et Falaschi bodywork. In 2006, Bonhams also put the example on the block. After fifteen years, the Talbot-Lago was sold for four and a half times its 2006 price.

Another impressive sale was the 1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Cabriolet, coachwork by Carrozzeria Ghia. The matching numbers 1952 Geneva and Torino Auto Show car was sold for $1,820,000 and is Ferrari-Classiche Red Book certified.

A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe also got an impressive result, selling for $1,710,000 which is a nice number for a non-Rudge wheel Gullwing. The example was delivered new to Southern California and from 1979-2019, it has been in long-term single-family ownership spanning 40 years. Steve Marx and Hjeltness Restoration did the restoration works and maintenance on the example.

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Tom Hanks - Air Stream

Tom Hanks - Air Stream

Tom Hanks - Air Stream

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By: Reggie Sison
Title: Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction Top Lot is a Mercedes S-Type
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/bonhams-quail-lodge-auction-top-lot-is-a-mercedes-s-type/
Published Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 18:44:07 +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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