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A few days ago, Bugatti celebrated Jean Bugatti’s birthday. The renowned automobile designer and Ettore Bugatti’s son was born on January 15, 1909. His love for engineering brought about the creation of some of the most beautiful and iconic vehicles in history.

In 1936, the Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic was created, and it had an unmistakable silhouette that exudes pure elegance. Over time, it has become one of the most iconic automobiles ever created. The Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic is Jean Bugatti’s brainchild and masterpiece.

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Jean Bugatti’s real name is Gianoberto Carlo Rembrandt Ettore Bugatti to honor Ettore Bugatti’s Italian roots. It is where he got his French nickname Jean. At the time of Jean’s birth, Ettore was not yet the automotive legend that he would become. At the time, he was working at Deutz AG, a gas engine company in Cologne, as a head of the production department.

It was during Jean’s childhood that his passion for cars was sparked. Ettore opened his first manufacturing plant in Molsheim in January 1910. Jean spent his early years in the workshop and production facilities of the new company molding him into the man he would become.

He honed his craftsmanship and skill in Molsheim where his talent was given a chance to flourish even as a teenager. Starting from the late 1920s, Jean and Ettore Bugatti worked side by side and they were able to establish the company as one of the most famous brands in the automotive industry. In 1936, even though Jean was only 27, Ettore handed the reigns to Jean, to lead the Bugatti company towards a more successful future.

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Type 41 Royale

Sense of Style

Aside from the most advanced automotive techniques, Jean’s first love was automotive design. He had a gift for form and aesthetics that was simply unmatched. He was able to create timeless automotive design that came to influence the whole industry until now.

At only 21 years old, he designed Bugatti’s first vehicles. In 1926, the largest, most powerful, and most luxurious automobile, the Type 41 Royale, was presented by Ettore Bugatti. It had both an opulent interior and unmatched power. Just two years later, Jean Bugatti came out with the design of the Type 41 Royal Roadster Esders. It was a six-meter long, two-seater convertible automobile designed for textile manufacturer Armand Esders. Its unique elegance still draws admiration and awe until today. Jean Bugatti removed the headlights from the Roadster’s design as Armand Esders stated his desire to drive the vehicle exclusively during the day. This design detail, though it could be considered minor, went a long way in making the car a lot more elegant. Different versions of the Type 46, Type 55, and Aerolithe vehicles were also some of the results of Jean Bugatti’s creative genius.

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1936 Type 57 SC Atlantic

Jean’s Magnum Opus

The 1936 Type 57 SC Atlantic was Jean Bugatti’s magnum opus and most famous creation. It’s a coupe with flowing forms with a very distinct riveted fin sitting almost flush to the road. The supercar is the embodiment of the manifesto of the three pillars of Bugatti: speed, luxury, and elegance. Undoubtedly, Jean took extra care with the automobile’s aesthetics.

The model is seen as one of the most exclusive and

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By: Reggie
Title: Bugatti Celebrates The Birthday And Lasting Legacy Of Jean Bugatti
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/bugatti-celebrates-the-birthday-and-lasting-legacy-of-jean-bugatti/
Published Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2022 15:32:07 +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

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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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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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