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Buick recently revealed the Wildcat EV concept. It is the embodiment of the brand’s vision towards its new design direction as it shifts towards an all-electric future.

The Wildcat was designed to embody the all-new design language that will be the basis for future Buick production models. Mounted prominently on the body front and rear, the new tri-shield logo of Buick is also a symbol of the design transformation. New production models will also be proudly displaying the logo starting next year.

Global Buick and GMC Design executive director Sharon Gauci shared, “The Wildcat EV concept represents the real design future for the brand. Buick has always been forward looking and this expression is a glimpse of where we’re going, and the optimism we have for the limitless possibilities of an electric future.”

A new and expressive front-end design for Buick was also introduced by the Wildcat EV, seen in the bold, forward-leaning front-end appearance that has a low-mounted, trapezoidal grille. On both sides of the vehicle are sharp, high-mounted and horizontal check mark-shaped lighting with the primary lighting in the outer edges of the grille. When the driver approaches, they created a unique welcome choreography using the lights.

The 2+2 coupe also has a powerful presence, with a new laid-back proportion matched by a low, wide stance. The windshield curves towards the sides and seamlessly flows into the side glass, dramatically tapering off towards the back with the fast roofline to highlight the aggressive profile of the coupe.

Global Buick Design director Bob Boniface commented, “From every angle, the vehicle looks like it’s ready to pounce. It’s the result of careful attention to the proportions and sculptural beauty derived from the intersection of forms, not lines.”

“The more you look at the Wildcat EV concept, the more the details reveal themselves. Its timeless proportions acknowledge the brand’s rich design legacy, while our latest technology moves you forward,” added Boniface.

Other exterior design highlights are:

Unique semi-swing doors for more comfortable entry and exitOne-of-a-kind aluminum trim that seems to seamlessly flow into the interior seat structuresMicro-LED lighting technology and thin-beam project lenses for the front lightingRoof’s sail panels have balde-style taillights with horizontal lamps styled like check marks that is similar to the front lighting design‘State of charge’ indicator which is visible through the exterior hatchback glassJet Age-inspired 18-spoke ‘turbine’ wheels
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Buick Wildcat EV concept passenger side profile.

The Perfect Mix of Modernity and Warmth

For the Wildcat EV concept’s interior, the cabin has an inviting and comforting inner glow, while integrating new technologies designed to give a more enjoyable riding experience.

Buick exterior and interior design manager Therese Pinazzo said, “It’s a space intended to strike an emotional chord. It is defined by simple, graceful forms that convey balance, harmony, and a feeling of warmth.”

The 2+2 configuration is delineated by a conspicuous console that starts at the base of the instrument panel and runs towards the rear seating area. It uses a unique graphic and color contrasts to visually create an illusion of floating elements to accentuate the lightweight feel and spaciousness of the cabin.

Buick also took into consideration the importance of color to convey the feeling of warmth and comfort in the interior. Legato Green flows through the cabin with brushed or polished aluminum trim as accents. Some elements in the interior, like the seat belts, were given a lively orange color to add a more distinct look.

Other interior elements are the cockpit inspired seats with cantilevered headrests and looks as if it is floating. There is also the lightweight, flat-bottom steering wheel.

For the technology integration and infotainment interaction, the instrument panel uses a touchscreen as the access point, with another screen on the console.

The Wildcat EV concept was created to be a platform for futuristic features like biometrics, artificial intelligence, and aromatherapy. With driving pleasure considered to be of utmost importance, even the littlest detail is added like when the vehicle detects a rise in driver’s heart rate, vehicle settings are automatically adjusted to calm

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By: Reggie
Title: Buick Unveils Wildcat EV Concept (With Gallery Pictures)
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/buick-unveils-wildcat-ev-concept-with-gallery-pictures/
Published Date: Thu, 09 Jun 2022 14:08:27 +0000

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PRAISEWORTHY PICKUPS: An Evolution From Wartime Workhorses to Modern-Day Masterpieces

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PRAISEWORTHY PICKUPS: An Evolution From Wartime Workhorses to Modern-Day Masterpieces
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1953 FORD F-100 CUSTOM PICKUP – NO RESERVE

It’s fair to say that pickup trucks are as deeply embedded in American culture as, well, baseball and apple pie. It was Henry Ford who originally took note of a preliminary pickup design the military was using during World War I and used that as a springboard to create the civilian pickup truck, which he integrated into a special Model T vehicle. Not to be outdone, Chevrolet came out with their Model 490 around the same time. Named for its $490 price tag, it was offered with the frame only – buyers had to purchase the cab, bed and body for the frame to complete the vehicle. Pickups became a mainstay on farms, in the military and in other industrial fields, such as construction, where hauling was a part of the job. Today’s pickup trucks have evolved into luxurious family-friendly vehicles loaded with incredible amenities to suit every taste. But in the past decade or so, a new evolution has taken place in the world of the pickup truck, and it’s very much on full display at every Barrett-Jackson auction. Those trucks from days gone by have proven to be the perfect canvas for customization. Talented builders have unleashed their creativity, transforming what used to be run-of-the-mill pickups into modern works of rolling high-tech art. Showcased here are some remarkable examples of pickup truck craftsmanship that would stop even Henry Ford in his tracks – all being offered with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Auction, January 20-28 at WestWorld. Register to bid today.

1953 FORD F-100 CUSTOM PICKUP – NO RESERVE
Pictured above, this nut-and-bolt restored custom 1953 Ford F-100 second-generation pickup is powered by a 5.0-liter Coyote twin-turbo engine paired with an advanced 8-speed automatic transmission. The upgraded braking system features 6-piston brakes in the front and 4-piston in the rear, providing balanced braking performance. This truck features custom headlights, power steering and power windows. 1956 CHEVROLET 3100 CUSTOM PICKUP “SINISTER 56″ – NO RESERVE
Known as “Sinister 56,” this custom award-winning 1956 Chevrolet 3100 pickup is powered by a twin-turbo LS 427ci Redline Performance-built engine producing over 1,200rwhp, mated to a Bowler-built TREMEC T56 6-speed manual transmission. It rides on a GSI Machine and Fabrication chassis equipped with RideTech air suspension and AccuAir management system, allowing it to lay the rockers on the ground. The custom interior features a Vintage Air system, Dakota Digital instrumentation and a Mosconi stereo system with Focal speakers. The custom black walnut bed with a raised floor has an automated bed lift and a built-in beer cooler. 1979 CHEVROLET K5 BLAZER CUSTOM PICKUP “LOLITA” – NO RESERVE

Known as “Lolita,” this multiple-award-winning custom 1979 Chevrolet Blazer pickup is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 engine paired with a Chevrolet Performance Supermatic 10L90 10-speed automatic transmission. This unibody custom has been dyno-tuned at 600hp to the rear tire and features front and rear sway bars and tubular control arms, power rack & pinion steering, a fully built Ford 9-inch rear end, 4.10 gears and Moser axles. Stopping power is provided by Wilwood 14-inch 6-piston brakes. The custom interior includes Dakota Digital gauges, an Ididit tilt steering column, a Vintage Air system and a power window kit.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER’S 1977 MERCEDES-BENZ UNIMOG U1300 SE CUSTOM PICKUP – NO RESERVE
This custom 1977 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U1300 SE pickup was previously owned by actor and former politician Arnold Schwarzenegger and is powered by a 6.4-liter inline 6-cylinder turbo-diesel engine paired with an automatic transmission. In 2012 it was fully restored, modified and upgraded by Unimog Specialists Merex Mertec in Gaggenau, Germany. Included in the sale is a full file folder with pictures, documentation and certifications. 2,674 miles (title reads exempt).

1956 CHEVROLET 3100 CUSTOM PICKUP “REDEFINED” – NO RESERVE

Award-winning “REDefined,” powered by a Don Hardy LSA engine boasting a Holly EFI and Whipple supercharger that collectively generates 850hp with 752 ft/lbs of torque. Equipped with a 4L80 automatic transmission and a Ford 9-inch rear end.

1970 CHEVROLET K10 CUSTOM PICKUP – NO RESERVE

This custom Hogan Built 1970 Chevrolet K10 factory short-bed pickup is powered by a GM Performance crate 525hp 6.2-liter LS3 engine mated to a Hughes 4L80 transmission and an Atlas transfer case. The aluminum block is refinished in its classic Hugger Orange and features a Holley intake topped with a 14-inch air cleaner. Under the truck there is a fully polished 3-inch TIG-welded

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: PRAISEWORTHY PICKUPS: An Evolution From Wartime Workhorses to Modern-Day Masterpieces
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/praiseworthy-pickups-an-evolution-from-wartime-workhorses-to-modern-day-masterpieces/
Published Date: Wed, 06 Dec 2023 23:40:36 +0000

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THE ARTISTRY OF CUSTOMIZATION: Builders Bring Their Best to Barrett-Jackson

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THE ARTISTRY OF CUSTOMIZATION: Builders Bring Their Best to Barrett-Jackson
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1958 PACKARD CUSTOM SPORTSTER “RITA” – NO RESERVE

As anyone who has witnessed The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions knows, you can expect the unexpected at any given event – particularly when it comes to custom cars. The 2024 Scottsdale Auction will be no different, with some incredible custom creations set to make their way across the famed auction block, a sampling of which are highlighted here.

These often include re-creations of exceptional collectibles, like Shelbys from the 1960s, or tributes to popular movie cars, like the ever-popular Eleanor of “Gone in 60 Seconds” fame. Then there are those that fall into the not-something-you-see-every-day category, such as a highly customized 1932 Willys named “Low Standard” that is toting its very own hot-rod tanker based on an early 1900s Standard Oil horse-drawn version.

Often builders really let their creative juices flow with the customs they bring to auction and reimagine the classics into something completely new and different. Bodies are chopped, door handles shaved, frames modified, accessories and modern technology added and – voila! – before you know it, you are looking at a 1960 Cadillac Coupe de Ville in a whole new light.

Barrett-Jackson has always been at the forefront of the Resto-Mod movement, first hinted at when something completely different crossed the block during the 2002 Scottsdale Auction – a 1957 Ford called “The Intruder” and a 1954 Plymouth known as “The Sniper.” While they looked fairly stock on the outside, at the heart of the vehicles was the latest technology in terms of powertrain, suspension and more. Highly successful sales, they became the first of what was to become the Resto-Mod trend that continues to this day.

Be on the lookout for these incredible custom creations and more on the docket for the 2024 Scottsdale Auction.

1958 PACKARD CUSTOM SPORTSTER “RITA” – NO RESERVE
Pictured above, this custom 1958 Packard named “Rita” was built by Oz Kustoms and is powered by a stock original 289ci engine that was detailed and chromed. Finished in Lavender Pearl from House of Kolor, the exterior features a 5-inch chopped top, extended hood, fender and tailfins using frenched ’56 Packard taillights. It was completely molded, nosed and decked, the suicide doors were extended 8 inches and the cockpit area has been completely reshaped. The Pearl White and Lavender interior has a fabricated console, New Zealand lamb’s-wool carpeting and a pearl steering wheel made in Australia. It is equipped with an air-ride system and rolls on Packard 15×6 wire wheels wrapped in Coker tires. “Rita” has been a major show winner, debuting in 2016 in Pomona, CA; winning the Sam Barris Memorial Award at the Sacramento Autorama; was a feature entry at Concours on Rodeo in Beverly Hills, CA; and was shown overseas in Sweden and Norway. It has been on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, CA. 1967 SHELBY GT500CR RE-CREATION – NO RESERVE
Created under license by Shelby Licensing, this is one of 25 all-carbon fiber GT500CRs built in 2022. More than 600 pounds lighter than the original 1967 Shelby GT500, this re-creation is powered by a third-generation Ford Performance 5.0-liter Magnuson VMP supercharged Coyote V8 engine paired with a TREMEC 5-speed manual transmission. Casting a sinister presence with its raw carbon-fiber exterior, this unforgettable car features Dark Shadow racing stripes, and the body is fully wrapped in paint protection film. Featuring vertical stitching, the black leather Carroll Shelby Heritage interior includes Carroll Shelby’s distinctive signature on the dash, and it is also embroidered into the seatbacks. This car also features a wood-trimmed three-spoke steering wheel, white shift knob and Shelby-branded white-faced Classic Instruments gauges. Other options include a Wilwood high-performance hydro-boost braking system, coilover suspension, air conditioning, an Alpine digital AM/FM CD stereo system driven by a trunk-mounted Focal amplifier, a custom-built Rick’s fuel tank, a rear-mounted Optima battery, and aluminum-accented clutch, brake and accelerator pedals. A front fascia/spoiler, twin close-coupled large-diameter driving lamps, a 1967 Shelby-style scooped hood, dual side-exit exhaust and handsome 10-spoke Shelby alloy wheels round out the visuals for this awesome, limited-production reinterpretation of Carroll Shelby’s Mustang-based GT500.  1966 CHEVROLET CHEVY II NOVA CUSTOM COUPE – NO RESERVE
Built by Artistic Customs in Jasper, OR, this custom Pro-Touring 1966 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova is a show-quality custom build powered by a new 525hp 6.2-liter GM Performance LS3 crate engine topped with

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: THE ARTISTRY OF CUSTOMIZATION: Builders Bring Their Best to Barrett-Jackson
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/the-artistry-of-customization-builders-bring-their-best-to-barrett-jackson-2024-scottsdale-no-reserve/
Published Date: Fri, 08 Dec 2023 15:40:48 +0000

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THE WINNING EDGE: The Ferrari F12 TDF is a Gorgeous Grand Tourer with a Competition Soul

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THE WINNING EDGE: The Ferrari F12 TDF is a Gorgeous Grand Tourer with a Competition Soul

Written by indepedent automotive journalist Steve Statham

2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 2017 FERRARI F12 TDF – NO RESERVE

Ferrari doesn’t do anything halfway. When the company releases a new model, almost inevitably the state of the sports car art is advanced. Each new Ferrari calls to mind past glories while setting the stage for new ones.

A perfect example is the 2017 Ferrari F12 TDF shown here, offered with No Reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction, January 20-28, 2024. Finished in Bianco Fuji with Livrea Nero Stellato stripes, this Ferrari is a striking and purposeful balance of Grand Touring and competition influences.

The “TDF” in this case stands for Tour de France, an automotive endurance race held over several days across France, much like its bike-racing namesake. The origin of the race dates to 1899, although the race was held only intermittently in the early years. The race enjoyed a postwar revival starting in 1951, with a Ferrari 212 Export taking the victory. The following 13 years proved to be a golden age for sports car racing at the Tour de France, with Scuderia Ferrari usually taking the checkered flag. The 250 GT Berlinetta and 250 GTO were the dominant cars from 1956-64. Lucien Bianchi, a future 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, won the race three times in Ferraris during that span with his co-driver Olivier Gendebien, and a fourth time with co-driver Georges Berger.

It’s a rich part of Ferrari history worth remembering, and the F12 TDF pays proper homage. In keeping with that racing heritage, the F12 TDF has several performance enhancements over the F12 Berlinetta on which it is based. Aerodynamics are improved with a competition-inspired front splitter, as well as a longer and higher rear spoiler. Racing-derived strakes on the underbody channel air. Louvres on the quarter-panels extract air from the wheelwell, improving efficiency, and the rear defuser incorporates active flaps to aid stability at speed.

The F12 TDF saw the debut of Ferrari’s Virtual Short Wheelbase system, which utilizes an active rear axle to allow the wheels to pivot around a vertical axis. As Ferrari explained it, “The Virtual Short Wheelbase improves the car’s responsiveness to make it feel more agile, with instantaneous turn-in that can be best appreciated on twisty roads and on more technically challenging tracks while, at the same time, improving stability at high speed.”

The improvements in aerodynamics and chassis dynamics will be put to good use, given the pure thrust available. The F12 TDF is powered by a 6262cc V12 producing 770 horsepower and 520 ft/lbs of torque. The engine was designed for the outer limits of performance, with an 8,900 rpm redline, and has the ability to take the F12 TDF from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds and on to a rated top speed of 211 mph. As with every Ferrari engine, the V12 is a visual work of art, with red manifold accents that further tie this modern sports car to classic Ferraris from the past. The V12 is teamed with a 7-speed F1 dual-clutch gearbox specific to the F12 TDF, with shorter gear ratios that deliver faster upshifts and downshifts.

Delivering that power to the pavement are 20-inch forged Matte Black racing wheels, accented by blacked-out brake calipers. The F12 TDF comes with a high-performance anti-lock braking system with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution. Additional advanced electronics include F1 Traction Control, Electronic Stability Control and E-Diff 3, a third generation of Ferrari’s electronic differential.

The cockpit is suitable for extended periods on track or on the highway. The Nero with Bianco stitched interior is enhanced with carbon-fiber accents, part of Ferrari’s plan to shave every excess ounce of weight. In keeping with the minimalist competition theme, the glove compartment was eliminated in the F12 TDF and replaced by knee padding.

The Ferrari F12 TDF offered at Scottsdale is one of only 799 built. Included in the sale are a build book and unopened luggage set. The luggage is as beautifully detailed as every other aspect of the car, decorated with prancing horses and F12 TDF emblems.

The F12 TDF celebrates a glorious racing heritage, but in a package that employs leading-edge technologically teamed with beautiful and modern, yet functional, design. That’s the combination that has always set Ferrari apart, both then and now.

For a chance to own this remarkable supercar, register to bid today.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: THE WINNING EDGE: The Ferrari F12 TDF is a Gorgeous Grand Tourer with a Competition Soul
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/the-winning-edge-the-ferrari-f12-tdf-is-a-gorgeous-grand-tourer-with-a-competition-soul/
Published Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2023 17:55:23 +0000

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