A recently restored to concours condition 1965 Aston Martin DB5 was the top lot in Bonhams final sale of the year. During the Bonhams Bond Street Sale, the DB5 was sold for £586,200. The event was able to achieve an 86% sell-through rate with a some of the lots even going above their top estimates.
DB5s are normally dubbed as James Bond’s Aston Martin and this specific example has been described by Bonhams to be ‘truly magnificent’. What makes this DB5 really stand out is that it was discovered as a ‘barn-find’ seven years ago. It was given a £400,000 specialist restoration to give it its present concours-ready condition.
1955 Austin Healey 100S Sports Racing Two-Seater
Another notable sale was the 1955 Austin-Healey 100S Sports-Racing Two-Seater of which only 55 units were made. Out of the 55, only four was set for the UK market. The Austin-Healey was even owned by some of the great names in the marque’s history including racing drivers Tony Lanfranchi and David Shale, giving more weight to its in-period racing history. This 100S was able to achieve a sale price of £575,000.
Coming in at third is the 1928 Bentley 6½-Liter Tourer. It was the top lot of the white glove sale from the four-car collection coming from the estate of the late Brian Wiggins. It was sold for £460,000. Coming in close behind comes from the same collection, a 1930 Bentley 4½-Liter Vanden Plas-Style Tourer which was sold for more than its top pre-sale estimate, achieving a sale price of £448,500.
One owner from new,2010 Porsche 911 Type 997 Sport Classic Coupé
The London sale also showed that contemporary collectors’ cars were also popular with a notable 2010 Porsche 911 Type 997 Sport Classic Coupé. The example was able to sell for more than £100,000 its top estimate with a final sale price of £333,500.
A couple of other lots were able to sell for more than their top estimates namely the 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition Coupé which was sold for £235,750 and the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé which was sold for £216,200.
1933 Bugatti Type 46S Two-Door Coupé
The 1933 Bugatti Type 46S Two-Door Coupé with coachwork by James Young is one of only 18 units of Type 246S produced. The example was the first to be delivered to the UK. It was previously owned by Charles Burnett III. Charles III was the former land-speed record holder. He was also the heir to the family’s interests in Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason. Charles III inherited the car from his father Charles Burnett II. The example was being offered from the Burnett family trust.
The 1961 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide Saloon was also sold for more than its top estimate, getting a sale price of £98,900. The example was shown at the London Motor Show, and it was their attempt to revive the famed Lagonda Rapide name. Aston Martin owner David Brown planed for
Title: Concours Ready Aston Martin DB5 Gets Top Lot At Bonhams Sale
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/concours-ready-aston-martin-db5-gets-top-lot-at-bonhams-sale/
Published Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2021 08:36:35 +0000
Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
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.
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
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. 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. 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
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.
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!
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.
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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