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Buster Posey’s 1967 Ford Mustang Eleanor Tribute Edition

 

It is amazing how pop culture exposure at just the right moment can light a fire under a particular car. Take the “Eleanor” Mustang. Following the release of “Gone in 60 Seconds” in 2000 (itself a remake of a car theft caper of the same name from 1974), Eleanor, the star car of the movie, was everywhere — on the covers of car magazines, at big car shows, and soon enough in your driveway as authorized replicas started being built.

Of course, the fascination with Eleanor Mustangs isn’t merely a reflection of pop culture. The car itself pushes all the right buttons for a resto-mod muscle car, especially the 1967 Ford Mustang Eleanor Tribute Edition that will be offered with No Reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s 50th Anniversary Auction in Scottsdale January 22-30. This Eleanor has all the high-performance hardware to turn even the most mundane drive into a trip worthy of an action thriller. But this ultimate Pro Touring muscle car also comes with its own unique celebrity pedigree, being owned by Major League Baseball star Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants.

No half-measures were taken when East Bay Muscle Cars of Brentwood, CA, took on this Eleanor build. The Mustang is powered by a Jon Kaase Racing Engines Modern Boss Nine V8 that displaces 572 cubic inches. It generates a whopping 828 horsepower and 780 ft/lbs of torque. The race-oriented aluminum block features four-bolt main caps, and is fitted with a 4340 steel crankshaft and forged Diamond pistons. The aluminum heads are likewise prepped for high-revving duty.

The modern fuel system is well-equipped to keep that engine fed, with electronic stack fuel injection with Holley ECU, 58mm Borla throttle bodies, and a Kaase Boss Nine 8-Stack intake manifold. The exhaust system begins with custom tri-Y headers feeding custom 3-inch pipes and Magna-Flow stainless steel mufflers.

Backing up the engine is a GM 4L80E 4-speed automatic transmission with an SFI bellhousing adapter. A Wavetrac differential with 3.50 gear ratio puts the power to the pavement. Braking and suspension have been upgraded to allow this Eleanor Mustang to handle and stop as well as it accelerates.

The parts list is impressive, but this Eleanor’s build was by no means a simple bolt-on affair. To incorporate the Roadster Shop Fast Track chassis and other custom pieces, the firewall has been moved back five inches and the engine bay shock towers have been removed. The rear seats have been moved back four inches for better passenger leg room. Underneath, there’s a custom center crossmember with adjustable drop-out transmission bracket.

In keeping with its Pro-Touring mission, the car is equipped with features to add comfort on road trips, such as a Vintage Air climate control system. The Boss Audio system incorporates MP3, Bluetooth, and AM/FM/CD with front and rear coaxial speakers and an Alpine electronic subwoofer. Seats and door panels are covered in black Italian leather, and custom heat shields will keep driver and passengers insulated.

The car comes with its Eleanor Tribute Edition Certificate of Authenticity and badges from Eleanor Licensing LLC, along with build appraisal book, receipts, and memorabilia. It’s ready for a new starring role, and that script will be written in Scottsdale.

To register to bid at the 2022 Scottsdale Auction – a celebration of 50 years of The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions – click HERE. To sell your vehicle at Barrett-Jackson’s flagship auction in January, click HERETickets and VIP packages are also now on sale.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: DOUBLE STAR: This 1967 Eleanor Tribute Mustang will always command the spotlight
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/buster-poseys-1967-ford-mustang-eleanor-tribute-edition/
Published Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2021 16:50:05 +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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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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