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This 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Convertible (Lot #752) is one of seven stunning vehicles from a private collection heading to the Houston Auction with No Reserve.

 

Remember as a kid seeing beautiful machines cruise down the road and dreaming about one day owning one? It’s a feeling all gearheads share, and a good reason as to why the collector car hobby continues to thrive and expand. Classic cars offer an inescapable romanticism, one that inspires passion, cultivates nostalgia and brings people together. This is what makes the Barrett-Jackson experience so special – it’s a celebration of the machines that move us. Case in point: seven soul-stirring classics from a private collection that will cross the block with No Reserve at the inaugural 2021 Houston Auction. The seven incredible vehicles include wonderfully restored and tastefully modified feats of Americana. Born of Detroit’s golden age, the majority of these machines wear Chevrolet’s bowtie, but Blue Oval fans are also in for a Raven Black treat.

LOT #708 – 1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE

Born in Dearborn, Michigan, in February 1957, this show-quality restoration Ford Thunderbird is easily the crown jewel of any collection. Formerly owned by noted T-Bird restorer Amos Minter, this example is one of only 1,499 E-code 1957 Thunderbirds, with the 312/270hp V8 engine topped with dual Holley 4-barrel carburetors, an aluminum intake manifold and a high-performance camshaft. Adding to the rarity is a 3-speed floor-shifted manual transmission, and this T-Bird is believed to be one of only 522 with overdrive. Presented in the highly sought-after color combination of Raven Black over a red interior, the striking convertible features several subtle upgrades performed by Minter’s team of craftsmen. The driver’s seat was repositioned for additional legroom and a smaller factory-styled steering wheel was also added. Adding to the soundtrack is a stainless-steel exhaust system, and the factory ignition was updated with a more reliable electronic point-less ignition. The stunning Thunderbird also features two tops (a new black Haartz soft-top and a hardtop with portholes), as well as Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels and wrapped in whitewall tires adding to its peerless classic appeal.

LOT #780 – 1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 RS

LOT #710 – 1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454

Dressed to the nines in Tuxedo Black and wearing the famed white stripes, these two American icons represent the best of Chevrolet’s muscle-bound pedigree. Favored by racers and forged during the peak of the muscle car era most know these two are best considered the “David and Goliath” of the American muscle car: Chevy’s “small vicious animal,” the 1969 Camaro Z/28 RS, and the undisputed champion of the “Stoplight Grand Prix”’ the 1970 Chevelle LS6 SS 454.

The Z/28 left showroom floors as a focused driver’s car motivated by the high-revving and rowdy 302ci V8 and backed by an M21 close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission. This example, an X33 car, was built in Norwood, Ohio, in May 1969 and is equipped with the beautifully sinister Z22 Rally Sport appearance package. The 302ci V8 is fed by an aluminum Cross-Ram intake with dual Holley 4-barrel carburetors and rides on the acclaimed F41 suspension. Make no mistake, this small vicious animal is all about go-fast thrills.

Lot #710 – 1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454

Arguably the definitive poster child for the American muscle car, the 1970 Chevelle LS6 SS 454 was an icon. Big, stylish and menacing, the Chevelle has never shied away from competition – and for good reason. Equipped with the most notorious and frightening big-block engine ever dropped into the engine bay of a Chevrolet, the LS6 came to brawl with 450 horsepower and 500 ft/lbs of torque. Authenticated by renowned expert Jerry MacNeish, this 1970 LS6 Super Sport Chevelle features the original matching-numbers engine backed by a M22 4-speed manual transmission and GM 12-bolt rear end. Keeping power in check is the famed F41 suspension package that features heavy-duty coil springs, front and rear anti-sway bars, box-welded rear lower control arms, power front disc brakes and power steering.

 

LOT #752 – 1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE

LOT #753 – 1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE SPLIT-WINDOW COUPE

Fully customized Pro-Touring supercar or factory original “Fuelie?” It’s an almost impossible choice as both represent the peak of automotive style and the cutting edge of technology for their respective eras. With the Resto-Mod, in this

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: DREAM MACHINES: Seven Spectacular Rides With No Reserve
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/seven-spectacular-vehicles-for-houston-auction-no-reserve/
Published Date: Thu, 02 Sep 2021 21:16:07 +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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