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This 2011 Porsche Speedster is #256 of 356 produced worldwide, and one of 100 allotted to the U.S. market. It will be selling with No Reserve as Lot #741 at the 2021 Las Vegas Auction.

 

Porsche. Speedster. Two words that’ll catch the attention of any gearhead in the room. Speedster is one of the most evocative names in Porsche’s long and fabled history, a name that has become synonymous with Porsche’s renowned motorsports pedigree and open-top driving fun. The Speedster name has been a part of Porsche history since the early 1950s; it was the drive of choice for racers and legendary actor James Dean. It is a part of Porsche’s motoring legacy and Barrett-Jackson is keen to celebrate it.

Offered with No Reserve at the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction is one of the rarest 911s from the 997 generation, a 2011 Porsche 911 Speedster (Lot #741). Unveiled at the Paris Auto Salon in 2010, the 997 series Speedster was built in celebration of Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur’s 25th anniversary. As such, only 356 were produced globally – the unit total being a not-so-subtle nod to the original 356 Speedster. Built in May 2011, the car on offer – Speedster #256 – presents itself with just 1,721 actual miles and is one of just 108 allocated for the U.S. market. The 997 Speedster was available in only two colors – Pure Blue and Carrera White. This Speedster is one of just 40 produced in white.

At first glance, the Speedster’s low-slung silhouette, swept-back windshield and widened haunches immediately capture the eye. The design is equal parts progressive and contemporary, a car shaped around the ethos of providing the ultimate “wind in the hair” experience. The striking profile is defined by its curves; the “double-bubble” tonneau cover hides a black canvas manual top beneath it and provides the Speedster with its signature two-seater look. A set of unique front and rear bumpers with molded ducts and specific side skirts complete the look, along with the broad rear end emphasizing the car’s engine placement and rear-wheel-drive configuration.

Borrowed from the 911 GTS, the water-cooled 3.8-liter flat-6 engine is equipped with the Powerkit and produces a stout 408 horsepower with 310 ft/lbs of torque. Power is routed through Porsche’s highly acclaimed 7-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission and on to a limited-slip differential.

The team at Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur pulled no punches when it came to the interior. Every detail was meticulously finished by hand in smooth black leather, right down to the door closure straps and air-conditioning vents.

The adaptive sports seats feature a checkered-flag design motif on

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: DRIVING EXCITEMENT: 2011 Porsche 911 Speedster
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/2011-porsche-911-speedster-for-sale-no-reserve-2021-las-vegas-auction/
Published Date: Fri, 14 May 2021 19:01:31 +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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