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Written by independent automotive journalist Tom Jensen

 

 

 

Elegance. Noun. “Grace, refinement and beauty in movement, appearance or manners.”

The word “elegance” describes a state of being and an attitude, which makes “Elegance” the perfect nickname for this beautiful custom 1962 Chevrolet Corvette.

A pedigreed build with a long list of prestigious awards, “Elegance” will cross the auction block with No Reserve at the inaugural Barrett-Jackson Houston Auction, September 16-18 at the NRG Center.

Make no mistake about it, “Elegance” truly defines the look and the power of this specially built custom Corvette.

The custom work begins with classic ’62 Corvette body, which has had its front and rear bumpers removed, while adding solid grille rings and matching grilles, along with custom billet inserts in the coves that flank the sides of the car.

The rear quarter-panels were widened 2 inches, and the body was lengthened by an inch, with the top body line also raised 1 inch. The enlarged wheel openings feature custom-made inner fenders molded to the body.

“Elegance” also defines the painstaking attention to detail in the build, including custom hood and trunk actuators in place of normal latches, as well as the exclusive use of polished stainless bolts throughout and special headlight rings that do not require the use of conventional screws.

The meticulous bodywork is accented by a custom color known as Champagne Mist, which was specially chosen to make this ’62 ’Vette stand out.

The interior is every bit as elegant as the exterior. Like the body, the gorgeous leather interior is a work of art. Everything in the cockpit was custom-made, including the seats and console, and the extensive use of billet spears in the interior match the billet side moldings. Billet accents also are found in the leather trunk and headliner.

With this Corvette, “Elegance” is not just skin deep.

In fact, “Thundering Elegance” might be an apt description, as under the hood there’s a 427ci, 505-horsepower LS7 engine mated to a 4L65E automatic transmission.

As with the rest of the build, the detail work on the mechanical aspects of the car is impressive. The under-hood accessories are polished, including the aluminum radiator, stainless air conditioning lines, transmission and exhaust system with custom-made tips. The custom engine cover comes with an emblem that matches the one found on the side of the car. To help show off all the polished metal in the engine bay, all the wiring has been carefully hidden.

The fully polished suspension components are from a C4 Corvette and are mounted on a custom molded chassis.

For comfort, convenience and functionality, “Elegance” comes with modern additions like power steering, brakes and windows, along with air conditioning to keep things cool.

As you would expect from a car with this level of quality and attention to detail, it comes with a long and prestigious list of awards.

Major honors include Detroit Great 8; Top Ten Builder Choice in Del Mar, California; Top Ten Builder Choice in Loveland, Colorado; and Gold winner at the Corvette Nationals in Chicago.

“Elegance” was also a feature car at the Hot Rod & Restoration Trade Show in Indianapolis, a feature car at SEMA in Las Vegas – Meguiar’s “Car Crazy” TV show and Top 12 of Mothers’ Shine Award at SEMA. This Corvette was also featured at the Long Beach MotoRama and appeared in the November 2011 issue of Super Chevy Platinum magazine. Awards accompany the car.

This 1962 Chevrolet Corvette custom is a unique opportunity to acquire a true one-off custom Corvette that would add elegance to any collection.

For up-to-date information on this vehicle, click HERE. For a look at a Select Preview of the vehicles headed to the 2021 Houston Auction (with more being added daily), click HERE.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: ELEGANCE DEFINED: This Award-Winning 1962 Corvette Turns Heads On and Off The Show Circuit
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1962-chevrolet-corvette-named-elegance/
Published Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2021 18:42:47 +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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