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From the “Fast & Furious” franchise to Barrett-Jackson: this 1994 Toyota Supra (Lot #744) driven by Paul Walker in the first two films will be selling with No Reserve in Las Vegas.

 

When the “The Fast and the Furious” came out in 2001, it was billed as another guilty pleasure action-packed B-movie set to the backdrop of the burgeoning import tuner car scene. No one could have forecast the global imprint we celebrate today. The franchise has been around for 20 over years now. In that time, eight movies and one spinoff have hit theaters, and a ninth is currently on the way. The films have traveled the world, embraced other cultures and netted nearly $6 billion at the box office, forever changing lives ‒ and the automotive scene ‒ for the better. A countless number of cars and characters have made their silver screen debut in these films, but there’s one car that has remained the face of the franchise. The original “10-second car,” Brian O’Conner’s (Paul Walker’s) 1994 Toyota Supra.

The fourth-generation (MKIV) Supra was more than just another flashy tuner car in a series known for unbridled pizzazz. It was a character, beloved by the automotive enthusiast community in the same vein as the General Lee or Mad Max’s Ford Falcon. It had a magnetic personality, the focal point of nearly every scene it was in. It was the Supra that lined up against Dominic Toretto’s (Vin Diesel’s) 1970 Dodge Charger in the film’s climax. A multi-generational hero car, its signature four-abreast taillights, seared into the memories of millions who grew up watching it on film or driving it in video games.

On offer with No Reserve as Lot #744 at the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction is the opportunity to own an icon of car culture and star of not one but two “Fast & Furious” films. Extensive documentation that accompanies the vehicle, including a Certificate of Authenticity, indicates this particular car was used for multiple interior and exterior shots during many of the pivotal action scenes in the first entry in the “Fast” saga, driven by actor Paul Walker.

According to Craig Lieberman, technical advisor on the first two “Fast & Furious” films, in 2003’s “2 Fast 2 Furious” this car was brought back and modified by the original builder – the legendary Eddie Paul at The Shark Shop in El Segundo, California. Repainted in gold and sporting an all-new body kit, the MKIV played a major role in the film’s brazen and ludicrous opening race.

The Supra was later returned to its original form, with resplendent Lamborghini Diablo Candy Orange Pearl paint and famed Troy Lee-designed “Nuclear Gladiator” motif along the side. To complete the look, the Supra features a Bomex front spoiler and side skirts, TRD-style hood, APR aluminum biplane rear wing, and 19-inch Dazz Motorsport Racing Hart M5 Tuner wheels.

Under the hood of this Supra is perhaps the most renowned engine to ever come from Japan, the 2JZ-GTE. The engine was immortalized by Dominic Toretto’s crew member Jesse in the first “Fast” film with the simple words, “2JZ engine … this will decimate all.” And, indeed, decimate all it did. Known the world over, the 2JZ became synonymous for power – and near indestructability – when modified. Even the most conservative tune could double the power output, while the professionals had an unbounded field day.

This example has the added provenance of being a factory turbo car, and the turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 in this example is mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. The 2JZ made the Supra a darling of the performance car world, the engine enabling the Supra to put down quadruple-digit power figures and devour naïve muscle and supercars foolish enough to pull alongside. Vin Diesel’s iconic “Smoke him” line from the first film became an appropriate mantra for those brave enough to slide behind the wheel.

This car is truly a cultural icon, an esteemed stunt car backed by extensive documentation about its incredible history. While not the first car from the “Fast & Furious” franchise to cross the block, it may very well be the most significant.

For up-to-date information on this vehicle, click HERE. For a look at all the vehicles headed to the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction (with more being added daily), click HERE.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: FAST & FURIOUS: 1994 Toyota Supra Movie Car
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/fast-furious-1994-toyota-supra-movie-car-paul-walker-for-sale-no-reserve-2021-las-vegas-auction/
Published Date: Tue, 25 May 2021 16:14:45 +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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