Written by Nicole Ellan James
There’s always an incredible selection of authentic gas pumps selling with No Reserve at every Barrett-Jackson auction.
It seems fitting with the rise of electric vehicles that we take a moment to savor what we love about combustion-powered cars. The whiff of fuel when you crank the engine, the way it makes your car sound, we love it all. That’s right — gasoline.
Lot #8271 – 1960S AO SMITH MODEL 485 GAS PUMP – No Reserve
It can be challenging to picture a moment in time when gas stations weren’t on just about every corner. The first gas stations, also known as filling stations, were very different from the convenience stores we know today. Nostalgic pumps have become items many love to collect.
So, what makes gas pumps collectible in the first place? For some, it’s the brand, color, or era — for others, it is all of the above.
At the onset of the automobile boom, motorists purchased gasoline from grocery stores, hardware stores, machine shops, and even pharmacies that offered it by the gallon.
Sylvanus Freelove Bowser, an American inventor, designed the first kerosene pump to safely dispense kerosene and other “burning fluid and the light combustible products of petroleum.” Bowser’s pumps held up to 42 gallons, and he patented his invention in October 1887.
The first version of the Bowser pump consisted of a square metal tank with a wooden cabinet and a suction pump, operated by hand-stroke lever action. In 1905, the same year the first filling station was constructed, Bowser added a hose attachment and a nozzle to allow gasoline to be dispensed directly into the automobile fuel tank.
At the time, filling clerks would count the number of cranks — or pumps — made with the handle to determine how much gas had been delivered into a customer’s tank, with one crank equating to one gallon. The clerk would put an ear up to the vehicle’s tank and listen for gas filling; some even looked down the pipe to see if the tank was full.
Lot #8279 – 1930S MOHAWK OIL WAYNE 60 GAS PUMP – No Reserve
In 1915, the demand for a more precise way to measure what was being purchased led to the design of towering creations known as visible gas pumps, standing upwards of 10 feet tall.
“Filling a gas tank was still a novel idea at the time,” says Barrett-Jackson Automobilia Director Rory Brinkman. “Motorists were worried about unscrupulous gas station owners shorting them on the product.”
Thus, a transparent cylinder typically held 5 or 10 gallons at the top of each visible pump, marked like a measuring cup.
“By having the cylinder visibly filled, the motorist could watch the amount go down as it was pumped into their tanks, thereby reassuring them that they were receiving exactly what they were paying for,” Brinkman said. He added that the pumps also allowed customers to see the clarity of the gasoline. At the time, motorists were becoming increasingly aware that pollutants in gasoline would harm their engine.
Each pump had a manual lever you’d pull back and forth to pump the gas out of the underground tank into the cylinder; using a release valve, the gas flowed by gravity down the hose into the car.
“Visible gas pumps are most often associated with the Brass and Golden eras of motoring,” Brinkman said. “The most elegant gas pumps are considered those created during the wealthy and opulent Roaring ’20s, exemplifying the period’s taste.”
Lot #8282 – 1923 GULF OIL RAPID DAYTON GAS PUMP – No Reserve
When stand-alone gas stations popped up across the country, different businesses vied to attract customers away from their competitors by catering to the needs of the motorists. They knew that many car owners were not mechanically inclined and needed assistance to keep their vehicles on the road. Filling stations hired mechanics and provided customers with car maintenance and other routine services. Not only did a gas station attendant fill your gas tank for you, but they checked your oil, filled your tires, and cleaned your windshield.
Since art deco was the hottest design trend of the 1920s and 1930s, many gas stations featured this look. In a nod to modern times, they also had many neon signs. Vintage gas station memorabilia have become sought-after collectibles.
During Barrett-Jackson’s Automobilia Auctions, there are often several colorful and ornate gasoline pumps, topped by globes that help advertise the gasoline manufacturer and serve as a safe place to stop and refuel on the dimly lit streets for travelers.
The most sought-after and valuable of them all, however, are inevitably those colossal visible gas pumps. You’re likely to see only one or two at each auction due to their scarcity. The Las Vegas auction
Title: FILL ’ER UP: Vintage Gas Pumps Are On Trend
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Published Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 21:59:48 +0000
Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
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.
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
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. 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. 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
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.
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!
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.
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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