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Written by independent automotive journalist Roger C. Johnson

Lot #1347 – 1987 Buick Grand National “The Last Grand National” will be selling with No Reserve at our 2022 Scottsdale Auction.

 

GM’s Buick division had a greater influence on the American performance car segment than most people might remember. The fact is, Buick had more than their share of engineers committed to the development of highly efficient smaller displacement engines. Their historic all-aluminum 215 cubic-inch V8 remains an icon of the industry. Buick’s early work with V6 engines set the stage for the entire industry and culminated with the modern V6 engines that dominate the new car scene to this very day.

From 1983 to 1992, Buick’s V6 turbocharged 3.4-liter engines powered a variety of purpose-built Indy race cars such as Lola, Menard and March. Gary Bettenhausen drove his Lola to a record-setting 232 mph qualifying speed. At one point, a third of the entire field was running the impressive turbocharged Buick V6. One of them eventually saw 250 mph in testing before the plug was pulled on such untethered speed at Indy. Still, Buick made it known to the world that you could call them “Sir” when the subject came to going fast and faster. After all, Buick had won its first Indy race back in the day when the then-original dirt track opened for business in 1909. Louis Chevrolet himself was at the wheel before turning the controls over to his backup pilot Bob Burman to finish the 250-mile race.

When Buick wanted to showcase its competitive nature in the 1980s with a special performance car that maintained the division’s upscale image, the power plant just had to be their magical 3.8-liter pushrod, turbocharged and intercooled V6 engine. The soon-to-be-famous Grand National’s signature black paint gave it a distinctly sinister aura that many considered cool and appealing. One person who found it irresistible was Buick dealership owner Bob Colvin, who campaigned early on to be allowed to buy the very last one off the assembly line. He even called GM’s CEO Roger Smith to try to make it happen before the car’s production run was discontinued.

When Colvin got the nod, he immediately had a 23-foot by 13-foot addition to his house built for his prize in the form of a personal climate-controlled “bedroom.” The plan all along was to preserve this fabulous collectible for himself and for every other Buick Grand National lover in the world.

The last Grand National ever built rolled off the line at GM’s assembly plant in Pontiac, Michigan, on December 9, 1987. Ironically, that very assembly plant would also cease to exist after producing millions of cars dating back to 1927. This final encore was met with joy and sorrow as every production worker in the plant was asked to sign his or her name onto the particular part they each installed, giving the car a level of pedigree unlike any other on Earth.

Everyone knew they were witnessing automotive history from a front-row seat. They also knew they would all be out of a job when this car was completed, so they enthusiastically put their heart, soul and love into the assembly process. Lloyd and Mark Reuss, both presidents of GM, also signed this car as it eased off the assembly line. How’s that for an official seal of authenticity? The event was filmed by GM and Colvin, with Colvin doing the narrating to capture that history for everyone. The video, titled “Black Air,” is an insightful and emotional account of the first day of this car’s life through the eyes of its first and only owner.

Today, that very same car is available for you in its purest form as Lot #1347 at the 2022 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction. The interior is still covered with its protective plastic seat covers, door panels and steering wheel cover. A total of 33 miles are indicated on the odometer.

This spectacular example of a one and only American muscle car has at last become available, and with No Reserve. First or last, Buick Grand Nationals set the scene in the 1980s, and this one is sure to be a great addition to any bedroom or garage.

For up-to-date information on this vehicle, visit here.

To register to bid at the 2022 Scottsdale Auction – a celebration of 50 years of The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions – click HERE

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: GENERATION’S END: The Final Buick Grand National
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/generations-end-the-final-buick-grand-national/
Published Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2021 20:50:39 +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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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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