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Lot #744.1 – 1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – Selling with No Reserve at our 2022 Palm Beach Auction.

 

Rooted in prewar motorsports and the grand coachbuilding traditions of the pre-World War II era, customizers gained prominence in the 1940s and 1950s by elevating normal production-line automobiles into unique creations equally capable of winning races and shows. America’s “Big Three” automakers watched these early backyard designers and fabricators closely and, by the 1950s, incorporated many of the forward-looking ideas advanced by the rodding and restyling crowd into their own dream cars and production models. Entirely new industries quickly emerged, supplying racers and customizers with a huge array of parts and services, and allowing virtually anybody to turn even the most humble and unlikely cars into unique and outrageous expressions of their owners’ creative visions.

Each selling with No Reserve at the 2022 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction, April 7-9, the fabulous vehicles in this selection, based on four of America’s greatest automotive icons, celebrate originality and exemplify the artistry of the custom car.

LOT #743.1 – 1941 WILLYS AMERICAR CUSTOM COUPE – NO RESERVE

LOT #743.1 – 1941 WILLYS AMERICAR CUSTOM COUPE

In the early days of hot-rodding, the drag strips of America were filled with fat-fender Willys “gassers” winning races and setting records everywhere. This highly modified 1941 Willys Americar coupe is a fabulous example, combining brute-force power with surprisingly luxurious touches. Power is delivered by a supercharged and fuel-injected 454ci Chevy big block engine detailed to show quality and featuring a full array of modern high-performance goodies, culminating in a custom side-exit exhaust system. A TH400 Stage 3 automatic transmission delivers the power with a B&M QuickSilver floor shifter to a narrowed Ford 9-inch rear axle. Additional features include rack & pinion steering, a custom powder-coated frame with 4-link rear suspension, chrome-plated control arms and spindles, and Baer cross-drilled and zinc-coated disc brakes. Boldly finished with custom-painted flames over a black-and-white two-tone paint scheme, this wild Willys features a leather-upholstered interior equipped with bucket seats, a custom console, chrome tilt steering column, billet steering wheel and Dolphin instruments. Power windows, high-tech CCD cameras in place of mirrors and a Vintage Air climate-control system provide an unexpectedly comfortable experience. The quality and workmanship of this stunning Willys extend to the custom trunk. Custom Budnik aluminum wheels wrapped in large Hoosier rear tires finish off the look.

LOT #744 – 1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 427/435 CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

LOT #744 – 1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 427/435 CONVERTIBLE

With its refined styling cues and wide range of factory-available power teams, the 1967 Corvette Stingray remains a hands-down collector favorite today. Interestingly, it was not intended for production as a 1967 model, but since the third-generation “Shark” body style was deemed not ready for its intended release date, the proven C2 was sold for one additional model year. This example benefits handsomely from a comprehensive frame-off restoration that included many correctly dated original and New Old Stock (NOS) parts. Sporting exceedingly demanding Tuxedo Black paint, the Corvette is complemented by a premium Teal blue leather interior. Power is delivered by Chevrolet’s legendary 427/435hp Tri-Power V8 engine, backed by a Muncie M22 Rock Crusher 4-speed manual transmission with a 4.11 posi-traction rear axle. Other highlights include extremely rare RPO L89 aluminum cylinder heads, the side-mount exhaust system, power 4-wheel disc brakes, power steering and optional F41 suspension system. Additional features include power windows, an AM/FM push-button radio and factory clock. Handsome cast-aluminum wheels mounting Firestone red line radial tires provide road contact.

LOT #744.1 – 1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

LOT #744.1 – 1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE

The 1967-69 first-generation Camaro line stands as an unqualified legend today with uncanny good looks and the ability to accommodate virtually any powertrain combination imaginable. This professionally built 1969 Chevrolet Camaro convertible features the full Resto-Mod treatment, with amazing power delivered by a Holley-carbureted 572ci GM Performance V8 engine equipped with a polished GM Performance intake manifold, Chevrolet-scripted aluminum rocker covers and polished billet serpentine

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: GOING FASTER: Four Of America’s Greatest Automotive Icons Selling With No Reserve In Palm Beach
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/four-of-americas-greatest-automotive-icons-selling-with-no-reserve-in-palm-beach-2022/
Published Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2022 21:34:41 +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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