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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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Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale

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Ex-Hans-Otto Butenuth BMW RS 500 at the Bonhams February sale
The Bonhams February sale is about to wrap up, so we’re taking a break from our regular scheduled programming to pick our favorite motorcycles from the auction. From an Ariel Square Four and a 1989 Kawasaki ZX-10, to Hans-Otto Butenuth’s BMW 500 Rennsport [above], here are seven classic motorcycles that we’d love to park in the Bike EXIF garage.

1907 Quadrant at the Bonhams February auction
1907 Quadrant In the early 1880s, two blokes by the names of Walter and William Lloyd patented a pedal tricycle steering mechanism, which they (very confusingly) called the ‘Quadrant.’ Anyway, Quadrant went on to make bicycles, tricycles, and motorcycles, and, by 1901, had emerged as one of Britain’s earliest motorcycle manufacturers.

This 453 cc Quadrant was originally built in Coventry and was meticulously restored by a previous owner. It showcases its history through hand-written notes, technical drawings, old registrations, marque-related literature, and an SMCC Pioneer Certificate.

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/bonhams-february-sale-2024
Published Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2024 17:36:07 +0000

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SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine

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SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE “SPEEDVETTE” – NO RESERVE

Celebrating the best of performance and style at the upcoming 2024 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, where it is selling with No Reserve, is the “Speedvette,” a 1973 Chevrolet Corvette that marries classic aesthetics with modern muscle.

This custom beauty underwent a no-expense-spared rotisserie restoration completed in March 2023, and comes alive under the hood with a robust GM Performance 6.2-liter LS3 engine, generating 525 horsepower. Paired with a 4L70E 4-speed automatic transmission, it is sure to deliver a straightforward American muscle experience.

This Speedvette rolls on Schott Turbine wheels wrapped in Diamond Back Classic red line tires and boasts a Pro-Touring treatment. Its Coffman Corvette custom chassis incorporates C6/C7 components, RideTech coilovers and a power rack & pinion steering system. Stopping power is delivered by C7 calipers gripping slotted rotors, assisted by an E-Stopp electric brake.

The exterior’s subtle modifications include 2-inch rear fender flares and a smoothed decklid with a waterfall effect. The Torch Red exterior and black Haartz Stayfast convertible top add a classic touch. Inside is a handcrafted bespoke cabin with black leather and red stitching.

Register to bid today for the opportunity to take this Speedvette home with you and join us January 20-28 at WestWorld for the 2024 Scottsdale Auction.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/speedvette-raw-power-comes-alive-with-gms-ls3-engine-no-reserve-2024-scottsdale/
Published Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2023 21:10:11 +0000

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Road tested: TFX Suspension Xtreme adjustable rear shocks

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TFX Suspension review
I got lucky when I bought my 2012-model Triumph Bonneville SE last year. A single-owner bike with less than 1,500 miles on the dial, it had spent most of its life trickle-charging in a garage. What’s more, the previous owner had thrown a handful of tasteful factory accessories at it (and a few that were less well-judged).

There was one key ingredient missing though; good suspension. Most modern classics roll out of the factory with suspension components that are adequate at best, but the older air-cooled Bonneville’s setup is downright poor. Small LED turn signals and a fancy sprocket cover might make your bike look prettier, but new shocks—like the fully adjustable TFX Suspension Xtreme units now gracing the tail end of my Triumph—will make it ride better.

TFX Suspension Xtreme rear shocks review

Based in The Netherlands, TFX Suspension is run by a small and passionate team, led by founders Hans-Dieter Fischer and Alex Meijs. The two of them formed TFX fourteen years ago when the suspension company that they were working for folded. Now they produce components on their terms, with the sort of hands-on approach that’s often missing from larger companies.

Their catalog includes various mono- and twin-shock items, suitable for a wide range of on- and off-road applications, plus a handful of front suspension upgrades. (We’ve seen their parts on custom bikes from Bottpower, Powerbrick, CNCPT Moto, and more.) They sent me a set of their Xtreme shocks to test out on my Triumph Bonneville; fully-adjustable units that retail for €1,399 [$1516].

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road tested: TFX Suspension Xtreme adjustable rear shocks
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/tfx-suspension-review
Published Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2024 18:45:19 +0000

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