Written by independent automotive journalist Tom Jensen
Lot #1404 – 1962 Lincoln Continental Custom Convertible “Gold Dust” will be selling with No Reserve at our 2022 Scottsdale Auction.
When it comes to cruising, it doesn’t get much cooler than hitting the streets in a vintage luxury convertible that has ample room for your entire crew.
One particularly fine example of a droptop is this impeccable custom 1962 Lincoln Continental convertible (Lot #1404) nicknamed “Gold Dust” for its eye-catching White Gold metallic paint. This beautiful ride can be found at the 2022 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, January 22-30, at WestWorld, where it will cross the auction block with No Reserve.
In its day, this model represented a bold design departure from the big-finned luxury cars of the late 1950s. Ford Motor Company completely restyled the Lincoln Continental, creating the first four-door convertible produced by one of Detroit’s Big Three automakers since World War II.
The most striking design feature of the fourth-generation Continental was its so-called “suicide doors.” The front doors operated in a normal fashion, but the rear doors were hinged in the back and opened forward.
The suicide doors gave the early 1960s Continentals a distinctive appearance. Some 60 years later, the model is a perfect subject for customizers to work their magic on.
In this case, Apache Junction, Arizona-based Weld County Kustomz went all in on this project, choosing to conserve the classic elegance of the Lincoln body, while completely revamping the mechanicals to make the car fun and reliable to drive, with modern performance characteristics.
Under the hood, the engine bay got a heart transplant in the form of a 2017 Ford Performance 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine paired with a Ford 4R70W 4-speed overdrive automatic transmission. Fuel flows through a custom intake manifold and exhaust gases exit through Pro Tuning Labs headers and a fully polished stainless steel MagnaFlow exhaust system with H-pipe for low-end torque.
To make sure that ride and handling is as good as straight-line acceleration, the builders incorporated a full Weld County Kustomz chassis front to back with rack & pinion power steering and suspension that’s been heavily upgraded on both ends of the car. A set of massive 14-inch, 6-piston Wilwood disc brakes front and rear ensure stopping is straight and true.
The detail work on the chassis is especially impressive. Ride height and control are adjustable, thanks to a Mittler Brothers hydraulically controlled coilover Hydroshox damper system in the front and rear.
Custom rear inner wheel tubs and other body modifications were made in order to accommodate a fat set of Pirelli tires mounted on 20×10-inch Raceline Billet Manhattan custom one-off deep-dish wheels. This wheel-and-tire combination gives the big Continental convertible the ideal low-slung stance for street cruising.
The all-steel body is painted White Gold and the builders preserved and rechromed all of the original brightwork that came with the car.
Likewise, the custom interior from Armando’s Upholstery is a work of art. There are custom brown leather bucket seats front and rear, with a custom console that runs from the dashboard all the way to the rear seat backs, as well as a Mercedes Chocolate Brown convertible top that perfectly sets off the gold paint and brown interior.
There are many modern technology updates in the interior, including Dakota Digital gauges in the factory Lincoln bezels, Vintage Air, a Colorado Customs steering wheel and a Flaming River column. The 2,500-watt custom sound system includes a Retrosound vintage-style Bluetooth head unit, and 10 MB Quartz HiFonics speakers.
Add it all up and this is one beautiful and functional custom, ready to find a new road.
For up-to-date information on this vehicle, click 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
Title: GOLD DUST: This 1962 Lincoln Custom Convertible Is A Real Jewel
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/gold-dust-1962-lincoln-crossing-the-2022-auction-block/
Published Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2022 21:12:54 +0000
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BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
Written by Barbara Toombs
Fremont Street in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.
Millions of visitors are understandably attracted to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas’ renowned Strip each year, where world-class resorts, casinos, shows and incredible dining options are the name of the game.
What many don’t realize is that there’s another fascinating side to the Entertainment Capital of the World, headlined by two cultural districts known simply as Downtown and Chinatown.
Downtown Las Vegas (also known as DTLV) is really where this unique desert city got its start. In 1931, construction began on what is now known as the Hoover Dam, attracting thousands of workers to a site just east of the city. To capitalize on this growing workforce, savvy businessmen began building casinos and showgirl venues along Las Vegas’ only paved road at the time: Fremont Street.
Today, DTLV is comprised of three distinct districts. Many visitors to the city are already familiar with one of them: the Fremont Street Casino District, which contains museums, restaurants and bars, as well as the original Las Vegas casinos, including El Cortez, Golden Nugget and Golden Gate. Here you’ll also find the renowned Fremont Street Experience, which debuted in 1995. This pedestrian-only thoroughfare is covered by a canopy of more than two million LED lights and a state-of-the-art sound system that comes to life every night for a spectacular sound and light show called “Viva Vision.”
The Arts District
A popular attraction in this district is The Mob Museum (the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement), which showcases intriguing tales and the age-old dichotomy of good guys versus bad guys. Explore at your own pace, go on a guided tour or uncover museum surprises as part of a group scavenger hunt. Want a literal “taste” of old-school Las Vegas? Plan to dine at Top of Binion’s Steakhouse, perched on the 24th floor of Binion’s Gambling Hall. The restaurant dates back to 1965 when it was known as Top of the Mint, the signature dining spot at The Mint hotel tower. The interior design (and menu – think steak, prime rib, lobster and even Baked Alaska) is a throwback to an earlier era when the mob ran much of Las Vegas, but the real draw is the spectacular view through dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows.
Built in 2002, the Fremont East Entertainment District (FEED) is a six-block area that stretches from Las Vegas Boulevard East to 8th Street and from Ogden Street South to Carson. FEED is pedestrian-friendly, offering diverse street life and many eateries, cafes, bars and lounges, as well as ample shopping opportunities and lively entertainment. A must-see attraction in this district is the Downtown Container Park – a dining, shopping and live music venue made of 45 colorful repurposed shipping containers, all fronted by a two-story, fire-breathing praying mantis who made its original debut at Burning Man. Nearby is the popular Bin 702 – one of many great dining choices in the area – featuring a great selection of beer and wine, as well as a tantalizing choice of charcuterie and cheese, sandwiches and small plates for sharing.
18b sign in The Arts District.
In recent years, The Arts District – or the 18b as it’s also known (a reference to it occupying 18 blocks of Downtown Las Vegas, loosely outlined by Commerce Street, Colorado Ave, Fourth Street and Hoover Avenue) – has been growing in popularity. Its monthly “First Friday” block party and art walk features food trucks and live music, serving as a backdrop for artists showing their works off at a variety of open-air and indoor galleries. These include The Arts Factory, home to over 30 artists and art galleries, and ArtSquare, a hip establishment that houses design stores, designer’s studios, wellness spots, and food and drink outlets. Behind The Arts Factory sits one of many great dining choices in The Arts District: Taverna Costera, serving up delicious Coastal Mediterranean fusion that draws inspiration from coastal Spanish, French, Italian and Greek cuisines and beyond.
Just a couple of miles east of the Strip, along Spring Mountain Road (roughly between Rainbow Boulevard and Interstate 15), lies the city’s amazing Chinatown, which has grown in leaps and bounds over the past two decades. Here you’ll find the largest collection of Asian businesses in Southern Nevada, including a multitude of authentic Asian restaurants, gift shops, a hair stylist, a reflexologist, home decor, an Asian supermarket and the only Chinese bookstore in Nevada.
At Chinatown’s heart is the enormous and ornate Chinatown Plaza, featuring a colorful, dragon-adorned, Tang Dynasty-inspired gate and gleaming
Title: BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
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Published Date: Fri, 19 May 2023 18:07:14 +0000
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
This red 1967 Corvette custom coupe received a complete custom restoration at Springfield Motorsports in Peachland BC, Canada. The build consists of a completely new jig-mounted tube chassis with C4 corvette front upper and lower control arms riding on coilover shocks and power rack & pinion steering. The rear differential is a custom narrowed 9-inch Ford with aluminum Dale Gerry center section with Wilwood disc brakes on all 4 corners. Filling out the wheel wells are custom offset Fikse wheels.
K&S machine in Kelowna, British Columbia took the 454ci engine and machined it to 496ci it is equipped with Comp Thumper camshaft and 800cfm carburetor and it creates a true hot rod sound through the ceramic-coated exhaust. Lee Baxter upholstery created the one-off hand-stitched red leather interior with a rear storage area. It features Vintage Air, Digital gauges, power windows and a leather-wrapped vintage-style steering wheel.
Title: 2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
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Published Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2023 15:52:01 +0000
From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
The Honda CBX 1000 was only in production for four years, but that was enough time for it to leave a lasting impression on the motorcycle industry. First released it in 1978 as a screaming six-cylinder naked superbike, it later faced stiff competition from its stablemate—the equally iconic CB900F. So the Japanese marque redesigned it as a sport tourer, halfway through its tenure.
The updated ‘CBX-B’ had a touring fairing, optional panniers, and Honda’s new-at-the-time Pro-Link mono-shock setup. It was a hair less powerful than before, but that didn’t stop it from becoming a legend in its own right. If you park a CBX and CBX-B next to each other, you could argue that the latter has more presence.
It’s that mystique that prompted the owner of this 1982 Honda CBX 1000 Pro-Link to buy it. Enamored with the fusion of modern technology and ancient traditions found in Japanese cities like Tokyo and Kyoto, he was on the hunt for a classic motorcycle that embodied that philosophy. When he found the CBX, the sheer brutalism of its six-cylinder engine was impossible to ignore.
“In the eyes of this enthusiast, the engine wasn’t just a mechanical marvel; it was the soul of the motorcycle, much like the heart in a human body,” says Tiago Gonçalves, founder of the Portuguese custom shop, Unik Edition. “This revelation laid the foundation for a transformative project, one that would honor the motorcycle’s origins while infusing it with a new identity.”
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/honda-cbx-1000-restomod
Published Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2023 16:34:54 +0000
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