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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

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By: Barrett-Jackson
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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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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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.

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The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

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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

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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.

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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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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
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