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HIGH-OCTANE COLLECTION: Muscle Cars For Any Driver to Drive Anywhere

Written by Nicole Ellan James

LOT #661 – 1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 COUPE – NO RESERVE

The High-Octane Collection is composed of well-rounded, ready-to-drive vehicles, each offered with No Reserve at the 2022 Las Vegas Auction. The unique 22 car collection has a little bit of everything. Its offerings range from Chevrolet to Ford, with a few examples of the Pontiac brand and Plymouth mixed in.

LOT #668.1 – 1968 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS CUSTOM COUPE – NO RESERVE

The curator of the collection has looked for vehicles that are not quite finished, whether they have never been on the road and are 80-percent complete, or cars that make you wish something was just a little bit different after you have gone for a drive. The High-Octane team takes the vehicle apart and makes necessary changes, repairs, or completes the build. Each vehicle goes through an extensive shakedown and tests to ensure it runs and drives as it should so it can be driven on the street or the strip.

“You can go to the grocery store, and if you want to drive it to the racetrack and make your quarter mile pass, it works for that as well,” the consignor said, adding he likes cars that are capable of being driven daily and enjoyed.

Among the consignor’s favorite vehicles is a 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS L78 finished in its factory Monaco Orange color (Lot #661), a 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Pro-Touring custom coupe (Lot #668.1), and a 1967 Chevrolet Nova ll custom coupe (Lot #443) finished in Viper Blue.

The Monaco Orange Chevelle showcases the nameplate in its original form. Under the hood is its correct L78 396/375hp engine paired to a Muncie 4-speed manual transmission and a 12-bolt rear end. The original theme continues inside with the correct black interior with bucket seats and a center console.

Providing stark contrast is a Jet Black 1968 Pro-Touring Chevelle custom coupe. It comes powered by a freshly built Chevrolet 427ci big block engine paired to a TREMEC 5-speed manual transmission and makes use of UMI tubular suspension throughout. It represents what can be done to a classic car with today’s modern technology.

LOT #425 – 1966 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE CUSTOM COUPE – NO RESERVE

Other Chevelles from the collection include a custom 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle (Lot #425), a yellow 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle custom coupe (Lot #651.1), and two 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle’s (Lot #423 and Lot #661.1, respectively). Rounding out the Chevelles offered are two from 1971, a custom coupe (Lot #443.1) and an LS5 SS (Lot #442.1).

Another of the consignors’ favorite vehicles is a custom 1967 Chevrolet Nova II. Under the hood is a 383ci stroker V8 engine paired to a 3-speed automatic transmission with a Moser 12-bolt rear axle. Finished in Viper Blue over black, this Nova also has Wilwood front disc brakes and rides on Cragar wheels.

Additionally representing the bowtie brand are five Camaros: 1968 Chevrolet Camaro custom convertible (Lot #652), 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS custom coupe (Lot #427), 1972 Chevrolet Camaro RS custom coupe (Lot #425.1), a 1973 Chevrolet Camaro custom coupe (Lot #426), and a 1981 Camaro Z28 coupe (Lot #128).

The High-Octane collection also includes a 1964 Chevrolet Corvette (Lot #442) powered by its original matching-numbers L75 327/300hp engine, and two Chevrolet pickup trucks.

The 1954 Chevrolet 3100 custom deluxe pickup (Lot #424) is finished in Royal Blue Metallic and is powered by a 350ci V8 engine paired with a 3-speed automatic transmission, while the 1955 Chevrolet Cameo pickup (Lot #651) has been restored to factory specifications.

LOT #423.1 – 1964 FORD F-100 1 2 TON PICKUP – NO RESERVE

To compliment the Chevrolet trucks, a 1964 Ford F-100 half-ton pickup (Lot #423.1) is also offered with No Reserve. The single cab short bed pickup received an extensive rotisserie restoration and is finished in Candy-Apple Red.

Additionally offered is a 1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator Boss 302 (Lot #652.1). Power comes from a 351ci V8 engine paired to a 3-speed automatic transmission. The car retains most of its original paint, original door tag, original pedal assembly, the original body panels and floors.

Two Pontiacs are offered from the collection, a 1968 Pontiac GTO custom coupe (Lot #668) and a 1970 Pontiac GTO coupe (Lot #426.1). The 1968 model comes powered by a Holley EFI 400ci turbocharged V8 engine paired to a 3-speed automatic overdrive transmission, rebuilt with Butler Performance components.

Meanwhile, the 1970 GTO received a frame-off restoration to correct specifications and was finished in its original color combination of Cardinal Red over a Saddle interior. It

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: HIGH-OCTANE COLLECTION: Muscle Cars For Any Driver to Drive Anywhere
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Published Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2022 16:46:14 +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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