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Written by independent automotive journalist David C. Neyens

The 1956 Cadillac Series 62 Custom Convertible that will be offered with No Reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Scottsdale, January 22-30.

Rightly advertised as the “Standard of the World” for much of its history, GM’s Cadillac Motor Division reached the summit of America’s luxury-car market by 1947 when it convincingly outsold Packard and never looked back. Throughout the late 1940s and 1950s, strong buyer demand was understandable, given Cadillac’s fabulous styling overseen by legendary GM design chief Harley Earl and his team. Cadillac stylists drew inspiration from the growing crop of sleek jet-powered aircraft, endowing Cadillac’s entire model range with the incomparable impression of power, presence, and prestige.

Underneath their dramatic exteriors and elegant passenger compartments, postwar Cadillac models featured the American automobile industry’s most advanced engineering to match, including powerful V8 engines, automatic transmissions, and sophisticated underpinnings. In fact, as soon as Cadillac’s proprietary V8 engine launched for 1949, it was favored by hot rodders and racers alike, powering the ferocious road-and-race cars from Allard and Cunningham, along with the builders of countless 1950s American racing specials. Those large-displacement Cadillac engines were eventually eliminated by the 1980s in the quest for lower costs and a simplified GM product portfolio, but the recent Cadillac CTS-V did feature one of The General’s most powerful and sophisticated V8 powerplants ever — the supercharged and intercooled LSA.

Channeling that rich heritage with a modern twist is this stunning 1956 Cadillac Series 62 Custom Convertible that will be offered with No Reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Scottsdale, January 22-30. It is the product of a frame-off restoration and custom build completed by the award-winning Joe Peck Customs in Van Nuys, CA. Built over a 7-year timeframe including thousands of hours’ worth of labor, virtually no possible expense was spared and no detail was overlooked. This Southern California car was completely disassembled and stripped, with the frame and body sandblasted and prepped for paint before each part was individually refinished and then reassembled. All original chrome and stainless trim pieces were straightened, dipped, and polished by ABG Polish, yielding an amazing visual complement to the Cadillac’s iconic bodylines and custom paint finish. The interior is a work of art in itself, retaining the Cadillac’s original elegance, trimmed with custom upholstery by award-winning specialist Albert Lara from North Hollywood, CA. Just one example of the extreme quality of this build is provided by the steering wheel, painstakingly restored using an original factory mold for uncompromising accuracy.

Consistent with the rest of the car, the Cadillac’s beefy original frame was also carefully stripped, cleaned, and repainted in a gorgeous red finish. Custom-notched, it now accommodates a GM LSA V8 crate engine — the same used by Cadillac’s modern CTS-V sports sedan. Delivering 556 factory-rated horsepower, this supercharged and intercooled mill is nicely upgraded with the efficiency of a Concept One accessory-drive pulley system. A GM 6L90 6-speed automatic transmission delivers the power to the street via a virtually bulletproof Ford 9-inch rear end, equipped with posi-traction and 3.25 running gears. Adjustable RideTech shocks are at all four corners, and 2-inch drop spindles up front give the car a wicked stance. Premium supporting features include a custom-built stainless steel fuel tank from Rick’s Tanks, complete with a Vapor Works fuel control system. A polished Mattson’s radiator and intercooler system ensure the potent supercharged LSA engine runs nice and cool.

Other great highlights include all new glass, new suspension components, and the stopping power of 4-wheel Wilwood power disc brakes. Power steering delivers cruising ease and a power top mechanism and power window lifts provide heightened passenger comfort. A set of 17-inch Wheel Smith Cadillac wire wheels, wrapped in low-profile Diamondback Red Line tires, provides a great period look with modern grip and riding characteristics.

Legions of owners and enthusiasts have long considered the 1956 Cadillac Series 62 difficult, if not impossible, to improve upon. This amazing example, built by modern day craftspeople, proves the feat is indeed possible.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: HIGH STANDARDS: This 1956 Cadillac Series 62 Custom Convertible Kicks It Into Overdrive With A Modern Twist
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1956-cadillac-series-62-custom-convertible/
Published Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2021 17:00:39 +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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