Written by independent automotive journalist Tom Jensen
Selling with No Reserve in Las Vegas: this pristine 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/400 Convertible (Lot #757).
In real estate, it’s said that just three factors determine the value of any given piece of property: location, location, location.
In the collector car world, the three factors might just be: options, options, options. While factors such as condition and originality weigh heavily in the value of any vintage vehicle, the difference in price between a bare bones example of a specific model and one that’s loaded with options is substantial. All other factors being equal, the more options, the more a collector car’s potential vaule.
At the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction, June 17-19 at the all-new West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, you will find some of the very best examples of cars with very desirable options, most offered with No Reserve.
Take, for example, this gorgeous Goodwood Green 1967 Corvette 427/400 convertible (Lot #757), which has undergone a full nut-and-bolt restoration of the highest quality. This matching-numbers No Reserve car features a whole host of rare and highly desirable options, starting with the 427ci, 400-horsepower Tri-Power V8 engine, which features three two-barrel carburetors.
Of the 22,940 Corvettes produced during the 1967 model year, the 427/400 engine, known by the code numbers L68, was the rarest option, other than those with limited-availability race-ready engines. Just 2,101 of the L68 427/400 engines were built in 1967, meaning less than 10 percent of Corvettes rolling off the assembly line were so equipped.
The L68 was one of the most powerful 1967 Corvettes, and it was the only Corvette available with air conditioning and three carburetors.
Speaking of air conditioning, it was found on less than 17 percent of all new Corvettes during the 1967 production run. That means locating a Corvette like this one that has both the L68 Tri-Power engine and air conditioning is a special find indeed. Putting the 400 horsepower to the ground is a factory 4-speed manual transmission.
There are additional desirable options to be found on this gorgeous Goodwood Green Corvette. The tan interior seats are trimmed out in genuine leather, an option found on less than 7 percent of all 1967 Corvettes.
Another rare and highly desirable option is the factory side exhaust, which looks good and sounds good, too. Also included are power steering, power brakes, shoulder harnesses and headrest seats.
Last but not least, the lustrous paint is beautifully accented with a white Stinger stripe on the hood that announces to the world that this is a big-block Corvette. Of course, the rumbling exhaust note when you roll down the street announces it, too.
To help verify the way this Corvette was built, the documentation that comes with the sale of this car includes a shipping data report from the National Corvette Restorers Society.
So, if you’re looking for a high-optioned 1967 Corvette, you’ve come to the right place. Finding a Corvette with any of the options on this highly desirable convertible has is a great thing. Finding all of these rare options in one car that has been restored to this standard of excellence is unusual, to say the least. But that’s exactly what we have here, a beautiful Corvette from the most desirable year of production and with all the best options.
For up-to-date information on this vehicle, click HERE. For a look at all the vehicles headed to the 2021 Las Vegas Auction, click HERE.
Title: HIGHLY OPTIONED: This Matching-Numbers 1967 Corvette Will Take to the Streets in Style
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1967-chevrolet-corvette-427-400-convertible-for-sale-no-reserve-2021-las-vegas-auction/
Published Date: Wed, 09 Jun 2021 18:23:17 +0000
Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
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.
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
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. 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. 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
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.
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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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.
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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