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It has been two long years since the last Retromobile Salon, so it was not surprising that the event is back and so much bigger and better than ever. From March 16 to 20, Artcurial Motorcars displayed more than 170 vehicles spread throughout more than half a hectare.

For the much-awaited auction, Artcurial Motorcars changed the format. Instead of the usual drive-through, videos and live streaming were displayed and shown during the sale. The Artcurial team could be seen both on the rostrum and on camera as they walked around the cars. With microphone in hand, Antoine Mahé and Benjamin Arnaud really made it into an exciting auction show.

By the latter part of the third day, the team proudly announced that the sale was able to realize €37.8M or $41.7M. It is quite an impressive feat despite the covid restrictions that still made it a bit tricky to travel for some individuals. Even with the restrictions, however, there were still a great mix of international buyers and sellers. There were also bids from the phone and through the internet. Roughly 45% of the total sales were from foreign buyers.

There were six lot that was sold for more than 1M euros and 13 lots were sold for 500,000 euros.

Artcurial Motorcars Managing Director Matthieu Lamoure shared, “This spectacular sale producing multiple records illustrates how strong collectors’ desire is to acquire pieces of history, bringing us together in our shared passion for the automobiles that have always made us dream! After a two-year absence from this international show, what a pleasure to orchestrate a sale in front of a packed saleroom buzzing with excitement!”

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Porsche 907 1 © Peter Singhof

Friday, March 18

The first day of the much-awaited return of Salon Retromobile 2022 lived up to the hype! The collection of lawyer and Monegasque state advisor Maître Léandri was one of the highlights of the event. It featured four low-mileage supercars that he has owned from new. There was quite a buzz about those specific lots. There were bids from the room, online, and some were even calling in to place their bids.

The collection had a total sale of more than 13 million euros and the supercars were able to get some really competitive prices. Lot 162, a 1996 Ferrari F50 was able to sell for €4,161,600. It is the first time that an F50 was sold for more than €4million in an auction.

A 1968 Factory Porsche 907 of Ernst Schuster (Lot 203) was the top lot for the day as it was able to get a sale price of €4,390,400 including premium. It truly was a magnificent car with an equally impressive history, having participated in the Le Mans 24 Hours for three times. For the last 40 years, it has been in the custody of the consigner.

Lot 133, a 1950 Gordini Type ISS that was once driven by Juan-Miguel Fangio in the Le Mans 24 Hours was sold for €1,013,200 (including premium). It set a new world record auction price for a Gordini.

Previously owned by Jacques Dufilho, the Bugatti 37A (Lot 147) was sold for €894,000, including premium.

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Lot 203 under the hammer © Kevin van Campenhout

Making a grand entrance to the famous song “Gabrielle” was Jonny Hallyday’s 1990 Harley Davidson Softail Heritage 1340 known as “Laura Eyes”. It roared into the packed saleroom, grabbing the attention of everyone in the room. The consigner won the Harley in a competition back in 1998. The competition was arranged by his fan club, but it was presented to the lucky winner by the famed singer himself. Matthieu Lamoure started the bidding, and it was an exciting and intense ten minutes before the hammer finally came down at €470,840 including the premium.

Applause rang in the room when the Bruno Lafourcade which was made up of mostly Bugatti, achieved an impressive white gloves

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By: Reggie
Title: Highly Successful Artcurial Motorcars Sale at Retromobile Salon
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/highly-successful-artcurial-motorcars-sale-at-retromobile-salon/
Published Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2022 15:53:30 +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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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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Title: The Swan Song of the V12
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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!
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