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Written by independent automotive journalist Tom Jensen

 

This 1961 VW bus headed to the 2021 Las Vegas Auction with No Reserve underwent a meticulous 4-year restoration.

 

If you like classic and collector vehicles of any and all ilk ‒ muscle cars, Resto-Mods, sports cars, pickup trucks, customs and more – there will be something for you to savor at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction, June 17-19 at the all-new West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

That’s a core corporate philosophy at Barrett-Jackson: “Something for everyone.” Whatever you love, if it rolls on four wheels, chances are good you’ll find it at a Barrett-Jackson auction.

One interesting vehicle crossing the auction block in Las Vegas will combine nostalgia, a bit of whimsy and a high-end restoration to create a very special 1961 Volkswagen 23-Window Custom Microbus selling with No Reserve.

Volkswagen buses from the 1960s instantly evoke memories of folk and rock music, along with other hippie relics like patchouli oil, beaded curtains and 8-track tapes. The microbus was a countercultural icon in an era when gas-guzzling muscle cars were being churned out of Detroit.

While the mid-to-late 1960s were the heyday of the microbus, the history of 23-window VW buses actually predates the Summer of Love, Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead.

According to Volkswagen, the third-generation microbus was produced between 1951 and 1967. The company name for the 23-window bus was “Deluxe Microbus with Samba Package” and it was originally produced to tour the Swiss Alps with up to nine passengers.

The four roof windows on each side, along with the giant retractable skylight, two curved rear windows and a split retractable windshield gave passengers clear sight lines to view the Alps. The Deluxe Microbus with Samba Package did great at the job for which it was originally designed.

Given the success of the VW bus, it wasn’t long before musicians, surfers and campers discovered the fundamental virtues of these versatile vehicles.

And it took even less time for them to discover this roomy hauler was a wonderful canvas for customization, which brings us to this 1961 Volkswagen 23-Window Custom Microbus.

According to the consignor, this 1961 VW bus underwent a meticulous 4-year restoration with $211,000 spent to create what you see here. The restoration is fully documented with more than 250 photographs.

On the exterior, this bus is finished in a two-tone paint scheme of Palm Green over Sand Green. This is a custom scheme; the Deluxe Microbus with Samba Package was originally

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: HOP ON THE BUS: This No Reserve Custom 23-Window is a Restored Version of a ’60s Icon
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1961-volkswagen-23-window-custom-bus-for-sale-no-reserve-2021-las-vegas-auction/
Published Date: Tue, 18 May 2021 21:34:58 +0000

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Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale

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Ex-Hans-Otto Butenuth BMW RS 500 at the Bonhams February sale
The Bonhams February sale is about to wrap up, so we’re taking a break from our regular scheduled programming to pick our favorite motorcycles from the auction. From an Ariel Square Four and a 1989 Kawasaki ZX-10, to Hans-Otto Butenuth’s BMW 500 Rennsport [above], here are seven classic motorcycles that we’d love to park in the Bike EXIF garage.

1907 Quadrant at the Bonhams February auction
1907 Quadrant In the early 1880s, two blokes by the names of Walter and William Lloyd patented a pedal tricycle steering mechanism, which they (very confusingly) called the ‘Quadrant.’ Anyway, Quadrant went on to make bicycles, tricycles, and motorcycles, and, by 1901, had emerged as one of Britain’s earliest motorcycle manufacturers.

This 453 cc Quadrant was originally built in Coventry and was meticulously restored by a previous owner. It showcases its history through hand-written notes, technical drawings, old registrations, marque-related literature, and an SMCC Pioneer Certificate.

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/bonhams-february-sale-2024
Published Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2024 17:36:07 +0000

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SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine

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SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE “SPEEDVETTE” – NO RESERVE

Celebrating the best of performance and style at the upcoming 2024 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, where it is selling with No Reserve, is the “Speedvette,” a 1973 Chevrolet Corvette that marries classic aesthetics with modern muscle.

This custom beauty underwent a no-expense-spared rotisserie restoration completed in March 2023, and comes alive under the hood with a robust GM Performance 6.2-liter LS3 engine, generating 525 horsepower. Paired with a 4L70E 4-speed automatic transmission, it is sure to deliver a straightforward American muscle experience.

This Speedvette rolls on Schott Turbine wheels wrapped in Diamond Back Classic red line tires and boasts a Pro-Touring treatment. Its Coffman Corvette custom chassis incorporates C6/C7 components, RideTech coilovers and a power rack & pinion steering system. Stopping power is delivered by C7 calipers gripping slotted rotors, assisted by an E-Stopp electric brake.

The exterior’s subtle modifications include 2-inch rear fender flares and a smoothed decklid with a waterfall effect. The Torch Red exterior and black Haartz Stayfast convertible top add a classic touch. Inside is a handcrafted bespoke cabin with black leather and red stitching.

Register to bid today for the opportunity to take this Speedvette home with you and join us January 20-28 at WestWorld for the 2024 Scottsdale Auction.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/speedvette-raw-power-comes-alive-with-gms-ls3-engine-no-reserve-2024-scottsdale/
Published Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2023 21:10:11 +0000

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Road tested: TFX Suspension Xtreme adjustable rear shocks

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TFX Suspension review
I got lucky when I bought my 2012-model Triumph Bonneville SE last year. A single-owner bike with less than 1,500 miles on the dial, it had spent most of its life trickle-charging in a garage. What’s more, the previous owner had thrown a handful of tasteful factory accessories at it (and a few that were less well-judged).

There was one key ingredient missing though; good suspension. Most modern classics roll out of the factory with suspension components that are adequate at best, but the older air-cooled Bonneville’s setup is downright poor. Small LED turn signals and a fancy sprocket cover might make your bike look prettier, but new shocks—like the fully adjustable TFX Suspension Xtreme units now gracing the tail end of my Triumph—will make it ride better.

TFX Suspension Xtreme rear shocks review

Based in The Netherlands, TFX Suspension is run by a small and passionate team, led by founders Hans-Dieter Fischer and Alex Meijs. The two of them formed TFX fourteen years ago when the suspension company that they were working for folded. Now they produce components on their terms, with the sort of hands-on approach that’s often missing from larger companies.

Their catalog includes various mono- and twin-shock items, suitable for a wide range of on- and off-road applications, plus a handful of front suspension upgrades. (We’ve seen their parts on custom bikes from Bottpower, Powerbrick, CNCPT Moto, and more.) They sent me a set of their Xtreme shocks to test out on my Triumph Bonneville; fully-adjustable units that retail for €1,399 [$1516].

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road tested: TFX Suspension Xtreme adjustable rear shocks
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/tfx-suspension-review
Published Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2024 18:45:19 +0000

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