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ICONIC MUSCLE: 1970 Chevelle LS6 with Complete Original Drivetrain Heading to the Scottsdale Auction

Written by independent automotive journalist David Neyens

LOT #1370 – 1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS LS6 CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

As the maker of some of the most exciting American automobiles of the 1950s and early 1960s, Chevrolet was a constant in high-profile motorsports during that glorious era, setting new records at Daytona Beach and Pikes Peak and scoring wins on NASCAR ovals and the nation’s dragstrips. In a classic case of “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday,” buyers flocked to Chevy dealer showrooms to bask in that hard-won racing glory, with rising sales triggered by the brilliant new small-block V8 engines powering Chevrolet passenger cars and the sporty Corvette.

Rising power and speed potential helped bring about the short-lived AMA (American Manufacturers’ Association) ban on direct factory-backed racing involvement of 1957. However, GM and Chevrolet engineers quietly continued their work in the background and returned to a somewhat quieter (yet very productive) role supporting their various racing teams with a steady pipeline of new racing parts and the expertise to maximize their effectiveness.

Chevrolet led the performance charge once again following the AMA ban with the introduction of Chevrolet’s new fuel-injected Corvette in 1957, the big block “W” motor for 1958 and a growing array of factory-available racing options. Relentless development of the Corvette by Zora Arkus-Duntov and his engineers included CERV (Corvette Engineering Research Vehicles) I and II and the promising Grand Sport lightweights. Even GM styling head Bill Mitchell got in on the action with his self-funded Sting Ray racer, co-developed with GM stylist Larry Shinoda and driven to the 1960 SCCA C-Modified title by Dick “The Flying Dentist” Thompson. The 427ci “Mystery Motor” was intended to return Chevy to the NASCAR championship and rocked Chrysler and Ford to their cores in 1963 but was outlawed before it really began. Finally, General Motors enacted a company-wide, self-enforced anti-racing policy in 1963 for a variety of real and perceived rationales.

Miraculously, GM engineers designed and developed one of the ultimate high-performance weapons of the 1960s – the new Mark IV “big-block” V8 engine, first available for 1965 with 396 cubic inches for the Corvette and limited-production Z-16 Chevelle SS. In 1966, the 396 engine became a standard production option (RPO). The following year, the new Camaro followed suit with two versions of the 396 engine, and it was introduced to Nova Super Sport models in 1968.

Among the die-hard Chevrolet racing teams that would employ Chevy’s potent new engine design was South Amboy, New Jersey’s Truppi-Kling Competition, headed by Ralph Truppi and Tommy Kling, with their young hotshot driver Ray Allen. The stars aligned for Truppi-Kling when Chevrolet unleashed the 454ci LS6 version of the Mark IV with 450 factory-underrated horsepower as the top option for 1970 in the Chevelle SS.

The mighty LS6 grabbed the headlines on the track for 1970 and 1971, especially Ray Allen’s infamous 11-second NHRA SS/EA LS6 convertible prepped by Truppi-Kling Competition. Initially viewed as an underdog, the unforgettable Briggs Chevrolet-sponsored car was the lone Chevrolet capable of regularly defeating Chrysler’s factory-backed 426 HEMI cars – and a heavier, extremely rare convertible at that. Immediately, it established an unbeatable reputation (it was undefeated and wound up winning the 1970 NHRA Super Stock World Championship) and inspired Hot Rod magazine’s aptly titled “Earth Mover” feature article on the mighty Chevy.

According to marque experts, 8,773 Chevelles were equipped with the RPO Z15 SS454 option for 1970. While no production breakout is available, it is known from GM Heritage records that 4,475 Chevelles were built with the potent LS6 option.

Celebrating those heady days, this 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 convertible heading to the 2024 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction with No Reserve is a true factory-built example, authenticated in 2015 by none other than noted Chevrolet expert Jerry MacNeish. Earmarks of authenticity include its original matching-numbers LS6 454/450hp V8 engine, Muncie M22 HD 4-speed manual transmission and 12-bolt 3.31:1 posi-traction rear end. Other important components of this exceptionally original LS6 Chevelle convertible are duly listed on the Certificate of Authenticity and detailed report by MacNeish that accompanies the sale.

A professional rotisserie restoration was performed to factory specifications by Rick Nelson’s Musclecar Restoration & Design in Pleasant Plains, Illinois, with the work completed in July 2021. Expertly

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: ICONIC MUSCLE: 1970 Chevelle LS6 with Complete Original Drivetrain Heading to the Scottsdale Auction
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/iconic-muscle-1970-chevelle-ls6-with-complete-original-drivetrain-heading-to-the-scottsdale-auction/
Published Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2024 17:01:40 +0000

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K-Speed strikes again with a menacing Honda Dax café racer

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Honda Dax café racer by K-Speed
When the Honda Dax was brought back into production a couple of years ago, K-Speed wasted little time getting their grubby paws on it. The Thai powerhouse’s founder, the mysterious Mr Eak, had a 50 cc Dax as a teenager—and the workshop is particularly good at customizing small Hondas. So a K-Speed-customized Dax was inevitable.

Two years on, and K-Speed is still finding interesting ways to cram massive levels of badassery into Honda’s bite-sized mini-bike. This time, they’ve turned the Dax into an uber-sassy—albeit impossibly compact—café racer.

Honda Dax café racer by K-Speed

Although K-Speed churns out countless custom bikes a year for paying customers, this one was a shop build. Eak wanted to see how far he could push the 2024-model Honda ST125 Dax, visually, without modifying its pressed steel frame (which also houses its fuel tank). Luckily K-Speed has an extensive range of Honda mini-bike parts to draw from, manufactured under their ‘Diabolus’ brand.

Dubbed ‘Puppy Racer,’ K-Speed’s custom Honda Dax benefits most from a radical stance adjustment. The crew started with a new Diabolus front end, comprising upside-down forks and a more modern-looking top yoke. It sits lower than the stock setup, as do the twin Diabolus shocks that now prop up the rear.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: K-Speed strikes again with a menacing Honda Dax café racer
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/honda-dax-cafe-racer
Published Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2024 16:11:01 +0000

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DAY 1 IN PALM BEACH: Sunshine, Auction Cars and the Unveiling of a New Shelby Started the Event with Florida Style

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DAY 1 IN PALM BEACH: Sunshine, Auction Cars and the Unveiling of a New Shelby Started the Event with Florida Style
2024 Shelby Super Snake unveiled at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction.

As thousands of car enthusiasts streamed through the gates of The World’s Greatest Collection Car Auctions on Thursday, they were met with sunshine, blue skies and over 600 collector cars on display at the 2024 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction.

The auction site at the South Florida Fairgrounds offered something for everyone on the first day of the event. Guests were able to see all the collector cars before they had their turn on the famous auction block, check out interactive displays and demonstrations from more than 100 exhibitors and sponsors, and grab a bite to eat from a wide variety of offerings.

The day’s activities included the demonstration of a 1976 Leopard 1 A5 Battle Tank (Lot #696), which will cross the block with No Reserve on Saturday, April 20, highlighted by the unmistakable rumble of its 37.4-liter turbocharged diesel engine and the turning of the turret. Additional demonstrations are scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. near the South Showcase.

Another must-experience highlight of the day was an exhilarating ride around the Barrett-Jackson Performance Track with a professional driver at the Dodge Thrill Rides and Ford Hot Laps. In addition, the Volvo Driving Experience gave guests the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a new Volvo for a cruise along the streets of Palm Beach.

Of course, the real not-to-be-missed element of the event was watching all the exciting bidding action in the arena itself.

The morning’s activity began with nearly 200 examples of collectible cool up on the block during the Automobilia Auction, where Lot #6299.2, a large Kenny Rogers Roasters light-up sign and Lot #6298.4, a Chevrolet OK Used Cars neon sign, proved to be the stars of Thursday’s show. Three gas pumps also took the spotlight: a 1940s-50s Gulf Bennett Model #646 (Lot #6291) and a late-1940s/early-50s Gulf Oil Premium Gasoline Tokheim 39 (Lot #6292). A late-1940s/early-1950s Texaco Bennett Model 756 (Lot #6289.1) rounded out the day’s top five automobilia sales.

Before the collector cars started to cross the block for the day, Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson was joined on the block by President Steve Davis, along with Shelby American President Gary Patterson, Vice President of Operations Vince LaViolette, and Sales and Marketing Manager Kash Singh, as well as Tracy Smith, Executive Vice President of Carroll Shelby International, to debut Shelby’s latest creation: the 2024 Shelby Super Snake. The special car, along with a convertible version, will be on display throughout the Palm Beach event in the Shelby American display.

Over 175 of the more than 600 No Reserve collector cars on this year’s docket took their turn on the block Thursday, with 1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible (Lot #106.1), a 1970 Ford Torino custom coupe (Lot #100.1), 2007 Aston Martin DB9 Volante (Lot #103) and a 1968 Ford Mustang GT convertible (Lot #108) all taking top honors for the day.

The first two cars from John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection had their turn in the spotlight today. The first, a 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire convertible (Lot #82), was among the top sales of the day, and it was followed by Lot #82.1, a 1974 Volkswagen Thing convertible. The remaining vehicles in the collection will cross the block on Friday and Saturday with No Reserve.

The Palm Beach Auction runs through Saturday, with tickets and bidder registration available on Barrett-Jackson.com. Join us this weekend and soak in all the excitement the auction has to offer.

Enjoy the video below of Wednesday night’s Opening Night Party, as well as a gallery of activity in the auction arena and around the site today.

Shelby fans in the Auction Arena during the unveil.

LOT #106.1 – 1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE

Barrett-Jackson guests checking out the collector vehicles in the South Showcase.

LOT #82 – 1962 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE CONVERTIBLE

LOT #696 – 1976 LEOPARD 1 A5 BATTLE TANK – NO RESERVE

LOT #100.1 – 1970 FORD TORINO CUSTOM COUPE

Volvo Driving Experience.

LOT #103 – 2007 ASTON MARTIN DB9 VOLANTE

Dodge Thrill Rides.

LOT #108 – 1968 FORD MUSTANG GT CONVERTIBLE

Guests waiting to go on a Ford Hot Lap.

2024 Shelby Super Snake convertible in the Shelby American display.

LOT #6298.4 – CHEVROLET OK USED CARS NEON SIGN ON STAND

LOT #6291 – 1940S-50S GULF BENNETT MODEL #646 GAS PUMP and LOT #6292 – LATE-1940S/EARLY-50S GULF OIL PREMIUM GASOLINE TOKHEIM 39 GAS PUMP

LOT #6289.1 – LATE-1940S/EARLY-1950S TEXACO BENNETT MODEL 756 GAS PUMP

LOT #6299.2 –

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: DAY 1 IN PALM BEACH: Sunshine, Auction Cars and the Unveiling of a New Shelby Started the Event with Florida Style
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/2024-palm-beach-auction-highlights-day-1/
Published Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2024 21:00:23 +0000

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La Dolce Vita: Cranking the Vespa GT 200 up to eleven

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Turbocharged Vespa GT 200 with handmade bodywork
We have a particular affinity for modern Vespa scooters around here. Our founding editor, Chris Hunter, used to commute on one in Sydney, I used to commute on one in Cape Town, and our good friend, Winston Yeh, bops around Taipei on his (a black one, naturally). But we wouldn’t have the first clue on how to customize a modern Vespa.

They’re cute enough as they are, begging to be lightly accessorized rather than heavily modified. It takes a lot of imagination to look past the iconic bodywork and see something radically different. Luckily, Adam Eldridge has imagination in spades.

Turbocharged Vespa GT 200 with handmade bodywork

Based in Austin, Texas, Adam’s a fabricator who’s spent the last two decades honing his craft. Working under the banner of Python Lair Designs, he’s built custom bicycles, choppers, and hot rods, and has even tackled interior architectural metalwork.

The commission for the Vespa came from Guido DeVita—an enigmatic 70-something-year-old petrolhead with an equal love for cars and bikes, and zero regard for convention. Adam’s done regular work for Guido’s business, ilGaragista, and describes it as “a custom shop with no boundaries other than a checkbook.”

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: La Dolce Vita: Cranking the Vespa GT 200 up to eleven
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-vespa-gt-200
Published Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2024 20:02:02 +0000

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