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Selling with No Reserve at the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction is a piece of Italian and American motoring history, this 1966 Ghia 450/SS convertible (Lot #726).

 

The concept was simple: A luxury V8-powered Grand-Touring sports car that seamlessly blended gorgeous Italian coachwork style with the muscle and reliability of Detroit iron. A convertible with available removable hardtop and air conditioning, it combined sports car performance with the amenities of a luxury car. Call it the “original hybrid,” the perfect combination of drop-dead looks and under-the-hood ferocity. Enter the 1966 Ghia 450/SS.

A “hybrid” indeed, one that unabashedly carried the prestige of the Chrysler Corporation and Turin, Italy-based coachbuilder Carrozzeria Ghia. The powertrain came directly from Plymouth’s top-of-line pony car – the Barracuda S, and sheet metal originally penned by the legendary Sergio Sartorelli and further enhanced by the great Giorgetto Giugiaro. The 450/SS, by all accounts, sounds like the complete automobile, perfect for the high-end American and European markets. Problem was, very few people have ever heard of it, fewer still have seen one and almost no one garaged one at their home. It is believed that just 57 Ghia 450SSs were produced between 1966-67, and that only 35 remain. These are highly sought-after machines, give meaning to the term rare, and are seldom offered at auction.

Selling with No Reserve at the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction is a piece of Italian and American motoring history, a 1966 Ghia 450/SS convertible (Lot #726). The 450/SS was the brainchild of Beverly Hills entrepreneur Burt Sugarman, who was little past the age of 25 when the March 1965 cover of Road & Track magazine caught his eye. The cover featured an image of an attractive Ghia-bodied Fiat coupe. Well-connected, the young Sugarman would reach out to friend John DeLorean – yes that DeLorean – who recommended he connect with Bob Anderson, head of the Chrysler-Plymouth Division. Enthralled with the idea to one-up the Corvette and Thunderbird and fill a niche for a personal luxury car with a new Chrysler product, Anderson shipped a 1965 Formula S Barracuda to Turin, and the rest is, as the saying goes, history.

The pairing was far more than setting Italian bodywork onto a Barracuda chassis; Ghia used a semi-monocoque design welded to a bespoke ladder frame chassis. The wheelbase was some 10 inches shorter than the Barracuda, and the Giugiaro-designed steel sheet metal was 6 inches lower at the beltline. Under the hood was Chrysler’s “Commando” V8, displacing 273ci or 4.5 liters (hence the name 450/SS). The Commando produced a respectable 235 horsepower and 280 ft/lbs of torque. The V8 was topped with a four-barrel carburetor and featured a 10.5:1 compression ratio. It was certainly quick, or “obrigati,” as the Italians would say.

Drive was sent to the rear wheels via Chrysler’s stout three-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission, and SureGrip limited-slip differential put the power to the pavement. Under the skin, much of the suspension is borrowed from the Plymouth Barracuda. The Ghia uses a K-frame and torsion-bar front suspension, while out back, leaf springs and a live rear axle are used. Much of the Ghia’s componentry and electrics were again borrowed from the Plymouth Barracuda. The wiring harness, gauges, ignition, parking brake, window cranks and more were all derived from Mopar’s premiere pony car.

Introduced at the 1966 Turin show, the 450/SS first became available in late 1996 at appointed dealerships in Europe; at a limited number of dealers in California, Reno and Las Vegas; and at Beverly Hills Ghia, set up by – guess who – Burt Sugarman, who had the import rights for all North America. This Ghia 450/SS bears the serial number BS4008 and has been identified as one of the first Ghia 450/SSs to land on U.S. shores. This stunning example has been the focus of several publications, including a privately done research paper of 176 pages, entitled “Burt Sugarman and the Last Ghia,” which was produced by the consignor of this very car. Included with the car is provenance back to its original owner and many books, brochures and articles, including original sales brochures.

Barrett-Jackson is known to usher many unique vehicles across the block; this Ghia 450SS is truly special and won’t linger for long. It is an original hybrid, combining the very best of coach-built sports car and American brawn.

For up-to-date information on this vehicle, click HERE. For a look at all the vehicles headed to the 2021 Las Vegas Auction (with more being added

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: ITALIAN MUSCLE: The 1966 Ghia 450/SS
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1966-ghia-450ss-convertible-for-sale-no-reserve-2021-las-vegas-auction/
Published Date: Wed, 02 Jun 2021 17:28:05 +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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