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Forget the Wall Street plunge of over 1000 points on Monday; it’s auction week in Scottsdale, and the warm desert sun never felt better. Whether you flew in on Southwest Airlines or your own Gulfstream, there’s a buggy here whispering your name, but I’m here to investigate something a little more refined than a Chevy El Camino with a vinyl top. From the land of Michael Angelo, prosciutto, and the Pope, it’s time to review a few of the Italian supercars up for auction.

1989 Lamborghini Countach

1989 Lamborghini Countach
Sold at Bonhams for $445K inc. premium is this 1989 Lamborghini Countach “25-anniversary” edition with 10,662 kilometers. After the Miura, the Countach epitomized the Supercar phenomenon of the 1980s. Photo Courtesy Bonhams.

For years, many of these “pancake cars” were scoffed at because of their association to the 80s from which not everything has stood the test of time, especially build quality. Some have undeserved reputations of maintenance nightmares requiring “engine-out” servicing. And let’s not forget the need for a chiropractor on speed-dial. Recently though, a rising tide has prevailed, and I’m not talking about the flooded streets of Venice. The bad boy supercars that once adorned Alpine Stereo posters are now commanding “serious coin”, and it was time to seek out the answers why.

Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

Ferrari Dino 246 GTS
Sold for $340,000, this Ferrari Dino 246 GTS is just 1 of 313 GTS models built for 1974. With cassic Italian styling and ease of ownership, the Dino continues to appreciate. Photo © Mike Maez courtesy of Gooding & Company.

Graciously taking time out of his schedule to answer a few questions in front of the famed Arizona Biltmore was Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions for RM Sotheby’s. “There are more young people with wealth than 20 years ago, so of course what is currently in fashion is a reflection of that. Supercars are a great example.”

A little research from Hagerty Insurance confirms that Gen X and Millennials combined now outweigh Baby Boomers in the collector car market.

1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider

1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider
At RM Sotheby’s, this 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider “encapsulates” the 1980’s Miami Vice culture and is a rarity at being only 1 of 121 built. Photo © Robin Adams courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

When asked about low mileage cars and special color combinations, Gord commented “Number matching cars will always bring a premium because they are simply a better investment, especially to the purist collector. A rare color combination though is a bit more dependent on personal taste. For those seeking exclusivity, it can add a level of rarity.” Witnessing a 900-mile 1995 Ferrari 355 sell for $224K the following day, I’d have to say Gord is right on the money; supercars are hot!

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Italian Supercars at Scottsdale Auctions 2022
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/italian-supercars-at-scottsdale-auctions-2022/
Published Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2022 01:12:12 +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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