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SOLD! 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 COPO at the 2020 Scottsdale Auction for $1,094,500

With more than 50 years of history, Barrett-Jackson has unique insight into the classic and collector car market and, in particular, the muscle car market. While original and unrestored muscle cars are not seen crossing the block as often, they remain a widely popular segment in the collector car market.

Taking a look at sales from 2019 to the present, focusing on two-door models produced between 1963 through 1973 by American Motors, Buick, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Mercury, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, and Shelby, the data shows compelling findings.

To further narrow the results, focus was placed on models including: 442, AMX, Barracuda, Camaro, Challenger, Charger, Chevelle, Cyclone, Cougar, Cutlass, Firebird, Gran Torino, GT350, GT500, GTO, GTX, GS, Impala, Javelin, LeMans, Monte Carlo, Mustang, Nova, Riviera, Road Runner, Satellite, Skylark, Talladega, Tempest, Torino, Toronado, and Valiant.

Let’s be honest: the last few years have been interesting, particularly in the collector car market. There has been an enormous shift toward younger collectors represented by newer enthusiast cars becoming “collectible.” Resto-Mods are hotter than ever, given their ease of use and drivability. Other trends that have resulted from the change include an uptick in the value of classic pickups and vehicles that are traditionally inexpensive or considered affordable, becoming increasingly less so.

One area that didn’t get as much attention as it deserved amidst all that change was the original muscle cars. Since its inception, the muscle car market has had variables, hitting its first peak in 1970, followed by the gas crisis and subsequent highs and lows.

The lack of attention is not because the muscle car market is inactive or recent events have dampened enthusiasm for them at auctions. Muscle cars are as hot as they’ve been in a long time, and live auction sales brought many record prices.

Barrett-Jackson sales data reveals that original muscle cars – restored or in stock/survivor condition – remain steady with values increasing as things settle into “the new normal.”

Some of the most significant gains were for cars at the top end of the muscle car market. Cars to fall into that category include the 1971 Plymouth Hemi’ Cuda, 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, and 1970 Chevelle SS LS6.

These cars are collectible for the usual reasons—big engine, high performance, racing pedigree, and limited production by muscle car standards.

Baby Boomers have been the driving force of every spike in muscle car values. The most expensive muscle cars naturally skew towards an older audience because there are limited Millennials who can afford a million-dollar Mopar. Still, it leaves the question of what will happen when seasoned collectors decide it’s time to downsize their collection.

There is, of course, a big difference between the provenance of these six and seven-figure muscle cars and the standard versions of ’68–72 Chevelles and ’67–69 Camaros. Yet, the trends are similar. Data reveals an increase for the 1969 Camaro Z/28 RS, 1969 Chevelle SS 396, and 1970 Oldsmobile 442.

Other cars seeing gains include the 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS, The 1966 Pontiac GTO convertible, the 1967 Pontiac GTO 2-door hardtop, and the 1969 AMC AMX.

In 2021 a few spikes were noticed for the 1969 Camaro Z/28, 1969 Shelby GT500, and 1970 Mustang Boss 302.

While each car spiked, its 2022 auction sales price to date remains higher than it was in 2019, indicating that there is still interest in this segment. The 1969 Camaro Z/28 had the highest increase from 2019 to 2022, with a 31.28-percent auction sale price increase. The 1969 GT500 and 1970 Boss 302 saw a 4.67-percent and 3.09-percent increase, respectively.

The short-lived age of American muscle has led to these cars being some of the most desirable vehicles to cross the block. All are looking forward to what the 2022 Las Vegas docket has in store for this collectible segment.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: IT’S ONLY ORIGINAL ONCE: Stock Muscle Cars Hold True
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/its-only-original-once-stock-muscle-cars-hold-true/
Published Date: Tue, 03 May 2022 23:38:27 +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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