Written by David Neyens
LOT #728 – 1968 SHELBY GT500 KR FASTBACK – NO RESERVE
Making its debut on April 17, 1964, at the New York World’s Fair, followed by the most-successful new-car launch in automotive history, Ford Motor Company’s sporty new Mustang originated the lucrative new “ponycar” market. Predictably, the Mustang’s brilliant success soon drew a host of imitators from the other major American automakers, forcing select revisions for 1967, including a larger engine bay capable of housing the new crop of big-displacement V8 engines performance-minded buyers demanded. Naturally, Shelby American joined the action, replacing the Mustang’s regular-production 390ci engine in favor of Ford’s even more-powerful 428 Interceptor V8 to create the new GT500 as a companion to the original small-block GT350. Packing 360 horsepower, the GT500 was certainly a strong performer, but more firepower was required to truly strike back at Chrysler’s factory-backed HEMI cars and Chevrolet’s new big-block Camaro at the dragstrip.
Ford counterattacked with the 428 Cobra Jet, created at the expert suggestion of Hot Rod magazine Editor Eric Dahlquist in collaboration with Rhode Island’s famous Tasca Ford dealership. Key Cobra Jet components were an inspired combination of many items that already populated the Ford corporate parts bin, including low-riser 427 cylinder heads and beefier internals. A 735 cfm Holley carburetor provided induction and a performance camshaft unlocked the CJ’s potential. Factory-rated output was “just” 335 horsepower, suspiciously low but pleasing to insurance companies and useful for manipulating the NHRA’s Super Stock class-factoring system. Any doubts as to the Cobra Jet’s true potency were quickly silenced at the 1968 NHRA Winternationals, where Ford’s six-car Cobra Jet team stormed through the field, culminating in an all-CJ SS/E final round with Al Joniec taking the class win and beating Chrysler’s Dave Wren for Super Stock Eliminator.
Recognizing a good thing, Shelby unleashed the Cobra Jet-powered GT500KR “King of the Road” version of the GT500 Mustang during 1968, with the heavier and better-equipped cars upholding the performance ante with the CJ’s 440 ft/lbs of tire-melting torque available from just 3,400 rpm. As Shelby’s top Mustang-based road model, the sophisticated, Grand Touring-style KR was highly equipped with larger brakes (front disc/rear drum), under-hood suspension bracing, and staggered rear shocks to prevent axle wind-up and wheel hop during hard launches. The new Shelby’s provocative “King of the Road” moniker was in fact a cheeky jab at archrival Chevrolet, which was planning to launch a special Corvette model of the same name. Since Shelby American had outgrown its facilities at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) by 1967 and Ford began taking a direct role in production, the company was split into three entities with road-car production placed under Shelby Automotive, Inc. in Livonia, Michigan and final assembly subcontracted to A.O. Smith in nearby Ionia. According to the Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC), 1,571 GT500KRs were built for 1968, of which 1,053 were sleek Fastbacks, including this outstanding example.
Handsomely finished in Acapulco Blue with white Le Mans stripes, this 1968 Shelby GT500 KR fastback is the product of a total rotisserie restoration to its factory-original glory. Powered by its original “King of the Road” 428 Cobra Jet engine, backed by its factory Toploader 4-speed manual transmission, the KR also features a correct date coded ‘N case’ rear end. Sold new in Omaha, Nebraska, this prime-quality example was factory-equipped with power steering, power front disc and rear drum brakes, and a black deluxe interior with fold-down Sport Deck rear seat and Tilt-A-Way steering column. Retaining its original Shelby ID tag, dash VIN tag, and door data tag, this 4-speed 1968 Shelby GT500KR truly epitomizes its bold “King of the Road” model name in all possible respects. Crossing the June 30 – July 2 Las Vegas auction stage as Lot #728 and with No Reserve, the offering of this legendary Shelby performer simply cannot be missed.
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Title: KING OF THE ROAD: The Legendary 1968 Shelby GT500 KR Fastback
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/king-of-the-road-the-legendary-1968-shelby-gt500-kr-fastback/
Published Date: Tue, 07 Jun 2022 17:30:15 +0000
Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
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.
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
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. 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. 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
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.
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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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.
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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