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>RM Sotheby’s will be hosting their flagship Monterey auction on August 13-14, with the company recently announcing an array of impressive new consignments. Additions to the sale now include some of the most historically significant road and race cars from both the pre- and post-war decades.  

Le Mans Legends 

With the recent addition of one of the most iconic Le Mans cars of all time, the Gulf Porsche 917K, RM Sotheby’s are adding two more Le Mans legends in its list of its impressive line-up, being a Porsche 956 Group C and a 1981 Ferrari 512 BB/LM.

Porsche 956 Group C, Chassis 956 110

Estimate $4,500,000-$6,000,000

Many enthusiasts consider the Porsche 956 as the definitive group C racing car, with one of the most significant and original examples to survive is the 1983 Porsche 956 Group C, chassis 956 110.  

Matthew Howell © 2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Only nine units were prepared by the Porsche factory specifically for privateer racing to be used in Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship.

It was driven by Derek Warwick, David Hobbs, John Fitzpatrick, and Dieter Quester and was one of two privateer-delivered 956 cars whose goal was to beat the Rothmans Porsche factory team 956s.  

The example claimed podium finishes at Mosport, Imola, Silverstone, and claimed victory at the Brands Hatch 1,000 KM. It also achieved first place at the Road America Can-Am and participated at Le Mans.

rear of Porsche 956 Group C
Matthew Howell © 2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

1981 Ferrari 512 BB/LM

Estimate: $3,000,000-$3,500,000

The 1981 Ferrari 512 BB/LM, chassis no. 35527, being the tenth of 16 factory-built BB/LM Series 3 examples, will also be offered at the upcoming Monterey auction for RM Sotheby’s.

1981 Ferrari 512 BB/LM
Robin Adams ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

The example was campaigned by Luigi Chinetti’s N.A.R.T. team at the 1981 Le Mans 24hrs with John Morton, Philippe Gurdijan, and Alain Cudini at the wheel.

It demonstrated to be the fastest of all five 512 BB/LMs present, achieving a qualifying lap time of 3:52.

rear of 1981 Ferrari 512 BB/LM
Robin Adams ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Alain Cudini commenced the race 29th overall and had progressed to fourth by 8:00 PM. The car hovered between fourth and eighth overall through the night much to the great driving of Morton.

Unfortunately, a crash on the 247th lap smashed NART’s hope of a class victory. Chinetti later discovered that this entry had posted the fastest lap of any Ferrari throughout the race, achieving a best time of 3:56.

1981 Ferrari 512 BB/LM
Robin Adams ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta ‘Tour de France’ by Scaglietti

Estimate: $5,750,000-$6,500,000

1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta Tour de France by Scaglietti
Peter Singhof ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

The 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta ‘Tour de France’ by Scaglietti, chassis no. 1031, participated at the 1958 and 59 Tour de France with privateer racer Jacques Péron at the wheel. Péron was the one who picked the light blue with Havana livery for the example. In the 1958 Tour de France, it was able to achieve 4th overall and at the 1959 Monza Lottery, it secured 6th overall position.  

In 2016, marque expert Charlie Potts from California Classics did a comprehensive restoration on the example to give it as close to the original specifications that Jacques Péron ordered.

Pre-War Grand Tourers 

1935 Duesenberg Model J ‘Sweep Panel’ Dual-Cowl

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: Le Mans Greats Heading for Monterey Auction
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/le-mans-greats-heading-for-monterey-auction/
Published Date: Sun, 27 Jun 2021 01:42:21 +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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Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
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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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Title: The Swan Song of the V12
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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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Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
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