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LEGENDS OF THE ROAD: A Tale of Two Iconic Corvettes
LOT #778 – 1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 283/290 FUELIE CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

Nestled deep within Chevrolet’s Detroit headquarters, a small team of visionary engineers and designers embarked on an audacious mission: to craft a sports car that would capture the essence of American automotive innovation. Little did they know that their endeavor would give birth to an icon ‒ the first-generation Chevrolet Corvette.

As the postwar era swept across America, the thirst for adventure and excitement permeated the hearts of the nation’s automobile enthusiasts. The Corvette emerged as a beacon of hope; a symbol of freedom and individuality. Its sleek, aerodynamic lines, sculpted curves and striking dual headlights set it apart from the mundane masses of sedans and station wagons that roamed the streets.

Under the leadership of the brilliant engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov, the C1 Corvette’s development was a labor of love, driven by a relentless pursuit of perfection. Arkus-Duntov’s vision extended far beyond mere aesthetics; he dreamt of a sports car that could rival Europe’s finest, capable of delivering blistering performance on both the track and the open road.

The first-production C1 Corvette rolled off the assembly line in 1953 and captured the imagination of a nation starved for excitement. Hollywood stars, racers and everyday dreamers all coveted the keys to this quintessential American sports car. Over the course of its production run, the C1 Corvette evolved with performance upgrades and a growing fan base. Today, the C1 Corvette remains an enduring symbol of American ingenuity and the pursuit of the American dream. Its timeless design and indomitable spirit continue to inspire a new generation of automotive enthusiasts, ensuring that the legacy of the Chevrolet Corvette will never fade.

Two exceptional examples of the first-generation Corvette are selling with No Reserve from the Sherwood Classics Collection during the inaugural 2023 New Orleans Auction: a 1958 Fuelie convertible and a custom 1961 convertible.

The 1958 Chevrolet Corvette 283/290hp Fuelie convertible boasts its all-original matching-numbers drivetrain. Nestled under the hood resides the authentic Rochester fuel-injected 283ci V8 small-block engine mated with the original T10 4-speed manual transmission.

Meticulously restored to meet the stringent NCRS standards, this Corvette shines in a captivating red exterior that harmonizes seamlessly with its interior and is beautifully complemented by the black soft-top. The exterior design pays homage to the timeless Corvette elements, showcasing gleaming chrome split bumpers, a dual exhaust system that exits elegantly through the rear bumper uprights, a well-placed driver’s-side mirror and striking quad headlights.

LOT #681 – 1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM LS1 CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

Stepping inside this automotive gem, you’re greeted by inviting bucket seats adorned with red vinyl upholstery, seamlessly blending with the correct red carpets underfoot. The cabin offers a harmonious fusion of vintage allure and practicality, with features including a push-button Wonder Bar AM radio and a timeless analog clock.

Cruising with elegance, the car rides on sturdy steel 15-inch wheels crowned with iconic Corvette wheel covers, wrapped in BFGoodrich Silvertown radial red line tires. Every detail of this 1958 Fuelie convertible speaks to its rich heritage that captures a bygone era.

The custom 1961 Chevrolet Corvette convertible is an automotive marvel, boasting a heart of pure muscle in the form of an all-aluminum LS1 engine sourced from the Corvette lineage. This potent powerplant features fuel injection and seamlessly pairs with a 4-speed automatic transmission, delivering a thrilling driving experience.

This Corvette underwent a comprehensive suspension overhaul, incorporating top-quality components from Jim Meyer Racing. The enhancements include power rack & pinion steering for precise control, tubular control arms for improved stability and Wilwood disc brakes for exceptional stopping power.

Externally, this beauty underwent restoration with a professional repaint in the period-correct Roman Red color. The exterior now showcases modern Halo LED headlights with integrated turn signals, while retaining the original glass and seals in excellent condition. An upgraded RainGear 2-speed/delay wiper system ensures optimal visibility in any weather condition.

Inside, the interior has been treated to a fresh makeover, featuring custom bucket seats that provide both comfort and style. The cabin also boasts the modern convenience of Dakota Digital gauges, air conditioning from Vintage Air to keep you cool on warm summer days and a RetroSound Bluetooth stereo for

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: LEGENDS OF THE ROAD: A Tale of Two Iconic Corvettes
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/legends-of-the-road-a-tale-of-two-iconic-corvettes-2023-new-orleans-no-reserve/
Published Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2023 15:29:43 +0000

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HEMI HEAVEN: The Engine of Our Dreams

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HEMI HEAVEN: The Engine of Our Dreams
LOT #760 – 1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ‘CUDA – NO RESERVE

The HEMI engine, known for its hemispherical shaped combustion chamber, stands as an icon in the realm of automotive engineering, renowned for its power, distinctive sound and enduring legacy. What sets the HEMI apart is its unique combustion chamber design, featuring hemispherical-shaped heads with the spark plug is placed at the top-center, which shortens the burn distance of the air/fuel mixture, allowing for optimal combustion that results in performance all car enthusiasts can appreciate.

One of the key factors contributing to the HEMI’s legendary status is its storied history. Developed by Chrysler in the early 1950s, the HEMI quickly gained a reputation for dominating the racetrack and the streets alike. Its presence in NASCAR, drag racing and other motorsports solidified its status as a symbol of speed and performance.

Beyond its racing pedigree, the HEMI engine has left an indelible mark on popular culture. From muscle cars like the Dodge Charger and Challenger to iconic vehicles like the Plymouth ’Cuda and the Chrysler 300, the HEMI has powered some of the most beloved and memorable collector vehicles in history.

The HEMI’s enduring popularity can be attributed to its ongoing evolution and innovation. While the basic design principles remain consistent, modern iterations of the HEMI engine feature advanced technologies that include variable valve timing, cylinder deactivation and direct fuel injection, enhancing both performance and efficiency.

The HEMI engine’s combination of history, performance and cultural significance has cemented its status as one of the most iconic and legendary powerplants in automotive history. With its distinctive design, unmistakable sound and unrivaled performance, the HEMI engine remains a symbol of power, speed and American automotive ingenuity. Check out these HEMI-powered vehicles selling with No Reserve at the April 18-20 Palm Beach Auction.

LOT #760 – 1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ‘CUDA – NO RESERVE

Pictured above, this 1970 HEMI ‘Cuda is powered by a correct 426ci HEMI V8 engine with a 727 TorqueFlite automatic transmission. In Tor-Red with black graphics, Shaker hood, Rallye wheels, black vinyl upholstery, Rallye gauges, wood-rimmed steering wheel. Well documented; Wise Report included.

Powered by a 1,000hp-capable supercharged HEMI 6.2-liter V8 engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Includes black leather, Brembo brakes, Demon badges and trim, yellow engine block and forged aluminum wheels. 11 actual miles.

LOT #694 – MR. NORM’S 1964 DODGE POLARA 330 HEMI FACTORY LIGHTWEIGHT DRAG CAR – NO RESERVE

Powered by a 426ci HEMI 8-cylinder engine fitted with Holley 4160 4-barrel carburetors, paired with a Chrysler 727 TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic transmission. Glove compartment door signed by “Mr. Norm” Kraus. From The Washer Collection.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: HEMI HEAVEN: The Engine of Our Dreams
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/hemi-heaven-the-engine-of-our-dreams/
Published Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2024 16:36:23 +0000

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ROAR OF THE KINGDOM: Collector Cars Inspired by Wildlife

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ROAR OF THE KINGDOM: Collector Cars Inspired by Wildlife
LOT #685 – 1985 DE TOMASO PANTERA GT5 – NO RESERVE

Throughout automotive history, there has been an undeniable fascination with naming cars after nature’s creatures, whether for their attributes, characteristics or simply to evoke a sense of power and grace. These automotive creations not only reflect the natural world but also capture the essence of speed, agility and strength associated with their animal namesakes.

One iconic example is the Ford Mustang, named after the free-roaming wild horse. The Mustang’s sleek design and powerful performance embodied the spirit of its namesake, symbolizing freedom and adventure on the open road.

The Impala is one of Chevrolet’s most successful models and was named after the graceful and swift African antelope. Over the years, the Impala vehicle has evolved, but its association with speed and agility remains.

The Dodge Viper, with its venomous performance, derives its name from the deadly viper snake. Introduced in the early 1990s, the Viper has always been synonymous with raw power and a striking presence on the road. The name emphasizes the car’s aggressive design and high-performance capabilities, reflecting the qualities of its reptilian inspiration.

These are just a few examples of cars named after wildlife, each with its own story to tell and its own unique blend of style, performance and personality. Whether prowling the streets like a Viper or galloping down the highway like a Mustang, these automotive creations continue to capture the imagination of drivers around the world, forging a timeless connection between man and machine. Check out these vehicles inspired by nature’s creatures selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction, April 18-20 at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

LOT #685 – 1985 DE TOMASO PANTERA GT5 – NO RESERVE

Pictured above, this 1985 Pantera GT5 is powered by a 351ci V8 engine mated to a ZF 5-speed manual transmission. Has air conditioning, power brakes, power windows, rack & pinion steering, widebody, rear wing and Campagnolo wheels wrapped in Pirelli P7s. 7,403 miles (title reads exempt).

LOT #669 – 1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD TRANS AM – NO RESERVE

Powered by a fresh YZ-code 400ci Ram Air III V8 engine with a rebuilt Muncie M20 4-speed manual transmission. Has QA1 adjustable coilover shocks, heavy-duty sway bars and an American Autowire full harness kit.

LOT #692 – 1972 DE TOMASO PANTERA – NO RESERVE

Powered by a 351ci V8 engine paired with a 5-speed ZF manual transmission. Power steering, power 4-wheel disc brakes, power windows and air conditioning. 1,592 miles (title reads exempt).

LOT #383 – 2003 DODGE VIPER SRT/10 CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

Has had two owners. Powered by an 8.3-liter V10 engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Equipped with new Continental Extreme Contacts tires. 1,491 miles (title reads mileage exempt).

LOT #687 – 1967 FORD MUSTANG ELEANOR REPLICA – NO RESERVE

Powered by a naturally aspirated Roush 427/546hp crate engine with custom 8-stack electronic fuel injection mated to a 5-speed TREMEC manual transmission. Built by Classic Muscle Motor Company in Daytona Beach, FL.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: ROAR OF THE KINGDOM: Collector Cars Inspired by Wildlife
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Published Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2024 16:10:21 +0000

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Will the Insta360 X4 Be the Best Action Camera?

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Insta360 is pushing the limits of 360-degree image and video recording further with its new X4 camera, which starts at $499.99. Users can expect better image quality (including 8K video resolution), more sophisticated editing and shooting options, better battery life, and a roster of other improved features.

The Insta360 X4 has loads of new and improved features while retaining some favorite effects, like the Invisible Selfie Stick.
The Insta360 X4 has loads of new and improved features while retaining some favorite effects, like the Invisible Selfie Stick. (Insta360/)

The outgoing One X3 is one of our favorite motorcycling action cameras that we routinely use in our motorcycle review videos. So we’re thrilled to see the platform so thoroughly enhanced in the X4. For those shooting in 360-degree mode the X4 offers full 8K video recording at 30 fps along with 5.7K at 60 fps, and 4K at 100 fps. For those more accustomed to traditional cameras, the X4 has a single-lens mode that shoots ultrawide at 4K and 60 fps.

The new X4 has improved lens guards and a larger display screen.
The new X4 has improved lens guards and a larger display screen. (Insta360/)

“8K will be transformative for creators as reframed video now holds its own alongside footage shot on regular cameras. But X4 isn’t just about image quality, it’s designed to be the most robust, easy-to-use 360-degree camera ever, no matter your experience. This idea was at the heart of a lot of the changes we made,” said JK Liu, founder of Insta360, in a company press release.

These shot modes expand the possibilities when editing video, making it easier than ever for users to get crisp, smooth shots in real time or slow motion. New AI-assisted editing features have been introduced also, offering Quick Edit and AI Edit modes in the free-to-use smartphone and desktop apps. The company has also developed a plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro called Insta360 Reframe which allows users to manipulate footage directly in Premiere Pro.

With a wide variety of shooting modes and editing options, the X4 is sure to become a new standard in action camera technology.
With a wide variety of shooting modes and editing options, the X4 is sure to become a new standard in action camera technology. (Insta360/)

The camera features Gesture Control and Voice Control 2.0, so users can start and stop recording easily if the camera is mounted beyond reach. There’s a Timed Capture setting as well that will power on the X4, record, then shut the unit off. FlowState Stabilization and the 360-degree Horizon Lock help to ensure shots are as smooth and level as possible.

Some of the other modes include Bullet Time slow-mo which can be captured in either 5.7K at 120 fps or 3K at 240 fps. There is 8K Time Shift and 11K Timelapse modes as well. Cinematic motion blur can easily be added using the Motion ND effect, and for those using the camera during runs or rides, GPS data from Garmin or Apple products can easily be overlaid on video.

One of our favorite action cameras gets even better with the new X4.
One of our favorite action cameras gets even better with the new X4. (Insta360/)

The tech is bolstered by an improved physical design, with new removable lens guards, a larger 2.7-inch Corning Gorilla Glass touchscreen, and cold-weather resistance down to -4 degrees Fahrenheit.

Additionally, the new X4 boasts a 135-minute run time (when shooting at 5.7K, 30 fps), a 67 percent improvement in battery performance over the X3.

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By: Byron Wilson
Title: Will the Insta360 X4 Be the Best Action Camera?
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/gear/insta360-x4-camera-preview/
Published Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2024 16:25:56 +0000

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