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1972 Ducati 750 Sport 'Z Stripe' at Moto Borgotaro
The legend of Paul Smart, Ducati, and the Imola race track is deeply entrenched in motorcycle history. Ducati’s groundbreaking 750 GT was barely a year old when Fabio Taglioni introduced the revolutionary desmodromic valve timing system, paving the way for a race-spec version. Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari famously piloted the ‘750 Desmo’ to first and second place respectively at the 1972 Imola 200, marking the dawn of Ducati’s superbike era.

Most people associate Ducati’s Imola 200 victory with the iconic 1974 750 Super Sport, but there’s an even rarer motorcycle that preceded it. Wedged between the 750 GT and the 750 Super Sport in the annals of Ducati history is the 1972 Ducati 750 Sport.

1972 Ducati 750 Sport 'Z Stripe' at Moto Borgotaro

Designed by Leopoldo Tartarini and produced in extremely limited numbers, the Ducati 750 Sport was essentially the closest thing to a production version of the 750 Imola Desmo. Like the race bike, it was derived from the 750 GT but made more power, thanks to an increased compression ratio and a pair of Dell’Orto PHF32A carbs. It also sported higher-spec components and could be specced with a fairing and twin front brakes, making it a great choice for track racers.

Curiously though, the 750 Sport still used the GT’s regular valve train, rather than the new desmodromic system. This was presumably a move to keep costs down—or to give the desmo time to develop before sticking it in a production model.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Living Legend: A meticulously restored 1972 Ducati 750 Sport ‘Z Stripe’
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Published Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2024 19:52:48 +0000

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5 Sensational Cycles from Bonhams’ Summer Sale

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1955 Vincent Black Knight

Every classic motorcycle tells a tale, whether it’s a hair-brained origin story or volumes from a lifetime of loving use. The best stories and biggest price tags don’t always go hand-in-hand, and we’ve combed the catalog of Bonhams’ upcoming Summer Motorcycle Sale to find the bikes with the most to say.

The online sale starts June 14th at 12:00 BST and runs through the 24th, and while there are scores of titillating bikes, projects and parts, these are the five lots we’ll be watching.

1980 BMW R65 Desert Racer
1980 BMW R65

Much of BMW’s illustrious desert racing history was built on the back of the GS, but that’s not to say it all started there, and racers had long been modifying boxers for off-road use before the dual-purpose GS debuted. A product of several skunkworks specialists, this 1980 BMW R65 has been heavily modified and campaigned in notable desert rallies throughout the 1980s.

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By: Dean Larson
Title: 5 Sensational Cycles from Bonhams’ Summer Sale
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Published Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2024 18:36:51 +0000

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THE POWER OF A NAME: Exploring Unique and Memorable Custom Vehicles on the Auction Block

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THE POWER OF A NAME: Exploring Unique and Memorable Custom Vehicles on the Auction Block
2022 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1958 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE “MAYBELLENE” – $808,500

In his play “Romeo and Juliet,” William Shakespeare famously wrote, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” In the realm of custom vehicles, however, a name can mean everything.

A custom build’s moniker often tells a story or reveals something about the car’s history, characteristics or the journey its owner or builder has experienced. Names can embody specific themes, qualities or aspirations. For instance, a high-performance car might be given a powerful, aggressive name, while a classic or luxury vehicle might be bestowed with a name that conveys elegance and style.

Naming a car gifts it a unique identity, particularly for custom vehicles tailored to reflect the builder’s personal taste and style. A car with a unique name is more easily recognized and remembered, especially at car shows, events or among fellow car enthusiasts. It helps the car stand out and be easily identifiable.

Assigning a nickname to a custom car animates it with personality and significance, transforming it from a mere object into something meaningful and personal. Check out some of the most unique car names to cross the Barrett-Jackson auction block over the last few years.

2022 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1958 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE “MAYBELLENE” – $808,500
Built by Kindig-It Design and set on an Art Morrison GT Sport chassis. Power comes from a Ryan Falconer-built 600ci V12 conservatively rated at 1,000hp and topped with twin Magnuson superchargers.

2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1957 CONTINENTAL MARK II CUSTOM COUPE “CASHMERE” – $715,000
Complete ground-up build into a custom Resto-Mod by Havasu Speed. Has a Ford 5.0-liter Coyote engine mated to a Performance Automatic 4R70W 4-speed transmission. Complete independent front and rear suspension with air ride. Ron Mangus custom interior.

2023 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1970 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV “GOOSE” – $429,000
Recipient of full frame-off restoration. Powered by a Gen 3 crate 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine mated to an automatic transmission with a dual-range Atlas transfer case. Has a 2-inch body lift and 3.5-inch suspension lift.

2023 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1970 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV “MAVERICK” – $374,000
Recipient of a full frame-off restoration. Powered by a Gen 3 crate 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine mated to 10-speed automatic transmission with a dual-range Atlas transfer case. With a 2-inch body lift and 3.5-inch suspension lift.

2021 LAS VEGAS AUCTION – 1970 CHEVROLET CAMARO CUSTOM COUPE “THE GRINCH” – $385,000
Custom-built by Ringbrothers and unveiled at SEMA. Powered by a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine mated to a TREMEC 5-speed manual transmission. Has a custom interior and exterior, as well as a Pro-Touring suspension.

2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1956 CHEVROLET 3100 CUSTOM PICKUP “SINISTER 56″ – $330,000
Professionally built for SEMA 2018 by Premier Street Rod. Winner of Chevrolet Design Award “Truck of the Year” at SEMA. Twin-turbo LS 427ci Redline Performance-built engine making over 1,200rwhp mated to a Bowler TREMEC T56 6-speed manual transmission.

2023 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1962 CHEVROLET BISCAYNE CUSTOM COUPE “CHICAYNE” – $291,500
Multiple award-winner built in 2003 by Rad Rides by Troy; has been referred to as one of the most iconic street machines ever built. Powered by a streetable twin-turbo 406ci engine putting out over 1,000hp, mated to a 4L80E automatic transmission.

2021 SCOTTSDALE MARCH AUCTION – 1955 CHEVROLET NOMAD CUSTOM WAGON “BRANDY” – $275,000
Powered by a ZL1 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine producing 670hp with 650 ft/lbs of torque. Has a TR6060 6-speed manual transmission with GM Performance easy pedal clutch, Sikky close-ratio shifter and Wilwood big brakes.

2022 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 2021 RAM 1500 TRX CUSTOM 6X6 PICKUP “WARLORD” – $275,000
Customized and powered by a 750hp tuned Hellcat V8 engine. State-of-the-art electronics paired with the active suspension system featuring full-time 6-wheel drive.

2023 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1965 FORD MUSTANG CUSTOM FASTBACK “VENOM” – $275,000
Resto-Mod with a 6-year, all-new custom rebuild. Powered by a 427ci Roush IR engine mated to TREMEC TKO 600 5-speed manual transmission. Finished in PPG Blurple paint over a Nappa leather-trimmed interior.

2022 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1972 FORD F-100 CUSTOM PICKUP “EL DIABLO” – $264,000
Powered by a 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine topped with a Whipple supercharger and mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Custom-fabricated body, frame

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: THE POWER OF A NAME: Exploring Unique and Memorable Custom Vehicles on the Auction Block
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/the-power-of-a-name-exploring-unique-and-memorable-custom-vehicles-on-the-auction-block/
Published Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2024 16:22:45 +0000

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1965 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CONVERTIBLE: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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1965 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CONVERTIBLE: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

This 1965 Lincoln Continental convertible in stock condition is powered by the original 430ci engine and was repainted Presidential Black before it was acquired by the current owner. It was inspected and improved by Baker Auto, a renowned Lincoln expert, when the car was in Connecticut. This 4-door convertible with coach or “suicide” doors is finished in triple-black and is fully loaded with air conditioning, an AM/FM radio, power windows (including vent windows) and power seat, door locks, top, steering, brakes and antenna. The year 1965 was the last of Elwood Engel’s original Lincoln Continental design that debuted in 1961. This car has been owned by a Montana-based LLC, was maintained by a collector for the last 14 years and has always been kept in a climate-controlled classic car storage facility.

Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction, October 10-13, at WestWorld.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: 1965 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CONVERTIBLE: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1965-lincoln-continental-convertible-selling-with-no-reserve-at-the-2024-scottsdale-fall-auction/
Published Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2024 20:36:25 +0000

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