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> The Lost Marques class will feature the most attractive vehicles created by manufacturers that have sadly departed from forecourts.

The London Concours 2021 lately have announced the final class in the upcoming event being the ‘Lost Marques’ class. The class pays tribute to the finest marques of yesteryears. From June 8-10, the rare classics will feature at the lawns of the Honourable Artillery Company HQ as exquisite remembrances of days gone by.  

One of the main highlights on display is the 1923 Packard 426 Boat Tail.

The example is a gorgeously crafted hand-bodied Packard. The current owner of the Packard is a boatbuilder who rescued the example in an almost derelict, fire-damaged state. 

The owner recreated the boat-tail using traditional boat-building techniques. To replicate the original automobile, the owner used the ‘Labourdette’ style and produced the gorgeous design using layers of mahogany veneer. Each veneer is screwed and rivetted to small oak ribs and placed onto a mahogany and oak frame, which is finally completed with layers of traditional yacht varnish.  

Another standout vehicle to going on display is the exquisite 1959 Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite. A rare sight on the roads today, the Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite is a wonderful underpowered diminutive lightweight car.

The Austin-Healey marque started in 1952 after the Earls Court Motor Show. They partnered with the British Motor Corporation to manufacture the Austin Healey 100 which was the predecessor to the Sprite.

The marque only operated for 20 years until 1972. 

interior of 1959 Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite

Along with the Austin-Healey will be a rather unique 1966 Unipower GT.

The GT that will be put on display is the first automobile that was built and sold by Universal Power Drives Ltd in 1966. Only 73 units of a mix of road and race cars were manufactured, of which the example is the first.

1966 Unipower GT

The car is Historic compliant, and as a Factory entry, it has raced in prominent races in the UK and Europe like the Nürburgring 500kms, the 1969 World Championship of Makes, and the Barcelona 12 hours. 

Its current owner came second in class in the 1986 HSCC Historic two-liter Championship and claimed victory at the Brighton Speed Trials, Forrest Lycett Trophy, from 1978-1982 

1966 Unipower GT driving

A total of 440 units of the Bristol 400 were constructed during its two-production series from 1946 to 1949, with only about 130 models remaining today.

The example displayed at the 2021 London Concours, ‘KSK 417”, was manufactured during the middle of the production period as it features some of the Series 2 modifications. These alterations include an opening rear window, a heater, and a boot lid-mounted spare wheel.

Bristol 400

The Bristol 400 was first registered in 1948, and it sets itself apart from the other 400 models as it’s the only one equipped with wind-down door windows. 

It is also notable that the car has a complete and continuous ownership history from new, with 14 differed custodians, including the Bristol Aeroplane Company’s previous test pilot, Cyril Unwin.

front of Bristol 400

Each of these unique automobiles will form part of the great Lost Marques line-up that will bring to mind the bygone era of motoring.

The Lost Marques class is one of the eleven classes and features that will be part of the 2021 London Concours scheduled for June 8-10 at the Honourable Artillery Company HQ. 

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: ‘Lost Marques’ to be Celebrated at 2021 London Concours
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Published Date: Sat, 05 Jun 2021 09:22:59 +0000

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Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale

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Ex-Hans-Otto Butenuth BMW RS 500 at the Bonhams February sale
The Bonhams February sale is about to wrap up, so we’re taking a break from our regular scheduled programming to pick our favorite motorcycles from the auction. From an Ariel Square Four and a 1989 Kawasaki ZX-10, to Hans-Otto Butenuth’s BMW 500 Rennsport [above], here are seven classic motorcycles that we’d love to park in the Bike EXIF garage.

1907 Quadrant at the Bonhams February auction
1907 Quadrant In the early 1880s, two blokes by the names of Walter and William Lloyd patented a pedal tricycle steering mechanism, which they (very confusingly) called the ‘Quadrant.’ Anyway, Quadrant went on to make bicycles, tricycles, and motorcycles, and, by 1901, had emerged as one of Britain’s earliest motorcycle manufacturers.

This 453 cc Quadrant was originally built in Coventry and was meticulously restored by a previous owner. It showcases its history through hand-written notes, technical drawings, old registrations, marque-related literature, and an SMCC Pioneer Certificate.

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale
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SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine

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SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine

Celebrating the best of performance and style at the upcoming 2024 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, where it is selling with No Reserve, is the “Speedvette,” a 1973 Chevrolet Corvette that marries classic aesthetics with modern muscle.

This custom beauty underwent a no-expense-spared rotisserie restoration completed in March 2023, and comes alive under the hood with a robust GM Performance 6.2-liter LS3 engine, generating 525 horsepower. Paired with a 4L70E 4-speed automatic transmission, it is sure to deliver a straightforward American muscle experience.

This Speedvette rolls on Schott Turbine wheels wrapped in Diamond Back Classic red line tires and boasts a Pro-Touring treatment. Its Coffman Corvette custom chassis incorporates C6/C7 components, RideTech coilovers and a power rack & pinion steering system. Stopping power is delivered by C7 calipers gripping slotted rotors, assisted by an E-Stopp electric brake.

The exterior’s subtle modifications include 2-inch rear fender flares and a smoothed decklid with a waterfall effect. The Torch Red exterior and black Haartz Stayfast convertible top add a classic touch. Inside is a handcrafted bespoke cabin with black leather and red stitching.

Register to bid today for the opportunity to take this Speedvette home with you and join us January 20-28 at WestWorld for the 2024 Scottsdale Auction.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine
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Road tested: TFX Suspension Xtreme adjustable rear shocks

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TFX Suspension review
I got lucky when I bought my 2012-model Triumph Bonneville SE last year. A single-owner bike with less than 1,500 miles on the dial, it had spent most of its life trickle-charging in a garage. What’s more, the previous owner had thrown a handful of tasteful factory accessories at it (and a few that were less well-judged).

There was one key ingredient missing though; good suspension. Most modern classics roll out of the factory with suspension components that are adequate at best, but the older air-cooled Bonneville’s setup is downright poor. Small LED turn signals and a fancy sprocket cover might make your bike look prettier, but new shocks—like the fully adjustable TFX Suspension Xtreme units now gracing the tail end of my Triumph—will make it ride better.

TFX Suspension Xtreme rear shocks review

Based in The Netherlands, TFX Suspension is run by a small and passionate team, led by founders Hans-Dieter Fischer and Alex Meijs. The two of them formed TFX fourteen years ago when the suspension company that they were working for folded. Now they produce components on their terms, with the sort of hands-on approach that’s often missing from larger companies.

Their catalog includes various mono- and twin-shock items, suitable for a wide range of on- and off-road applications, plus a handful of front suspension upgrades. (We’ve seen their parts on custom bikes from Bottpower, Powerbrick, CNCPT Moto, and more.) They sent me a set of their Xtreme shocks to test out on my Triumph Bonneville; fully-adjustable units that retail for €1,399 [$1516].

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road tested: TFX Suspension Xtreme adjustable rear shocks
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