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John and Jeanette Staluppi at the Barrett-Jackson Auction

To mark Barrett-Jackson’s half-century in business, in this special series we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite moments from the past 50 years – as well as some little-known facts about The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions.

 

John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Museum

Since the early 2000s, businessman and philanthropist John Staluppi has been a fixture at the Barrett-Jackson auctions, sitting high in a skybox and keeping an astute eye on the vehicles crossing the block below. Often accompanied by his wife Jeanette or one of his grandkids, John became a favorite of TV viewers everywhere when he brought along his little Maltese dog named Dillinger, who was trained to bark on command – especially when John wanted to place a bid.

A colorful character with a distinct Robert DeNiro-esque accent, John grew up in Brooklyn, New York. The self-made man started as a mechanic, later opening a gas station and then a Honda motorcycle dealership franchise. The dealership business grew, as did John’s success. In 1977, he made the move to Florida, where the car-lover set up his Cars of Dreams Museum in North Palm Beach.

At the Barrett-Jackson auctions, John and Jeanette are known for their generous six- and seven-figure bids on cars to benefit worthy causes large and small, and true to their charitable nature, the Cars of Dreams Museum works with charity organizations to help raise funds for law enforcement, children’s health programs, and heart disease and cancer-prevention research.

1959 DeSoto Adventurer Convertible that sold for $330,000

The museum’s design was based on John’s boyhood memories with a Coney Island theme, featuring much of the memorabilia reminiscent of the iconic amusement park: bumper cars, beachfront boardwalks with a Carvel ice-cream store, Nathan’s restaurant, hand-painted murals of the Parachute Jump and the world-famous Cyclone roller coaster.

John filled the collection with high-quality restored cars that reminded him of those he used to work on or knew about when he was a child. He purchased many of the cars at Barrett-Jackson over the years.

In a bold move in early 2018, John decided to sell his entire Cars of Dreams Collection at the Palm Beach Auction that April and start collecting all over again. “I get bored,” he once said matter-of-factly in an interview. “With me it’s about the chase. This is something that’s a passion to me.”

1963 Volkswagen Beetle better known as “Herbie,” which was used in several of the iconic Walt Disney films.

More than 140 vehicles from the John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Collection – predominantly vehicles from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, especially convertibles – were polished, prepped and presented in a special display area at the 2018 Palm Beach Auction.

The result? Eight of the top 10 sales at that year’s Palm Beach Auction were from the Cars of Dreams Collection, including the second-highest sale of the event, a 1959 DeSoto Adventurer Convertible that sold for $330,000. Eight of the sales set new world records at auction, including a ’63 Volkswagen Beetle better known as “Herbie,” which was used in several of the iconic Walt Disney films. When the final gavel fell, the collection sold for $13.96 million, an average of $96,276 per car.

As for John and Jeanette, their first thought, once again, was to give back. They purchased a 1988 Chevrolet Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition at the auction for $200,000, with the entire sale benefiting the American Heart Association as part of Barrett-Jackson’s yearlong “Driven Hearts” initiative for the AHA. The generous couple then immediately donated the vehicle back to Barrett-Jackson to be sold once again for charity at an upcoming event.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: MAKING DREAMS COME TRUE WITH THE JOHN STALUPPI CARS OF DREAMS COLLECTION: A 50 Facts & Favorite Memories Feature
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/john-staluppi-and-his-cars-of-dreams-collection/
Published Date: Fri, 03 Dec 2021 16:12:39 +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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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 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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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.

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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
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