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The Mecum Indy 2021 Auction is to be held on May 14 -22 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, with the line-up of vehicles heading to the auction block nothing short of spectacular, to say the least.

Here’s a preview of some of the stand-out vehicles featured at the Mecum Indy 2021 Auction:

1958 Kurtis Kraft 500H Offenhauser Indy Car – Lot R4051964 Cooper Monaco Type 61 Sport Racer – Lot R4072019 Ford GT Lightweight – Lot R4121936 Duesenberg Model J Rollston Convertible Berline – Lot 4092014 McLaren P1- Lot R5461930 Duesenberg Model SJ Rollston Convertible Victoria – Lot R4081934 Packard 1108 Twelve Dietrich Individual Custom Convertible Sedan- Lot R4112020 Ford GT MkII – Lot R4351957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code – Lot R3021965 Shelby GT350R Fastback – Lot R208

1958 Kurtis Kraft 500H Offenhauser Indy Car – Lot R405

The 1958 Kurtis Kraft 500H Offenhauser Indy Car up for auction was purpose-built by the legendary race car builder Frank Kurtis and is superbly finished in a bright yellow D-A Lubricant No. 7 livery.

The example was raced in three consecutive Indianapolis 500 races, driven by Duane Carter, Johnny Thomson, and Don Freeland.

The highlight of the vehicle’s career was in the 1959 Indianapolis 500, where Carter finished 7th with Smokey Yunick as the car’s crew chief.

The Kurtis Kraft is powered by the Offenhauser 252 CI inline 4-cylinder racing engine mounted in laydown style and mated to a 4-speed manual transmission with a reverse gear.

engine of 1958 Kurtis Kraft 500H Offenhauser Indy Car

In regards to safety factors, the Kurtis Kraft is equipped with a removable subframe that is bolted to the original frame to hold five-point racing seat belts as well as a removable roll bar mounted to the subframe.

The look of the cockpit is typical of race cars at the time, with a spartan look, equipped only with a few gauges and controls that can easily be seen or controlled from the black seat.

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The Kurtis Kraft is fitted with Firestone “display” racing tires and modern reproduction mill-spec magnesium Indy wheels cast by Ron Blondel back in 2006.

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: Mecum Indy 2021 Auction – Our Top 10 Car Preview
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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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