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The Mecum Indy 2021 auction set a new record for Mecum Indy with $107.8 Million in sales and marks the 2nd $100+ Million Mecum Auction in 2021.

The 34th Dana Mecum’s Original Spring Classic that was held on May 14-22 became the second Mecum auction in 2021 to reach higher than $100 million in overall sales. 

It marks the first time a company has sold more than $100 million in two auctions in the same year in the collector car auction industry. During the nine auction days, 2,057 cars were offered, with 1,715 vehicles sold, which achieved an 83% sell-through rate.  

Individual sales were also strong during the Indy auction event, with seven distinguished top 10 sales selling beyond the million-dollar mark.

During the 2021 Mecum Indy event, the top sale was a 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra, 1 of only 27 original 427 S/C Cobras produced. The vehicle achieved a sale price of  $3.3 million, which was settled in a post-auction negotiation.

The top 10 collector car sales for the Mecum Indy 2021 auction were:  

Lot # Model Sale Price1Lot F1621967 Shelby 427 Cobra$3,300,0002Lot S135 1930 Duesenberg Model SJ Rollston Convertible Victoria $2,970,000 3 Lot F131 1969 Ford Bronco ‘Big Oly’ $1,870,000 4 Lot S209.1 2020 Ford GT MkII $1,870,000 5 Lot S170 2014 McLaren P1 $1,347,500 6 Lot S133 2019 Ford GT Lightweight $1,100,000 7 Lot F148 2019 Ford GT $1,045,000 8 Lot S171 2019 McLaren Senna $946,000 9 Lot S162 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster $907,500 10 Lot S167 2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta $880,000 

Here’s a closer look at the Mecum Indy 2021 Auction Top 10:

1. 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra

Lot F162

Sold for #3,300,000

One of only 29 original factory-produced S/C (Semi-Competition) models, this 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra, CSX3042, is in exquisite concours condition and displays just 10,760 original miles.

The vehicle has a well-documented five-owner history, which is fully documented in the Shelby Registry, starting with the first owner who purchased the Shelby for $7,395 and took delivery on October 28, 1966.

In late 1996, at around 10,000 miles, CSX3042 underwent a body-off restoration which included an engine rebuild and new paintwork. The car underwent another professional restoration in 2005 by renowned Cobra specialist Mike McCluskey of Torrence, California. The vehicle was stripped bare and repainted in a light metallic blue color with Wimbledon White stripes. The engine was reconfigured with a single Holley 4-barrel and aluminum air box. 

CSX3042 is devoid of any reproduction components and still carries its original tires, along with solely original or NOS elements throughout the vehicle. 

2. 1930 Duesenberg Model SJ Rollston Convertible Victoria

Lot S135

Sold for $2,970,000

The second-highest seller was a truly exceptional 1930 Duesenberg Model SJ Rollston Convertible Victoria (Lot S135) built originally in Indianapolis, making the sale additionally memorable. 

The short-wheelbase (having a wheelbase of only 143.5 inches) Duesenberg SJ Rollston Quarter-Window Convertible with Chassis No. 2293 and Engine No. J-272 was purchased new in May 9, 1930, by Paul Whiteman. 

Originally, Lot S135 had a LeBaron Barrelside Phaeton body. However, when G. Tucker Smith acquired the car from Duesenberg Factory Branch in 1935, he had the body replaced with the Rollston Convertible Victoria body.

Under the hood is a factory supercharged 420 CI straight-8 engine. The vertical centrifugal supercharger with outside exhaust pipes provided the car an additional 55hp, upgrading it from 265 hp to 320 hp.

The Rollston body was provided a maroon finish and matched with a maroon leather interior and folding top. A full array of gauges including the tachometer, chronometer, and altimeter were added to the engine-turned instrument panel.  

3. 1969 Ford Bronco ‘Big Oly’

Lot F131

Sold for $1,870,000

The Big Olynickname was assigned to the beloved car by none other than the iconic Parnelli Jones himself, earning for itself the badge of being the most famous Ford Bronco in the world. 

Based on a 1969 Bronco, the car, with Olympia Brewing Company sponsorship, is one of the most memorable in motorsport history. Parnelli Jones and Bill Stroppe drove Big Oly to victory in the 1971 Baja 1000, 1972 Baja 1000, 1973 Baja 500, and 1973 Mint 400.

Big Oly revolutionized the construction and design principles for

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: Mecum Indy 2021 Auction – Top 10 Results
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/mecum-indy-2021/
Published Date: Sat, 12 Jun 2021 00:01:38 +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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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 Swan Song of the V12

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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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Title: The Swan Song of the V12
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Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

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!
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