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In a little more than a week, the famous 1951 Hirohata Mercury Custom will be featured in the largest Collector Car Auction, the Mecum Kissimmee 2022.

It was way back in 1952 when the young Bob Hirohata bought a 1951 Mercury. He then brought it to the shop of the most famous customizing duo of the time; brothers Sam and George Barris so that they can give it a completely radical overhaul that became an instant customization hit during the classic car era.

Almost 70 years later, the 1951 Hirohata Mercury Custom is still celebrated and lauded as a memorable and timeless piece of art. Soon, it will be crossing the auction block. The Hirohata Mercury (Lot S152) will be featured at the famed Mecum Kissimmee 2022 which will be held from January 6 to 16 at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida. It will be joining roughly around 3,500 other classic and collector cars, as well as 1,000 items of memorabilia and Road Art.

As one of the most famous classic custom cars, the history of the Mercury Custom is well-known and well-documented in the numerous magazines over the last 70 years.

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It all started when Hirohata brought the car to the Barris brothers’ shop in Lynwood, California. He then informed them to “go all out” on the customization of his car. It was a command that the brothers happily followed which resulted in a completely new machine unlike any other.

It was also in 1952 that it made its debut at the Petersen-hosted Motorama where it was lauded as the Class Winner. It then got feature stories in Rod & Custom, Hot Rod, and HOP UP. It was also featured on the cover of MotorTrend.

After its successful Motorama debut, the example was used by Hirohata as his daily driver. It was then featured in a few more magazines like the coverage of its Route 66 road trip to get to the Indy 500 back in 1953. It dominated the big car show, and it was also there that it got the moniker “Mercillac”.

George Barris also worked to get the car to appear in the teen car film “Runnin’ Wild”, featuring Mamie Van Doren. To show better contrast on screen, Barris had the upper area of the car painted in Avocado Green. In 1955, Hirohata sold the car as is complete with the Avocado Green paint.

Eventually, it was acquired by Jim McNeil who then placed it in long-term storage. Later on, he decided to restore the ‘Mercillac’ back to its 1952 look when it appeared at Motorama. This project ended up taking several years to complete. It was also featured in Rod & Custom magazine.

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Its reappearance was immediately noted and after the restoration was completed in 1996, it was put on display at several events. It was featured at the 2011 Customs Then and Now display at the Grand National Roadster Show, and in the same year in April, it was shipped to the renowned Custom Motor Show in Elmia, Sweden.

In 2015, it was entered at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Having kept its original 1953 Cadillac 331 CI OHV V-8 engine with three Stromberg carburetors, as well as all the special tricks that the Barris crew knew. This resulted in the example being awarded Best in Class as well as the Dean Batchelor Most Significant awards. For a week, it was displayed in a glass enclosure in Washington D.C. It then went to the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles where it was again displayed to the delight of the public.

Vice Presidents of Consignments Frank Mecum shared, “Few vehicles ever built have received the global attention and jaw-dropping awe that the Hirohata Merc has. Mecum Kissimmee 2022 has many headlining consignments, but this iconic gem will draw the appeal of everyone for its ageless beauty and unique, history-making design, craftsmanship and presentation.”

Aside from the wide variety of vehicles and Road Art, the upcoming Mecum Kissimmee 2022 will also be featuring Mecum Midway of food, exhibitors, and live entertainment acts. There will

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By: Reggie
Title: Mecum Kissimmee 2022 Features 1951 Hirohata Mercury Custom
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/mecum-kissimmee-2022-features-1951-hirohata-mercury-custom/
Published Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2021 16:34:29 +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 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
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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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!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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