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After setting a new record during the Mecum Kissimmee 2021 wherein they had an awe-inspiring $147 million in sales, Mecum Auctions is looking ahead towards 2022. Mecum Auctions is now preparing for the upcoming 17th annual edition of the world’s largest collector car auction at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida.

On January 6-15, 2022, there will be around 3,500 vehicles that will go on the block. There will also be some great events like the daily Road Art selections, Dodge Thrill Ride, Mecum Midway of food, live entertainment acts, and exhibitors.

1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 Convertible

1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 Convertible
1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 Convertible

Kissimmee 2022 will also be the start of the multi-year partnership that Mecum Auctions and MotorTrend Group has forged with the debut of Mecum on MotorTrend+ and MotorTrend TV.

Almost a dozen private collections have already been consigned for the upcoming annual auction, and it has almost 200 vehicles to be offered, with more than 150 of them to be offered at no reserve.

2016 Pagani Huayra

2016 Pagani Huayra
2016 Pagani Huayra

In the list is a 2016 Pagani Huayra coming from The Jackie and Gary Runyon Collection comprising of more than 30 vehicles. The John Just Collection has the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 “Gulf One”. The Z06 is an extremely rare example, and it is the most successful factory-backed, production racing Corvette from the C2 era. It has one of only 14 regular-production Corvette serial numbers that were specifically given for competition.

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 'Gulf One'

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 'Gulf One'
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 ‘Gulf One’

Other notable examples for the upcoming Kissimmee 2022 event include the 1951 Bob Hirohata Mercury Custom built by Sam and George Barris. It is arguably the most famous custom car of the classic era. There is also the low mileage 1992 Ferrari F40 having only 8,732 miles on the speedometer, which was one of only 22 produced in the model year. There is also 1965 Shelby Factory Stage III Cobra Dragonsnake which only five are produced, and it is doubly special as it is the only Stage III factory-built customer version. One of only 96 units were built as factory 4-speed 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 Convertible will also be on offer. There is also a 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition with only seven miles on the odometer.

1992 Ferrari F40

1992 Ferrari F40
1992 Ferrari F40

Vice President of Consignments Frank Mecum shared, “Kissimmee has grown into the world’s largest collector car auction and is recognized for its selection ranging from entry-level collectibles to multimillion-dollar elite consignments. What started with 400 consignments has grown into an event that is now 10 days in length with over 3,000 cars to choose from, and we’re looking forward to an even bigger and

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By: Reggie
Title: Mecum Kissimmee Announced For 2022
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/mecum-kissimmee-announced-for-2022/
Published Date: Mon, 08 Nov 2021 15:38:14 +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
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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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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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Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
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