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Among the more unusual collectibles featured at a Barrett-Jackson Automobilia Auction was this exquisite full-size transportation-themed carousel manufactured in Germany in 1957, which sold for $557,750 at the 2018 Scottsdale event.

 

This stunning bar created from a 1948 Chris Craft boat sold for $64,400 at the 2021 Scottsdale Auction.

At any given Barrett-Jackson auction, you’ll inevitably find people gathered in the area where the colorful automobilia items are displayed, reminiscing about something they perhaps once had, or how something reminds them of a special time in their past.

While “automobilia” by definition refers to automobile-related memorabilia, Barrett-Jackson’s offerings in this special category go well beyond that. “It’s not just car-related items we sell,” says Automobilia Director Rory Brinkman. “We sell unique and rare museum-quality pieces that create conversations and enhance a person’s car collection, evoking an era of time gone by, when the cars we now consider classics cruised the streets.”

This historically significant 1950s Donald Duck neon porcelain parking lot sign from Disneyland sold for $59,800.

Two of the highest-selling unusual pieces of automobilia in Barrett-Jackson history did, in fact, have an automotive tie-in: they were magnificent full-size transportation-themed carousels manufactured by Wilhelm Hennecke of Germany. Beautifully constructed with hand-built transportation-related vehicles, the carousels’ stunning colors and design made them truly incredible pieces of mechanical art. One, built in 1957, sold at the 2018 Scottsdale Auction for a jaw-dropping $557,750, while the other (from 1962) had its moment in the spotlight at the 2019 Scottsdale event, bringing in an equally impressive $506,000.

When it comes to repurposing a transportation-related relic, our hat goes off to an incredibly talented craftsman who decided to take a wooden 1958 17-foot Chris Craft boat, cut it in half lengthwise and create an exquisite home bar, complete with custom cabinets, built-in fridge, working lights and an amazing highly varnished finish. The one-of-a-kind head-turning bar did well at the 2015 Scottsdale Auction, selling for $34,500, so the builder did it again for the 2021 Scottsdale event, but this time with a 1948 Chris Craft model. The stunning creation, which brought in $64,400, will certainly be the centerpiece of its new home.

Among the other more unusual items to appear at a Barrett-Jackson Automobilia Auction are phone booths – particular those from the 1930s, which were beautifully built of wood. One exquisite example – an impeccably restored Bell Telephone oversized public phone booth with an amazing paneled interior – sold for $56,000 at the 2014 Scottsdale Auction.

An unusual Sinclair Oil “Mold-A-Rama” machine that saw duty at the 1964 New York World’s Fair sold for $115,000 at the 2021 Scottsdale Auction.

Those raised in the 1950s and ’60s undoubtedly have fond memories of piling in the family car and going on a road trip to a theme park or two back in the day. Barrett-Jackson has had a number of familiar figures that hailed from that era grace the stage, from three large Warner Brothers characters – Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig and Daffy Duck – to a historically significant Donald Duck neon porcelain parking lot entrance sign from Disneyland, which brought in $59,800.

At the recent 2021 Scottsdale Auction in March, one of the top sellers at the Automobilia Auction fell into the not-something-you-see-every-day category: A working Sinclair Oil 1964 New York World’s Fair “Mold-a-Rama” machine that produces molded Dino The Dinosaur figurines in 30 seconds with just the push of a button. The price tag on this rarity? A very respectable $115,000.

So when you’re looking for that perfect item to complement your car collection or simply a conversation piece from times gone by – which may or may not be automotive-related – spend some time perusing Barrett-Jackson’s incredible automobilia docket or wander among the items in the displays on-site. You just never know what treasures you may find!

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: OUT-OF-THE-ORDINARY COLLECTIBLES: Barrett-Jackson’s Automobilia Auctions go beyond gas pumps and neon signs
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/out-of-the-ordinary-collectibles-at-barrett-jackson-automobilia-auctions/
Published Date: Thu, 27 May 2021 21:06:05 +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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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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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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