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Written by independent automotive journalist Steve Statham

Lot #1381 – 1965 Ford Shelby GT350 will be selling with No Reserve at our 2022 Scottsdale Auction.

 

More than half a century after Carroll Shelby unleashed the GT350 Mustang on the world, Shelby Mustangs have become a highly visible part of our automotive culture. While always attention-grabbing, it’s not unusual to encounter a late-model Shelby on the daily commute. That’s why it’s easy to forget that, originally, the GT350 Mustang was a pretty rough-and-tumble street companion. The first GT350s out of the gate in 1965 were sent out into the world without back seats, with trunk-mounted batteries, noisy Detroit Locker rear ends, metallic brake pads and side-exit exhausts. They were barely street legal in some locales, as Shelby’s intention was always to see these cars make a smooth transition from the street to the track, especially in the SCCA’s B-Production class.

That performance heritage is on full display with this 1965 Shelby GT350 Mustang that will be offered with No Reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s 2022 Scottsdale Auction at WestWorld, January 22-30. But equally noteworthy is that this car travels in the upper echelon of show vehicles, having won some of the most prestigious awards a Shelby can win. SFM5S257, known affectionately in Shelby circles as “No. 257,” has been restored to SAAC Division 1 Class standards, the most difficult type of concours restoration to perform.

Long before anybody ever thought about a Shelby Mustang as a showpiece, however, the 1965 GT350 was earning a reputation as a track warrior, and SFM5S257 illustrates why. Performance hardware that stiffened the suspension includes Shelby American-installed KONI shocks, override traction bars, a beefier anti-roll bar, relocated A-arms, and a “Monte Carlo Bar” installed to tie the inner fenders together and reduce flexing.

Shelby’s special twists on the Ford Hi-Po 289 V8 included headers, glass pack mufflers, an aluminum hi-rise intake manifold and Holley carburetor. Special COBRA Powered by Ford valve covers and a Cobra oil pan dressed up the engine. Shelby American rated the engine at 306 horsepower.

Carroll Shelby was not shy in expressing his pride in his new creation. In his 1965 autobiography “The Cobra Story,” he wrote, “The minute you get in, turn the key and get into gear, you know you’re in a living, fire-breathing machine, and it’s beyond doubt one of the most exciting and easiest driving cars I have ever handled.”

This GT350, in particular, gives an all-business impression with its plain steel wheels, lack of Le Mans racing stripes and trunk-mounted battery as used in early cars. The fiberglass hood with functional scoop is secured with racing-style hood pins. Inside, the dash-mounted pod holds a tachometer and oil pressure gauge to better monitor the engine.

The car was given an absolutely meticulous restoration in 2019, elevating it to its current upper-tier status. The concours level was always the goal, and this car has the awards to prove it made it. In July 2021 at the SAAC-46 convention in Sonoma, California, this car was judged and earned a Concours Premier Award. It followed that up in October at the Indiana SAAC Fall Classic convention in French Lick, Indiana, where it won another Concours Premier Award. The Premier Award is the top award given to any Shelby judged at this level, putting “No. 257” in exclusive company. It is one of only seven 1965 GT350s to ever earn the award.

Clearly, the competitive focus of this Shelby has now shifted to the show field. But whether trackside or under the scrutiny of show judges, this is one GT350 that has winner written all over it.

For up-to-date information on this vehicle, visit here.

To register to bid at the 2022 Scottsdale Auction – a celebration of 50 years of The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions – click HERE

 

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: POLISHED PREDATOR: Originally Built To Dominate A Racetrack, This 1965 Shelby GT350 “No. 257” Now Dominates The Show Field As Well
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1965-shelby-gt350-no-257-crossing-the-2022-scottsdale-auction-block/
Published Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2021 20:31:41 +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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