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POWER MOVES: Palm Beach Flexes its Muscle
LOT #687.1 – 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Fastback – No Reserve

Postwar America gave rise to exuberant designs that reflected the optimism and prosperity of the Eisenhower era. During this time, automotive stylists were given an unprecedented amount of freedom that pushed the design envelope to a breaking point.

Enter the 1960s, a decade remembered for rapid — and often radical — change. The New Frontier, Vietnam and a youthful counterculture influenced everything from fashion and music to politics and science.

The culture of change also was evident in the automotive world. If the 1950s showed stylists what they could do, by the 1960s, there was a new appreciation for what they should do.

As the decade progressed, cars began to gain more power without adding size, which gave drivers the speed they craved. Easily identifiable by their classic two-door coupe design and potent engines, muscle cars parked themselves in most motorist’s hearts.

The 1960s represented the last decade in which manufacturers were free to design cars without federal safety, fuel economy and emission-control regulations. In other words, bumpers didn’t have to take bumps, hardtop roofs didn’t need strong B-pillars, and good mileage was strictly optional.

Unconstrained freedom led to the muscle car wars. With freedom comes excess; in this case, that means only one thing: more power.

By 1964, youth culture was ready to explode, the Beach Boys topped charts with songs about a fine 409 and little deuce coupes, fuel was cheap, the economy was strong, and all you needed was a steady job and a heavy right foot.

Pontiac first used the term “muscle car” to describe its 1964 Tempest GTO. Chevy had its Chevelle SS ready to go, and Plymouth’s Barracuda was prepared to hit the streets. But none of the domestic brands would be ready for what the Ford designers in Dearborn, MI, were about to unleash.

Bear in mind, more power equals more fuel. Just as quickly as muscle cars entered America’s consciousness, they were as quickly forgotten with the onset of the gas crisis in 1973. If rising gas prices weren’t enough to kill them off, the ensuing emissions laws and tightening fuel economy regulations coupled with a stagnant economy certainly did.

Consequently, the short-lived age of American muscle has led to these cars being some of the most desirable vehicles to cross the block. Enjoy this selection of muscle cars offered at the 2022 Palm Beach Action, held April 7-9 at the South Florida fairgrounds.

 

LOT #717 – 1967 Ford Mustang Eleanor Tribute Edition – No Reserve

LOT #697.1 – 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Coupe – No Reserve

LOT #697 – 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Custom Coupe – No Reserve

LOT #694.1 – 1968 Shelby GT500 Fastback – No Reserve

LOT #694 – 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 CJR Fastback – No Reserve

LOT #686.1 – 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 429 CJ – No Reserve

LOT #757.2 – 1970 Dodge Charger R T 440 – No Reserve

LOT #745.1 – 2021 Ford Shelby GT500 – No Reserve

LOT #729.1 – 1971 Chevrolet Camaro SS Custom Coupe – No Reserve

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: POWER MOVES: Palm Beach Flexes its Muscle
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/muscle-cars-selling-at-2022-palm-beach-auction/
Published Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2022 22:34:46 +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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