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Written by independent automotive journalist Roger C. Johnson

This Lot #1364 1964 Corvette Sting Ray is crossing the block at our 2022 Scottsdale Auction

 

When master engine builder and king of Chevrolet Pro Stock racing Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins introduced the first custom chassis Vega in the early 1970s to professional drag racing, he single-handedly launched the class from the virtual stone age to the ultimate level of performance. All these years later a custom-made chassis is still the ideal approach for maximum effectiveness. That’s why so many car builders and their customers insist on this technology upgrade for modern day Pro-Street and Pro-Touring cars.

This 1964 Corvette Sting Ray is a perfect example of the science with its Art Morrison GT Sport Chassis engineered specifically for these second-generation cars. An AME multi-link independent rear suspension with a classic Dana 60 center section along with an AME sport independent front suspension operate at the highest level thanks to coilovers at each corner. Power assisted rack and pinion steering makes driver input feel like telepathy.

Motivation comes from a new and blueprinted LS3 Chevy small block that has been bored and stroked to 427ci and topped with CNC heads. A Borla stack fuel injection with eight 55-millimeter throttle bodies provides enough air flow for even the most ambitious engine packages. Beyond its functional prowess Borla refers to this setup as “the ultimate piece of induction jewelry.” The entire engine bay has been hand-fabricated and smoothed for the perfect setting for the show-quality V8.

To make sure this engine spends its energy in all the right places a TREMEC T56 Magnum 6-speed manual transmission with a hydraulic clutch are constantly at your beck and call. Even though this machine was obviously created to convert time into distance on your command, 14-inch drilled and slotted Baer disc brakes occupy all four corners just in case you change your mind.

Sting Rays wear side pipes with ease and style—like a shoulder holster on 007. These covers are new and surround the exposed coated exhaust system that incorporate a cross-over pipe to equalize exhaust pressure for maximize performance, and to enhance your listening pleasure.

The Corvette’s timeless body design has been treated to a breath-taking Ferrari Red paint job. And like any Ferrari, this Corvette’s custom interior is a lush mixture of saddle and black leather. A MOMO wood steering wheel on a tilt column adds additional class to the environment. A high-end Bluetooth audio system, Dakota Digital gauges resting in the stock location, and Vintage Air climate control set the stage for a long-term relationship. New glass everywhere helps make this Corvette look brand new from the inside out and the outside in. Power windows and power e-brake round out the interior wish list.

You’ll notice the major body modification comes in the form of the enlarged rear wheel wells to accept the massive rolling stock. Those are 325/30/19 on the back with 275/30/19 leading the way. Forgeline wheels in a two-stage metallic finish add another dimension to their visual effect.

This outstanding “pro sleek” creation will be selling with No Reserve at the 2022 Scottsdale Auction January 22-30. A fresh build with only test miles logged so far, it represents your ride to professional grade excitement, no holds barred.

To register to bid at the 2022 Scottsdale Auction – a celebration of 50 years of The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions – click HERE. To sell your vehicle at Barrett-Jackson’s flagship auction in January, click HERETickets and VIP packages are also now on sale.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: PRO SLEEK: Professional Grade Excitement Was Engineered Into This Pro-Touring Corvette From The Beginning
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/pro-touring-corvette-crossing-the-block-at-2022-scottsdale-auction/
Published Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 16:33:55 +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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