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An unrestored survivor: This 1970 Ford Falcon with a 429 Cobra Jet under the hood (Lot #667) will be selling with No Reserve in Las Vegas.

 

For as long as there have been cars, there has been racing. Ever since the invention of the automobile, motorists and engineers have used competition as a means to gauge their craft, validate their innovation and drive through a contest of speed. From the hairpins of Monaco to the banks of Daytona, cars and their drivers have long lined up, side by side, in a bid to see just who really is the fastest.

No form of racing has become more of an American institution than drag racing, whether the stoplight dares down Main Street or jetting down the quarter-mile. Makeshift or not, success on the drag strip rendered its way onto the showroom floor and created healthy competition among manufacturers. Offered with No Reserve at the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction are three prime examples of American muscle: two Cobra Jet-carrying contenders from Ford and a big-block-motivated Chevrolet.

This 1970 Ford Falcon (Lot #667) was drag-raced for the first few years of its life.

Up first is an unrestored survivor, a 1970 Ford Falcon powered by a 429ci Cobra Jet V8 (Lot #667). At a time when Ford was replacing the small-body Falcon with the Maverick, the Falcon name was used on two different cars in 1970: the compact 1970 Falcon and the full-size 1970-1/2 Falcon. To distinguish between the body styles, Ford elected to make its two-door sedan model the “Falcon” and allowed all the options available from the Torino/Fairlane packages to be ordered. This model was produced for less than six months and only available as a two-door “post” sedan, meaning it has a B-pillar behind the driver’s door glass, while the Torino and Fairlane have a more extensive cache of body offerings.

The legendary 429 Cobra Jet engine in Lot #667.

Built in Ford’s Atlanta, Georgia, plant in May 1970, this half-year wonder was originally sold at Gallo Ford in Chicago for $3,840 to its original owner. Like many other bare-bones intermediates over the years, the 1970-1/2 Falcons were obvious candidates for drag racing. This car has the legendary 429 Cobra Jet under the hood and is backed by a 4-speed manual transmission, with the optional Drag Pack and a Detroit Locker rear differential with 4.30 gears. This bulletproof setup made the 1970-1/2 Ford Falcon extremely popular among drag racers, and this example was drag-raced for the first few years of its life, then sat in climate-controlled storage for nearly 40 years. The Deluxe Marti Report shows that this 1970-1/2 Falcon is one of 42 to equipped with the Super Cobra Jet engine package. This 1970-1/2 Ford Falcon comes with options such as power front disc brakes, vinyl seats, AM radio, seat belts and Magnum 500 wheels wrapped in the original bias-ply tires. The Falcon has just over 6,018 actual miles and is ready to fly down the dragstrip once again.

Lot #668 – 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Race Car.

Horsepower sells cars; torque wins races. The 2014 Mustang Cobra Jet (Lot #668) headed to Las Vegas has both – and then some. Built for the track as the ultimate turnkey drag-racing vehicle, this Mustang is #47 of 50 produced for the 2014 model year. Capable of running an 8-second quarter-mile right from the factory, the Cobra Jet was powered by a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine topped with a Ford Racing/Whipple supercharger. The 2.9-liter supercharger features a 3.25-inch pulley as well as CNC-ported cylinder heads, and routes power through a 3-speed automatic transmission.

Ready to race: A 5.0-liter V8 topped with a Ford Racing/Whipple Supercharger under the hood of Lot #668.

Every detail was engineered for speed; the lightened body was optimized for ideal weight distribution and Ford Racing went so far as to use computer modeling and hundreds of simulations to optimize the suspension geometry to deliver peak 60-foot times. The roll cage was designed with rigidity and safety in mind and tested extensively via a process known as Finite Element Analysis (FEA). This Cobra Jet features the matte black paint option, an upgraded wheelie bar, FIA-certified RECARO race seats and electric power steering. It is race-prepped and turnkey-ready for NHRA Stock or Super Stock classes, as well as other racing series, and is sure to excite the winning bidder when they slide behind the wheel.

Lot #669 – 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS.

For Bowtie fans, this matching-numbers 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS (Lot #669) is ready to show off its muscle. Garage-kept since new, this rust-free Nova is powered by its original

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: RACE-READY: A Falcon, Mustang and a Nova Selling With No Reserve
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1970-ford-falcon-429-cj-2014-ford-mustang-cobra-jet-race-car-and-1969-chevrolet-nova-ss-for-sale-no-reserve-2021-las-vegas-auction/
Published Date: Mon, 07 Jun 2021 20:09:22 +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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