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Mecum Auctions started the year with a bang! During the recently concluded Mecum Kissimmee2022 held in Kissimmee, Florida, Mecum Auction recorded a total sale of $217 million with an impressive 90% sell-through rate which they were able to get during the world’s largest collector car auction at Osceola Heritage Park.

The event took the title of the first collector car auction to surpass the $200 million mark in sales for a single event.

Highlights of the event include:

– $217 million in sales – the highest total achieved at a single collector car auction

– All 11 days had single-day auction records for the Kissimmee event

– 90% sell-through rate – which is the highest overall percentage recorded for a Kissimmee event

– Saturday, January 15 was the highest single-day auction total for Mecum as it recorded $72 million in sales with nine vehicles achieving seven-figure prices

– 2,954 vehicles sold with more than $213 million recorded for vehicle-only sales – another record for a single live collector car auction

– $2.66 million in Road Art sales, 1,262 items sold

– Highest viewership on Mecum Auctions record with the successful launch of the new Mecum and MotorTrend partnership

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2020 McLaren Speedtail 194 Miles No. 100 of 106 Built 3300000
2020 McLaren Speedtail – 194 Miles, No. 100 of 106 Built ($3,300,000)

Leading the sales for the whole Mecum Auctions event was the 1965 Shelby GT350R Prototype (Lot S160). It is universally recognized as one of the – if not the most – historically significant Shelby Mustang in the world. Ken Miles drove the example at the time it was given its “Flying Mustang” moniker. With its return to public market, the Flying Mustang once again proved its worth as it kept its crown as the most valuable Mustang in the world.

A practically new 2020 McLaren Speedtail with only 194 miles on the speedometer just fell short from claiming the top spot. Only 106 units of the Speedtail were built and this example, coming from The Michael Fux Collection, was able to fetch $3.3 million in the recent auction.

Another example that performed better than expected was the 1951 Hirohata Mercury Custom (Lot S152) which was able to sell for $2.15 million. It is one of the most famous custom cars of the classic era and was built by Sam and George Barris. The iconic custom-built car was able to sell for $2.15 million.

The 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo (Lot S164) is one of only 350 units produced for the U.S. market in 1994. It was featured in the “Bad Boys” film and is one of the top lots, as it sold for $1.43 million.

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1992 Ferrari F40 2936cc 8732 Miles 2750000
1992 Ferrari F40 – 2936cc, 8,732 Miles ($2,750,000)

There were 45 modern supercars in The Jerry Brewis Estate Collection, and it was able to get more than $12 million in total sales. In the collection, there were three Ford GTs was able to fetch some pretty impressive sales namely the 2018 Heritage Edition (Lot S245) with only had 7 miles was sold for $1.32 million, a 2006 black-on-black model (Lot S255) which sold for $550,000, and another low mileage example with only 755 miles on the odometer is a 2005 Ford GT (Lot S254.1) which sold for $495,000.

The Brewis collection also had other interesting sales like the 2017 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster (Lot S253) with only 161 miles was sold for $737,000. There were also three cars which sold for $440,000 each, namely the 2015 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster (Lot S248), a 2017 McLaren 570S (Lot S250), and a 2009 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Roadster (Lot S247).

There were 31 vehicles offered in The Jackie and Gary Runyon Collection. The collection had a total sale of more than $10.7 million and a low-mileage 2016 Pagani Huayra (Lot S115) was able to get the top lot in the group. It is one of only 100 units produced with only 725 miles on the speedometer, the car was sold for $2.12

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By: Reggie
Title: Record Breaking Mecum Kissimmee 2022 Results
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/record-breaking-mecum-kissimmee-2022-results/
Published Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2022 17:12:56 +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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