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Written by independent automotive journalist David Neyens

This 1972 Ford F-100 nicknamed “El Diablo” is crossing the block with No Reserve at our 2022 Scottsdale Auction

 

Appropriately named “El Diablo” in recognition of its all-red livery, this impeccably customized 1972 Ford F-100 is now a far cry from its working days as a rough hauler for the original owner, who gifted the pickup to the consignor around 2014. A simple restoration with some modern upgrades was initially planned, but soon the project completely morphed into a top-level, show-quality effort, with the pickup completely reimagined on every possible level.

Visually stunning in its high-gloss, custom-mixed PPG Diablo Red exterior finish and body prep by Charlie Cutts, El Diablo features a wide array of body modifications by Willie Davis, most of which are only fully apparent to viewers upon closer inspection. While already very attractive in stock form, the F-100’s body proportions were subtly improved with the front clip narrowed two inches to line up perfectly with the hood, while the front of the cargo bed was widened by one inch to align with the cab. Other fine tweaks include the artful custom-fabricated heat extractors formed into the hood and flowing through the engine compartment, the auto-lift bed center with hydraulic struts, the neatly tucked-in front and rear bumpers, shaved side-marker lights, welded body seams, and custom tailgate with flat center panel and lettering. Flush-mount glass adds a decidedly modern appearance and improved aerodynamics. Hand-fabricated satin aluminum side trim by Mike Blackwelder carries a virtual factory look with a distinctive and handsome finish.

The red leather interior is a custom work of art in its own right, handcrafted by Recovery Room Upholstery to create a striking cockpit while offering undeniable comfort and convenience throughout. The custom seat was created using bucket seat lowers and a bench-type rear section, with the custom floor console built into the center of the bucket lower seat section, creating a seamless effect when adjusting the seat. Adorned by custom billet trim, the console neatly cradles the controls for the Vintage Air air conditioning and heater system, plus the Lokar billet floor shifter. A leather-wrapped billet steering wheel on a tilt column greets the driver and the fully customized dash was smoothed for a super-clean look and includes custom trim with a frenched-in early ’50s style gauge cluster. Custom door panels were crafted using perforated upholstery, power window lifts, and Mustang-themed components including the door release levers.

In keeping with this pickup’s wicked character, El Diablo is powered by a 5.0-liter Coyote engine topped with a Whipple supercharger and mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission for an amazing driving experience. The engine bay and entire underside are entirely consistent with the rest of the vehicle in terms of appearance and fit and finish, being fully customized to impeccable quality. The chassis and frame were hand-fabricated and finished in Satin Red with silver details, incorporating a Currie 9-inch rear end, 4-link rear suspension, a 4-wheel Airlift custom air ride system with remotely mounted compressors and console-mounted controller, and Heidt’s front suspension components. Upgraded power-assisted Wilwood disc brakes, custom El Diablo machined calipers, lower fender-mounted exhaust outlets, and gorgeous Intro Vista wheels wrapped with Pirelli tires finish off this formidable F-100.

The subject of three magazine cover shoots and at least five feature articles since completion, El Diablo is a popular and high-ranking custom machine in show competition. Chosen as a Truck of the Year finalist at the Goodguys 2021 Spring Lone Star Nationals, El Diablo also joined the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Cup Top 5 and won the 2021 Lone Star Throw Down. In short, El Diablo is surely one of the best “Bump Side” Ford trucks ever built – and its show career has only just begun.

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: RED HOT: This Is One Devil Of A Truck Selling With No Reserve At The Scottsdale Auction
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1972-ford-f-100-nicknamed-el-diablo-2022-scottsdale-auction/
Published Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 16:08:59 +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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