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Lot #733 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Custom Coupe selling at the 2021 Houston Auction with No Reserve

The second-generation Corvette changed the way people viewed America’s sports car; it was now decidedly bolder, sleeker and, above all, faster. The second-gen, known as the C2, was instantly recognizable, penned by the legendary design team of Pete Brock, Larry Shinoda and Bill Mitchell. The car’s design was transformative and suggested the basis for models to come. The boattail roofline and spine-divided rear window were elegant in their simplicity, while the muscular fenders, long streamlined hood and trademark pop-up headlamps all added to the Corvette’s mystique and appeal. Here was an exotic-looking machine born not in the design studios of Europe, but Detroit.

To many Corvette enthusiasts, the 1963 Split-Window stands as the highpoint of style for the second-generation Corvette. Its elegance and innovation go beyond the myriad of facts and figures, as today, some 60 years after its debut, the C2 remains a top-tier representation of an outgoing, aggressive and optimistic America. All of this makes the C2 a perfect candidate to be brought back as a spectacular Resto-Mod, taking an icon of the 20th century well into the 21st.

Offered with No Reserve at the inaugural 2021 Barrett-Jackson Houston Auction, September 16-18, is a beautiful reimagining of the 1963 Split-Window Corvette (Lot #733). Built by the esteemed Jeff Hayes, this striking C2 represents the pinnacle of the Resto-Mod ethos, demonstrating a seamless blend of classic style and modern performance.

This C2 began life as a clean, original GM donor car before every component, whether mechanical or merely cosmetic, was thoroughly inspected and upgraded. Painted in an arresting red, this Split-Window was completed in March 2021, and represents a master class in automotive craftsmanship. Underneath the hood is an all-new 540hp GM LS3 engine. The powerful Hot Cam V8 channels its might through a 4L70E 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission. Beneath the Corvette’s svelte bodywork is an Art Morrison sport chassis, with custom front and rear sway bars ensuring form follows function and marrying the ’Vette to the road. Bringing things to a halt are Wilwood brakes with 6-piston polished aluminum front calipers, 4-piston rear calipers, and drilled and slotted rotors at all four corners. Keeping the custom Split-Window sticky at the pavement is a staggered set of custom Schott Mach 5 wheels wrapped in Toyo red line tires.

The custom distressed saddle leather interior wraps around the Corvette’s iconic dashboard cowls and complements the chromed and polished switchgear. The beautiful instrument cluster relays the happenings under the hood to the driver, and a Vintage Air climate control system keeps the cabin comfortable and temperate. A carbon-fiber center console shrouds the polished shifter and the driver takes control via a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Additional amenities include power steering, power windows, power hood and AM/FM Bluetooth stereo to play your favorite tunes – not that you’ll notice or hear it over the delightfully affirmative sounds coming from the Hot Cam LS3 up front.

The classic look of the mid-year Split-Window combined with the technology of the new chassis, along with the striking red paint and impeccable interior, are absolutely timeless. This is a Resto-Mod of the highest order and is sure to delight the winning bidder on auction day.

For up-to-date information on this vehicle, click HERE. For a look at all the vehicles headed to the 2021 Houston Auction (with more being added daily), click HERE.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: RESTO-MOD IN RED: Jeff Hayes-Built 1963 Corvette Split-Window With No Reserve
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1963-corvette-split-window-2021-houston-auction/
Published Date: Wed, 01 Sep 2021 16:29:12 +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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