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>On June 19 RM Sotheby’s hosted the very successful Passion for Elegance sale in Liechtenstein which grossed an impressive CHF11.1 million (€10.276 million) in sales.

The 26-lot sale achieved a 100% sell-through rate. It included a rare, single-owner collection of Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars, in addition to one of the most exceptional collections of luxury British automobiles to be offered for public sale. Naturally, pre-sale interest in these cars was high, and the sale results on the day were excellent.  

“This was a stunning collection of cars that represented one man’s passion for the Rolls-Royce and Bentley marques, and we are delighted all the cars sold so well. It is also a significant indication that the market for these luxurious British cars is extremely robust, and it reinforces RM Sotheby’s credentials in this area of the market,” 

RM Sotheby’s car specialist Tonnie Van der Velden. 

The 1954 Rolls-Royce Phantom IV Limousine ‘Princess Margaret’ by H.J. Mulliner was the top-selling lot and was also the most prominent in terms of exceeding its pre-sale estimate. 

1954 Rolls-Royce Phantom IV Limousine ‘Princess Margaret’ by H.J. Mulliner
 Dirk de Jager ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Only 18 units of Phantom IV’s were ever produced, and it was a vehicle that was exclusively destined for use by world leaders and Royalty.  

One of the main points of interest of the car for collectors is that it was made for HRH, Princess Margaret. It was delivered new to her in 1954, with numerous bespoke, luxury features in keeping with her position as a senior member of the British Royal family.

 Dirk de Jager ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

For 13 years, Princess Margaret has retained the vehicle which has traveled approximately 27,000 miles while in her ownership. It has had only a few subsequent owners and is offered in mostly original condition, making the Phantom IV Limousine a very unique offer. The Phantom IV was sold for an impressive CHF2,255,000 (€2,081,365), crushing its pre-sale estimate of CHF400,000-CHF600,000 and setting a world record for a Phantom IV offered at auction. 

Another impressive sale during the event was the 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Special Town Car by Brewster. It was not only a one-off design, but it was also the first of only three special town cars constructed that has kept their original coachwork.

1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Special Brougham
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Special Brougham by Brewster
 Dirk de Jager ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

The special town automobile was made for American millionaire Matthew Dick from Washington D.C. In 1933, the one-off car cost an impressive $31,000 and was sold at its mid-estimate price of CHF1,580,000 (€1,458,340). 

Two other lots in the Passion for Elegance sale were able to exceed CHF1,000,000. Coming in third in the top sales was the 1958 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupé, arguably considered one of the finest post-war Bentleys. The exquisite example was one of only 94 units produced and achieved a sale price of CHF1,220,000 (€1,126,000).

1958 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead
1958 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupé by Park Ward
 Dirk de Jager ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

The fourth and final lot to achieve a sale price above CHF1,000,000 was the 1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Could III Drophead Coupé Adaptation by H.J. Mulliner.

Carlo Ponti purchased the example new for his wife, the iconic actress Sophia Loren. The car came with full documentation and impressive history, as was featured with Ms. Loren in Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. The vehicle is one of only 25 units produced in left-hand drive. The vehicle attracted much interest, so it was not much of a surprise that it doubled its pre-sale estimate of CHF530,000-CHF660,000 for a final price of CHF1,045,625 (€965,111). 

Here are the top 10 sales for RM Sotheby’s ‘ A Passion for Elegance’ Sale:

1. Lot 110 1954 Rolls-Royce Phantom IV Limousine ‘Princess Margaret’ CHF 2,255,000 2. Lot 119 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Special Brougham Town Car CHF 1,580,000 3. Lot 107 1958 Bentley S1

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: RM Sotheby’s ‘A Passion for Elegance’ Sale Eclipses €10M in Sales
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/rm-sothebys-a-passion-for-elegance-sale/
Published Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2021 08:21:41 +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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