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In a little more than a month, Silverstone Auctions will be hosting their first sale in 2022 in an impressive new venue, The RAF Museum, located on the outskirts of London. On March 5 and 6, 2022 a spectacular lineup of classic, competition, collectors’ cars, and even automobilia will be on offer, and they will surely grab the attention of any motoring enthusiast.

The RAF Museum London also currently houses an impressive aircraft collection, and it will be a gorgeous location for this year’s first live event for Silverstone Auctions. The auction itself will be held amongst a variety of RAF exhibits creating a great mix and contrast of historic best-of-breed ‘wings and wheels’.

There are numerous impressive cars listed in the sale, but there are just others that simply stand out as a very rare and extremely special entry. One of which is the 1939 Frazer Nash-BMW 327/80 Cabriolet. It has a rich history and is one of only 19 examples that were imported to the UK last century. This was because of an agreement made in 1934 between BMW and Frazer Nash from Middlesex so he can sell cars under their own brand name of ‘Frazer Nash BMW’. The deal held until the start of World War II in 1939.

The car would be a prized jewel in any automotive collection. It is believed that there are currently only 12 in existence which includes the one that will be on offer during the event. The Frazer Nash BMW 327 sports Anglo-German engineering and craftsmanship, and in 2005, it received a full restoration done by marque specialists TT Workshop. It has become part of BMW UK’s Historic Fleet which has been seen in a variety of displays since 2015.

The example has a Midnight Blue Over Cream finish and a folding soft-top. It is the embodiment of elegance from a bygone era and yet it still commands the admiration and awe of many today. The gorgeous exterior perfectly matches the luxurious navy-blue leather interior with Art-Deco faced instrumentation.

It is powered by a BMW 328 1971 cc straight-six engine that can produce 80 bhp (327/80) and as part of its recommission by BMW, it is in great running condition with 32,586 miles on the odometer.

While the extremely rare Frazer Nash 327 will definitely grab attention during the Silverstone Auctions’ first event of the year, there are also a lot of other very interesting and noteworthy lots that will be part of the event.

One of which is the striking 1991 Porsche 911 (964) 3.3-liter Turbo that would surely grab the attention of Porsche enthusiasts. The example is in its original C16 UK specification with a rare and coveted Tahoe Blue finish. There is also the righthand drive 1992 Ferrari 348 TB which was originally sold by Nigel Mansell Sports Cars. A 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 ‘Flat Floor’ Roadster is another classic icon, and the car has been perfectly restored and is a great example of its type.

1991 Porsche 911 Turbo

1991 Porsche 911 Turbo
1991 Porsche 911 Turbo

For those who prefer competition cars, there are also a lot of examples on offer, starting with the 1988 Leyton House March F1 (March-Judd 881). It was created in honor of the great F1 designer Adrian Newey and it had the ‘Leyton House’ Turquoise finish. The example is not a replica or a show car, it is a fusion of factory March-Judd 881 parts and is thought to be one of the most striking F1 cars ever designed.

An exact replica that pays tribute to Hannu Mikkola’s 1985 Olympus Rally-winning ‘Group B’ Audi Quattro SWB will also be on offer. There is also the 1988 Rover Metro 6R4 built to international specification. Recently, it has not been campaigned, but it has been meticulously maintained. The rally star has a rich and successful history with numerous podium finishes driven by Dave Jacobs from 2000 and 2004.

The extraordinary examples mentioned above are just some of the many incredible lots that will be on offer in the Silverstone Auctions’ Season Opener at The RAF Museum London. There are a lot of other interesting examples, and the list of the sales entries is still expanding. To view each of the lot in more detail, visit the Silverstone Auctions website.

2022 sees the return of live auction events, so there’s a huge chance that potential buyers will be able to physically view the cars before the sale, though it would most likely be by appointment.

For those interested to sell their classic, sporting, or iconic vehicles, there is still

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By: Reggie
Title: Silverstone Auctions Starts 2022 With A Live Event At The RAF Museum London
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Published Date: Tue, 01 Feb 2022 14:27:38 +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
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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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