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The London Concours, presented by Montres Breguet, recently announced that there will be an exclusive preview of the upcoming London Auction by their auction partner, Gooding & Company. This September, there will be two really exceptional classics that will be on offer at Hampton Court Palace leading. Before then, they will be joining an equally impressive list of machinery that will be on display at the beautiful lawns of the Honourable Artillery Company from June 28 to 30. The display will showcase over 100 years of motoring and they will feature a variety of automobiles from the finest classics to the rarest modern supercars.

Leading the Gooding & Company preview is a Ferrari that is arguably one of the most beautiful automotive of all time: the gorgeous, track specified 250 GT SWB in ‘Competizione’ garb. In October 1959, the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta was unveiled at the Paris Auto Salon and it was offered in either a road-going steel body or a racing-specified alloy shell. The SWB that will be showcased later in the month has a well-documented period race history which includes its participation at the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans. The example, bearing chassis 2021 GT is back in the market after an impressive 20-year long term ownership. It had recently gone through an extensive collaborative restoration. Every detail of this SWB was fine-tuned to ensure that it is as original as possible. It is a really fine example of the very special competition tuned 1960s Ferrari.

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1960 Ferrari 250 SWB Berlinetta Competizione

Gooding & Company will also display a sports car from another well-respected marque: a Bugatti Type 55 Cabriolet. In 1931, the Bugatti Type 55 “Supersport” was launched, and it immediately grabbed attention for its impressive performance, with a top speed that can go over 110 mph. The Type 55 had a variety of bodies it was offered in like the cabriolet, coupe, and even roadster designs.

The example is a Cabriolet designed by a renowned French coachbuilder Gangloff. It is powered by a supercharged 2.3-liter eight-cylinder engine. Only 38 units of Type 55 were manufactured, and the example was able to keep its matching-numbers engine and original Gangloff Cabriolet coachwork. Later in the month, the upcoming Concours will allow guests to look at the details of this truly exceptional and extremely rare car in an intimate setting.

These extraordinary vehicles gives a unique preview of the upcoming London Auction from Gooding & Company. It will be held during the sister event of the London Concours, the Concours of Elegance. Set in Hampton Court Palace, it will be joined by other exemplary cars like the Frazer-Nash Le Mans Replica, which is the faster Frazer-Nash from the post-war period. The British marque created the Le Mans replica to celebrate their third-place win at the La Sarthe in 1949. Only 50 examples were produced during their four-year production run, so it is not surprising it is a highly coveted model.

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Another example that will be part of the upcoming London Auction is a truly special Aston Martin and has proven itself to be one of the most famous and coveted model, the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Convertible. In 1963, the iconic DB5 was introduced as an improved model of its predecessor, the DB4. A year later, in 1964, it reached superstar status when it became part of the internationally acclaimed James Bond film, Goldfinger. Having already reached superstar status, its rarity is also something that draws the attention of collectors. Only 1,059 DB5s were produced from 1963 to 1965. Only 123 of which are convertibles. From the open top DB5s, only a handful had the Vantage upgrades, making it not just one of the most desirable, it is also one of the most valuable Aston Martins of all.

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By: Reggie
Title: Sneak Peek Of Gooding & Company’s London Auction At The 2022 London Concours
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/sneak-peek-of-gooding-companys-london-auction-at-the-2022-london-concours/
Published Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2022 23:46:44 +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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