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Written by independent automotive journalist David C. Neyens

Lot #1357 – 1987 Buick GNX will be selling with No Reserve at our 2022 Scottsdale Auction.

 

While big-block American performance cars were virtually regulated into extinction by the early 1970s, GM’s Buick division staunchly held the line through the shift from the A-body Skylark GS (Gran Sport) to the Colonnade-style Century GS455 of 1973-74, the last of Buick’s large-displacement performance cars. While the fabled GS was indeed still available for 1975, albeit with small block or carbureted V6 power plants and delivering more bark than bite, Buick’s engineering wizards were already hard at work developing the future of high-performance cars – with a radical infusion of turbocharged V6 power. A special 455-powered Century with T-Tops and “Free Spirit” graphics sufficed for duty as the Official Pace Car for the 1975 Indianapolis 500, but much more was yet to come.

In 1976, Buick was once again selected to provide the Official Pace Car for the Indianapolis 500, and this back-to-back appearance marked the first time a manufacturer paced the legendary race for two consecutive years since 1913-14. The 1976 Buick Century pace car made history as the first with V6 power and it was an unqualified technical tour de force with a turbocharged 231cubic-inch engine rated at 307 horsepower. Most importantly, this high-profile effort served notice that Buick would be a force to be reckoned with in the brave new performance-car world for years to come.

Following Indy, turbo V6 development continued and reached production reality by 1978 with the new G-body Regal. Its chiseled bodylines were perfect for stock-car competition and helped Buick win the NASCAR Manufacturer’s title for 1981 and 1982; to celebrate, a small number of Grand National Edition Regals were offered in 1982. The Grand National name returned to the Regal line for 1984 and with steady grooming, power reached 245 horsepower, with the Grand National reigning as America’s quickest performance car for 1986-87.

All good things come to an end eventually and while G-body production was initially slated to cease in mid-1987, Buick management approved two prototypes of “the Regal to end all Regals” by July 1986. Dubbed “GNX,” these new super-Buicks were completed by ASC/McLaren, builders of 24-valve Buick turbo V6 engines for IndyCar racing. Special features included a high-performance Garrett turbocharger, improved intercooler, revised engine and transmission calibrations, and low-restriction exhaust. Output jumped substantially to a factory-claimed and possibly underrated 276 horsepower with 360 ft/lbs of torque, delivering stunning 0-60 mph acceleration, usually in the 4.5-second range. Larger tires, special alloy wheels, a rear-axle torque arm, Panhard bar and stiffer underpinnings handled the heightened power of the GNX. Front-fender vents, special analog instruments and a gloss black paint finish completed the package, which brought the MSRP to nearly $30,000. Many of the 547 cars produced were purchased new by ardent collectors, and this GNX is no exception, offered at Scottsdale with under 70 miles from new at the time of writing.

Benefiting from excellent preservation, this 1987 Buick GNX was formerly owned by Nicola Bulgari, the jewelry magnate and renowned Buick collector, who purchased the car in June 2007. As a major supporter of Tacoma, Washington’s Le May Automobile Museum, Bulgari naturally had this GNX on display there during part of his ownership of the car. The consignor, a drag racer and fellow Buick collector, acquired the GNX in mid-August 2009, keeping it in climate-controlled condition as part of his Arizona-based collection ever since. Titled in Arizona with actual miles consistent with the odometer reading below 70 miles and supported by service records and correspondence this GNX is incredibly well-preserved and original throughout. Accompanied by the still-affixed Window Sticker, this 1987 Buick GNX is a virtual time warp to the days it was new, at the height of North America’s 1980s return to factory-built performance cars. As it crosses the block with No Reserve at Scottsdale, however, it will be driving toward a bright new future.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: SPOOLED UP: The 1987 GNX Was The Peak Of Buick Turbo V6 Performance, And This Low-Mileage Example Will Be Offered With No Reserve In Scottsdale
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1987-buick-gnx-low-mileage-crossing-the-2022-scottsdale-auction-block/
Published Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2021 16:10:02 +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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