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STEVE DAVIS BEHIND THE SHADES: Today’s muscle cars
Barrett-Jackson President Steve Davis.

Steve Davis’ dark glasses protect his eyes from A light sensitivity condition – but that doesn’t hinder his vision of the collector car market.

2025 Ford Mustang GTD

Muscle cars have been on my mind a lot lately. Of course, muscle cars have been a major part of the Barrett-Jackson experience for as long as I’ve been a part of it, but in recent months I’ve had the feeling we’ve come full circle in many ways, and the end of an era is at hand.

What kicked off these thoughts was a recent vehicle introduction. My wife Janie and I were among a select group of people invited to a private, pre-press unveiling of the 2025 Ford Mustang GTD. If you haven’t seen it yet, the GTD is a road-going version of the GT3 competition car that Ford is building for international FIA GT3 competition.

Top Ford executives and racing drivers were on hand for the introduction, as was Craig Jackson and his wife Carolyn. I was surrounded by people with whom I’ve had long-standing relationships, and to be a part of that group – to be privileged to be a part of that historic moment – is an experience I’ll always treasure.

This GTD is absolutely spectacular. It’s just unbelievable. They’ve taken the Mustang we know and love, and they haven’t just raised the bar, they’ve taken it to the stratosphere. (The car’s color at the intro was reminiscent of Brittany Blue – the same color as the treasured Fords and Shelbys I own – like it was sending me a secret message!)

First-production 2007 Ford Shelby GT500, VIN 001, on the block.

The GTD has a 5.2-liter supercharged V8 with an expected 800 horsepower, rear-mounted 8-speed transaxle for a 50-50 weight distribution, and a wide body primarily made of carbon fiber. They had cutaways on display before they unveiled the car, and the active suspension was like something from a science fiction film.

It was incredible. As I was looking at this 7th-generation Mustang, it took me back to my memories of the 1965 Shelby GT350, and how amazing that car was at the time. As a kid, I lived and breathed all things automotive, and watched the proliferation of muscle cars, which had a feel similar to the new developments we’re seeing now. One manufacturer would come out with this incredible car, and then another manufacturer would top it with their newest offering.

Fast-forward from being that wide-eyed kid to that moment when they unveiled that GTD. All these thoughts rushed through my head like a dam breaking as they pulled the cover off that GTD. Who in the world would have ever expected something like that?

With today’s muscle cars, we’re reliving the 1960s on steroids. It’s a fantasy land of incredible cars. The golden era, in my opinion, will always be the 1960s, because that’s when it all started. But today’s muscle cars operate on an entirely different level, and we have seen the entire evolution cross the Barrett-Jackson stage, which is especially reflected in the “first and lasts.”

The first GT500KR sold at Barrett-Jackson in 2008.

I’ll never forget when the first-production 2007 Ford Shelby GT500, VIN 001, crossed our block. Following that we had first editions of several other Shelbys and Mustangs, from the first GT500KR in 2008 all the way to the next-generation 2020 GT500, and VIN 001 of the reborn 2021 Mach 1. We had the first-production 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat with its 707 horsepower – at the time the most powerful muscle car ever – at the 2014 Las Vegas Auction, and then witnessed the end of the Challenger era, with a “Last Call” 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 selling during the 2023 Las Vegas Auction. We’ve seen reborn classic nameplates like the COPO Camaro and ZR1 Corvette sold at Barrett-Jackson. My thoughts about the Ford GT supercar and how amazing it is that a car like that ever saw the light of day could fill a book.

The bittersweet part of this whole thing is we know this is the last gasp of fossil-fuel muscle cars. It’s absolutely certain this is the end of that era. I’m sure there will be some more cool stuff coming – there always is – but from a fossil-fuel standpoint, that’s what makes this time so special. Seeing what Ford is unleashing with the Mustang GTD, the internal combustion V8 muscle car is not going out with a whimper but with a mighty roar.

This progression of the American muscle car has happened in real time on Barrett-Jackson’s stage. No longer do you have to be an industry insider to have a front-row seat to view the rarest and most powerful muscle cars. We’ve created a platform that allows us to showcase these cars in a way that really impacts the culture because we are doing this before millions of people, between our television broadcasts, our

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: STEVE DAVIS BEHIND THE SHADES: Today’s muscle cars
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Published Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2023 19:01:58 +0000

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Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale

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Ex-Hans-Otto Butenuth BMW RS 500 at the Bonhams February sale
The Bonhams February sale is about to wrap up, so we’re taking a break from our regular scheduled programming to pick our favorite motorcycles from the auction. From an Ariel Square Four and a 1989 Kawasaki ZX-10, to Hans-Otto Butenuth’s BMW 500 Rennsport [above], here are seven classic motorcycles that we’d love to park in the Bike EXIF garage.

1907 Quadrant at the Bonhams February auction
1907 Quadrant In the early 1880s, two blokes by the names of Walter and William Lloyd patented a pedal tricycle steering mechanism, which they (very confusingly) called the ‘Quadrant.’ Anyway, Quadrant went on to make bicycles, tricycles, and motorcycles, and, by 1901, had emerged as one of Britain’s earliest motorcycle manufacturers.

This 453 cc Quadrant was originally built in Coventry and was meticulously restored by a previous owner. It showcases its history through hand-written notes, technical drawings, old registrations, marque-related literature, and an SMCC Pioneer Certificate.

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/bonhams-february-sale-2024
Published Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2024 17:36:07 +0000

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SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine

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SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE “SPEEDVETTE” – NO RESERVE

Celebrating the best of performance and style at the upcoming 2024 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, where it is selling with No Reserve, is the “Speedvette,” a 1973 Chevrolet Corvette that marries classic aesthetics with modern muscle.

This custom beauty underwent a no-expense-spared rotisserie restoration completed in March 2023, and comes alive under the hood with a robust GM Performance 6.2-liter LS3 engine, generating 525 horsepower. Paired with a 4L70E 4-speed automatic transmission, it is sure to deliver a straightforward American muscle experience.

This Speedvette rolls on Schott Turbine wheels wrapped in Diamond Back Classic red line tires and boasts a Pro-Touring treatment. Its Coffman Corvette custom chassis incorporates C6/C7 components, RideTech coilovers and a power rack & pinion steering system. Stopping power is delivered by C7 calipers gripping slotted rotors, assisted by an E-Stopp electric brake.

The exterior’s subtle modifications include 2-inch rear fender flares and a smoothed decklid with a waterfall effect. The Torch Red exterior and black Haartz Stayfast convertible top add a classic touch. Inside is a handcrafted bespoke cabin with black leather and red stitching.

Register to bid today for the opportunity to take this Speedvette home with you and join us January 20-28 at WestWorld for the 2024 Scottsdale Auction.

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Title: SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine
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Published Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2023 21:10:11 +0000

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Road tested: TFX Suspension Xtreme adjustable rear shocks

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TFX Suspension review
I got lucky when I bought my 2012-model Triumph Bonneville SE last year. A single-owner bike with less than 1,500 miles on the dial, it had spent most of its life trickle-charging in a garage. What’s more, the previous owner had thrown a handful of tasteful factory accessories at it (and a few that were less well-judged).

There was one key ingredient missing though; good suspension. Most modern classics roll out of the factory with suspension components that are adequate at best, but the older air-cooled Bonneville’s setup is downright poor. Small LED turn signals and a fancy sprocket cover might make your bike look prettier, but new shocks—like the fully adjustable TFX Suspension Xtreme units now gracing the tail end of my Triumph—will make it ride better.

TFX Suspension Xtreme rear shocks review

Based in The Netherlands, TFX Suspension is run by a small and passionate team, led by founders Hans-Dieter Fischer and Alex Meijs. The two of them formed TFX fourteen years ago when the suspension company that they were working for folded. Now they produce components on their terms, with the sort of hands-on approach that’s often missing from larger companies.

Their catalog includes various mono- and twin-shock items, suitable for a wide range of on- and off-road applications, plus a handful of front suspension upgrades. (We’ve seen their parts on custom bikes from Bottpower, Powerbrick, CNCPT Moto, and more.) They sent me a set of their Xtreme shocks to test out on my Triumph Bonneville; fully-adjustable units that retail for €1,399 [$1516].

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road tested: TFX Suspension Xtreme adjustable rear shocks
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/tfx-suspension-review
Published Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2024 18:45:19 +0000

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