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STILL DREAMING: John Staluppi Offers A Curated Cars of Dreams Museum Selection

Written by Nicole Ellan James

2019 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition will be selling with No Reserve at our 2022 Palm Beach Auction.

 

1957 DESOTO ADVENTURER CONVERTIBLE

We all have one: that fictional garage in your mind that holds a long list of the cars you will buy when you have the money to obtain them. For those who have prospered, that dream garage is a reality. And like the ever-evolving list from which we add and take cars away — changing the order in which we would hopefully one day acquire them — some collectors, like John Staluppi, do just that and are always on the hunt.

Staluppi is a businessman, philanthropist, renowned car collector and curator of his very own Cars of Dreams Museum tucked away in Palm Beach, FL.

“I’ve been passionate about collecting cars my entire life, starting with Hot Wheels models when I was just a kid,” Staluppi said. “I’m fascinated by everything from European concept vehicles to hot rods and ’60s-era American muscle cars.”

Staluppi worked as a mechanic and later opened a gas station, followed by a Honda motorcycle dealership franchise. As the dealership business grew, so did his success. In 1977, he moved to Florida, setting up his Cars of Dreams Museum.

The private museum’s Coney Island theme offers a glimpse of Staluppi’s penchant for fun. Memorabilia reminiscent of the iconic amusement park — bumper cars, beachfront boardwalks with a Carvel ice cream store, Nathan’s restaurant and hand-painted murals of the Parachute Jump and the world-famous Cyclone roller coaster — helps set the mood.

Staluppi filled the space with many of the vehicles he purchased at Barrett-Jackson over the years. Featured are original and custom vehicles, including tasteful Resto-Mods and high-quality restorations, in addition to cars Staluppi used to work on or those that remind him of his childhood. At its peak, the collection had more than 140 cars representing a diverse group of vehicles, predominantly convertibles, from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.

“It’s about the chase,” Staluppi said. He added, “This is something that’s a passion for me.”

1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE COUPE

Staluppi said the process of building a “dream collection” for the museum is enjoyable. He added that he and his wife “enjoy the hunt for the perfect collection as much as we do driving the cars. We intend to start over again and build a new dream collection.”

True to his word, Staluppi is offering the over three dozen vehicles from his Cars of Dreams collection – all with No Reserve.

Starting with this limited-edition 2018 Ford GT which celebrates the 1967 Le Mans-winning GT40 Mark IV race car driven by Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt. This 2018 model bears a high-gloss Race Red finish topped with white stripes and Frozen White No. 1 race-number graphic on the hood and doors as an homage to the historic race car. Red brake calipers and silver rearview mirror caps complete the look. The titanium exhaust and lug nuts on the 20-inch one-piece forged aluminum wheels with Silver Satin clear coat are unique to the limited-edition model.

This special GT also features unique interior colors and materials, including the leather trimming for the carbon-fiber seats with the added 6-point harness anchor option. Red accent stitching carries over from the seats to the steering wheel. This edition also has red seat belt webbing, with paddle shifters in anodized gray. The dash sports a unique serialized identification plate, indicating it is one of 250 produced in 2018.

Power comes from a mid-mounted 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 EcoBoost engine generating 647hp and 550 ft/lbs of torque, paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Other modern cars offered from the collection include a 1998 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car convertible, 2008 Cadillac XLR custom convertible and a supercharged 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon 4×4 custom SUV.

1972 HONDA Z600 COUPE

The 1970s vehicles include a 1972 Honda Z600 coupe. The orange coupe made its debut at the start of the oil crisis and the ensuing gas shortage. The car first resonated with Staluppi because it is powered by a rebuilt 598cc Honda 2-stroke motorcycle engine, and he was in the motorcycle business.

This 1976 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45 custom pickup received a no-expense-spared nut-and-bolt restoration with 1,200 miles since its completion. It rides on a 2-inch lift, with 20-inch Hardrock Gunner wheels wrapped in 33-inch tires. Power comes from a 4.2-liter 6-cylinder engine paired with a 4-speed manual transmission and a rebuilt drivetrain.

Finished in red with a tan

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: STILL DREAMING: John Staluppi Offers A Curated Cars of Dreams Museum Selection
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/john-staluppi-offers-a-curated-cars-of-dreams-museum-selection-for-sale-2022-palm-beach-auction-no-reserve/
Published Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2022 21:08:16 +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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Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
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