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Lot #1280 – 1970 Ford Torino GT 429 SCJ will be selling with No Reserve at our 2022 Scottsdale Auction.

 

Ford’s Total Performance mindset was on full display as a new decade dawned in 1970. In the Mustang lineup alone, a stroll through a Ford dealer’s lot would have speed-minded buyers choosing from among Boss 302, Boss 429, Mach 1, GT or Shelby Mustangs. For those in need of a larger car and wanting fresh, utterly distinct styling, a savvy salesman would have guided customers to Ford’s intermediate Torino line, where multiple performance choices awaited. If a buyer was really lucky, the dealership would have had a car on the lot like this Calypso Coral 1970 Torino GT 429 SCJ (Lot #1280) that will be offered with No Reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction January 22-30.

The Torino was completely restyled for 1970, with sleeker lines and revised engine choices underhood. The 385-series big-block 429 V8 was a new addition to the Torino lineup, replacing the FE-series 390 and 428 cubic-inch V8s used in 1969. The 429 was available in three states of tune, with the 375hp Super Cobra Jet at the top of the hierarchy.

The GT model was the ideal home for one of the bruising 429 engines thanks to its combination of comfort and sporty features. The GT SportsRoof was set apart with a honeycomb taillight applique, black decklid appliques, color-keyed racing mirrors, GT identification, rocker moldings and a tinted glass backlite. Even in an era known for eye-grabbing muscle car graphics, the Torino GT’s optional Laser Stripe, with its reflective tape and graduated color, stood out from the crowd.

Ford built large numbers of Torino GTs, but most were powered by smaller V8s with 2-barrel carburetors. Only 241 GTs were equipped with the top-of-the-line 429 SCJ, like the car featured here. To get the Super Cobra Jet, the car had to be optioned with the Drag Pack, either with 3.91 Traction-Lok rear end or 4.30 Detroit Locker no-spin differential. That option triggered installation of the 429 SCJ, which was strengthened with four-bolt main bearings, solid lifters, a 780cfm Holley Carburetor, oil cooler, and other upgrades to handle the rigors of racing.

This Torino GT is outfitted with all the most desirable gear, such as the close-ratio 4-speed with Hurst shifter, center console, 4.30 gears, Shaker hood scoop, ribbon tachometer, hideaway headlamps, power front disc brakes, power steering, Magnum 500 wheels, F60x15 belted tires with raised white letters, AM radio with dual rear speakers, and deluxe seat belts. It has been completely restored to concours standards using original or NOS parts, including its original body panels.

A Torino GT like this would have turned heads when new, and it is still turning heads today. It was featured in the April 2017 issue of Muscle Car Review magazine, and featured on motortrend.com. On the show circuit it was a Goodguys Pacific Northwest Nationals Muscle Car of the Year finalist.

Among the paperwork that comes with the car are two build sheets and a thick packet of restoration receipts. The Marti Report breaks down this car as the only 1970 429 SCJ Torino GT 4.30 Drag Pack that came from the factory in Calypso Coral paint.

The best muscle cars give you a hit of acceleration that gets your heart racing, and also hit you between the eyes visually. This is one Torino GT that delivers that exact one-two punch.

For up-to-date information on this vehicle, visit here.

To register to bid at the 2022 Scottsdale Auction – a celebration of 50 years of The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions – click HERE

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: STRIKING POWER: This 429 Super Cobra Jet 1970 Torino GT Packs a Big Punch
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/429-super-cobra-jet-1970-torino-gt-packs-a-big-punch/
Published Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2021 20:32:19 +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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