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The top-selling vehicle on Saturday – and of the entire 2021 Las Vegas Auction – was this 2015 McLaren P1 that once belonged to DJ/record producer Deadmau5. The sleek supercar sold for $1,567,500.


Super Saturday in Las Vegas was certainly one for the record books! The final day of the 2021 Las Vegas Auction was filled with those incredible moments that only Barrett-Jackson can provide – and they just kept coming all day.

SOLD for $1,045,000: This impeccable 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster.

It was a pair of stunning supercars that rocked the block on Saturday, with a 2015 McLaren P1 formerly owned by DJ/record product Deadmau5 selling for $1,567,500, and a Liquid Red 2019 Ford GT that brought in $1,028,500. An extraordinary 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL was also front and center, selling for $1,045,000. Other top sellers of the day included a custom 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Coupe ($396,000), a 2011 Porsche Speedster ($385,000) and Henry Ford II’s 1966 Ford Mustang K-Code Convertible ($330,000).

More than two dozen more record auction sales were set on Super Saturday, including a fan favorite – a re-creation of the famous “Ecto-1” from the movie “Ghostbusters” – which went on to its next adventure for $220,000. Other notable records included a 1966 Ghia 450/SS Convertible ($220,000), a 1960 Cadillac Coupe de Ville Custom Hardtop ($275,000) and a 1960 Chevrolet Biscayne Custom Sedan ($198,000).

This 2021 Ford Bronco 4-Door Badlands Raiders Edition sold for $275,000 to benefit Grant A Gift Autism Foundation and the Raiders Foundation.

Two exciting charity vehicles had their turn onstage Saturday. The first was the first-ever 2021 Ford Bronco 4-Door Badlands Raiders Edition, wrapped in Las Vegas Raiders regalia with riveted steel plates and full of a wealth of extras provided by Gaudin Motor Company. Accompanied by the Raiderettes and Raiders President Marc Badain, the Bronco brought the hammer down on a price of $275,000, all of which will go to the Las Vegas-based Grant a Gift Autism Foundation and the Raiders Foundation.

The second “car for a cause” was a very special 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Hertz/Hendrick Motorsports Edition, production #001 of just 24 commissioned to commemorate the #24 Hendrick Motorsports ZL1 Camaro race car driven by NASCAR Cup Series driver William Byron and sponsored by Hertz. The most powerful ZL1 ever offered roared onto the block and sold for $250,000, with the entire hammer price benefiting the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation, which treats children facing the imminent loss of their mom or dad to cancer to “WOW! Experiences” – a timeout to create positive, cherished memories at beautiful destinations.

Craig Jackson and Steve Davis share a laugh onstage with “Mr. Las Vegas,” Wayne Newton.

Saturday was also full of celebrities – and celebrity cars! One of the most-talked-about “star cars” – a 1994 Toyota Supra used in two films in the “Fast & Furious” franchise and driven by late actor Paul Walker – electrified the arena when it sold for a record price of $550,000. Las Vegas legend Wayne Newton was onstage (and even tried his hand as auctioneer) for the sale of three vehicles from his collection, two of which achieved record sales: a beautiful 1979 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II for $93,500 and a custom 1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SL for $84,700. A stunning 1994 Rolls-Royce Corniche and a shimmering silver 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing Coupe from the estate of late Las Vegas icons Siegfried & Roy sold for $117,700 and $198,000 respectively.

The morning’s automobilia auction also had some memorable moments, including the sale of an animated 1940s Greyhound Bus neon sign that brought in $46,000 and a stunning Packard Automobiles neon sign from the 1930s, which sold for $36,800. Saturday’s remarkable sales contributed to this year’s Las Vegas Automobilia Auction being the most successful in the company’s history in the Entertainment Capital of the World.

Super Saturday finished in spectacular fashion to mark Barrett-Jackson President Steve Davis’ 25th anniversary with the company. The surprise celebration centered around an honor guard and gathering of first responders on the auction block, who know too well Steve’s commitment to helping those who serve. He and his wife Janie donated the entire $1-million sale price from his 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake to Las Vegas first responders after the tragic shooting in 2017.

The 2021 Las Vegas Auction at the fabulous new West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center was indeed one to remember – check out the recap video

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Title: SUPERCARS AND SUPERSTARS: History-Making Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction Finishes with a Flourish
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2024 Honda XR650L Dual Sport Preview


American Honda maintains its venerable XR650L into 2024, with no notable changes to the stalwart platform. It will remain priced at $6,999 and will only be available in the white color scheme shown below.

“A motorcycle of legendary status, the XR650L continues to stand the test of time, thanks in part to its simple, no-frills design and relentless dependability,” American Honda says in its official press release. “Backed by an incredible record of success in Baja, this dual-sport icon has amassed a loyal following of enthusiasts around the globe since its introduction in 1993.

The 2024 Honda XR650L will remain priced at $6,999.
The 2024 Honda XR650L will remain priced at $6,999. (Honda/)

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As is evident by the longevity of other dual sport motorcycles, like the KLR650 and DR650S, big single-cylinder machines continue to have appeal. The XR650L is no exception in this case, but it does now stand as one of the most simple of the bunch mechanically, now that Kawasaki has finally given in to fuel injection.

The 644cc mill is air-cooled, features a 42.5 diaphragm-type CV carburetor, and puts power to the ground by way of a five-speed transmission. The bike is ready for some hard time off-road too thanks to the sealed battery, dry-sump design, black spoked rims, and long-travel suspension.

The suspension is actually one area where the XR650L shines among its closest competitors, offering effective Showa kit front and rear. The long-travel, air-adjustable fork has 16-position compression damping and gives riders up to 11.6 inches of travel. The Showa shock comes with spring-preload, 20-position compression, and 20-position rebound-damping adjustability and 11 inches of travel. These specs outshine those of both the Kawi and Suzuki.

Its price tag is also one of the most competitive of the small group of largely-untouched-so-are-now-retro-cool dual sports, beating out the Suzuki and pricing just $100 above the standard trim and S-level KLRs.

2024 Honda XR650L Dual Sport Technical Specifications and Price

Price:$6,999Engine:644cc, SOHC, air-cooled single; 4-valveBore x Stroke:100.0 x 82.0mmCompression Ratio:8.3:1Fuel Delivery:42.5mm diaphragm-type CV carburetorClutch:Wet, multiplate slipper/assistTransmission/Final Drive:5-speed/chainFrame:Semi-double cradle steelFront Suspension:43mm air-adjustable axle Showa cartridge fork, compression damping adjustable; 11.6 in. travelRear Suspension:Pro-Link Showa shock, spring-preload, compression and rebound damping adjustable; 11.0 in. travelFront Brake:2-piston caliper, 256mm discRear Brake:220mm discWheels, Front/Rear:Spoked rims; 21 in. / 18 in.Tires, Front/Rear:21×3.00 / 18×4.60Rake/Trail:27.0°/4.0 in.Wheelbase:57.3 in.Seat Height:37.0 in.Fuel Capacity:2.8 gal.Claimed Curb Weight:346 lb.Available:March

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Speed Read: A razor-sharp BMW R1300GS from Switzerland and more

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The latest custom motorcycles and bike news.
The Swiss maestros at VTR Customs deliver the first custom BMW R1300GS that we’ve seen, while Radical Speedshop builds a bespoke Moto Guzzi café racer like no other. We also look at a tidy Yamaha XT500 restomod and a stunning 1949 Triumph Speed Twin bobber.

BMW R1300GS by VTR Customs
BMW R1300GS by VTR Customs When BMW announced its new flagship adventure motorcycle, the BMW R1300GS, we knew it was only a matter of time before we saw it customized. Thanks to Switzerland’s VTR Customs, we didn’t have to wait too long.

Big adventure-style bikes with go-fast bits are all the rage right now. Machines like the Ducati Multistrada V4 RS and BMS M1000XR are primed for riders who want adventure bike ergonomics in a performance-orientated road-going package. This is probably what inspired the mad scientists at VTR Customs.

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Audi Tops the Luxury Car Safety Charts in 2023

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Safety is becoming more important to luxury car buyers. Wealthy individuals want vehicles that will protect themselves and their passengers.

However, it isn’t always clear which brand offers the best safety profile. Now, though, figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal a winner – the German automaker Audi.

The NHTSA looked at the rate of crashes per 1,000 drivers and found that Audi had a crash rate of just 0.54, putting it below tech leader Mercedes at 0.55 and far from Subaru which was up at 0.75.

The question on many people’s lips is why Audi is so safe. After all, Mercedes is the manufacturer that tends to bring the latest safety technology to market first.

The main reason appears to be the brand’s heavy investment in safety technology in recent years. The company conducts significant research and development in-house, allowing it to bring technologies to market at a lower price point than its rivals. Drivers benefit from comprehensive safety features across the range instead of solely on high-end models.

re Advanced Safety Features Necessary?

Previously, skeptics scoffed at the value of advanced car safety features, calling them gimmicky. However, the evidence suggests that it is effective, especially in recent years. Advanced driver assistance systems are finally coming of age and having a noticeable impact on the number of insurance claims. Data from LexisNexis Risk Solutions suggests that bodily injury claims are 27 percent lower with these systems, and property damage claims are 19 percent lower. 

These statistics are good news for drivers. It means that they can expect statistically different outcomes driving Audi vehicles than conventional cars. It represents a genuine upgrade. 

Car accident attorney Adam S. Kutcher is at the forefront of the consequences of vehicle collisions. The lawyer has tremendous knowledge of how vehicle accidents can cause harm.

“The people that come to us are real people who are often going through the most challenging time in their life,” he says. “People worry about who will pay their medical bills and lost wages, even if insurers agree to pay to replace vehicles. That’s why this new technology is so exciting for everyone who practices in this area. We don’t want to see people getting hurt. Instead, we want to make sure everyone stays safe and that as many people avoid this harrowing experience as possible.”

Currently, tort law is helpful to victims of car accidents through additional provisions in the legal code. But the reality is that many people never recover from their injuries and can’t go back to work, regardless of the medical care they receive.

“We can sometimes get big rewards for people seriously injured in car accidents, but financial compensation is only ever partial,” says Kutcher. “Money can’t fix a disability or even a tragic death in the family for an auto accident. That’s why car manufacturers are stepping up to the plate and investing in this technology.”

The Components Of Advanced Driver Safety Systems

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Advanced driver safety systems refer to a plethora of technologies car manufacturers are including in their vehicles thanks to advances in software and chip technology.

Automatic emergency braking is one of the most coveted features. Vehicles can now brake independently of drivers if they believe a crash is imminent, preventing rear-end shunts and jackknifes at interchanges.

Manufacturers have gradually increased the range of situations in which this technology will activate over recent years. Previously, it was solely to stop drivers from bumping into the car ahead, but now cameras can detect cross-traffic, even when reversing, and

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