Written by David Neyens
Lot #738 – 1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE
Conceived by automotive design legend Harley Earl as an American alternative to imports including Jaguar’s XK120, Chevrolet’s Corvette created a sensation at its New York debut with sleek, almost otherworldly styling and radical all-fiberglass body construction. It also demanded a total rethink of production methods and quality control measures, holding production down to just 300 examples for the inaugural 1953 model year. Select refinements and streamlined production brought a 12-fold production increase for 1954, but buyer appeal was limited until Chevrolets all-new small-block V8 engine arrived in 1955. Now living on borrowed time with just 700 Corvettes built that year, the Corvette nonetheless survived the competitive onslaught from Fords strong-selling new Thunderbird, thanks to its steadfastly sportier character and believers within GM’s corporate headquarters
A full restyling for 1956 endowed the Corvette with a bold and fresh look. New powertrain options built upon the excellent foundation provided by Chevys compact and potent new V8 engine, the product of chief engineer Ed Cole and his engineering wizards. Compact, efficient, and highly responsive to hot-rod tuning techniques, the Corvette’s 265ci V8 was now offered with a dual-carburetor option and a hot new mechanical camshaft, courtesy of Corvette chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov. Having forcefully convinced GM brass that race-winning performance was the gateway to the hearts and minds of the fast-growing youth market, Duntov backed up his words with tireless action and made the Corvette the terror of SCCA racetracks and Main Street America. True to plan, GMs patience and continuing investments brought fast-growing sales and finally secured the Corvettes future by 1957.
While the 1957 Corvette was essentially unchanged, with the big news being the availability of RPO 579 Rochester fuel injection, the 1958 edition marked the end of the Harley Earl GM styling era, with Bill Mitchell named Earls handpicked successor. Styling updates for 1958 included a new quad-headlamp frontal treatment and one-year-only styling touches including a louvered hood, and twin chrome strips to the rear deck lid, consistent with the styling trends previewed at GMs popular Motorama roadshows. Providing substance to match its style, the 1958 Corvette also delivered heightened passenger comfort and improved safety with comprehensively updated interiors and sturdier new frame-mounted bumpers. Buyers agreed with the improvements made to the increasingly popular Corvette, with 9,168 built for 1958 — a new record with a remarkable increase of nearly one third over 1957.
Retaining its original show-car styling with incredible attention to detail and innumerable modern updates for an incredible experience far beyond the original designerswildest dreams, this 1958 Pro Touring-style Corvette is the handiwork of the artisans at the award-winning Weaver Customs. It is now powered by a new GM crate 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine producing 495hp, paired to a GM 4L75E 4-speed automatic transmission. Riding on a new Roadster Shop chassis, the Corvette features cutting-edge underpinnings including a C7front suspension and C7 independent rear setup, plus fully adjustable RideTech coilovers all around. Race-derived stopping power is provided by Wilwood disc brakes including 6-piston calipers, huge 14-inch rotors and stainless steel brake lines. Additional highlights include precise power rack-and-pinion steering, a GM wiring harness and a factory-programmed computer. The Corvettes iconic body remains all original and looks very contemporary with its two-stage Axalta Jet Black and 72500S Clear paint finish.
A stunning set of Schott C7 wheels, reminiscent of the Corvettes original 58 full hubcaps, wrapped in Black Diamond whitewalls, bring this custom Corvette full circle to its early and iconic roots.
The interior is trimmed in Italian Hyde’s leather and features Dakota Digital gauges, a Vintage Air system and a Custom Autosound stereo head unit with a full KICKER system cranking out the tunes.
This 1958 Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible is selling with No Reserve at the June 30 – July 2, 2022, Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction, and exemplifies the customizer’s artistry in every possible respect.
Title: THE ’58 REIMAGINED: Giving An Iconic Corvette A Lift Into The 21st Century
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/the-58-reimagined-giving-an-iconic-corvette-a-lift-into-the-21st-century/
Published Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 22:24:56 +0000
Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
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.
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
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. 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. 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
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.
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!
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.
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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