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It’s a common consensus that America is the land of motor cars and a cradle of modern automobiles. When it comes to sports cars though, the United States has had a fundamentally different approach than European or Japanese manufacturers, which created an unique ecosystem.

Historically, American sports cars have been criticized for their subpar handling and thirsty engines, but what can’t be denied is that sports cars coming from Detroit are in a league of their own. So, what makes a great American sports car and how can we pick only the ten greatest?

We gathered ten American sports cars representing important milestones for their respective companies and eras, painting a big picture of America’s quest for performance. Buckle up and let’s go!

#1: Shelby Cobra

Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster Static Three Quarter View

Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster Static Three Quarter View
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The fact that everyone and their dog know about the Shelby Cobra and rarely anyone’s aware of its British roots tells a lot about its status as an iconic American sports car. Born in California by putting a good ol’ American V8 into bodies sourced from AC, the Cobra soon gained international acclaim as a formidable grassroots race car—enabling its creator, Carroll Shelby, to expand his business and racing endeavors alike, propelling himself to the automotive hall of fame in the process.

In its zenith, the Cobra was a furious contender: a legendary winner and an intimidating machine. It is now one of the most appreciated pieces of American automotive history. Apart from Shelby himself, the Cobra has been honed, reimagined, and replicated by numerous companies—proving that the thirst for bare-bones, analog, and sometimes scary American sports cars is truly unquenchable.

#2: 1964 Ford Mustang

1964 Ford Mustang World Fair Display

1964 Ford Mustang World Fair Display
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From a plethora of legendary variants of America’s everyman’s sports car, we’re going back to the one that started it all The original Mustang opened the doors to a whole new market concept: a sports car for the people.

As you all know, the car was an absolute success and has since evolved into a true performance car, both thanks to Shelby and in-house efforts. More importantly, the Mustang made moves throughout the industry, influencing Chevrolet to retaliate with the Camaro, creating the great pony car rivalry that lasts to this very day.

From 1964 to the present, the Mustang has been around through all highs and lows of the American automotive industry, but it remains the car that had the single biggest impact on it. As such, it is one of the most important American cars ever created and definitely one of all-time greatest sports cars coming from Detroit.

#3: Chevrolet Corvette

Chevrolet Corvette C1 and C7 on a Race Track

Chevrolet Corvette C1 and C7 on a Race Track
Via Chevrolet

Given that the Corvette nameplate gave us a number of glorious cars since it was introduced as a straight-six roadster in 1955 and all the way to its final form of a mid-engined sports car, let’s just try to sum up what the Corvette is and why it’s so important.

It’s a mass-produced sports car that could take on pricey

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By: Djordje Sugaris
Title: The Best American Sports Cars of All Time
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/best-american-sports-cars-of-all-time/
Published Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2022 20:02:23 +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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