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Written by independent automotive journalist Roger C. Johnson

1948 Chevrolet Crew Cab COE Custom “Decoliner” rolling into 2022 Scottsdale Auction with No Reserve

 

Imagination, functional performance, and excitement collide in this one-of-a-kind creation by Dale Gerry Street Rods in Vancouver, British Columbia. With 60 years of car building experience behind him, this master craftsman has built specialty cars for customers throughout Canada and the United States. This project began with a 1948 3-ton Chevrolet truck that was actually purchased new right down the road from Dale’s hometown. When Dale bought it, he began a 10-year and 10,000-hour build odyssey that injected art-deco style, and soul, into this humble cab-over-engine (COE) delivery truck. The end result is a completely new paradigm emerging in the world of custom vehicles, and it will cross the block at the 2022 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction January 22-30, where it will be selling with No Reserve.

This truck’s concept was launched because of the builder’s fascination with the art deco styles of the late 1930s through the ’40s. When he finally acquired this truck, he drew a rough sketch of the finished product he saw in his mind’s eye then had an artist friend do a real illustration of it which served as the master blueprint for the build. Exterior body work was extensive as the fenders alone required 1,000 hours of dedicated artisanship to create.

A totally new and handmade frame of aluminum was crafted to provide the ultimate superstructure from wheels to wheels to wheels. This meticulously engineered chassis is 23 feet long and hand welded on all four sides. It houses a GM crate 502ci Ram Jet fuel injected V8 engine that provides the performance required for any situation. This machine’s exhaust system is a work of art all by itself that’s worthy of being on full display.

Every system within this machine is a bright spot of ingenuity and detail including a Gearstar Performance 4L80E overdrive automatic transmission. A Duramax radiator with electric fans help keep this big block powerplant cool for any kind of hauling you have in mind. The custom front crossmember incorporates independent suspension. Out back, a specialized aluminum Ford 9-inch housing flaunts Dutchmen axles and makes the package look like it should be on exhibit in an art and science museum. The first pair of rear wheels disperse the engine’s power to the pavement whereas the rearmost wheels are actually floaters.

The Decoliner rides on a fully adjustable computer-controlled air-ride suspension system which incorporates high performance Alden shocks. Six classic American Racing Torq Thrust wheels with modern radial tires put the truck’s serious street capability to the pavement with extra style and proper respect for hot rod tradition. Stopping power comes via 14-inch Wilwood disc brakes up front and C5 Corvette disc brakes on all four rear wheels.

The original GM steel cab was stretched, and two additional factory doors were precisely morphed into the design, so your family or friends won’t be left out when the good times roll. And they will be hauled in high style. The new cab offers four bucket seats and door panels draped in red Italian leather — the work of Lee Baxter’s Hot Rod Interiors.

An early 1960s-era Chrysler dashboard and gauge cluster referred to as the “Astro Dome” in Chrysler’s national advertising campaign — now utilizing modern Dakota instruments — was incorporated and offer a nostalgic view of what the future looked like back then. The present, however, is represented by Vintage Air climate control and a custom audio system by Andres Car Audio. The rear portion of the body hides a compartment that opens like the cargo bay of the space shuttle and is the perfect place to stash luggage or four bags of golf clubs.

No mere show car, the Decoliner has been driven from Canada to California, and has a fifth wheel hitch for towing. This vehicle was built for dreamers who dream big, and someone’s dream will come true in Scottsdale in January.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: THE BIG HAUL: The No Reserve 1948 Chevrolet Crew Cab COE Custom “Decoliner”
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1948-chevrolet-crew-cab-coe-custom-decoliner/
Published Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2021 16:55:17 +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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