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Written by independent automotive journalist Steve Statham

The 1962 Cobra, CSX 2032, will be offered with No Reserve at the 2022 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction January 22-30.

 

It’s easy now, 60 years after Carroll Shelby founded the sports car company bearing his name, to believe that success was a sure thing. After all, Shelby’s creations went on to become some of the most collectible cars ever built, and you can still order a variety of new Shelby vehicles to this day.

But success was anything but guaranteed. Starting a car company is a risky business, then or now. Fortunately, Shelby was helped early on by friends and supporters, such as Lance Reventlow. A former racing driver and founder of his own race car construction company, Reventlow was one of Shelby’s first customers, purchasing a Shelby Cobra in the earliest days of the company. That 1962 Cobra, CSX 2032, will be offered with No Reserve at the 2022 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction at Westworld January 22-30.

Lance Reventlow and Carroll Shelby had followed similar professional paths with differing results. As drivers, the two had been trackside buddies, and it was Reventlow who first established his own car company, Reventlow Automobiles, to build his Chevrolet-powered Scarab race cars. These were all-American sports cars and formula cars designed to go head-to-head with Europe’s best. At the tail end of his racing career Carroll Shelby drove a Scarab to victory in a 1960 USAC Road Racing Championship race at Continental Divide Raceways in Colorado, leading flag-to-flag and setting a course record. So when Shelby launched his own sports car company, Reventlow was among the first in line to place an order. The Cobra featured here was invoiced to Lance Reventlow on January 2, 1963.

But Reventlow plays an even bigger role in early Shelby history than simply buying a car. Reventlow shut down his own racing construction business in 1962 and leased his California shop and manufacturing facility to Shelby. In addition, Reventlow had employed Phil Remington as chief engineer as well as Ken Miles, two more names that would later become deeply relevant to Shelby’s success.

In Carroll Shelby’s 1965 autobiography “The Carroll Shelby Story,” he recalled the opportunity Reventlow provided as Shelby was establishing his company. “Then there was the matter of installing equipment and storing cars and engines,” Shelby wrote. “We started looking around right away and came up with a pretty good answer. Lance Reventlow was getting out of the business and had decided to quit building Scarabs and his place was available. He’d had all the fun out of it that he wanted, so he had made up his mind to move out. There was a bunch of wonderful machinery available and (we then thought) more room than we would ever need. So we made a deal with him and moved in during June of 1962.”

The Reventlow Cobra was one of the 73 early-production cars that was fitted with a 260ci V8. It was delivered painted white with red interior, and was heavily optioned for a Cobra. It was ordered with nearly every competition option Shelby offered. In addition, it was loaded with bumper guards, wind wings, sun visors and safety belts.

Over the years the Cobra has had several high-profile owners, most of whom left their own stamp on the car. In its current configuration, it sports a 289 V8 built to Hi-Po specifications by Bob Prouty. The fenders were flared to house larger tires for competition, and the black paint, yellow fender stripes and white roundels give it a track-ready appearance. The upgrades and modifications are correct for the period, and the Reventlow Cobra still has its original body, frame and chassis.

As expected, a car with such significant history attached to it comes with documentation, including the first original rent check that Shelby wrote to Reventlow Automobiles Inc. on August 15, 1962. The Lance Reventlow Cobra is historically important and a thrilling drive, but also a reminder that when the stakes are high, having your friends in your corner makes all the difference.

To register to bid at the 2022 Scottsdale Auction – a celebration of 50 years of The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions – click HERE. To sell your vehicle at Barrett-Jackson’s flagship auction in January, click HERETickets and VIP packages are also now on sale.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: The Friend Connection – Lance Reventlow, race car constructor and friend of Carroll Shelby, was one of the early believers in the new Cobra
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/lance-reventlow-1962-cobra-csx-2032-crossing-the-block-at-scottsdale-2022-auction/
Published Date: Mon, 06 Dec 2021 17:17:18 +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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