John Staluppi and Craig Jackson share a laugh at the Cars of Dreams Museum in Florida. Staluppi is bringing seven offerings from his collection to the 2021 Houston Auction, which will all be selling with No Reserve.
For fans of The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, John Staluppi needs no introduction. The straightforward businessman, well-known in the car world and the yacht world, is a longtime fixture at Barrett-Jackson. For the inaugural Houston Auction, September 16-18 at the NRG Center, he will be bringing seven great cars from his renowned Cars of Dreams Museum.
This No Reserve offering reflects a diverse group of classic and custom automobiles that span the late 1930s to the 1970s.
1953 BUICK SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE
The centerpiece of Buick’s 50th Anniversary and a worthy centerpiece for any collector. Just 1,640 Skylark convertibles were sold in 1953. The Skylark came with standard equipment beyond anything previously offered by Buick and was more than a rival for the premiere Cadillacs of the time. This 1953 Skylark is truly a car of dreams and took First Prize honors at the AACA National in 1999. Beautifully restored, the white-over-red convertible is powered by the famed 322ci “Nailhead” V8 engine backed by an automatic transmission, making sure this rolling work of art has the performance to match its Motorama styling. The stunning convertible rides on beautiful Kelsey-Hayes 40-spoke chrome wheels wrapped in whitewall tires.
1951 MERCURY CUSTOM COUPE
Affectionately known as “Bad Boy,” this 1951 Mercury was built on a GM A-body chassis and has been chopped, channeled and dropped, giving it that signature “Lead Sled” style. The ’51 Merc features a 1954 DeSoto grille as well as frenched headlamps and taillamps from a 1954 Mercury. The beautiful coupe is custom from top to bottom and mixes classic hot-rodding aesthetic with modern Resto-Mod performance and technology. Under the hood resides a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine paired to a 4L70E automatic transmission and a Ford 9-inch rear end. Braking is easily handled by Wilwood four-wheel power disc brakes, and an oversized aluminum radiator takes care of the cooling chores. The air-bagged suspension sits on Bilstein front shocks and rear RideTech adjustable gas shocks. Spent gasses exit through a stainless-steel Borla exhaust system, which also includes a set of electric cutouts. The exterior is finished in a Red-Orange paint with Candy Apple flames, which are set off perfectly by Lake pipes, full wheel covers and wide whitewall tires. The schools of old and new continue to blend inside. The driver grips a custom two-spoke steering wheel and looks on to a set of Dakota Digital gauges. The cabin features air conditioning, a custom audio system, touchscreen with navigation and Bluetooth, and even a rear-view camera. The custom two-tone tuck-and-roll interior is Red-Orange and features contrasting off-white seat piping. The kick panels feature upholstered flames – a continuation of the exterior’s theme – and there is custom pinstriping throughout. A sight to behold, this Mercury is truly something special and is sure to delight its new owner as a dream car for many years to come.
1969 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM PICKUP
A Bronco ready for Texas, this factory half-cab custom 4×4 has undergone a comprehensive frame-off restoration. Power from Ford’s famed Coyote 5.0-liter V8 engine is sent to the wheels via a 6R80 automatic transmission with a Dana transfer case and Ford 9-inch rear end with 4.56 gears, as well as a Dana 44 upgraded front end. Both front and rear differentials have ARB Air Locker setups, and the Bronco is equipped with 4-wheel disc brakes and Bilstein shocks. The interior features black leather seats with matching door panels and headliner and is loaded with modern amenities and creature comforts, including a Vintage Air system, LCD radio with backup camera and Bluetooth. It also features a custom center console, USB port and 12-volt power sources, and a 4×4 shifter integrated into the console. The exterior boasts modern amenities that include custom flush-mounted glass, windshield wipers with delay and washer fluid feature, Mickey Thompson beadlock wheels, LED lights and halo headlights, and a backup camera. This custom Bronco is sure to be a major head-turner.
1936 FORD PHAETON CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE
As stunning to look at as it is to drive, this is, as Mr. Staluppi said, “the first car that got me into hot rods.” The 1936 Ford Phaeton 4-door convertible was destined to become a classic when it was introduced. This all-steel
Title: THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN: A Select Offering of Cars from John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Museum
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Published Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 22:34:22 +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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