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Written by independent automotive journalist David Neyens

This 1970 Chevelle SS will be ready to show it’s matching-numbers 454ci LS6 V8 engine off at the 2021 Houston Auction, selling with No Reserve.


After having unseated Pontiac’s GTO as America’s best-selling performance car in 1969, Chevrolet’s Chevelle SS continued its reign for 1970 with handsomely updated styling and a move upmarket. Now, all SS models were available only with top-of-the-line Malibu trim level and in hardtop, convertible and El Camino body styles. While the hugely popular RPO (Regular Production Option) Z25 SS396 option returned, the big news for 1970 was Chevy’s new RPO Z15 SS454 package, thanks to a change in GM corporate policy finally busting the 400-cube ceiling for its mid-size cars. Offered in two levels of tune, the new 454 was available in high-torque, 360-horsepower LS5 tune – perfect for street performance, while a relatively small number of savvy performance addicts and racers demanded the RPO LS6 mill.

Underrated by some estimates by as much as 50 horses, the 454-cube LS6 was advertised with 450 bhp and 500 ft/lbs of torque, purpose-built with all the right stuff to dominate the street and strip. Based on a stout 4-bolt main cylinder block with heavy-duty forged internals, the LS6 featured 11.25:1 compression, free-flowing “big valve” cylinder heads, a radical solid-lifter cam and booming dual exhaust system. Two transmissions were available – Muncie’s M-22 “Rock Crusher” 4-speed or the hard-shifting M40 Turbo 400 automatic.

Depending on rear-end gear selection, LS6-motivated Chevelles pounded out easy 13-second quarter-mile times and trap speeds over 105 mph, with traction limited by hopelessly overwhelmed street tires. Lest one dismiss an LS6 Chevelle SS454 as “all engine,” the Z15 SS454 package included the excellent F41 Sports Suspension, power front disc brakes, F70 belted tires on 14×7 five-spoke “SS” wheels, chrome-trimmed wheel openings and chrome exhaust tips. A blacked-out grille and tail panels, plus bold “SS” emblems all around, made this bruiser’s intentions obvious.

Now packing the firepower to take on Chrysler’s vaunted 426 HEMI cars anywhere, the LS6 Chevelle SS454 prompted Hot Rod magazine road tester Steve Kelly to crown the mighty Chevy “Earth Mover.” However, despite great press and word-of-mouth street cred, Chevrolet hardly promoted the unruly LS6, yet they obviously decided to go out with a bang, especially against Chrysler, which essentially sold factory-built drag cars for years. Leading the Chevy charge was Truppi-Kling Competition in New Jersey, rulers of Junior Stock, who were now ready for the big time with a strange new combination for 1970 based on genius-level interpretation of the NHRA rulebook – an LS6-powered SS454 Chevelle convertible.

Race-prepped to perfection and beyond, the Briggs Chevrolet-sponsored T-K Chevelle was driven by New Jersey hotshot Ray Allen, and rose to infamy as “The Killer Car” by utterly dominating S/S in 1970 and winning the NHRA Dallas World Finals. Having proven its point conclusively in 1970, Chevrolet only offered the mighty LS6 once again, albeit with lowered compression and exclusively with the Corvette for 1971. Despite its well-earned glory, the original LS6 remains somewhat enigmatic, with 4,475 LS6-powered Chevelle hardtops, convertibles and Chevelle-based El Camino car/pickup hybrids built in all for 1970, plus an unknown number of spare engines built at Chevrolet’s Tonawanda, New York, plant. Regardless, the mighty LS6-powered Chevelle remains an unqualified legend today.

The product of a comprehensive, frame-off restoration performed to exacting standards by professionals in 2015, this LS6-powered 1970 Chevelle SS 454 was built at Chevrolet’s Van Nuys assembly plant and delivered new to Alaska Sales & Service in Anchorage. Power comes from its matching-numbers 454ci LS6 V8 engine boasting 450 factory-advertised horsepower and 500 ft/lbs of tire-melting torque, mated to GM’s renowned Turbo 400 3-speed automatic transmission controlled by a no-nonsense column shifter. Additional features include power steering, power brakes and a date-code-correct 4.10:1 CRW-code posi-traction differential.

Of particular importance to collectors, the car retains its rare original date-coded smog system, plus the original intake manifold, distributor, heads and 780 CFM Holley 4150 carburetor. Retaining original body panels, the Chevelle was restored using many NOS parts, including the bright wheel-lip moldings. Other highlights include installation of new brake and fuel lines, a restored original clock,

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Title: THE MIGHTY LS6: This Chevelle Showcases The Muscle Car Era
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Audi Tops the Luxury Car Safety Charts in 2023

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Safety is becoming more important to luxury car buyers. Wealthy individuals want vehicles that will protect themselves and their passengers.

However, it isn’t always clear which brand offers the best safety profile. Now, though, figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal a winner – the German automaker Audi.

The NHTSA looked at the rate of crashes per 1,000 drivers and found that Audi had a crash rate of just 0.54, putting it below tech leader Mercedes at 0.55 and far from Subaru which was up at 0.75.

The question on many people’s lips is why Audi is so safe. After all, Mercedes is the manufacturer that tends to bring the latest safety technology to market first.

The main reason appears to be the brand’s heavy investment in safety technology in recent years. The company conducts significant research and development in-house, allowing it to bring technologies to market at a lower price point than its rivals. Drivers benefit from comprehensive safety features across the range instead of solely on high-end models.

re Advanced Safety Features Necessary?

Previously, skeptics scoffed at the value of advanced car safety features, calling them gimmicky. However, the evidence suggests that it is effective, especially in recent years. Advanced driver assistance systems are finally coming of age and having a noticeable impact on the number of insurance claims. Data from LexisNexis Risk Solutions suggests that bodily injury claims are 27 percent lower with these systems, and property damage claims are 19 percent lower. 

These statistics are good news for drivers. It means that they can expect statistically different outcomes driving Audi vehicles than conventional cars. It represents a genuine upgrade. 

Car accident attorney Adam S. Kutcher is at the forefront of the consequences of vehicle collisions. The lawyer has tremendous knowledge of how vehicle accidents can cause harm.

“The people that come to us are real people who are often going through the most challenging time in their life,” he says. “People worry about who will pay their medical bills and lost wages, even if insurers agree to pay to replace vehicles. That’s why this new technology is so exciting for everyone who practices in this area. We don’t want to see people getting hurt. Instead, we want to make sure everyone stays safe and that as many people avoid this harrowing experience as possible.”

Currently, tort law is helpful to victims of car accidents through additional provisions in the legal code. But the reality is that many people never recover from their injuries and can’t go back to work, regardless of the medical care they receive.

“We can sometimes get big rewards for people seriously injured in car accidents, but financial compensation is only ever partial,” says Kutcher. “Money can’t fix a disability or even a tragic death in the family for an auto accident. That’s why car manufacturers are stepping up to the plate and investing in this technology.”

The Components Of Advanced Driver Safety Systems

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Advanced driver safety systems refer to a plethora of technologies car manufacturers are including in their vehicles thanks to advances in software and chip technology.

Automatic emergency braking is one of the most coveted features. Vehicles can now brake independently of drivers if they believe a crash is imminent, preventing rear-end shunts and jackknifes at interchanges.

Manufacturers have gradually increased the range of situations in which this technology will activate over recent years. Previously, it was solely to stop drivers from bumping into the car ahead, but now cameras can detect cross-traffic, even when reversing, and

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By: Wilson Lim
Title: Audi Tops the Luxury Car Safety Charts in 2023
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Published Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2023 07:56:16 +0000

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The Rise of Car Gallery Homes

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Forget the garage — the rise of car gallery homes leads many car collectors to create better spaces for their prized machines.

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Sam Burch built this space for a Ferrari collector’s home. Image: Sam Burch Architect

“Carchitecture” is a newly coined phrase that describes the world of cars and architecture coming together in a fluid, cohesive design. Celebrating the adoration of fluidity, lines and optimisation of space and spectacular design, owners of these collectable cars often seek an architect or interior designer to integrate the vehicle into the home and frame it like a beautiful object.

No discerning car collector would allow his or her automobile treasures to sit in some dank and dark garage, nor can you park in the street for fear of being stolen or scratched. From rare Aston Martins, classic Porsches and highly-prized Mercedes-Benz cars, these car collectors are now taking a new approach to admiring their exceptional vehicles without going into a garage.

Their beloved cars have become celebrated objects in the heart of their penthouse, mansions, or bungalows. Etienne Borgos, one of the co-directors of Borgos Pieper Studio who has designed homes for car collectors, “Clients are choosing to have their cars in their homes or apartments, even at the penthouse level, as a celebration of the car as a design object. It’s taking car ownership to the next level.”

Now integrated into an interior setting rather than a garage, the car gives rise to all the spoils and extravagances. Some notable projects include a modern Shenzhen home designed by O-office Architect where the homeowner has a classic Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale as the centrepiece. Over in the Netherlands, a homeowner wanted his 2008 Tesla Roadster as the piece de resistance in the living room, so he got architectural firm Studio OXL to transform a carpenter’s workshop into a spacious loft while preserving the former entryway of the factory.

O-Office Architects converted a textile factory in Shenzhen to house a client’s Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale. Image:Steffen Jahn

For these clients, money is no concern as setting up a small car gallery starts from £ 2 million. Jonathan Clark runs an architectural practice called Jonathan Clark Architects but has also set up another architectural practice that delves into “luxury spaces for cars”. Clark also owns a trove of classic Porsches, a Ferrari and an Alfa Romeo, and it allows him to connect with his car-adoring billionaire customers who enjoy sitting at home to appreciate beautiful cars in a gallery-like space.

Such car art galleries have become the playground for wealthy individuals who desire houses and interior spaces built around their expensive wheels, such as the USD 135 million 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe, which sits decidedly beautifully next to your dining room or indoor swimming pool.

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Architect Jonathan Clark at Garage Deluxe designs spaces built around cars, so

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By: Joe Lim
Title: The Rise of Car Gallery Homes
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Published Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2024 03:21:18 +0000

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2024 Honda PCX Scooter Preview


American Honda has announced the return of its purposeful PCX scooter for 2024, a tried-and-true urban commuter that makes riding as easy as can be. The highway-capable 157cc single-powered machine will be available in Matte Brown Metallic only and will be priced at $4,249, a $100 increase over the 2023 Honda PCX.

The 2024 Honda PCX scooter in Matte Brown Metallic.
The 2024 Honda PCX scooter in Matte Brown Metallic. (Honda/)

As with last year’s model, the PCX will be available in the ABS version only. The news comes on the heels of a number of carryover models for Big Red, though unlike bikes like the CBR600RR, the PCX has enjoyed a fairly recent update.

For 2021, Honda engineers revised the single cylinder, increasing output to 157cc thanks to a new valve design and revised bore and stroke. The frame was updated to reduce overall weight, LED lighting was added throughout, and styling tweaks gave the platform a refreshed look.

For those needing a convenient urban ride, the PCX remains a compelling option. The generous underseat storage area is capable of holding a full-face helmet, the V-Matic auto transmission is a truly simple twist-and-go setup, the hydraulic cam-chain adjuster aids in reducing the amount of ongoing maintenance riders need to be concerned with, and the nimble chassis provides effortless handling. Even with the slight price increase, the PCX remains a budget-friendly machine that is as approachable as it gets.

2024 Honda PCX Technical Specifications and Price

Price:$4,249Engine:157cc, SOHC, liquid-cooled single; 4 valves/cyl.Bore x Stroke:60.0 x 55.5mmCompression Ratio:12.0:1Fuel Delivery:PGM-FI w/ 28mm throttle bodiesClutch:Wet, multiplate slipper/assistTransmission/Final Drive:Automatic V-Matic belt driveFrame:Duplex cradleFront Suspension:31mm telescopic fork; 3.9 in. travelRear Suspension:Dual hydraulic shocks; 3.7 in. travelFront Brake:220mm disc w/ ABSRear Brake:Rod-actuated 130mm drumWheels, Front/Rear:14 in. / 13 in.Tires, Front/Rear:110/70-14 / 130/70-13Rake/Trail:26.5°/3.1 in.Wheelbase:51.7 in.Seat Height:30.1 in.Fuel Capacity:2.1 gal.Claimed Curb Weight:286 lb.Available:April

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Title: 2024 Honda PCX Scooter Preview
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