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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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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: THE MIGHTY LS6: This Chevelle Showcases The Muscle Car Era
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/ls6-chevrolet-chevelle-houston-auction/
Published Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2021 15:40:31 +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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