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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD: A Look At Right-Hand Drive Auction Vehicles

Written by Nicole Ellan James

1972 JAGUAR E-TYPE CUSTOM ROADSTER BY BEACHAM

Your bags are packed and you’re ready to tour your destination in style; all that’s left is selecting the perfect vehicle for your vacation. Depending on where you go, that could mean driving a right-hand drive vehicle on the left side of the road or a left-hand drive vehicle on the right side of the road — confused yet?

According to World Standards, as of January 2022, about 35% of the world’s population drives on the left. Most of the countries that continue to practice right-hand driving are either current or former British colonies.

1995 NISSAN SKYLINE

The practice can be traced back to the ancient Romans, who would steer their carts with their left hand, freeing up their right to defend against enemies, and the medieval period, between 1066 and 1485, when it was common to see knights and sword fighters. Right-handed swordsmen preferred to keep to the left side of the road so they could easily use their right hand to employ their sword at an approaching opponent.

Similarly, between 1603 and 1867 in Japan, samurai walked on the left due to the position they carried their sword. This gave them the ability to quickly draw their sword with their right hand at a moment’s notice.

Given that left-handedness was suppressed during this time, it’s easy to see why staying to the left was the norm. The British government passed measures to make left-hand traffic the law in 1773, and in 1872 Japan cemented its preference for driving on the left with its first railway system built with help from the British, with trains traveling on the left.

Meanwhile in France, Napoleon, who was left-handed, favored the right side of the road as a military tactic, which the country adopted. By the late 1700s in the United States, it became common for people to use large wagons pulled by multiple pairs of horses. The driver rode on the left rear horse so they could more easily control the team of horses with their right hand. Naturally, drivers began passing on the left to avoid collisions, and traffic shifted to the right.

1956 VOLKSWAGEN 23 WINDOW MICROBUS

The rise of the automobile and Ford’s ability to mass-produce reliable and economical vehicles led more countries to convert to driving on the right side of the road, as the cars exported by Ford remained left-hand drive.

Over the years, Barrett-Jackson has seen many right-hand drive vehicles cross the block. Many of the highly prized collectibles are from British and Japanese automakers. Rolls-Royce and Bentley would be suitable options if you are craving a luxurious right-hand drive vehicle for your adventure. If you plan to take the road less traveled, you can’t go wrong with a Land Rover Defender. Need something smaller? Try a Jaguar, Austin-Healey, MG, Morris Minor or a Mini Cooper. Those with a need for speed will want to check out the Honda NSX, Nissan GT-R and Toyota Supra.

If you prefer American-branded vehicles, don’t worry. Some examples of American-made right-hand drive vehicles that have rolled across the Barrett-Jackson block include a 1964 Chrysler Valiant pickup sold exclusively in Australia and a 1947 Ford Woody Wagon sold in England as a right-hand drive model.

For those who want to experience the world behind the wheel of “the ultimate driving machine,” BMW has even produced a few right-hand drive European models of its 320i coupe. Volkswagen has you covered if you need a right-hand drive bus or a beetle.

Driving on the left or driving on the right, getting there with style is what makes it fun. Here’s a look at some of the spectacular right-hand drive cars that have crossed the Barrett-Jackson block over the years.

1989 NISSAN SILVIA CONVERTIBLE

1994 DAIMLER DOUBLE-SIX SEDAN

1971 MITSUBISHI COLT GALANT GTO

1996 TOYOTA SUPRA TURBO CUSTOM DRAG CAR

1992 NISSAN SKYLINE GT-R

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Title: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD: A Look At Right-Hand Drive Auction Vehicles
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Published Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2022 15:36:25 +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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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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Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
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