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The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant is well underway and on June 5, 2022, as part of the celebration, Jaguar Classic introduced a bespoke Jaguar E-type. It is a one-off renovation that features an impressive list of enhancements done by the expert technicians at Classic Works. It is finished in a metallic blue paintwork inspired by the Union Jack.

Along with fifteen other iconic Jaguars, this especially unique E-type made its debut in the Jubilee Pageant. The list includes a selection of historically significant Jaguar E-types, seven convertible Jaguars, and an all-electric I-PACE eTROPHY race car that all carried famous Dames. The client was thrilled to participate and sitting in the passenger seat he was joined by American model, dancer, and fashion designer, Eric Underwood.

Restoring them to their original specification, Jaguar Classic creates beautifully crafted Series 1 model E-types. For this example, they went a step further, showcasing the team’s expertise in terms of personalizing the vehicles in their state-of-the-art headquarters in Coventry.

The client who commissioned this one-off E-type has very specific requirements. He wanted a Roadster that was made in the year he was born and have it finished to a bespoke specification. The Jaguar Classic team immediately set to work and was able to track down a Series 1 E-type built not just on the year the client was born, but it was made just two days before his date of birth!

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For the next 12 months, the car went through a complete rebuild, starting with the bodywork. It was given a unique deep metallic blue finish inspired by the Union Jack blue. Over several months, this new blue was mixed exclusively by the paint shop after multiple consultations and sample creations to create the perfect hue.

The bespoke interior was given leather upholstery finished in a striking shade of red that was inspired by the iconic British pillar boxes. Using traditional methods, the interior was finished by hand at the in-house Jaguar Classic Works trim shop.

Jaguar Classic Bespoke Lead Engineer Stephen Hollis commented, “Being able to bring a customer’s vision for their dream E-type to life is hugely rewarding. The result is a complete one-off that showcases the full breadth of capabilities provided by the team at Jaguar Classic. With a colour scheme inspired by the Union Jack, I can’t think of a better place for it to make its first appearance than the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant. I am so excited to see it parade down The Mall.”

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After completing the body assembly and paintwork, it was the engineering team’s turn to refit the mechanical elements of the car, as well as all the enhancements requested by the client. They replaced the original 4.2-liter straight-six engine with a larger 4.7-liter engine to deliver a more superior performance. Optimized for the road, it was matched with Jaguar Classic’s specially developed five-speed gearbox to deliver a smoother, quieter, and more refined driving experience.

It was given an uprated suspension so that the chassis can optimize the performance given by its powertrain. Meanwhile, the wider wheels, tires, and uprated brakes give a more superior grip and confidence. A sports exhaust and manifold was also added to give the E-type’s soundtrack suits a more dynamic character.

Modern technologies that were installed on the E-type include 21st century connectivity through the Classic Infotainment system, bringing together touchscreen controls, satellite navigation, and Bluetooth connectivity with a period-look that helps keep the aesthetic in line with the rest of the vehicle. Exterior LED lighting also helps give modern illumination to give more confidence for night driving.

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By: Reggie
Title: The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant Features One-off Jaguar Classic E-type
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/the-queens-platinum-jubilee-pageant-features-one-off-jaguar-classic-e-type/
Published Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2022 14:56:32 +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
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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!
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Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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