Written by Eric Becker
This custom 1972 Ford Bronco sold for $225,500 at the 2021 Scottsdale Auction.
Blazin’ hot: This custom 1971 K5 Blazer broke an auction record when it sold for $275,000 at the Scottsdale event in March.
If there was any question, we’ve entered an era where the Sport Utility Vehicle is dominant. The indictors have been ever-present, as the demand for the SUV – as well as its diminutive cousin, the crossover – continues its global ascent, and there are no signs of it slowing down any time soon. Stateside, 50 percent of all new vehicle registrations for 2020 belonged to the SUV and crossover class, completely outdistancing the sale of more contemporary sedans and other model configurations. But the thriving trend for sport utilities has leant itself to more than just new vehicles; demand for the classic go-anywhere off roaders is at an all-time high.
“We’re continually asked about ‘the next big thing’ in the collector car hobby,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “The strong and sustained demand has fully established trucks and SUVs as one of those major trends. From classic to late-model, custom and imports, classic SUVs are incredibly popular among collectors today – not only for their timeless allure, but for their utilitarian purpose. They’ve evolved into the epitome of cool.”
Record-breaker: This custom 1970 International Travelall went to its new home for $102,300 at the Scottsdale Auction.
Cool indeed. At the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction more than a dozen records were set for these crowd-pleasers, and the numbers speak for themselves. Take the venerable first-generation (1966-77) Ford Bronco, for example. Among the classic Broncos crossing the block this past March, the average price (with buyer’s fee included) was $120,000 – an impressive figure made all the more telling when compared to the $33,000 average price at the 2015 Scottsdale Auction. In just six years the average sale price for Ford’s premier off-roader soared an incredible 267 percent. Eight that crossed the block in Scottsdale sold for over $100,000, with the top two, a custom ‘66 Bronco (Lot #1436) and Lot #1299, another custom – this time from 1972 – knocking on the door of a quarter-million dollars.
While the Ford Bronco remains the most popular classic SUV out there, others are in hot pursuit. The Bronco’s chief rival – the Chevrolet Blazer – is quickly closing the gap. At Barrett-Jackson’s 2018 Scottsdale Auction the average sale price for the K5 Blazer was $38,000. Fast-forward to the 2021 Scottsdale event and the average sale price jumped 159 percent to $98,000. Simply put, SUVs
Title: THE TIME IS NOW: Classic SUV Values Continue to Wow at Barrett-Jackson
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/bronco-blazer-international-jeep-land-cruiser-land-rover-classic-suv-values-continue-to-wow-at-barrett-jackson/
Published Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2021 15:14:51 +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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